STEM Forward's 15th
sySTEMnow Conference

TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
DATE: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
WHERE: Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee

Share Your Ideas, Make Our 15th Annual SySTEMnow Conference Better Than Ever!

Do you have a great idea for a breakout presentation?  Is there a presenter or a topic you would love to see highlighted at the next conference?  Tell us about it! In an effort to keep current on STEM issues and topics of interest, we're seeking ideas for STEM Forward's 15th Annual sySTEMnow Conference, which will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.  We rely on educators and employers to help us share best practices and exchange information and expertise.  To submit ideas for presenters or topics, please fill out the information below by Friday, July 20, 2018.  Please note, presentations are not intended for vendor solicitations.  Breakout sessions are scheduled in 1 hour increments.

Now Accepting Requests for Generation STEM Youth Displays for sySTEMnow

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We're looking to have at least 12 schools or organizations show off the amazing STEM projects their students have accomplished.

Submit your school or organization to be one of our Generation STEM youth displays at STEM Forward's 15th Annual sySTEMnow Conference! Displays will be showcased in the main lobby of the conference from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7. Click here to access the form and submit your school or organization.

We work to balance the types of displays, ages of students and variety of schools/organizations. Thank you for your participation!

2018 Keynote Speaker: Kelly List Wells, Executive Director for Education and Skills at the GE Foundation


Kelli List Wells is the Executive Director for Education and Skills at the GE Foundation. Her portfolio focuses on building education, skills and training initiatives to prepare the next generation for the demands of the workforce and the changing labor economy both nationally and globally. 

Wells joined GE in 1995 as an Investment Broker with GE Asset Management. In 1996, she was appointed to Quality where she became a Black Belt in Six Sigma. After her role in Quality, she managed International Marketing for GE’s Retail Services Division. In 2001, she joined the corporate citizenship team at GE Capital, where she held responsibilities around global programs. In 2004, she was appointed to her current role at the GE Foundation. Prior to joining GE, Wells spent five years as a licensed financial advisor, holding her Series 7 and Series 63 Investment licenses.

Wells is also a member of various non-profit organizations. She serves on the board of directors for the Bridgeport Public Education Foundation. She served on the executive board of GE’s Volunteer organization in Stamford; President of the Fairfield County Contributions Group; the distribution committee of United Way; the board of the Parent Leadership Training Institute; the board of the Connecticut Academy of Education; and member of the Stamford Mayor’s council for School Readiness. She led the Stamford Achieves initiative in Stamford, CT, which brought the community together to look at and address the Achievement Gap. 

Wells studied International Relations and Japanese at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and continued her education at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.  

What is “sySTEMnow”?

  • sySTEM is an acronym for Strengthening our Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Now! means now!

Since 2004, the annual sySTEMnow conference has become a cornerstone of STEM-related awareness in our region:

  • Raising awareness of STEM-related issues.
  • Exchanging best practices from existing STEM programs.
  • Developing, promoting and implementing education-workforce partnerships.
  • Providing networking opportunities for STEM stakeholders.


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