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10/21/2021

Opening Keynote: Stephanie Hill, Lockheed Martin Corporation

8:30 AM –
9:45 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/21/2021

Core Principles for Successfully Navigating Your Dynamic STEM Journey

Thriving while persevering through your STEM journey can seem extremely impossible. From choosing a major to deciding on a career path to working toward that career to actually achieving and excelling in that career. A typical STEM journey is constantly evolving with different challenges, frustrations, and setbacks that dampen our esteem and weaken our resolve to emerge as leaders in the fields of Engineering and Technology. The goal of this session is to share reflections, challenges, and practical actions to empower you through your STEM journey. The presenter will draw from her experiences navigating the world of STEM while facing a string of uncertainties and challenges. Attendees will leave the session with a self-realization of how to strategically apply the core principles of resilience and tenacity throughout their journey.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/21/2021

Courageous Conversations: Get Comfortable With the Uncomfortable

You’re so articulate! Where are you really from? Would you mind taking the meeting notes? The list doesn’t end here. Social issues and microaggressions, particularly ones surrounding race and gender, are often uncomfortable topics of discussion.This session aims to highlight the importance of addressing micro- and macroaggressions upfront and with dignity through courageous conversations. We will discuss strategies, dos and don’ts’ and skills needed to hold these candid, courageous conversations.
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11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/21/2021

Built Ford Tough: An Inside Look at Ford Motor Company

For over 100 years, Ford Motor Company had been a powerhouse of American innovation and manufacturing. Come hear what a day in the life of a Ford engineer is like in four different areas of our company, as well as how Ford has been navigating obstacles and supporting our country during the pandemic. Ford is excited to share an inside look at our company, our culture, and our career opportunities with you.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/21/2021

Northrop Grumman Executive Session: Allyship and Leading in the New Normal

Over the past year, our society has simultaneously experienced a pandemic, civil unrest, natural disasters and a new social consciousness. These factors have had a major impact on today’s workplace as outside influencers have a significant effect on employees’ emotional and physical wellbeing. How a leader responds can affect employee engagement as well as the efficacy of teams. Leaders of all levels have been challenged to demonstrate social awareness, develop emotional intelligence, evolve, and “up skill” quickly to address the needs of employees within their organizations. In this session, our leaders will discuss how they have adjusted their leadership styles, learned to be better listeners, demonstrated empathy, and developed skills in allyship to maintain employee engagement, increase team productivity, and facilitate unity across the organization. They will share relevant stories from personal experiences over the past year, and provide tips on how current and future leaders can effectively lead when employees are experiencing stress outside of the organization that carries over into their workplace experience.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/21/2021

Owens Corning – The Material Difference is YOU

When it comes to beginning a career, having the chance to work in a real-world environment is key. As a diverse and global company that has been nurturing leaders for over 80 years, that’s exactly what we offer at Owens Corning. Through our Internships and Leadership Development Programs, you take on real projects, learn from industry experts, and truly drive impact. To learn, grow and thrive bring your skills to work with our industry leading company. Learn more at https://jobs.owenscorning.com/earlycareer.
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11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/21/2021

Let’s Talk About Interviewing: Preparing for a Technical Interview

Often those early in their careers, many returning to work after a leave, or those looking to do a career change lack the skills to showcase their talents in the span of an interview. Our talk will help potential candidates understand the components of a technical interview, how to prepare for an interview, get insight on what the interviewers are looking for, prepare for coding questions, and more. We’ll tear apart the interview process and attendees will walk away with understanding of how to be successful in interviews. We’ll give attendees a chance to practice with each other and an understanding a handful of tip and tricks to succeed for in-person and online interviews.
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11:00 AM
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11:00 AM
10/21/2021

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine: Lightspeed Aspiration with Industrial Automation!

On April 23, 2020, my boss suddenly asked to meet with me and another colleague to talk about the Pfizer COVID-19 project. One of us, he said, was going to define and lead the global automation strategy, but he still needed to decide which one. The innovative technology did not exist. No machine in the market could commercially formulate our mRNA vaccine. No one had ever produced an mRNA vaccine before. Two Pfizer facilities with strong resources and different standards for industrial automation were selected. I was “just” a woman that relocated recently to the U.S.A. from Spain. After standing up for this audacious challenge, I have lived the most difficult, yet extraordinary, year of my life. It was an honor to be in the Pfizer COVID-19 program. It was a year of personal growth. I offer my respect and love for all COVID-19 victims and their families and friends.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/21/2021

Stand Out! Pitch Yourself and Own the Career Fair

Want to get noticed? Stand out from the masses by mastering your elevator pitch! Learn how to showcase your professional value and experience so that your audience wants to learn more. We’ll walk through the components of the pitch, the crafting process, and when to use it at a virtual or in person event! The presentation will include what to do before, during, and after the career fair, as well as resume basics.
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11:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:45 AM
10/21/2021

Inspirational Insights: Racism and Its Compounding Effect Across Underrepresented Groups

Join a panel of diversity, equity and inclusion thought leaders as they delve into the concept of Race and how it has evolved. You will be taken on a journey thru history ending with the modern concept of Race and Racism. The conversation will then pivot to how racism has played a role in the propagation of other oppressive biases, including heterosexism, ableism, and classism. Learn first-hand how the speakers have used their professional talents to drive inclusion, fight social injustice, and demand progress while embracing their intersectional identities using their personal stories to convey their messages authentically. You will leave this session feeling informed, inspired, and ready to take action to advance your advocacy in diversity, equity, and inclusion and be able to: Describe the origins of Race and how it has evolved across the decades. Recognize racism in everyday scenarios and how it inhibits even well-intentioned activities. Identify ways to be an Ally at home and in the workplace, including courageous conversations.
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11:45 AM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/21/2021

Aspiring Towards Affluence—Robust Wealth-Management Acumen by Women, for Women

During the transition from college to full-time jobs, young professionals often make financial decisions with little to no guidance (i.e., negotiating salaries, choosing 401k investments, renting vs. buying, etc). Studies show that women earn less than men for the same role and are less comfortable making financial decisions than men. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted gender disparities. Women comprise over half of pandemic-related job losses and often bear the majority of unpaid care-related responsibilities, rendering them more vulnerable to economic disruptions. Therefore, it is more important than ever for women to strengthen their wealth-management acumen. This workshop will: 1. Highlight technical skills empowering financial decisions. 2. Review investment asset classes, growth potentials, and advantages of each one for achieving financial goals. 3. Offer strategies for mitigating risk on the path towards financial independence. 4. Highlight personal experiences from women engineers in various stages of their careers followed by Q&A.
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12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/21/2021

Boston Scientific – Finding Fulfillment during the Pandemic

Presenter & Moderator: VP, Global Operations Strategy Supporting women in the workplace especially throughout this pandemic is a significant part of our diversity and inclusion efforts, and one of the reasons we have been recognized in 2021 as Fortune World’s Most Admired Company. Join Boston Scientific to learn how our culture of caring and winning spirit are helping to drive meaningful innovation for patients around the world. Our session will be moderated by one of our executive sponsors, Terrance Brick. This panel of female engineers at various stages will discuss their professional careers, share their individual journeys, professional development, and unique experiences working at Boston Scientific dealing with COVID-19. Join us as we discover how different women found fulfillment during the pandemic. We look forward to having you at our session!
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12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/21/2021

Engineers Thriving Through Ambiguity

Imagine waking up one morning and realizing your daily routine has been disrupted and you’re tasked with approaching your work differently. Oh wait, we‘ve lived through that this past year! Have you reflected on the key skills you’ve used this year, or new tools you’ve acquired? How can you leverage them moving forward to be more effective in your role? Come hear perspectives from four different leaders on how they’ve adapted through the challenges of the past year. Discover ways to foster inclusion in a new, virtual environment. Explore how resilience is built into our DNA as engineers, and how this is a key strength to lead teams through periods of uncertainty. Lastly, you’ll be able to reflect on how you’ve further developed over the past year, and lessons you’ll carry forward.
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12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/21/2021

General Dynamics Tech Talk: Modernizing Mission Critical Monoliths: A Case Study on Modernizing Applications

Legacy monolith applications that are mission-critical are heavily used by enterprises, but their outdated technology stack holds enterprises back from surpassing their competition. While their core capabilities excel, updating legacy applications to a modern architecture by leveraging disruptive technologies such as microservices, containerization, and Blockchain ledgers ensures future business opportunities, greater customer satisfaction, a productive workforce, and flexibility to adapt to changing market conditions. This presentation covers General Dynamics Mission Systems’ journey in modernizing a high-profile, mission-critical business application for a DOD customer, without impacting their day-to-day operations, and how others can implement similar change for their organization.
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12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/21/2021

Intel Info Session: Aspiring to Inspire- Ourselves and others

Many of us chose careers in engineering to solve problems, drive real change, and make the world to make it a better place to live. Our day to day can feel very different from those aspirations. We need inspiration regularly to motivate us to take action, tie us back to our passions and talents, and give us confidence to make powerful changes. Join several Intel leaders in a discussion about what actions we take and how we prioritize our focus to make us feel fulfilled in our career choices. Leave inspired to transform your day to day and how you lead.
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12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/21/2021

Keysight’s Journey to DevOps And Agile Development

As the pace of digital transformation increases, Agile-DevOps (Development and Operations -DevOps) transformation has become a leading topic and the highest priority for senior leadership, stakeholders, teams, and customers. DevOps, the methodology which combines software development and information technology operations has proven to accelerate time to market, quality of software releases and operations, and improves developer efficiency. It is reshaping how organizations innovate and quickly deliver positive business outcomes. However, transitioning to DevOps requires an essential shift in attitudes and approaches. Also, continuous releasing software may sound great in theory but it is riddled with challenges. The purpose of this presentation is to provide Kesyight’s approach to DevOps and guidance on the investments that we made in software development, test, and deployment automation to enable the transformation from a traditional software delivery model to a continuous delivery model.
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12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/21/2021

OperationALL: Allies for Gender Equity

Women are leaving the engineering profession in much greater numbers than men. And 30% of women cite organizational climate as the reason. Workplaces with a “bro culture” can stifle women’s ability to be heard, advance, or feel safe. When men and women work together as allies, they will build more inclusive workplaces. This journey begins through intentional interaction between women and men as friends, colleagues, mentors, and sponsors. This experienced panel of men in STEM will facilitate a robust discussion with actionable strategies for successful male allyship for all genders. Together, we will explore active advocacy for gender equity, public sponsorship, and building diverse networks. You will walk away with a plan using proven strategies to support positive change where you live, work, volunteer, and everywhere you interact with others.
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12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/21/2021

