In this panel discussion, learn how to tackle challenges to create inclusive STEM environments.

About this event:

In our current political, social, cultural climate a resounding call for diversity and inclusion can be heard.

Join our panel discussion to learn more about topics such as:

  • Diversity in the biotech space
  • Diversity and bias in scholarly publishing
  • Combating a lack of diversity in clinical trials
  • Personal experiences of a lack of diversity in STEM
  • How to support women and the next generation of STEM professionals
  • How to facilitate and create environments conducive for inclusion

Leave the panel discussion with talking and action points to support diversity in STEM!

Panel Speakers:

Dr. Simone Taylor

Simone is Publisher, eBooks, at AIP Publishing, where she develops texts to meet the current needs of researchers, educators, and professionals in physics and the related sciences. From a background in scientific research, Simone started her publishing career out at Elsevier, and via the National Physical Laboratory and Wiley has developed considerable international experience.

Simone has a passion for helping authors maintain an archivable record of their work in the scientific literature, and is a keen advocate for improving global accessibility to published works. She holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Manchester, UK.




Dr. Yolanda Nesbeth

Yolanda NesbethYolanda Nesbeth, PhD currently serves as Director of Strategy & Operations, Lead Worldwide Medical Oncology at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). Her responsibilities include coordinating critical strategic departmental initiatives across tumor/asset activities to advance the pipeline and drive operational excellence across the Worldwide Medical Oncology franchise.

Before joining BMS, Yolanda served as Director and Site Head, Greater Washington DC area, at Celdara Medical, where she led strategic and operational functions to advance a portfolio of preclinical therapeutic programs across oncology, respiratory, cardiovascular, fibrotic, and infectious diseases, and clinical diagnostic service. While at Celdara Medical, Yolanda built from an academic concept to a multi-million dollar business, brought to market, and managed the first and only diagnostic service providing molecular diagnostics for systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients, clinicians, and drug developers, including managing all strategic planning, operations, personnel, and financials. Yolanda was also instrumental in the advancement of a CAR T-cell therapy from an academic program through acquisition by Celyad, including serving in a Quality Assurance capacity for the duration of phase I clinical trial in hematologic cancers.

Prior to Celdara Medical, Yolanda served in a consulting capacity with Clarion Healthcare providing strategic advice regarding drug development, marketing and commercialization, to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, to inform corporate strategy within the respiratory, infectious disease, and various oncology markets.

Yolanda received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Her thesis research focused on developing therapeutic cell-based and other immunotherapies for targeting the tumor microenvironment in ovarian cancer. She was the Ph.D. Class Marshal and Graduate Student Speaker at the Geisel School of Medicine Commencement, and an Albert J. Ryan Fellow. For the past decade, Yolanda has served as a Reviewer and Chair for multiple DOD and NIH study sections. In her spare time, Yolanda enjoys traveling, reading, playing tennis, and volunteering with various organizations serving children and youth.

Dr. Jyoti Agarwal

Jyoti AgarwalJyoti is the managing director of Coqual, a nonprofit think tank whose mission is to help leaders design diverse and inclusive workplaces where every person belongs. For Jyoti, data and analytics are crucial DE&I tools because they remove bias from the equation. Her passions lie in using research, data, and analytics to create innovative business solutions, and in helping organizations best deploy and serve their talent population.

Before coming to Coqual, Jyoti was part of the Global Strategy Group at the National Basketball Association and has worked with Bain & Company, PUMA North America, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Spare-time activities include reading, doing indoor spinning, playing, and creating board games, swimming, and traveling.

Jyoti holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She side-hustles as an adjunct professor at Columbia, where she uses her sports and data expertise to teach sports business analytics course curriculum to students in the Master of Sports Management program.


  • This seminar is open to everyone interested!
  • Donations will contribute toward the enrichment of women’s careers and future programs.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, October 27th, 2020, 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Location: This is a virtual event.

Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Diversity in STEM Panel