WNY STEM Hub’s 2018-19 Program Year

Begins with a STEM Session

Thursday, September 13, 9am

Innovation Center & Atrium @ Rich’s – Innovation Kitchen


WNY’s Food Sector: STEM Skills Feed This Workforce

Research, innovation, agribusiness, food production, and distribution are all part of the robust integrated food system that feeds the WNY economy. Sustainability is key. This sector is growing: food-related enterprises, jobs, and wages have increased in this region since 2011, creating strong economic indicators for continued growth.  What are the opportunities for the next-generation workforce, and how are local schools preparing STEM-ready talent to meet these growing demands? WNY STEM Hub assembled a panel of regional experts who are hungry to make a difference.


  • Dave Cowperthwait, SVP of Global Supply Chain, Rich Products Corporation
  • Lori Keith, R&D Manager, Bakery, Rich Products Corporation
  • Jodi Perry, Director of Human Resources & Strategic Alignment, Perry’s Ice Cream
  • Julie Blackman, Owner, Farmers & Artisans and Blackman Farm
  • Rob Harris, Supervisor of CTE, Buffalo Public Schools
  • Jamie McKeon, Member, Niagara University Food Marketing Advisory Board
  • Dennis Napora, Chair, WNY Institute of Food Technologists

Brian Meyer, former news director of WBFO and business reporter for The Buffalo News, moderator

Register here! Reservations are preferred by September 9.

For teachers who request it, 1.5 CTLE hours. Please check the box on the registration form.

Co-Sponsored by


Venue and Breakfast Sponsor

2018-19 Program Year Sponsor



WNY STEM Hub Partner Events and Activities

WNY STEM Hub holds events and activities throughout the program year, open to our 800+ partners.

STEM Sessions  are engaging panel discussions with community leaders on special topics, followed by time for networking.

Learning Tours are “field trips” for educators and administrators to schools and other learning sites to gain valuable knowledge about STEM learning in our region.

WNY STEM Student Showcase celebrates our signature summer programs for students. See STEM learning in action!

Join us to learn more about STEM learning in our region, and network with your fellow STEM supporters.

Our 2018-19 Program Year will begin with a STEM Session on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Details on this program and the balance of our program year will be posted this summer.


Thank you to our Lead Program Sponsor for 2018-19.


Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for STEM Sessions and Learning Tours.

Email mkavanaugh@wnystem.org for more information.