Overlooked Talent: Women of Color in Engineering

According to the Women of Color in the Engineering Workplace study published by SWE and NSBE, only 4% of engineering degrees are earned by women of color. Furthermore, women of color make up less than 2% of all engineering professionals. This session will address intersectionality in engineering as it applies to women of color and the distinct disadvantages they experience as their race and gender overlap. We will discuss why they are underrepresented and undervalued in engineering and identify ways to rise above and build a community of support that invests in their potential. Come listen to the panel speakers talk about their experiences as women of color in engineering and how they have been able to overcome unique challenges and make their voices heard.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/21/2021

Unlocking Asian American Leadership Potential (SASE)

Paraag Maddiwar, formerly a Director of Supply Chain Management at Procter & Gamble and currently Director of Professional Programs for SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers), will share SASE Pro’s research into the unique challenges for Asian professionals to rise to leadership in US companies. Paraag will share four common factors limiting advancement for Asians and include an examination into the cultural differences that drive those factors. Finally, Paraag will discuss a path forward for Asians to develop the cultural agility needed to achieve greater professional success, including how SASE Pro is approaching this challenge.
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12:30 PM
12:30 PM
1:45 PM
10/21/2021

Inspirational Insights: We Don’t Want to Live in a WALL-E World

What role do you want to play in a net-zero future? As society continues to work towards our climate goals, it is imperative that we don’t lose sight of the need for sustainability. By minimizing waste, using natural regenerative systems, and keeping as much material inside the value chain as possible, we can lower our carbon emissions while building a more sustainable and profitable world for future generations. These are the key concepts of a circular economy, which our panel members will discuss as they address today’s technology challenges and the reskilling required to solve them. No matter what field you’re interested in or how many years of experience you have, there is room for all of us to play a part in reaching a low-carbon future. By the end of this session, you should be able to: Identify the critical role sustainability has in lowering our carbon footprint. Recognize the top technology challenges to reach climate goals. Identify ways reskilling can help us make a positive impact on climate goals.
12:30 PM –
1:45 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
10/21/2021

NSA Tech Talk: Driving Change in a World of Uncertainty

Have you ever faced something new and weren’t sure how to approach the situation? Today, I will share my story about how I embarked in my biggest career challenge when as an NSA Systems Engineer I joined NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to guide an organization through a change initiative. I will share how I navigated the unknown, moved away from my comfort zone, and guided the organization through the change effort creating long-term impact. Discover techniques to adapt, make an impact, and respond quickly to any situation. I will inspire you to use your strengths and be the change!
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2:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
10/21/2021

The Boeing Company Information Session: Learn How We Build Careers

Join our panel discussion with Boeing leaders as they share their unique personal career paths and insight to how you too can build a career. The sky is the limit working at Boeing. As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems. Boeing provides limitless opportunities to innovate, create and design not only our products, but your future. Boeing’s diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity. We are also dedicated to improving the representation and inclusion of women — particularly in STEM careers and leadership — and proactively work to enable equal opportunities for women leaders in the workplace.
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2:00 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/21/2021

Booz Allen Hamilton Tech Talk: 5G: Connecting the Future – Explore Design, a Use Case, and the Wild of What 5G Means

Join Booz Allen Hamilton engineers and technologists in exploring 5G and the connections envisioned for the future! Learn about Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and how its tools can accelerate and document design interfaces. Listen to how we are taking 5G to the streets, cities, and towns nationwide to understand its real-world performance. Get a feel for the new frontier of immersive experiences enabled by 5G. Learn how we are securing 5G ecosystems with zero trust architecture (ZTA) security principles to make them more resilient. Excited to have you meet the diverse skillsets needed to connect the future of 5G!
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/21/2021

Dell Technologies Info Session: Being Bold, Agile & One Team – A Model for Driving Inspiration

Inspired talent produces innovation, results and products that delight customers. Come find out about a model that enables inspiration at all levels in an organization. Learn how to think boldly, act with agility and operate as one team where diversity of thought and experience pave the way to a successful career.
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/21/2021

Developing Leaders, the West Point Way

The United States Military Academy at West Point relies on a rigorous, 47-month experience to take high school graduates from cadet candidates to Army officers, capable of solving complex tactical problems and leading dynamic organizations upon graduation. The West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS) is rooted in the concepts of development and accountability, and aims to produce competent, capable leaders. This panel will discuss the key components of WPLDS and how cadets are evaluated on leadership skills. It will examine cadet experience and major leadership milestones, as well as the impact and outcomes from those experiences. It will then focus on assessing ways in which WPLDS can be applied by outside organizations looking to develop young leaders. Panelists will include West Point instructors and cadets who are also SWE members.
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/21/2021

Discover Tech Talk: Cloud Data Journey

Join us as you learn to fly from Ground to Cloud: The Four C’s, accomplishments, lesson learned and more!
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/21/2021

Engage K-12 Students Through Adult Advocate Training and SWENext Clubs

Are you an active K-12 Outreach event planner for your Section, Affiliate, or MAL group that is looking for ways to improve your events? Are you interested in breaking into the SWENext Clubs community? You can transform volunteers from just being activity helpers to “adult advocates” with 3 simple training topics – being an effective role model, knowing how to introduce engineering topics to different ages, and understanding how to work with underserved youth. These topics are vital to successful outreach as well as developing exceptional club counselors and advisors. You will then learn how you can apply this knowledge to supporting and engaging with existing SWENext Clubs or starting your own SWENext Club in your community. Additionally, you will be introduced to the resources provided by the Committees and learn how to use them to develop a volunteer training program tailored for your community.
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3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/21/2021

Get the Interview, Get the Job

Whether you are graduating soon, ready for a change, or just want an inside look at the hiring process, this session is packed with useful tips for scoring your dream job! Learn from both recruiter and hiring manager perspectives spanning the industries of tech, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, R&D, academia, manufacturing, and more. We will explore insights on resumes and networking, and then share how to frame stories into impactful interview answers that will really stand out. Gain the tools and confidence to impress the hiring team every time!
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3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/21/2021

Prevent! Restore! Assist! Injury Prevention and Technology to Minimize Disability

This session will introduce the audience to injury prevention techniques, rehabilitation therapies, and assistive technologies that can be used to reduce the risk of disability associated with aging and traumatic injury. We will discuss biomechanical and environmental interventions to reduce slips, trips, and falls, the use of machine learning to appropriately match people with assistive technology for mobility, the use of robotics to improve personalized rehabilitation protocols, and neural interface technology for restoring movement and sensation. The panelists will discuss the role of engineers as part of a multidisciplinary team to maintain and improve health and ability.
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3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/21/2021

Sisterhood – The Missing Link to Career Success

Comradery and sisterhood. It is something we expect from other women in the workplace as we break the glass ceiling advancing towards gender parity. However, as the percentage of women on teams continues to grow, a resistance rather that sisterhood can also develop between team members, peers, and/or leaders. Where does this resistance come from and what impact can it have on how we add value to an organization? By understanding the root cause of these behaviors, we can learn to break the chains of unsupportive behavior. As you are breaking the glass ceiling, remember to look behind with arms outstretched to be a navigator to those who are following after you. We are all intelligent, capable, amazing engineers – it is crucial that we support one another. Leave ready to benefit by practicing sisterhood and creating a supportive environment where we can all flourish.
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3:30 PM
3:30 PM
4:45 PM
10/21/2021

Inspirational Insights: Build Your Dream Career: Secrets from the C-Suite

Hard work, dedication, and luck aren’t enough to give you the career of your dreams. It takes intention and strategy to succeed on your own terms. That’s why senior leaders use executive coaches to help them bring their best selves to every situation. Even if you aren’t working with a coach right now, you can lay the foundation for a flexible and fulfilling career with just a few key tools. Join us and learn how to create a tailor-made career strategy to fit you – your values, gifts, hopes, and dreams. By the end of this session, you should be able to: Recognize how a values-based career strategy can increase both career fulfillment and success. Move beyond your job description to define your secret sauce that can increase your opportunities. Assess and grow your network for the career that you’re building – not just where you are now.
3:30 PM –
4:45 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/21/2021

Achieve Home Workload Parity By Running It Like A Factory

Too often working women do far more of the work on the home front than their partners leading to burnout that can have career implications for her. However, there are lessons we can learn from running a streamlined factory that we can apply at home to achieve workload parity between family members and a happier home life. The first lesson is to abandon gender stereotypes about traditional family roles and match tasks to whoever is most passionate. In this presentation, you will learn how to apply factory concepts such as eliminating non-value activities, flow, level loading, workforce cross-training, 5S for an organized workplace and kaizen and empowering all family members to solve problems to achieve a sustained level-workload across family members. The speaker will share approaches for how to get started to create an immediate impact and how to build momentum to achieve permanent workload parity.
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5:00 PM
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5:00 PM
10/21/2021

Beyond Flint, Michigan – Protecting the Water That We Drink

The Flint, MI water crisis brought concerns related to the quality of water that we receive in our homes and our aging water distribution infrastructure into sharp focus for the American public. In response, the U.S. EPA has recently issued updated guidance to its regulation of lead and copper in drinking water to better protect our communities. This presentation will provide a brief discussion of the situation that occurred in Flint. It will also detail why we need to be concerned about the levels of lead and copper in our drinking water and the risks to human health. Finally, it will share the details of the recent lead and copper drinking water regulations that have been issued in the U.S. since the Flint crisis occurred designed to better protect the public.
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5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/21/2021

Embracing Both Sides of Innovation: Creation and Destruction

Merriam-Webster defines innovation as “the introduction of something new.” What this definition fails to mention is that introducing something new usually requires the removal of something old. It requires a destructive phase just as much as it requires a creative phase. Innovation, when pursued purely for the “new,” results in clutter, chaos, and confusion. It results in multiple systems with the same function, and multiple processes with the same output. In this session, two technology leaders talk about how they innovate in a world where there is enthusiasm for the new, but hesitation to get rid of the old.
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/21/2021

