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Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator, to Keynote Women & Technology Conference

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will deliver the opening keynote address at TechConnect’s 2014 Women & Technology Conference, to be held Oct. 16-17 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, WV.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Sullivan to the Women & Technology Conference and hear firsthand from the first American woman to walk in space, who flew three shuttle missions during her 15-year career with NASA,” said Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect.

A distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut, and intrepid explorer, Dr. Sullivan has played a central role in NOAA’s work in the areas of weather and water services, climate science and services, integrated mapping services, and Earth-observing capabilities.

“West Virginians will also be interested in her leadership as President and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus,” Barth added.

The Women & Technology Conference was created by TechConnect to encourage and inspire women involved in technology education, research, private enterprise, the public sector, investing, and entrepreneurship. To register, or for more information, click here.

This year’s event will also highlight featured presentations by prominent women in technology, publishing, government, and law. Sessions on a variety of timely topics will be offered, including how to overcome obstacles to success, be a better leader, and build stronger teams. Participants will get top tips on career reinvention, as well as the best ways to utilize social media.

Barth said the conference is aimed at women at all stages in their career, whether from the private sector, public sector, higher education, research or government.

“When women come together, amazing things happen! And this conference offers an outstanding line-up of successful women who will share their leadership journeys and wisdom,” Barth added.

This conference is presented by TechConnect West Virginia with the support of the following sponsors:

WV Department of Education and the Arts

WVU Office of Research and Economic Development

Marshall University Research Corp.

WV Higher Education Policy Commission

WV NASA Space Grant Consortium

BrickStreet Insurance



If your company or firm would like to be a sponsor, please contact Barth at