Women in Making Forum

Women in Making 2022
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UConn’s Women in Making Forum seeks to highlight and celebrate how women find success within the maker movement. We will celebrate success stories and discuss best practices to navigate obstacles through interactive discussion and empowering skill-building workshops. Attendees will leave with a renewed sense of self-reliance and confidence in their individual abilities, realizing a deeper sense of self through hands-on learning.

Thank you for registering and we look forward to seeing you at the event!



Giveaways • Skillshare Takeaways • Free Food • Skill-Building

Women in Making Forum Program

Tentative Program

We will observe all health and safety guidelines. Masks are strongly recommended at all times, as well as any other personal protective equipment required for your skillshares, if needed.

9:00am Check In Begins Check in and get settled.
9:30am Welcome Keynote
10:00am Skillshare Session #1 There will be different skillshares to choose from. You will choose one when you register.
11:00am Break
Wrap up Skillshare #1 and move to Skillshare #2.
11:10am Skillshare Session #2 There will be different skillshares to choose from. You will choose one when you register.
12:10pm Break
Wrap up Skillshare #2 and move to lunch location.
12:15pm Networking Lunch We will provide lunch safely for those attending in-person.
12:45pm Thank-You & Closing Remarks


Our In-Person Skillshares: Session #1 Options

Signature Signage with IZone Maker Specialist Mattie Elkin

Faciltator: Mattie Elkin

Learn the basics behind combining woodworking, vinyl cutting & laser engraving with your own creativity to make custom signs and decor.

Mattie Elkin Photo


About Mattie: Mattie is a Sophomore Digital Media and Design major specializing in applying web design, graphic design, photography, and visual communication to business problems. After college, she plans to work in Digital Marketing Strategies to help companies communicate their purpose and create brands that resonate with their audiences. Mattie is a current member of the Innovation Learning Community and is passionate about the Innovation Zone mission to inspire and encourage collaboration and creativity in the maker space and beyond. Her motto, “Make Every Obstacle an Opportunity”, highlights her desire to work together as a community to figure things out – to learn collectively from each other to build better than we could build alone. Her specialties include web design, graphic design, painting, drawing, and vinyl work

Instagram: mattie.elkin
Instagram2: msagedesign

Think Spring! Landscape Painting with Benton Museum Curator Mollie Sixsmith

Faciltator: Mollie Sixsmith

Relax and refocus during this hands-on art workshop! Learn the basics of landscape painting and then try your hand at creating your own masterpiece on real canvas board. No prior painting experience is necessary and participants will take their completed works of art home.

About Mollie:

Mollie Sixsmith, Curator of Education at The William Benton Museum of Art, oversees learning and engagement for K-12 and community audiences. She has spent over twelve years teaching in museums, with a focus on object-based learning and hands-on art making experiences. Mollie holds a M.A. with a focus in humanities from Wesleyan University and a B.A. in art history from the University of Rhode Island.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mollie-clarke-sixsmith-9a1132a1

Journaling for Wellness with co-founder of Sparkle Wellness Millenia Polanco

Faciltator: Millenia Polanco

Focus on your well-being and learn to utilize various journaling techniques used to improve focus, reduce anxiety, and improve wellness overall.


About Millenia: Millenia Polanco is a Senior matriculating in Computer Science at the University of Connecticut.  As an artist, researcher, and computer scientist, she works to merge the gap between both disciplines through conducting personal and group projects.  In 2018, she traveled to Ghana, Africa to serve on a medical brigade, where she also taught communities the importance of healing through dance and completed data analysis.  Following her travels to Ghana, she attended London South Bank University in 2020 to study Computer Science and Creative Industries.  While immersed in her studies, she worked to develop an educational outreach event, focused on establishing a business in Science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).  In 2021 she contributed to the Sparkle Wellness: Guided Journal, as an illustrator and author. The journal is sold on amazon and aims to support individuals in personal wellness through guided prompts and affirmations.  She continues to seek opportunities to learn, heal, and teach the importance of STEAM in local and global communities.  


Overnight Oats with Werth Innovator Rachel Laemle

Faciltator: Rachel Laemle

Do you ever feel that your mornings are a rush and need an easy grab-n-go breakfast option? During this workshop you will learn to create Overnight Oats in mason jars, a healthy and super-customizable on-the-go snack/meal.

About Rachel: Rachel is a Nutritional Sciences major at UConn.  In addition to being a Werth Innovator with the Werth Institute, she is also a food blogger and club leader.

Instagram @rachel.laemle

Our In-Person Skillshares: Session #2 Options

Making Miniatures with BOLD Scholar Hope Dymond and Mechanical Engineering Major Adeena Myrie

Faciltators: Hope Dymond & Adeena Myrie

Test your creativity and innovative thinking by repurposing and upcycling materials to create miniature versions of houseplants and vanities.

About Hope:

Hope is a UConn BOLD Schola senior. She is majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in human rights. Hope loves houseplants, flowers, and any type of green growing thing. She also enjoys crafting and being creative. 

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/hope-dymond-262213175/

About Adeena:


 Adeena Myrie is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in design and manufacturing. She is from Hartford, CT but a Jamaican native. She will be walking you through creating a matchbox vanity. Adeena first designed this project while she was back home and had the chance to present it in a national competition where she won third place.

LinkedIn: Adeena Myrie

Instagram: @dee._.20

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser with Chemical Engineering Major Nia Samuels

Faciltator: Nia Samuels

Create your custom essential oil mix and reed diffuser. Participants will learn the benefits of various essential oil scents and create their own unique scents with personally designed diffusers. Discussions on affirmations and wellness practices will also take place throughout the session.

About Nia: Nia is a senior Chemical Engineering major with Materials Science and Engineering minor at UConn.  In her time as an undergrad, she has found that wellness and self-care have to be a priority. Through her involvement with student groups, she is passionate about creating support for students and building community, especially for underrepresented groups. 

Bright Lights! with IZone Maker Specialist and IDEA Grant Recipient Jasmine Morris

Faciltator: Jasmine Morris

Combining electronics and art, participants will use Neon Lights to create custom designs.

About Jasmine: Jasmine is an Animal Science major who hopes to one day run her own veterinary practice. A Ravenclaw at heart, she loves learning and creating, which led her to join her high school’s robotics team. She loves spending time outdoors and with friends. She is so excited to join the IZone team and help people take their projects from their imagination to reality.

Sewing in 3 Dimensions: Principles of Pattern Making for Apparel & Stuffed Animals with Happy Dinosaur founder Lyla Andrick

Faciltator: Lyla Andrick

Learn to create pattern blocks for yourself based on your own measurements that you can use as a base for an infinite number of modifications and alternate patterns

About Lyla: I am a second-year Animal Science major who will soon be declaring an Interdisciplinary major of Veterinary Digital Media Design in Business. I'm interested in Equine Tech Ed and surgical animation. I am currently running a business called Happy Dinosaur in which I sell handmade dinosaur plushies and dinosaur related products. All the products are original and handmade and I sell them online and in retail at a store in Rhinebeck, New York. I am a member of the UConn Dressage Team and I look forward to growing my business this semester while potentially pursuing Tech Ed. 

Business instagram: @_happy_dinosaur

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