Dining for Women Hosts Public Talk

by 
Betsy Teutsch, for the Shuttle
Biotechnologist Karen Hogan will talk about her startup, BioRealize, and the challenges for women in STEM fields at a public Dining for Women session.

This fall, the three original Weavers Way Dining For Women chapters, remarkably, turn 7 years old. We added a fourth chapter in Ambler almost a year ago, and a new chapter has just arrived in East Falls. 

Next month, the four Weavers Way chapters will join up to host local biotechnology rock star Dr. Karen Hogan in a free public talk Monday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at Mt. Airy’s Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave. 

Hogan’s startup, BioRealize, has the potential to radically transform and decentralize bioengineering. While its primary potential is in creating new types of materials, imagine if a remote clinic could run its own basic tests and not rely on far-off labs. BioRealize is part of the Pennovation business incubator and laboratory in Grays Ferry. 

You may know how rare it is for a female scientist to assume the lead role in a tech startup. Hogan, a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss her route to becoming a CEO and reflect on the gender barriers facing women in “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. 

One of six daughters, Hogan has clearly been a trailblazer. Her proud mom and namesake Karen Rowley, a pillar of Dining for Women locally and nationally, and dad Jim, live in Chestnut Hill. 

Our local chapters are part of the more than 400 that make up DFW, headquartered in Greenville, SC. Each month, Dining For Women chapters meet, eat, learn and support a selected women’s empowerment NGO. The impact of our grants is huge. We are proud that our combined Weavers Way chapters have raised more than $160,000 since our original dinners seven years ago! 

The combination of sharing food, conviviality and learning while making a difference for the world’s least advantaged women suits our neighborhood. All chapters welcome new members — and men are welcome, too! 

Our December event will feature a reception and information about Dining For Women as well as Hogan’s lecture. While admission is free, we welcome donations to Dining For Women, the world’s largest giving circle.

For more information, contact Betsy Teutsch at bpteutsch@comcast.net