Next Frontier Conference

November 9th - 10th, 2022

9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

About the Event

Join students and early career adults for two days of education, exploration, and discovery about the industries that will shape our future.
Hear from experts, connect with peers, interview for internships and jobs, and learn more about how you can get involved in the Next Frontier of STEM. The future is in focus—and you will help us build it.

The event will feature:

  • Keynote sessions with industry experts
  • Panel discussions about key areas of discovery
  • An interactive job fair
  • Opportunities for networking and connection
  • In-depth education about STEM fields
  • Introduction of hands-on challenges
  • And more!

Parity Project

NFI Highlight

Why Attend?

OnDemand Workshops

Learn from experts in each of Base 11's 10 next frontier industries. Tune into powerful conversations with STEM leaders as we bring the future into focus.

Live College & Career Expo

Find your next great opportunity by connecting with leaders and recruiters from our partner organizations in a wide range of industries, including Amazon, Regeneron, Coinbase, and more!

Networking Roundtables

Jump into roundtable conversations on a dozen different topics, ranging from FinTech to the app you can't live without. Share your experiences, learn from leaders, and be inspired by your peers as you inspire others!


The timezone of the agenda is Pacific Time.


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Job Fair, Networking, & Roundtables



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Welcome & Movement Moment

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Lyo Reneau
Fitness Expert & Trainer

Get up and get moving with personal trainer and fitness expert Lyo Reneau!

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Creating a New Kind of Incubator for Entrepreneurs

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Jerry Norris
CEO and Founder of The Flege and Coinbase Competition Winner

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FinTech Opens Up a World of Possibilities

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Rosa Wang
Strategist and author

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Fighting for Parity

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Landon Taylor
Founder of Base 11, co-founder of Legacy First Partners LLC.

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Gabrielle D. Harris
Chief of Staff and Interim Parity Project Program Manager for Base 11

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Chanda Lowrance
Founder of MicroHaven Homes

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Kiante Bush
Associate Manager at Accenture Federal Services

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Jasmine Bacchus
Financial Analyst in the Financial Rotation Program (FRP) at Microsoft

The Parity Project has a bold goal: 13.4% Black representation in leadership roles by 2030. Learn how young leaders are moving the needle through the Parity Project Innovation Challenge and hear about what is in store as we launch year two of the challenge!

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

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SESSION 2: Women Paving the Way to Mars

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Susan Ip-Jewell MD, DCEG, DOD, EMGM (c)
CEO/Co-founder MMAARS

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Emmy Jewell BSc, MSc (c)
COO/Co-founder MMAARS

The mother/daughter team of Susan and Emmy Jewell have their sights set on Mars. But to get there, they've had to overcome the challenges of being women in male-dominated industries.

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The Power of Data Science + Q&A

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Sindhuja Venkatesh

In this talk, I'll share my career journey so far, introduce various applications of Data Science, briefly touch on different Data Science roles at Amazon and provide some tips on preparing for a career in Data Science and Machine Learning.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

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The Importance of Culture in Work

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April Castañeda
Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

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SESSION 3: Creating Opportunities in Crypto: The Coinbase Innovation Challenge

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Darin Carter, Program Manager

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Anis Taylor
Co-Founder and COO of SnapRefund

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Roque Pech
Vice President of Programs, Urban TXT: Teens Exploring Technology

Learn more about the creative ideas that were born out of the Coinbase Innovation Challenge, "Breakthroughs in Blockchain for a Better World." Discover how innovative leaders are using crypto to change the world—and hear about the ideas that have continued to grow and develop in the wake of a Base 11 Innovation Challenge.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

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Making the World Accessible Through Technology

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Jeremy Martinez, M.D.
Addiction Psychyatrist, Founder of La'i Communities, and Coinbase Challenge Winner

Dr. Jeremy Martinez was also a Coinbase 2022 winner. Now he's building a smart house to better serve people with mental and physical disabilities.

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On Life Support: Keeping Your Dream Alive

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Derek J. Robinson, MD, MBA

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Ross Mac
Financial Expert

Dr. Robinson shares his journey from a childhood interest in science to claiming his dream of becoming a physician. He discusses the challenges he faced, how they ultimately prepared him to be a compassionate doctor, and the experiences that taught and motivated him to push forward when it seemed as though failure was the likely outcome.

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For Women, By Women, Powered By Women: FemTech and Early Stage Investing

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Abbie Strabala
Associate, True Wealth Ventures

Venture capitalist Abbie Strabala Abbie invests in women: bringing together women-owned businesses and women investors to up doors of opportunity in the new space of FemTech.

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The Future of Wearable Technology

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Keith Kirkland
Chief Haptic Officer (CHO) and Cofounder of WearWorks

Keith Kirkland's career took him from engineering to Coach handbags to design in Japan—before landing on building the future of wearable technology. He's transforming what's possible and pushing the limits of haptics.

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Q&A with Pauli The PSM

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Pauli The PSM

Join drummer, composer and musical director, Pauli The PSM, for an in-depth interview about his passion for the intersection of arts and sciences. Learn about his work with NASA and hear about his latest ambient record, "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind: SPACE" inspired by the pre-Babylonian zodiac symbols released earlier this year. Pauli is proud to have the first ever music video shot in space which premiered at NASA Kennedy Space Center, birthing an ongoing relationship between his label and youth outreach program, The People’s Space Program, and the US Space Administration.

