Petulia Blake-Scontrino of New Haven, assistant teaching professor of management at Quinnipiac University, was invited to speak at the 2017 China International Technology Transfer Conference Nov. 27-29 in Beijing.
Blake-Scontrino was invited as an “outstanding female scientist” and was asked to deliver a keynote speech about mutual respect and gender equality. She was one of 11 scholars and educators selected from around the world to discuss the social obstacles that females encounter when working in technology and innovative environments.
“It is such an honor to be invited to speak,” she said. “For more than 10 years, I have been teaching in diverse settings and motivating, mentoring and coaching female and male students and professionals to fulfill their dreams. Having worked in male-dominated industries for several years, it is important to encourage organizational leaders at this event to create initiatives that enable more girls to get involved in technology-oriented projects.”
The conference has developed into the biggest event in the line of international technology transfer professional networks since it was first held in 2011. It is designed to help promote and facilitate global technology transfer between universities, research centers, science parks, competitive clusters, public organizations, as well as the Chinese industry.
Blake-Scontrino joined Quinnipiac in 2016. She has worked as a business analyst, a construction project coordinator, a case manager, a career coach and an adviser for many for-profit and non-for-profit organizations. She has traveled to more than 35 countries and continues to do consulting work for small businesses all over the world.
Each year, Blake-Scontrino conducts presentation workshops for both American and international students at the Quinnipiac Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She also co-facilitates the truly unique Summer Entrepreneurship and Learning Academy, a program that gives students from every high school in New Haven, Connecticut, the chance to design, develop and market their own consumer products.