Full STE(A)M Ahead – Into Public Office

The past five years have seen a wave of scientists and engineers running for office… and winning! But elected office remains a rare and enigmatic path for most engineers. This session aims to highlight how engineers can positively impact their communities by serving in public office. In a moderated discussion, participants will hear from three women about their journeys to public service, the day-to-day life of a legislator, and how they use their science and engineering backgrounds in these new roles. Shaughnessy Naughton will provide advice and perspective as the founder and president of 314 Action, a group that has recruited and trained hundreds of STEM candidates to run for office. The panel will also discuss ways engineers can advocate for evidence-based policymaking and support civic engagement. Participants will leave with concrete ideas about how to get involved, regardless of age, location, career stage, or experience.
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/21/2021

Imposter Syndrome: Interrupting the Voices That Hold Us Back

Have you ever heard a voice inside telling you that you aren’t good enough? Has that voice held you back from a new role or opportunity? Have you ever been afraid that others will eventually learn that you’re a fraud? These are all signs of Imposter Syndrome – an idea or belief that your success and accomplishments are a fluke, coming from luck or chance rather than your own abilities or qualifications. While it was initially theorized that women were uniquely affected by imposter syndrome, research shows that both men and women experience these feelings of inadequacy – even for well-earned achievements. Self-doubt is common, but when it impedes you from attaining your goals, it’s time to take action. In this session, you’ll learn ways to identify when impostor syndrome is holding you back and gain strategies and resources to help you quiet those voices to reach your full potential.
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/21/2021

Medtronic Tech Talk

At Medtronic, our engineers change lives. Join us for three inspiring discussions with engineers who will share how they drive technology and innovation practices across Medtronic: • Engineering your way through Program Management • Using Cryoablation to manage Atrial Fibrillation: Experience of an Engineer in a Clinical setting.
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/21/2021

Mythbuster: The Truth Behind the Asian “Model” Minority

Ever wonder why there aren’t many Asian Americans in leadership roles? Have you encountered, or know someone who has encountered, remarks that sound harmless but in fact are not? Have you been told “All Asians are well off, good at math and play either the piano or violin” or asked the cringeworthy question, “Where are you from?” Join our panelists as they share their experiences facing Asian stereotypes, the impact they had, and how they handled them. They will also discuss their journey through leadership and the challenges they encountered. Lastly, they will examine the intersectionality of being Asian American and female and how they utilize it to promote allyship.
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8:30 AM
9:45 AM
10/22/2021

Friday Keynote: Barbara Humpton

8:30 AM –
9:45 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/22/2021

Cultivating a Learning Community – Coaching & Mentorship

As women engineers across various organizations and industries, it is imperative we each share knowledge and experiences with those we work with to ensure a learning culture. We must encourage team members, support collaboration and continue networking with them to build competence, knowledge, values and processes. Intentional relationships cultivate a sense of community for women to reach their potential and exceed new heights. How can you foster a learning culture in your organization, no matter your role, no matter your age? In this one hour Listen and Learn session, we will discuss and answer the following questions: • Do you have to be a direct manager to coach or mentor? • Are there differences between coaching and mentoring? • How do you effectively inspire and support your peers and develop new team members professionally? • What do those collaborative conversations look like and how are they beneficial?
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/22/2021

AbbVie Information Session: Impacting Patients’ Lives: Drug Discovery to Commercialization

Join AbbVie’s information session this year to learn about how we make a remarkable impact on people’s lives from drug discovery to commercialization! Our four distinguished panelists will discuss the different functions and engineering roles that are essential to the success of the pharmaceutical development lifecycle. Each panelist will expand on their experiences at AbbVie and how the journey has inspired their daily work.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/22/2021

General Dynamics Info Session: We Can Do It! Championing Women in the Workplace

In this information session, our panelists will share their firsthand experience with ForWARD (For Women’s Advancement, Recognition and Development), General Dynamics’ Employee Resource Group designed for women. ForWARD brings women together from across the enterprise to develop, empower and cultivate themselves and each other professionally. From growing leadership skills and learning about technology trends to honest and transparent conversations around the challenges and opportunities of being a woman in the workplace, ForWARD has empowered its members to find, bring and amplify their unique voices and capabilities to General Dynamics. This community of strong women has evolved to address the challenges the past 18 months has presented, expanding beyond work to now include home, and the exponential increase in responsibility across both. Together they have persisted by expanding discussion topics, creating safe space sessions, and advocating for progressive change. Attendees will walk away inspired by this group of women helping women thrive.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/22/2021

Managing Cloud Infrastructure Services in a Distributed World

Cloud Infrastructure Services are the engine that drives large scale enterprise online services from AI to Machine Learning. Today, Technical Program Managers, managing Cloud Services need to have a deep understanding of emerging tools and technologies, expert knowledge on agile program management techniques and ability to manage culturally and geographically diverse teams. This session will provide an overview of the toolbox that Technical Program Managers require to succeed in today’s agile virtual environment.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/22/2021

NSA Tech Talk: Additive Manufacturing for Enhancing National Security

The Advanced Additive Manufacturing Group (AAM) at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) conducts research on additive manufacturing methods to fabricate advanced electronic circuits, sensors and RF components on novel form factors. This talk will give an overview of research at NSA and a few of the ongoing efforts in the AAM group including Printed Hybrid Electronics (PHE) and Textile Integrated Electronics (TIE).
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/22/2021

Serving on a Corporate Board: Uncover If It’s for You

It’s true that companies with more diverse boards outperform their peers in profitability and now, more than ever, companies are looking to diversify. Did you know that last year, 64 percent of companies increased board size to add women directors? But diversity also includes ethnic diversity and skill set. And the good news is the skills and experience boards are seeking today have changed in the last few years. While they will no doubt always need financial and governance expertise on the board, they no longer seek only those skills. Increasingly, technology, cybersecurity expertise, and engineering are sought after as well. In this engaging session with Board expert, Sheila Ronning you’ll be able to determine if Board service is right for you and develop a plan to start your journey to your first corporate board seat!
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/22/2021

The Next Generation of Black Girl Magic

The SWE African American Affinity Group (AG) is a safe space for Black members and allies to connect with each other and provide support for one another. Black women are underrepresented amongst STEM professionals, but this lack of representation starts even earlier at the collegiate level. In a study conducted by the National Society of Black Engineers a downward trend with 5% of STEM bachelor’s degrees were awarded to Black Women in 2006 decreased to 4% in 2015. The pandemic has disproportionately affected Black students. This is an alarming trend with larger implications in society because of the snowball effect of lack of degrees being earned causing a lack of representation in various parts of society. This panel will discuss ways to empower us to reverse this devastating trend by creating a community devoted to addressing how to lead the way for the next generation of Black Women in STEM.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:45 AM
11:45 AM
10/22/2021

Inspirational Insights: Leveraging Male Allies to Champion Gender Inclusion and Equity

For a good reason, men have been called the missing ingredient in achieving gender equity in the workplace. The business case for full gender balance is irrefutable. Still, men are reluctant to mentor, sponsor, or even show up as strong friends and collaborators with women at work for a host of reasons. Based on his research for the books, Athena Rising and Good Guys, the author will show how gender equality and strong cross-gender collaboration are good for both men and women. Covering male psychology and the elements of gender partnership, this session will set the bar high in terms of how men should show up as allies with women in the workplace and how both men and women can benefit from cross-gender mentorships, and ways women can call out allyship from men. By the end of this session, you should be able to: Describe five key elements of cross-gender allyship. Articulate some of the obstacles to better gender partnership at work. Explain several strategies for leveraging workplace relationships with men.
10:45 AM –
11:45 AM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/22/2021

Awakening the Intrapreneur in You: Entrepreneurship Within Any Organization

Have you ever wanted to be an entrepreneur but feared risking financial and emotional stability? What if you could be an agent of change within an established organization? Intrapreneurs work within the framework of their existing organizations to promote innovative ideas and act as entrepreneurs without incurring financial risks. Join Diana Berry & Swetha Vinjimoor as they discuss how to strategically implement intrapreneurial skills to develop an organization and your career regardless of experience, background or industry. This discussion will share insight on how to leverage leadership skills, gain mentorship and build strong professional alliances to succeed as an intrapreneur. You will learn to identify and overcome hierarchical, financial, and demographic obstacles to proactively create a positive impact on an organization. Thanks to intrapreneurs today, we enjoy the benefits of incredible innovations around us! So join us to awaken the intrapreneur in you!
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/22/2021

Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling of Senior Leadership

Asian Americans make up a significant portion of the engineering workforce; however, there is a lack of representation at the senior level and executive leadership. Of the ~40% of women in management positions in the US in 2018, only 2.4% are women of Asian descent. This panel of Asian women have made significant strides in their careers as managers, directors, and technical leaders. Our speakers have broken the “bamboo ceiling” of senior leadership. We will examine the cultural influences and driving factors that have shaped their experience and helped them achieve success in their journeys. The panelists will come from a diverse set of backgrounds and industries including research and development, consumer products, technology, and aerospace.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/22/2021

Farms of the Future: Innovation and Inclusivity in Agriculture Tech

Have you ever wondered what technology empowers farmers and keeps food on our table? Join us in discussing agricultural innovations in display design, hydraulics, and web portal connectivity. Attendees will take away a sense of farming operations and how each innovation increases productivity and efficiency within the agronomic process.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/22/2021

Fear as Fuel: How to Overcome Your Barriers to Change

As women professionals and leaders we often have to prove ourselves in a world still dominated by male colleagues and managers. At the same time, and true across cultures, there is a gender gap in self-esteem with females scoring significantly lower. How can we face our fears and anxieties to raise our self-esteem and flourish? With “Immunity to Change”, Kegan and Lahey offer a unique way to overcome our barriers to change. Their research has shown that desire and motivation aren’t enough. A reflection process to investigate your underlying competing commitments and deep rooted assumptions can be the fuel for change for you. In this session you will understand what “immunity to change” is and discover a reflection process to overcome your own immunities. Follow along a real life example with your own topic. Get a taste of how powerful this can be and what your hindering assumptions are.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/22/2021

HP Tech Talk: Using Deep Learning for Telehealth Applications

Telehealth applications are growing rapidly driven by changes in a pandemic environment. People are increasingly using video conference calls to consult with doctors. Further, remote monitoring solutions are used by doctors to check on patients at home. Deep learning is a fast-growing area of machine learning. It has wide applications in robotics, autonomous driving, and many other industries. Can deep learning be applied to telehealth at home? In this presentation, Dr. Lin will discuss research in HP that uses deep learning to analyze video and detect vital signs as well as monitor activities.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/22/2021