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Teniel Jones
Teniel Jones, MS, SHRM-CP - President and CEO - Base 11

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Doug Bender
Chairman, Base 11

Close out our awesome two days with Base 11 CEO and President Teniel Jones and Board Chair Doug Bender. We'll recap everything we've learned—and announce the winners of our Leaderboard! These winners will receive prize packages from our partners at Amazon, including Echo Show 8s, wearables, Kindles, gift cards, and more!

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Job Fair and Networking

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Teniel Jones
Teniel Jones, MS, SHRM-CP - President and CEO - Base 11

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Donnell Layne
Co-founder and Co-CEO of TwinFlame Ventures

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Become Your Best Advocate: Building a Career in Aerospace

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Keji Sojobi
Space Vehicle Mechanisms RDE at Northrop Grumman, Aerospace Engineer in Ada Twist Scientist on Netflix

Discover how opto-mechanical aerospace engineer Keji Sojobi she got her start in aerospace, her work on the James Webb telescope, and her advice for becoming your own best advocate.

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Getting Started in Tech: A Conversation with Amazon Engineers

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Aurore Lariven

Join a conversation with Amazon an engineer to hear how she got her start, what's exciting her about her industry, and her best ideas for building your own career in tech.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

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Books, Laughs, Engineering and Failure

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LaDonna Patterson
Advanced Automation Engineer at Tesla

We all fail— but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Join LaDonna Patterson, advanced automation engineer at Tesla, to hear more about the challenges and opportunities of building a career in advanced manufacturing.

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Show Up As Yourself: Uncovering the World of Venture Capital

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Debbie Rumbo,
Founder at OMNST

Dive into venture capital with Debbie Rumbo, founder of her own VC firm, OMNST. Learn how she defined her own path—and learned finance along the way.

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Couches and Connections: An Asian American Handbook to (not) Planning Your Career Path in Tech

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T. Jason Ortiz
Enterprise Customer Success at Section4

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Christina Goldschmidt
VP & Head of Product Design, Etsy

Tune into a conversation with T. Jason Ortiz, Enterprise Customer Success at EdTech startup Section4, and Christina Goldschmidt, VP and Head of Product Design at Etsy, as they recount their own winding journeys to tech success.

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My Experiences with the Regeneron Innovation Challenge

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Lyndon Mitnaul
Senior Director at Regeneron's Genetics Center, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Gary Kawakami

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Janae McCloud

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Areahna O'Rea

Take a look back at this year's Regeneron DNA Diversity Challenge—and how we are working together to improve Black representation in medical research.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

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The Future of Biotechnology

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Dr. Patrick Oates

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Anthonise Louis Fields, PhD

Join a conversation on the future of biotechnology and biomanufacturing with BioTech experts led by Dr. Patrick Oates.

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Connecting you to Base 11 Digital

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Jade Kim
Student Success Specialist at Base 11

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We Are What We Eat: The Many Paths of Food Science

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Ellen Shumaker, PhD
Director of Outreach, Safe Plates program at NC State University

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Allen McGee
Food Scientist

Next time you eat a snack, consider the immense amount of science that went into what's on your plate. Dive into the many facets of food science with Ellen Thomas, PhD, Outreach Director for Safe Plates at NC State University, and Allen McGee, Food Scientist.

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We Can Do More With Education (and Data) + Q&A

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Jim Hollis
Executive Director, Calculus Roundtable

Jim Hollis sold a successful startup, built a career in big data, then followed his passion back to education—where he is now redefining success for math and science students. And he wants you to join him.

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How to Build a Career in Technology + Q&A

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Jeanine Wilson

Walk through the steps it takes to build a successful career in tech. Learn what you should do now to prepare you for the future.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

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In Engineering Right for Me?

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Nicole Melendez, P.E.

Nicole Melendez has always loved infrastructure—a word she didn't learn until she was in high school. Now, she's responsible for designing innovative bridges and pushing what's possible in engineering.

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Base 11 Space Innovation Challenge

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Jean-Philippe Laguerre
Dassault Systèmes

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

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Two Pennies To The Stars: A Story of Planetary Science and Perseverance

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Darian Dixon
Planetary Geologist

When Darian was young his mother told him a truth that forever changed the trajectory of his life. A truth that inspired him to reach for his most deeply-held dreams. That inspiration was channeled into a career in the space sciences studying the geology of Mars and operating some of the most sophisticated spacecraft NASA has created. This talk will introduce the fields of Planetary Science and Spacecraft Operations, share Darian's story, and explore that one truth that made it all possible.

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STEM Career Playbook with Unity's Jessica Lindl

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Leland Melvin
Engineer & Astronaut

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Jessica Lindl
VP of Social Impact and Education at Unity

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

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Virtual Happy Hour & Roundtables

Frequently Asked Questions
No problem! We’re so excited to introduce you to these fields—and we have a feeling you’ll love learning more! Feel free to visit Base 11 Digital in the meantime for a quick primer on the Next Frontier Initiative and more.
Nope! Feel free to come and go as your schedule allows.
We’ll share links to the recordings after the event! It’s great to join us live so that you can participate in conversations and discussions with other attendees—but you’ll have access to all of the sessions as videos, too.