President Alice P. Gast joined an influential group of leaders in New York City in December to advance the role and participation of women in the sciences. On Decenber 10, the same evening as the awarding of the 2011 Nobel Prizes, the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) hosted “Celebrating Women in Science” to derive meaningful outcomes from the centennial of one of the greatest achievements in science. DuPont Chair of the Board and CEO Ellen Kullman, who delivered the 2011 Lehigh commencement address in May, provided the keynote to the NYAS event. Earlier in December, President Gast participated in the 25th anniversary of the Council on Competitiveness as a panelist and member of the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative Steering Committee. In particular, she lent her experiences at Lehigh and as a lifelong engineer to the panel discussion on “Harnessing the Power and Potential of American Talent.” Her discussions focused on the best ways for employers to cultivate talent, redesign the college experience to better connect students to the world of work, and increase educational and professional interest in the sciences.