Lockheed Martin Information Session: Career Journeys and Lessons Learned

Join Lockheed Martin panelists as they share their personal career journeys and the lessons they learned along the way. From changing careers to taking risks, see how they learned to navigating their own career paths.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/22/2021

Merck & Co. Information Session: Navigating a Future in the Pharmaceutical Industry

This information session will help one understand how their educational background and experiences can contribute to improving total health and empower one to grow a career in pharma.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/22/2021

Using Design Thinking to Innovate in Engineering

As engineers, we typically want to jump in head first to projects, getting every spec and data point outlined to solve the problem. “Let’s just get to the solution!” Our gut is to skip to solution ideation versus ensuring we are trying to solve the right problem, are all aligned, and have the right user input. In this workshop, you will learn how to creatively combine engineering, human-centered design, and the scientific method to provide excellent solutions and solve the RIGHT problem. Participants will be introduced to design thinking and a set of tools to help us properly frame problems, translate them into actionable content, and test and iterate quickly always with the end users in mind. They will also see a participatory demonstration of one of the tools. These human-centered design tools help engineers solve problems in an imaginative, visual way to drive innovation.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
10/22/2021

Ansys Info Session: Engineering Your Career – A Panel Discussion with Women Engineers at Ansys

Join Renee DeMay, Chief of Staff to the CEO at Ansys, as she hosts an engaging and thought-provoking discussion with five women engineers at Ansys. The panel includes representation from early career to C-suite executives who share their stories on everything from embracing challenges as a woman in tech, to advice for those wishing to embark on non-traditional career paths. Join us to learn more about how these women have engineered their career at Ansys! #LifeAtAnsys
1:00 PM –
2:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
10/22/2021

Engineering Transformed – A Women’s Panel Perspective

Join a panel of women engineers on a transformation within their organization to develop a diverse workforce, through their eyes. Panelists ranging from early career to leadership positions will share their individual development journeys, highlighting initiatives employed toward a more inclusive organization. Grounded in goals and accountability to action, panelists will discuss the internship and engineering rotational programs for recent college graduates, and mentoring and advocacy for engineers seeking professional growth. Within the conversation, they will not neglect the lessons learned, hiccups, and outcomes felt by them and others.
1:00 PM –
2:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
10/22/2021

John Deere Tech Talk

1:00 PM –
2:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
10/22/2021

Renewable Natural Gas, A Partner to A Clean Energy Future.

Renewable energy is an increasingly important part of our clean energy future. You’ve probably heard of renewable energy sources like solar and wind, but you may not have heard of renewable natural gas (RNG). Learn more about this renewable fuel and how it can help reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. RNG is a sustainable and interchangeable substitute for geologic natural gas. It is a carbon neutral energy source, not a fossil fuel. RNG is natural gas derived from organic waste material found in daily life such as food waste, lawn clippings, and animal and plant-based material. The opportunity to produce RNG is vast. Attendees will learn of the RNG lifecycle, starting with sustainable and innovative initiatives, to understanding environment capabilities and strategies, and resulting in delivering a clean, safe, and reliable consumer fuel while utilizing existing pipeline infrastructure.
1:00 PM –
2:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
10/22/2021

State of Women in Engineering

The State of Women in Engineering session presents an overview of research affecting women in engineering. During this special event, Peggy Layne, P.E., F.SWE, will discuss the current research landscape regarding data on girls’ interest in engineering, workplace culture, and more. Roberta Rincon, Ph.D., will share an update of SWE’s research projects, including our NSF-funded studies. Expanding on the research shared in SWE’s State of Women in Engineering magazine’s March 2021 issue, Maria Lund Dalhberg, M.S., and Marie Harton, Ph.D., will discuss two recent reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and Promising Practices for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
1:00 PM –
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/22/2021

Actually, I was Just Thinking… Make Your Words Work for You

We’re all moving away from being unnecessarily sorry, but do you still catch yourself asking, “Am I making sense”? Do you delegate tasks to others, but your requests are constantly ignored? Did someone else actually say it better in that meeting? We use words all day long, so make them work for you. In this session, you will learn and recognize language patterns used by women in spoken and written communications, identify your own language pitfalls, and get inspired to find better alternatives without diminishing yourself. We encourage you to apply the techniques you learn, so the next time you speak up, give a presentation, or send that quick email, your words are impactful, intentional, and perceived the way you want.
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/22/2021

EI-EI-Oh! You have Emotional Intelligence. Use it for Professional Success.

As early as they learn nursery rhymes, women across many cultures and societies display more empathy and have better listening skills than men. So how can that propensity for greater emotional intelligence be used to ignite your career and set you apart from your peers? Join Dr. Elizabeth D’Addio for a dynamic, interactive session where you will understand the science behind why you may tend to be good with people, what other types of emotional intelligence you may possess, and how you can better leverage your EI skills for professional success
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/22/2021

Enabling Technical Career Aspirations

How can we better enable technical women to achieve their career aspirations? Hear from women panelists who have sponsored and benefited from three empowering career development programs. “PowerUp Special Assignments” broadens experiences by pairing women with experts across organizations on short term projects. “Advanced Technical Eminence” matches technical mentors and executive sponsors to high potential women to accelerate career advancement. “Focus” program participants receive targeted promotion coaching to close gaps to their next level. Organizational and personal success stories from these programs will inspire the attendees to create similar programs in their companies to close the gender gap at higher technical levels.
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/22/2021

Game Changers: Women Who Are Redefining the Esports Industry

From creating new job opportunities to challenging the status quo for women in esports, join this incredible panel as they discuss overcoming adversity to pursue their passion. Esports continues to grow and is providing exciting opportunities for technical and non-technical careers. Moderated by a professional esports host, this panel also includes representatives from leading companies in the esports industry like Intel, MSI, and eFuse. They will cover a variety of career experiences in esports including professional franchises, start-ups, program management, collegiate esports, and league operations. Panelists will share insight on their non-traditional career paths, what motivates them to create a more inclusive industry, and inspire attendees to own their career ambitions, no matter what their passions are!
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/22/2021

How to Return to the Moon During a Pandemic

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has bold plans to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024 under the Artemis Program. This panel discussion will highlight how the Artemis Program has utilized innovative technologies and a diverse workforce to overcome challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in order to accomplish its ambitious exploration goals. Hear from a panel of women on their roles and contributions to the Artemis Missions, including strategies for working remotely. Learn innovative approaches that these women are leveraging to improve processes and overcome barriers to achieve mission success, starting with the Artemis-I launch planned for November 2021.
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
10/22/2021

Messaging for Success: A Primer on Executive Communications

Have the elevator doors ever opened and the business president steps into the car…and you freeze? Or you were asked to brief the CEO, but you’re not sure what information is appropriate for an executive audience? These are the moments in which to use a critical business skill called “Executive Communication”. Executive Communication is a messaging skill used when communicating UP to senior leaders within an organization. This is a critical skill for your career, as it will expand your influence to higher levels in the business, contribute to your brand, and position you for growth opportunities. Executive communication takes many forms: oral, written, email, presentation, demonstration, and even elevator pitches – and each presents an opportunity to influence and demonstrate your capacity for leadership. Attend this session to learn best practices for executive communications – and be confident the next time that exec joins you in the elevator.
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
3:00 PM
4:15 PM
10/22/2021

Inspirational Insights: Radical Candor: Creating a Culture of Feedback

We believe that your relationships with other team members are at the center of your success – individually and collectively. And, at the heart of these relationships is Radical Candor, a simple framework developed to help you build a culture of great feedback. Radical Candor is the ability to give feedback in a way that challenges people directly and shows you care about them personally. It will help you and all the people you work with do the best work of your careers and build stronger working relationships. After participating in this session, you should be able to: Recognize key concepts and vocabulary to provide radical candor. Identify how to give feedback in a way that challenges people directly. Identify how to give feedback that also shows that you care about them personally.
3:00 PM –
4:15 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/22/2021

Courage to be Me. Asian. American. Woman. Engineer.

A wise person once told me: “If you have teachable viewpoint, you should share it”. Having and traversing a successful career in engineering coming from a humble background of a refugee, I’ve learned a few things, a lot of things. One lesson is the need for many more faces like mine with the courage to share our experiences, the things I wish I knew. My success as a woman engineer, a woman of color to boot, was never assured in a system filled with stereotypes and biases. Even so, I did succeed. My goal today is simple: to break the myths of the stereotypical Asian American woman engineer, and share what worked for me and what continues to inspire me to help pave the path for others.
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/22/2021

Cultivating a Diverse STEM Philanthropic Network in a Complex Organization

Would you like to impact your company’s overall corporate social responsibility (CSR) through STEM? Cultivating a philanthropic network within your corporation is one of the most effective ways to increase involvement in underserved K-12 communities. Inclusive CSR programs actively engage employees, increase positive brand reputation, and contribute to fulfilling diverse talent needs. In this session, organizations with grassroots volunteerism will learn best practices for leveraging existing relationships, navigating corporate structures, aligning stakeholders and maximizing philanthropic engagement. Please join us on how to effectively and sustainably encourage STEM volunteerism across all roles in your organization with examples from right here in Central Indiana!
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/22/2021

Inclusion Matters: Building a Corporate Ally Program for All

Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you had an ally in the workplace? Allies are key to achieving inclusion in a company culture, and sustaining a competitive advantage. According to a 2018 McKinsey Delivering Through Diversity Report; gender diverse companies are 21% more likely to outperform competitors, and ethic diverse companies are 33% more likely to outperform competitors. This dynamic group of panelists will discuss the conception, implementation, and impact of a virtual corporate intersectional allyship workshop that was developed right here in the midwest. CLAIM it, an original model for how to be an ally, will be interwoven with the story of how a grassroots team of business resource groups, along with Senior Leader endorsements, responded to the needs of the corporate and local community to develop training that provides everyone the confidence and tools required to speak up on behalf of others.
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/22/2021

Leadership in the New World of Work

With ongoing political unrest, technological disruption, global pandemic, and the rise of an increasingly diverse and multigenerational workforce, a new kind of leadership is required for success. Today’s leaders must shift from fostering hierarchical, product-focused, profit-driven, office-based cultures to creating democratic, people-focused, people-driven cultures that empower teams across a myriad of locations. Those who master Modern Leadership skills will thrive in the new environment and draw the best talent to their teams. This session is designed for leaders who are eager to step up and increase their impact. We will focus on the six competencies of Modern Leaders, we call the HEARTI(TM) Leadership model: humility, empathy, accountability, resiliency, transparency, and inclusion. Applying these skills will help you and your team succeed in the new world of work.
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/22/2021

Paycom Tech Talk: Digital Transformation

In this presentation, we will learn about the importance of understanding the digital transformation. As we discuss the nature of digital transformation and how it has evolved over time, we will dive into what it means today and what it may look like tomorrow. With an emphasis on changes in the tech industry, we will discuss embracing our new digital reality and how we can prepare for what comes next.
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/22/2021

Stop Assuming and Start Asking: Tips for Finding Career Advocates

I’ve heard too many stories of women working hard and achieving exceptional results but then being frustrated when they are passed over for promotion and other growth opportunities. When I dig a little deeper, I find many of those women have never overtly shared their career aspirations or goals with their managers or other key decision makers. That leaves those managers and decision makers to make their own assumptions about these women and their aspirations. The personal and professional stakes are far too high. It’s time to start being clear about what you want. In this session you will learn how to effectively advocate for yourself, and, better yet, find others who will advocate for you.
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
10/22/2021

What Does the Future of Work Look Like Post-Pandemic?

