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WiLO Student Chapter Seminar: "Women in Optics & Photonics" by Elizabeth Rogan

Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
CREOL Room 102/103

Elizabeth Rogan
CEO, The Optical Society



From the political arena to Hollywood to the sciences, gender equity has become a predominant focus of thought leaders worldwide, but change has been incremental. Scientific societies have a responsibility to improve the participation of women in STEM fields like optics and photonics. The Optical Society along with its sister societies are making an impact by focusing on the participation of women in our programs and honors. Liz Rogan will share insights regarding OSA and its partners’ initiatives.


Liz Rogan has been at OSA for more than 20 years in positions initially focused on operations, the last position being Chief Operating Officer. Beginning in 2002, she was honored with the role of Chief Executive Officer of OSA and The OSA Foundation. As OSA CEO, she reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the oversight, strategic direction and fiscal soundness of programs and activities of this $40M, 150+ staff society. The OSA Foundation has a $10M+ reserve and activities include fundraising and program development. In 2016 Chad Stark became the Foundation Executive Director. In addition, Liz is the society’s spokesperson and advocate to a wide range of OSA constituencies, including its members, volunteers, co-sponsors and customers, throughout the global optics community. Liz holds a B.A. in accounting from the University of Connecticut, is a CPA, and is an alumnus of an executive business program from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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