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Mandë Holford

Dr. Mandë Holford is as an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medical College. Her joint appointments reflect her interdisciplinary research, which goes from mollusks to medicine, combining chemistry and biology to discover, characterize, and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails as tools for manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. She has received several awards including being recently named a New Champion Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum, the prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and named a 21st Century Chemist in the NBC-Learn, Chemistry Now series. Dr. Holford is actively involved in science education, advancing the public understanding of science, and science diplomacy. She is cofounder of KillerSnails.com, a learning games company that uses extreme creatures, like venomous marine snails, as a conduit to advance scientific learning on a global scale. She is also cofounder of RAISEW.org, an NSF project to increase women in science. Dr. Holford codeveloped a premier Science Diplomacy course at The Rockefeller University to encourage early career scientists to think globally about the impacts of their research as it pertains to international relations. Dr. Holford is a Life Member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and a AAAS Science &Technology Policy Fellow. Dr. Holford received her PhD in Synthetic Protein Chemistry from The Rockefeller University.


Tiffany Kapler

Tiffany is a STEM education specialist, consultant, and occasional blogger. Her background and interests are in biology and informal education (museums, zoos, nature centers, etc.). That said, she is a learner at heart and loves to stretch herself and grow. Tiffany was drawn to a career in science education as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. After returning home, she expanded her science repertoire as a school programs educator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Currently, Tiffany runs her own STEM education and consulting business. She has worked on various informal education projects with organizations such as the Denver Zoo and the New York Academy of Sciences. She has also created classroom resources in collaboration with American Scientific, LLC and Rocky Mountain PBS. Tiffany is passionate about helping the public understand the nature of science as a way exploring and understanding the world. She believes that there is a little bit of scientist and engineer in all of us and thrills in guiding others through their own “why’s” and “ah-ha” moments.


Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter
Senior Vice President Global R&D, PepsiCo, Inc.

Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter is Senior Vice President of PepsiCo’s Global R&D with global responsibility for PepsiCo’s newly created Technical Center of Excellence for Dairy & Chocolate (TCoE), located in Cork Ireland. Heidi leads the TCoE in acquiring and adapting transformational technologies and introducing best in class capabilities to bring PepsiCo to the forefront in Dairy and “Chocolate” across Innovation, Quality and Compliance. To achieve this, the team leverages strong connections with the Global R&D categories, external strategic alliance partners, open innovation models and provides training to build technical skills across the globe.

Prior to this assignment, Heidi held the position as Senior Vice President of PepsiCo’s Global Foods R&D where she had responsibility for PepsiCo Americas Foods R&D and was leading the Global Foods R&D Governance Board. Her responsibility covered several $1bln dollar brands such as Lays- the world’s largest snacks brand, Doritos, Cheetos and Quaker.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the CPG Foods and Beverages industry, Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter has a proven track record of leading and commercializing a large number of foods and beverages innovations in more than 10 different categories that have delighted consumers in many parts of the world and have driven impressive business results.

In 2012, Heidi was named among the “Top 100 Women Leaders in STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). After serving as founding chair for the STEM Innovation Task Force, Heidi has recently been appointed as

Senior Advisor for Global Affairs of STEMconnector® in Washington D.C. In this role, she gives guidance to the roll out and implementation of STEMconnector’s US based programs to other parts of the world such as the Million Women Mentor’s program. Heidi also serves as chair for the Global STEM talent Summit 2016 , as founding and co-chair of the first ever PepsiCo STEM council and has authored and co- authored several publications on STEM 2.0, a new cross industry concept highlighting new critical capability platforms for the future STEM talent pipeline.

Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter earned her PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science/ Engineering/Nutrition from the Universities of Hohenheim and Giessen in Germany. She has also studied Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior at the State University of New York, Product Development at the University of Tennessee, and completed the TGMP General Manager Program at Harvard Business School. Heidi also holds a degree in Quality and Audit management.

Heidi is married and her son Dominik is a graduate of James Madison University, International School of Business.