One year ago, offices and schools closed down due to the Covid-19 pandemic; employees started working remotely from home while children attended classes from home. Many businesses now envision a future where up to 70% of employees are working in a new “hybrid” environment; only going into the office when collaborative work is needed. While technology innovations accelerated to solve problems that prevented work and learn from home in the past, it has also exposed digital inequities along the lines of gender, race, and socio-economic status. However, at the same time, the hybrid office model offers flexibility and potentially more opportunity for those segments of the population. Creative solutions needed to operate in this hybrid work environment will accelerate the pace of technology innovations. What do we as a society need to do to protect and accelerate diversity equality in this new world?
4:00 PM –
5:00 PM
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
10/23/2021

Inspirational Insights: Present Your Science: Communication Strategies for Stakeholder Buy-In

Communicating science effectively has always been a challenge and the pressure on engineers to connect their important work to key stakeholders has never been greater. Have you ever tried to talk about a new technical project, only to be met with blank stares from your audience? Are you tired of the lifeless, text-heavy, bulleted slides that make up most presentations? Did you ever have a slam-dunk winner of a technical proposal go in front of a public audience only to be rejected because they didn’t “get it”? Join scientific presentations expert, Melissa Marshall, to learn practical strategies that you can use to transform the quality of your presentations. From strategies on slide design to tips and tricks to tell a better story of the science, you will walk away with tools and techniques you can use to immediately stand out when presenting your work. By the end of this session, you should be able to: Identify how to use audience-centered speaking to connect technical ideas to audience members of different backgrounds. Recognize how to filter a large amount of technical details to tell a more focused story of the science. Identify how to optimize slide design to be more clear and convincing.
9:00 AM –
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/23/2021

Ally Up: A Toolkit for Allyship in the Workplace

Most engineering professionals are overwhelmingly straight, white and male (currently only 15 percent female and over 75 percent white). Finding comfort and success in these environments can be daunting for women, LGBTQ, and minority groups. Being an ally in the workplace opens the door for you and your colleagues to bring their fully authentic selves to work. This talk will explore ally development from an intersectional framework. Participants will leave with tools to be an effective ally for underrepresented groups — particularly when they feel like they’re the only “out” ally in an organization. Attendees will be well-equipped with strategies for cultivating a network of allies, increasing their opportunities for a fulfilling and successful career.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/23/2021

Casting a Wider Net – Recruiting & Hiring for Diversity

If you think the goal of recruiting for diversity is increased workplace diversity, you are doing it wrong. This mindset often leads to the hurtful and incorrect conclusion that standards must be lowered to have a diverse workforce. The real goal of recruiting for diversity is to find the best candidate for your role by removing bias that may be ignoring or alienating qualified diverse candidates. This session will show how one global engineering company has been able to hire women and minorities above industry averages by discussing bias removal techniques, process, and required culture changes.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/23/2021

Creating Mid-Career Momentum

You’ve established your technical expertise and learned to successfully lead a team. Now you are eager to take on more responsibility and increase your impact on the organization. But just how do women move into senior leadership and director roles? JeanAnn Nichols, executive coach and former Vice President, Intel Corporation, will share stories, practical tools and advice that will inspire you to rethink how you plan the arc of your career, communicate your value, and demonstrate leadership behaviors that show your readiness to move up. Through years of coaching successful women executives, she has identified key behaviors for advancement, including executive presence, emotional intelligence, building allies, and vision-setting. Participate in this session to compare your current skills with future role expectations, and get tips on how to close your skill gaps to accelerate your move into senior leadership.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/23/2021

Local Advocacy That Works!

Participating in local and state governments can often have the greatest impact in our communities. As women engineers, we are uniquely qualified to advocate as experts for issues in engineering, STEM, and many other issues. Testifying at public meetings and hearings can be one way to get involved at the local and state levels in your community. This session will show you how to build relationships with local officials, research agendas, follow legislative processes and prepare testimony based on the requirements of the local governing body.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/23/2021

Powering Your Career Through Sponsorship

This workshop is to provide a sponsorship overview that will include market place statistics focused on women’s reality, sponsorship definition and characteristics, fundamental differences between a sponsor/mentor/coach, benefits, and a clear roadmap to make sponsorship work for you. This session will also provide insight on the role of a sponsor and of a protégé, and what’s in it for them. Lastly, it will share a clear roadmap to becoming a sponsor or a protégé in order to bring your career to the next level.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/23/2021

Storytellers – Boldly Inspiring Life’s Choices

Sometimes it takes grit to navigate in this world. In this session, you will hear the fascinating and heartfelt stories of several SWE’s senior members who have struggled and persevered. They have taken on life’s challenges and will share their lessons learned to help inspire you along your careers, advocate for change, and discover the true meaning of SWE along the way.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/23/2021

Transforming Healthcare with Breakthrough Innovations Using Cell & Gene Therapies

A revolution is occurring in Medicine. Scientist are bringing forth the ability for disease intervention mechanisms distinct from traditional treatments that have the potential to revolutionize modern therapeutics, offer the possibility to address the root cause of certain diseases, and dramatically alter the standard of care across multiple conditions faced by patients today. The challenge, now, is to ensure that the great science behind new Cell and Gene Therapies is well supported by the engineering that is needed in helping these treatments to get to patients. This session will focus on a call to engineers, across a multitude of disciplines, that can rise and take on the challenges associated with the manufacture of these disruptive medicines. The speakers will give an overview of the core concepts behind the the science and outline the opportunities for chemical, mechanical, electrical and industrial engineers to make a difference in the lives of patients.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
10/23/2021

Urgency of Science: Aspiring to Inspire Next Generation STEM

A pandemic is taking lives and livelihoods. Climate change threatens to drown cities and disrupt food supplies. Economic growth widens inequalities. These are some of the urgent problems society is wrestling with, where science, guided by our values, is critical to our progress. Rather than guessing at solutions, we, as a society, need to implement scientific thinking at all scales, from our daily lives, to corporate innovation, to government policymaking. Attracting, retaining and developing female talent across the world is not only essential, it’s a business imperative. Now more than ever we need the best female talent to engage on STEM disciplines and help accelerate the process of scientific discovery to address the systemic challenges of the human kind. In this session, you will learn about innovative programs to help the world fight against today’s challenges and how talented women can become part of these programs open to everyone.
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/23/2021

Advocating for Women – Men and Women as Mentors/Allies

While the impact of women role models and mentors can be significant to women pursuing and remaining in engineering, it is also important to have men as mentors, coaches, champions, etc. advocating for women. While investing in advancing women engineers provides many benefits, often both men and women are faced with the challenge of how best to advocate with little (if any) training. We will review typical challenges and differences for men and women advocates and how to effectively have a positive impact. This workshop will: 1. Highlight key challenges and differences for men and women as advocates for women engineers. 2. Discuss variation in communication, mentoring, and supervising styles. 3. Offer strategies to effectively mentor/advocate or be mentored/advocated for by a man or a woman. 4. Highlight personal experiences from men and women who are advocates for women in various stages of their careers followed by Q&A.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/23/2021

Be a Motivator – Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-Based Leadership

Character strengths align with seven team roles of Idea Creator, Decision Maker, Information Gatherer, Implementer, Energizer, Influencer and Relationship Manager. Learn about Character Strengths – the backbone of positive psychology – and raise your leadership skills of communication, teamwork and motivation to new levels. Find out about your character strengths, feel them, grow them, and apply them. Explore them in others. Build leadership strategies that will elevate the experience of you and your team immediately! In this session, you will explore your own character strengths with the gold standard assessment. You will discover your own strengths. You will explore the strengths in others, and practice providing constructive feedback. You will learn basic character strengths theory and about the strengths patterns that show up across the world. Finally you will develop specific strategies to enhance your leadership skills. This is about learn to lead – and motivate – from strengths.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/23/2021

Dual Career Families – Making It Work!!

Join this session for a opportunity to hear unique perspectives on dual-career families and how to make it work. Whether it is balancing newly married life and work and grad school or a brand new baby at home (how do they do it?) and can they balance everything while keeping their sanity? It’s never easy – especially when the unexpected happens…a child gets sick, there is a major snow storm, a parent needs you, or the country practically shuts down. Yet men and women navigate all this and do it every day with grace. Learn some of their tricks and that you are never alone. It takes a village and it is up to each and every one of us to create the village!
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/23/2021

Fresh Off the Panel: Exploring Asian American Narratives

The Asian American community is diverse and vibrant with people representing a variety of ethnicities, generations, and backgrounds. Generally, the media paints one-dimensional and generic narratives for Asian Americans, such as the high-achieving yet socially awkward math prodigy or the $20 million trust fund baby heir to the family’s real estate empire. Therefore, many might assume that all Asian Americans share similar narratives and aspire for the same professional goals. However, categorizing all Asian Americans under the same identity fails to recognize how differences in backgrounds can shape an individual’s professional interactions, work style, and motivation. During this panel session, participants from various Asian cultures and career stages discuss their unique Asian American narratives and how those experiences shaped their professional careers. From this discussion, attendees can understand the nuances among various Asian American narratives, thus becoming stronger allies to the Asian American community.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/23/2021

Resilient and Brilliant: Lessons from Living Abroad, Marathons, and Engineering

Stress and burnout are everywhere. But, how is it that some people have a lot on their plate, yet seem to thrive? Growing evidence from researchers shows that people who are able to focus on what they can control, let go of what they cannot, and hone in on realistic goals are more successful both in and out of the workplace. In this session, a panel of female engineers share their high-pressure life experiences such as living with a disability, working abroad, pivoting career paths, balancing grad and PhD programs, tackling marathons, working on Covid19, and coping with the unknowns of life in general. The panelists will discuss how they were able to use these strategies to balance seemingly overwhelming responsibilities and better prepare themselves for the next challenge. They will explore the mindset needed to help you manage multiple pressures and demonstrate actionable steps to build resilience.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/23/2021

The Art of Leveraging a Stretch Assignment for Success

Stretch assignments help you develop expertise or gain experience outside of your comfort zone or current role. By their very nature they tend to be challenging, hence it is important to approach these opportunities in a strategic way that will help you succeed. These assignments are tools that can help you grow and, in some instances, accelerate career progression if executed with diligence. Stretch assignments vary as much as the employees who perform them: they can be an additional responsibility to your current role or switching to a new role, short-term or lengthy, independent or interfacing with leadership. In this session we will cover how to advocate for yourself, be put on a short list, determine if a stretch assignment is a good fit, and potential ramifications of poor performance. We also will learn about case studies and personal experiences, including both successes and failures.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/23/2021

Women Engineers Invent!: How We Can Diversify the Innovation Ecosystem

Despite historic contributions in engineering and innovation, women—including women of color and low-income women—continue to be greatly underrepresented among inventors and patent applicants and holders. This has consequences for individual advancement and the broader economy. There are many opportunities to increase the participation of women engineers in the patenting system and this session will focus on the role we all have to play in achieving that goal. Invent Together’s panel will discuss the systemic challenges facing diverse inventors and showcase the public policy and private initiatives that have been successful at breaking down barriers to invention. Our panel will consist of experts from engineering, industry, academia, and non-profits, all of whom have extensive experience working on diversity in the innovation community. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the patenting and invention gaps and strategies to advocate for policies that will increase diversity in their own organizations.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
10/23/2021

Zoomed In: Inspiring Youth Through Virtual Programming

As the world shut down due to the pandemic, STEM programming pivoted to the virtual realm. Even as the world reopens, virtual programming can still play a role in your STEM events portfolio for professional and collegiate sections/MALs. This workshop will give an overview of different types of virtual STEM programming for SWENexters, low-income K-12 students, Girl Scouts, and Science Clubs. This includes interactive workshops, social networking with breakout rooms, and hands-on events. We will describe logistics focusing on online safety, material access, and advertising. We will share best practices and lessons learned on content design, session flow and technical aspects, based on the 50+ virtual sessions that the speakers have personally run. We will share feedback from the youth, teachers and leaders on what they want from virtual programming. Finally, we will suggest ways to use virtual programming in the future, as a supplement to your in-person STEM events.
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
1:45 PM
2:45 PM
10/23/2021

Engineering Your Team for Success

Systems Engineers apply cross-disciplinary engineering approaches to build complex systems. This field typically focuses on technical systems such as aircraft and spacecraft. However, panelists Gabriela Coe, Rachel Elliott, and Amanda Muller extend these same principles to systems of people to enable team success. The panelists, under the guidance of moderator Lindsey Beaubien, will share stories from their own successful careers on the following topics: 1. Systems Engineering as a tool for effective team dynamics and the impact to project success 2. Team dynamics and the importance of communication in creating and maintaining effective engineering teams 3. Communication and its role in knowledge sharing and team performance 4. Knowledge transfer facilitated by mentorship Attendees will learn how to consider the human element of engineering, to grow as engineering leaders, and to develop and support effective teams using Systems Engineering principles.
1:45 PM –
2:45 PM
1:45 PM
2:45 PM
10/23/2021

Everything’s Fine: What To Do When It’s Not

Now more than ever, prioritizing mental health has become a vital part of preventing burnout, managing stress, and thriving. Unmanaged mental health challenges such as anxiety, a clinical diagnosis, post-partum depression, or generalized mood disorders can lead to physical, social and career implications. The task of navigating these challenges may seem overwhelming. In this panel session, four women will share their mental health journeys and how they were able to garner support to prioritize their needs. Each panelist has a unique experience and strategies for integrating solutions in her own way – ultimately leading to success both on and off the job.
1:45 PM –
2:45 PM
1:45 PM
2:45 PM
10/23/2021

Fundraiser Fundamentals: Fuel Your SWE Activities, Create a Scholarship Fund

Fundraising can be fun and successful when you bring your talents and passions into the mix. These diverse panel members devoted their expertise as a Visionary, a Researcher, a Marketer, a Student, an Event Planner, an Artisan, and more to obtain their goal of raising over $50,000 in SWE scholarship funds to have a positive impact on their community. You’ll learn how to grow your virtual community by utilizing social media appropriately, create teambuilding between Professionals and Collegiates, gain visibility for your Section, advertise locally and beyond, and expand your network to find supporters, while maintaining and strengthening the SWE brand. Panel members will share best practices of clarifying fundraising goals and aligning your vision, setting up accounts and proper bookkeeping, evaluating scholarship funds and options such as endowments, awards, and grants. The audience will brainstorm with experienced panelists/SWE leaders on member engagement through sharing hobbies, interests, and passion projects.
1:45 PM –
2:45 PM
1:45 PM
2:45 PM
10/23/2021

Inventorship: Making Room for Everyone Under the Tent

Diversity & Inclusion is a key principal that impacts innovation. The Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act required the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to identify the number of patents applied for by women, minorities, and veterans.  The resulting data showed that just 21.9% of patents listed a woman as an inventor, which highlighted that the representation of women in the patent process is far too low.  Join an inventor and intellectual property experts as they explain the process of inventorship, unveil more compelling data and lead a discussion about specific actions that can be taken to inspire inventorship among women.
1:45 PM –
2:45 PM
1:45 PM
2:45 PM
10/23/2021

Motherhood in the Triple Pandemic

This session describes my personal experience of becoming a mother during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the racial reckoning around the George Floyd event, and the economic hardship disproportionately impacting people of color in the U.S. This session will also offer insights that I learned about myself as a Black woman; my personal discovery of society; and where we are on the race conversation. Participants will learn specific steps they can take to change the outcome for future generations.
1:45 PM –
2:45 PM
1:45 PM
2:45 PM
10/23/2021

Transforming Old-school Textile Inspection Machine into Smart system using AI/ML

Textile inspection has traditionally been very labor-intensive and error prone. Because labor costs are very low in most fabric manufacturing locations, any automation must be extremely cost-effective. Our team, comprising of members from multiple teams across multiple Geos, developed a computer vision based Machine Learning solution for textile defect detection during the fabric inspection process. We successfully integrated the eyes, i.e cameras and open source AI/ML Tools running on high-performance compute device with an old-school manual fabric inspection machine. Our results show that the inferencing capabilities offered through hardware and software solutions are effective and affordable even in the commodity fabric manufacturing industry. This presentation walks through the design and programming steps involved in developing this unique solution. We will also cover the implementation challenges encountered & the resolution adopted to obtain desired results.
1:45 PM –
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
4:30 PM
10/23/2021

Closing Keynote: Patti Poppe

3:00 PM –
4:30 PM

A Guide to Interpersonal Communication & Effective Networking

Effective networking can foster learning, invite collaborations, and uncover new opportunities for personal and professional success. The thought of networking can be daunting, especially for introverts. This talk will give practical advice specific for introverts on how to make networking easier through first contact. “First Contact” explores the ways that new people, new tasks, new resources, and new contexts can impact interpersonal communications. Participants will learn the value of first contact in different settings and build specific skills for communicating in unfamiliar situations, with the goal of developing connections, sharing ideas, and building partnerships. By sharing practical examples and lessons learned we hope to empower others (especially introverts) to unleash the power of networking to build a stronger network, control one’s own career, and make a bigger impact on the world.

A Seat at the Table: Supporting Gender Parity through Intentionality

Imagine your first big break. What does that feel like? Are you excited? Now imagine you walk into the conference room for the first time, and you immediately feel…out of place. You are the only woman in the room. You start questioning, “Do I even belong here?” Millions of studies have shown the significant business benefit of gender diversity, but we are still very far from achieving equity. Come to this session to learn about one tool that you can apply daily to help close the gap: Intentionality. This presentation describes intentionality (deliberate and purposeful action) and provides three practical examples: ensuring distribution of work, providing actionable feedback, and applying objective criteria for talent management. These actionable steps can be applied in our daily work to effect change and ensure everyone has a seat at the table.

Avoid an International Incident: Basics of International Trade Compliance

With the on-set of Covid-19, the need to be flexible and adaptable to deliver on business objectives has led to an increase in the use of virtual interface solutions to execute and deliver. Many companies do business in an international environment, which reinforces the need for trade compliance as many engineers and supporting functions are interfacing with international suppliers and customers to support design and manufacturing goals. This presentation will review the basics of international trade concerns, inform participants on the importance of compliance with trade laws, and provide an overview and practical examples to prepare them to make judgements throughout the conduct of their work scope.

Be Technical, Stay Successful – a Technical Career Path Dialogue

Often we are forced to choose between a technical depth or leadership path. However, if we want to grow our career, is that really a choice? Please join us for a panel discussion with three dynamic women who, in different ways, managed to do both. Hear their perspective on key turning points in their career, how they kept technical depth and (maybe) what they wish they had done differently.

Bridging the Confidence Gap for Successful Risk Taking

One of the systemic challenges to advancement women face in the workplace is lack of confidence. Overcoming a lack of confidence creates a virtuous cycle for successful risk taking, which fosters the resilience and confidence needed to attempt further risk taking, thus opening more doors through greater choice. Join this session to discuss how to bridge the confidence gap and how to build a unique leadership development-focused program that will help amplify women in your workplace.

Building a Self-motivated and Driven Technical Team Through Positivity

Embrace our mantra: SPARK -> Support, Positivity, Accountability, Recognition, Knowledge. This session provides a quick overview on building a strong technical team of highly motivated individuals with SPARK. Key elements covered include how mentoring and encouragement can help team members who struggle with imposter syndrome to shine; the importance of remaining calm when facing serious obstacles; ways to cleanse negativity from the work environment; being solution-oriented and avoiding blame; effectively using empathy and nurturing as powerful tools in building your team; and leading with passion and developing trust, which are critical to success. Insights are based on experience in dealing with difficult/under-motivated team members;

Charlando con el Latinos AG/Chatting with the Latinos AG

The SWE Latinos Affinity Group (AG) supports SWE’s mission of diversity & inclusion while providing a safe space for Hispanic and Latino SWE members to connect with and support one another. A part of being in this safe space is feeling comfortable expressing ourselves in a variety of ways, including speaking in a language of our choice. Since many members of the Latinos AG speak English and/or Spanish, the Latinos AG leaders will express themselves in both languages as we introduce the key goals, events and celebrations of our AG. This panel session will be presented in both English and Spanish, and the entire SWE community is invited. Todos son bienvenidos a escucharnos!

Elder Care: What is Your Plan for The Unexpected?

As our parents, relatives or loved ones’ age, Elder Care becomes a necessity. Are you prepared to take on this demanding, challenging, and stressful task? Do you have a plan for the unexpected? This session is designed to prepare people to address elder care-related issues. At the beginning of the session, types of elder care issues (e.g., daily activities, housing, safety, medical, legal, finance, planning, family relations and dynamics, self-care, etc.) and basic terminology used will be presented. Panelists will then share their own real-life stories and experiences and discuss how their unique and difficult situations were resolved. There will be ample time for Q&A and engaging discussions among speakers and participants. All participants will be provided a list of resources (such as articles, books, organizations, websites, etc.) for future reference or usage.

Empowering Women by Leveraging P.I.E.

We all of have a desire to achieve our career aspirations. The Performance, Image and Exposure (P.I.E.) Model is an approach that will help you strategically navigate through your career journey. This session will provide insights on how important the interdependencies are between Performance, Image and Exposure and how you can leverage them to fuel career advancement. Do you ever wonder why it seems some people climb the career ladder so quickly and others get stalled along the way? While it’s true that how you go about owning your career growth is personal and may look different for everyone, being thoughtful in the way you approach and plan long-term career growth today is essential to success tomorrow. Viveca will share how she has leveraged the P.I.E. model throughout her career with storytelling and examples that attendees can personalize and put into practice themselves.

Engineering a Fulfilling, Impactful Life Leveraging Tools You Already Have

Success as an engineer largely requires tools + skills such as critical thinking, program design, and directing effort for maximized efficiency. What if these same tools, when wielded differently, could help you engineer the next version of success across your life as a whole? The substance of our life, our relationships, our emotional and physical wellbeing, our sense of purpose and meaning, all areas of our life can, to an extent, all be engineered to our desire, provided we learn and develop our expertise in wielding our tools differently. Come discover how to step into a life of intentional design by engineering your path for personal and professional success, fulfillment, and impact.

Failing Forward

In engineering, we have learned an enormous amount of knowledge about mathematics, science, physics and the list goes on. But did you know we have also learned to fail? Failing forward is all about attitude and the courage to aspire towards personal growth and learning from your mistakes. Often, people associate failure with negative feelings as we have been taught from childhood. Benjamin Barber, a sociologist stated: the world isn’t divided into the successes and the failures. It is divided into the learners and non-learners. Every single success story has stemmed and grown from failures. Even with a growth mindset, failure can be a painful experience, but it doesn’t define you. It’s all about leveraging lessons and finding that spark of inspiration to flip your failures. Join us to hear from up and coming women engineers about how they have utilized their failures to propel their careers forward.

Find Your Brilliant Business Idea

Do you want to start your own business but are still waiting for inspiration on your idea? Or do you have too many ideas and are paralyzed by decision paralysis? Great small business ideas can come from anywhere once you understand your personal interests and determine a profitable gap in the market. We’ll give you a step-by-step guide to idea generation, development, and evaluation to kickstart your dream business. You will leave this talk with the tools to finalize a business idea and a framework to assess if it’s the right idea for you.

Finding the Avenger in You – Defining Your Superpower

Like every superhero, you have defining core strengths that when realized and enhanced help you be successful in complex roles and opportunities. Your journey starts by becoming self-aware and realizing your true potential. The question remains on what your core strengths are and how do you identify those. This session aims to share 1) tools that you can use to identify your strengths, 2) techniques that can help you enhance your strengths and identify the blind spots that can be detrimental and 3) case studies defining alignment of strength and job needs. We will use an example tool to help audience understand how these assessments are done with follow-up questions intended to drive more engagement from the audience.

Food + Engineering = Agtech

Our global agrifood system is under tremendous pressure today to respond to the risks presented by climate change and to reduce agriculture’s role as an emitter. Agtech is a fast growing sector providing solutions to these problems. The sector provides high environmental and social impact career opportunities. There’s something for everyone in the sector, with challenges ranging from combatting food insecurity in developing economies to autonomous robots picking fruit and zapping weeds; from to analyzing massive data sets of satellite imagery to developing insurance products. Speakers will highlight women innovators and entrepreneurs who are applying hard and soft skills to the field of agricultural innovation and discuss what opportunities they see on the horizon.

How to Present Science to Influential Business Leaders

Do you have to present scientific discoveries to senior leaders in your day-to-day job? This task involves rethinking the way you need to showcase your data and findings based on your audience, what they need to know, and how they need to hear it. Come and learn from two women in STEM careers, with engineering and science knowledge in the food industry, who will share best practices and recommendations to be successful in providing the information your organization’s leaders need to make decisions based on your research. The speakers will explain how to tell a clear story, present impactful slides, keep the audience connected to your presentation, and leave them with key takeaways. Re-evaluate and challenge your approach of presenting to achieve your full potential when it matters most.

Impact U: Defining Your Board of Life Influencers

Influencers have specialized knowledge, authority or insight into a specific subject. Who are the people who have the biggest impact on the decisions you make in college? Who are the voices that influence decisions you make in your personal, professional and financial lives? Engage in an interactive discussion that asks you to assess critical moments that matter in your career and life. Build a draft of your Board of Influencers. Assess gaps and methods to actively engage with this critical team. Walk away with a plan to activate your board in the next 60 days.

Implementation of Critical Drinking Water Projects Benefiting Disadvantaged Communities

More than one million Californians do not have access to safe and affordable drinking water. The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund works to address this by filling funding gaps and providing solutions to water systems, especially those serving disadvantaged, under-resourced communities, to address both their short- and long-term drinking water needs. The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is part of the broader Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Program. The SAFER program is a set of tools, funding sources, and regulatory authorities designed to help struggling water systems sustainably and affordably provide safe drinking water with the primary goal of providing safe drinking water in every California community, for every Californian. As Project Manager, I assist in implementing Senate Bill 200, supporting the Human Right to Water, and accelerating the implementation of critical drinking water projects benefiting disadvantaged communities in San Joaquin Valley counties.

Leading Strangers With L.O.V.E (League of Virtual Engineers)

A virtual team consists of geographically dispersed employees that utilize technology as a primary means of connection and communication. The concept of leading a league of virtual engineers requires having a duty of care for what each person brings to the team and ensuring equal access to information and opportunity to contribute. Building upon Dr. Dixon’s 2012 doctoral dissertation research entitled, “Leading Strangers: A Grounded Theory Study of Project Team Managers’ Perspectives of Virtual Team Management”, we will explore how leadership philosophy and organizational structures have changed as remote working has become more prolific. Leading a team of individual contributors within a global, matrixed, organization presents additional complexity and team managers must balance achieving goals with feelings of isolation or lack of alignment with senior leadership. This session explores: building a balanced team; establishing an inclusive, collaborative culture; managing the broader organization network; and finding our purpose.

Leverage Culture to Drive Successful Change

“Change is the only constant in life” implies by now, we’ve all been exposed to and are quite experienced in leading and/or adapting to change. Yet the majority of our change initiatives fail. Why? Research shows that most organizations focus more on their tools and processes and less on the people who drive or deal with change. Let’s face it – Human beings are the most complex, inconsistent, non-linear creatures in the world because we use our intelligence to learn, grow, adjust and adapt to situations based on our physical needs, preferences, genetics and environments. So, when a global company needs to implement successful change it becomes increasingly difficult as their efforts need to align the hearts and minds of a vast number of people in multiple regions and cultures across the world. Therefore, it becomes essential to leverage our cultural awareness and inclusive approach to effect positive, sustainable change.

Lost in Translation – Demystifying and Maximizing Asian Culture

Asian Americans experience cultural bias and stereotypes that can be both career enhancers and derailers. This presentation will focus on helping attendees maximize the key aspects of Asian culture that propel career growth and demystify Asian culture for attendees who would like to become allies. It will also identify characteristics within the culture that can negatively impact careers and how to avoid them. Additionally, it will describe stereotype threat, the role it plays in performance and techniques to overcome it. This is an opportunity for allies who are curious about how to make an impact. The session will conclude with a recap of the major takeaways from each speakers.

Making Difficult Conversations, Safe Conversations

Let’s face it, it’s difficult to address awkward and complicated workplace issues that negatively impact you, your team and organization. While challenging, your career success is dependent upon your ability to respectfully communicate and influence positive change. Business professionals who engage in safe conversations – transformative dialogue that uncovers hidden workplace issues, effectively address challenging team dynamics, mismanaged expectations and good old-fashioned bad behavior. Elevate your leadership by implementing a “Safe Conversations” communication framework that fosters greater innovation, inclusion and collaboration within your organization.

Milking the 9 to 5: Fighting to Breastfeed at Work

“You’re not using Similac?” This was my male supervisor when I told him that I would be taking the three lactation breaks a day, allowed by company policy. The decision to breastfeed, use formula, or both is difficult for new mothers. Combined with the stress of returning to work, this can affect your supply. Now add a lack of understanding from your workers and scrutiny of your right to have these breaks, and you’ve got yourself an unnecessarily stressful environment before you even get to go home to your bundle of joy. This is the situation I found myself in. Learn from my experience so that you can avoid some frustration and potentially lose any of your liquid gold to misunderstandings of your rights in the workplace. And if all that fails, know where to find your support system.

MULAT: Mentoring & Uplifting Leaders as Aspiring Trailblazers

Global corporations have initiated and provided Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in the workplace as a way to network, volunteer, and do outreach programs. Intel Filipino Employee Network (IFEN) is partnering with an overseas non-profit organization, PhilDev, in the Philippines to mentor and inspire scholars who are enrolled in STEM programs in universities and colleges. As a means to pay it forward, Intel mentors have advocated and created an outreach program to motivate, direct, and support PhilDev scholars on the importance of creating S.M.A.R.T goals throughout their journey and how to be successful in their academics and future career. In addition, scholars can obtain coaching and mentorship on how to be resilient especially during this pandemic. The MULAT program gathers in a virtual, skill-based forum to share common experiences and challenges including focused topics on leadership development, technical acumen building, career definition, and emotional well-being to name a few.

Packing Your Bags for a New Opportunity

Are you considering moving for a job, school, or significant other? Sometimes your dream opportunity involves relocation and you need to evaluate and think holistically about your professional and personal goals. Come and learn from women in STEM careers who have relocated across continents, countries, and cities within the U.S., who will talk about challenges they faced in balancing career opportunities with family priorities. They will share their experiences in planning and decision-making, and how they learned to adapt to new surroundings and cultures. These women have varied educational backgrounds and experiences in multiple functions spanning Manufacturing and R&D. Take a chance to consider and embrace the opportunities that come along when relocating to a new city.

Propel Your Career with an Employee Book Club

How do employees continually learn new skills in engaging and interactive ways? How does a company align, educate, and excite its employees about business priorities and values? An employee led book club is the perfect catalyst for this. Through a carefully chosen book list that is aligned with the upper management, club members can develop valuable professional and business acumen. They can learn, discuss, and practice these new skills in the safe and inclusive environment of the book club. By leading a book club meeting, an employee can develop leadership and public speaking skills. The speakers on this panel co-founded or lead the Women’s Book Club at Ford Research and Innovation Center. They will share their experiences and learning outcomes into creating a recipe for the audience interested in starting and running a successful book club at work.

Protecting the Planet, One Product at a Time

Corporations are making bold announcements regarding their sustainability efforts to protect the planet. The sustainability initiatives are driven by scientific analysis as well as emerging consumer, business, and government regulation trends worldwide. These initiatives are created and influenced by diverse teams of Scientists and Engineers working closely with R&D and Marketing organizations. During this session, we’ll share how various science and engineering roles influence product design for environment criteria in areas such as chemical compliance, materials use, packaging design and supply chain. Additionally, we will describe the desired skillset for a professional with an interest in a sustainability.

Reading Between the Lines (of code): AI, Ethics, and Inclusion

How are the algorithms that we develop being used to make decisions for and by people? As engineers, our metrics for performance of a piece of code often rests solely on factors such as scalability, degree to which it is optimized, latency, etc. However, how often do we think about who the code impacts, and what decisions will be made based on it? In this talk we will focus on our our responsibilities as innovators and creators. We will learn ways to be more sustainable and ethical as we implement design and solutions.

Risky Business: Own your Life with the Hierarchy of Controls

Risk management is a familiar concept in an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) context, but taking the structured approach at its core can make everyday life easier. Utilizing the hierarchy of controls (Elimination, Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls and PPE) minimizes the negative consequences of a risk through a tiered approach. We’ll take you through the philosophy and practice, applying it to real life situations. From avoiding stepping on insidious Legos to planning your post-COVID vacations, you can make this method work for you.

Say YES to No!

The process of saying “No” should not be a stigma. It is part of personal and professional development to grow and to feel comfortable enforcing one’s boundaries. This session will focus on how not to burnout trying to do everything and how to feel comfortable with discomfort. There is value in saying “No” in terms of maintaining mental and emotional health. Join me for helpful tips and tools to utilize while assessing when to turn something down and when to say “No”.

Semi-Retirement: Work Your Passion, Protect Your Bottom Line

Do you ever find yourself wondering how 50 (or 60) got here so fast? Do you find yourself daydreaming about starting that side business or hobby to see you into retirement? Or do you find it hard to imagine what you’ll do when you no longer have work to keep you busy every day? Maybe you are ready to dive into Act 2?…or possibly becoming a grandnanny is your schtick! How could anything be as meaningful as what you’ve spent at least half of your waking hours doing for so many years? Whether you are already counting the days, or in denial about the rapidly approaching event, there are at least FIVE things you can do to ease yourself into it, to acclimate yourself to the notion that soon your time will be your own. You will leave this session better prepared for the road to retirement than before.

Skating & STEM Education

What can figure skating teach us about engineering? Learn about our partnership with Figure Skating in Detroit – one of the only programs in the world for young women of color that combines the power of education with access to the artistic discipline of figure skating. Together we work to teach participants about how skating and engineering are intertwined.

Slow Down to Speed Up: Mind-Body Performance Improvement Techniques

Throughout our middle school years through most of adult life, we are conditioned to run faster on the proverbial treadmill of productivity. Many times we find ourselves not closer but more distant from the life we want to lead. It is unsurprising that many of us find ourselves in less than fulfilling careers and relationships, or feel zapped of joy in most of our lives. What you need to do is get off the treadmill and take a walk on the path of life. In this workshop, the participants will learn how to apply the inner wisdom of body and mind to slow down, lead a life of intention, and actually speed up the journey towards enhanced performance and better relationships. The participants will learn evidence based micro-strategies to increase physical and mental alertness, awareness about what to feed our bodies and ways to lead a more authentic life.

Solving Complex Problems within Diverse Teams

As business challenges become increasingly complex, today’s leader need to understand that it will take more than just technical expertise to solve these challenges. It will take a multi-faceted team to deliver. In today’s business environment, it is critical to have a diverse team with each member having varying degree of expertise and a wide range of problem-solving skills. However, with this varying degree of expertise and diversity, leaders need to be aware that interpersonal conflict and miscommunication can often arise from these differences. To address these challenges efficiently, leaders today need to recognize these differences and then properly manage those differences within the team. This session will explore the key elements of problem solving and how to facilitate a team with varying degree of expertise and diversity to function at its best.

Startup Development: Creating A Sustainable Organization From the Ground Up

When setting out to drive a step change in an industry as an entrepreneur, bold reimagining is required – not only for the tech and solutions you pursue, but how you structure and build your organization. Startups should appear agile yet effective, thoughtful yet impactful, mature yet appealing – so how do you balance the culture of a startup with the sophistication and respect of an established company? In this session, audiences will hear from a group of entrepreneurs who took a career’s worth of experiences at big corporations and used them to inform the strategies, processes, and disciplines at a new startup. From organizational structure to attracting top talent (i.e. membership in groups like SWE) and creating (and sticking to) a core mission, you’ll learn how to effectively build a company that enables innovation, R&D, and industry-level change.

Succeeding In Your Career as a “First”

Whether you are a first-generation immigrant, the first in your family to pursue a STEM career, or the first to obtain a STEM degree, what ties us together is the privilege and challenge of owning the label “First”. Add on being female and an engineer, and the path ahead feels intimidating. So, how do you succeed in an environment that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced? We’re all familiar with the advice to find mentors, build a network, and be our best advocates, but sometimes that isn’t enough. Join us as we meet four women who will share their journeys of tackling and overcoming the challenges of successfully navigating their careers as a first.

SWE Leadership Paths: Choose Your Own Adventure

Under the new SWE governance model, leadership opportunities within SWE look different today than they have previously. Serving on SWE committees provides an opportunity to contribute to the areas and activities within SWE that are most meaningful to you while developing leadership and management skills at the same time. This panel will include SWE members with varying leadership stories. All have led SWE Committees and other SWE groups and grew their leadership abilities through their committee chair and other SWE leadership positions. The panel will discuss what they have learned about SWE from participating in, and leading, SWE groups, and how they leveraged these roles to advance both their SWE and professional careers.

The Art of Storytelling – Why Diverse Stories Matter!

What stories are you telling yourself? Are they different from the stories that you share at work? Are you afraid to use your voice at work? Is your passion being labeled as being emotional or angry? Well, I’m here to help change the narrative! In this session, I will discuss the importance of using your voice and why your story matters. By the end of this session, I want to encourage everyone to share their story and seek new ways to connect with your colleagues. A few years back, women and people of color were encouraged to get “a seat at the table.” Now that we’re at the table, what’s next? It’s time to leverage our voices collectively to change how companies view the diversity narrative.

The Journey to the Moon and Beyond Aboard the Gateway

As the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) prepares for long-term, sustainable human exploration of deep space, a Gateway, or outpost orbiting the Moon, is critical. Learn about the initial Gateway element development that will support a 2024 moon landing – the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and the Habitat and Logistics Outpost (HALO). Also hear how industry and international partners are contributing to sustainable Gateway capabilities. After learning about the Gateway in this snap session, you can aspire to inspire your colleagues and community as you share this exciting technical innovation with them.

We’ve Got to Upgrade That! Challenges For Process Engineers

A common challenge that many process engineers encounter is being asked to replace obsolete equipment with new equipment, which often requires developing new processes. Some old instruments have no replacement parts while some are from a company that is already out of business with no service support available. This business need opens a window for assessing modern technologies and new suppliers. Replacing old processes without disrupting production, while improving yield and quality can however be technically challenging. This session will address specific examples with four levels of project complexity from experiences of a process engineer in the electronics industry. Examples include plasma cleaning, wire bonding, Au-Sn eutectic bonding and laser cutting. Methods to approach five phases of the project will be discussed. Attendees will learn practical skills that are transferable to their own projects, including scoping, design of experiments, and implementation.

What’s in a Name – Evolving the Language of Technology

Technical vocabulary regularly makes use of metaphors. Images are typically invoked with the goal of making a concept or technology that is complex simpler and more relatable. However, technical language can sometimes include negative references and inappropriate stereotypes. This talk will encourage the audience to be alert when using technical metaphors in their software, standards and documentation. Terms that explicitly or implicitly reference gender, age, ability, ethnicity, race, nationality or socio-economic status should be avoided; in their place, we should apply terms that are descriptive without being biased. Groups such as the IETF have already started compiling a lexicon of inclusive technical terminology. We propose that these types of efforts should be embraced and extended within every organization so that we can evolve the language of technology to be as diverse as the community that makes use of it.

You build it, You own it – DevOps based Transformation

At Discover, we’ve built the next generation of container platform based on Red Hat’s Openshift Container Platform which uses Kubernetes at its core orchestrator. This platform is the nucleus of a larger container ecosystem (a.k.a. “Tupperware”). Tupperware groups numerous products and services together to provide container builds and deployments, software defined networking, and brokered integration relational database, object store and caching public cloud commodity services. Discover’s multi-cloud architecture is centered on Tupperware’s cloud abstraction design and processes. In this talk, I will share how we transformed our engineering practices from one that was silo’d to one that combined development and operations team into one true devops team. Before DevOps was implemented, development and operation teams worked as two independent squads, each with its own goals and objectives. I’ll talk about techniques we used to drive a true cultural transformation towards a devops approach, practices that we followed that works.
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