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SWE is offering six WE21 sessions that offer CEUs, that are free to attend with your WE21 registration. Each session offers 0.1 CEUs/PdH. Criteria for achieving CEUs include:

  • Attend the entire session – to demonstrate this, in-person attendees must have badges scanned upon entering and leaving each session.
  • Complete the post-session survey at the close of each session

Partial credit or adjusted CEUs shall not be awarded to individuals who do not successfully meet the criteria listed above.


Moderator: Kimberly Markiewicz, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, DuPont
Adriana Bohm, Ph.D. — Professor of Sociology focused on issues of social stratification
Nidhi Chaudhary —MBA, SPHR, CHRP, Global HR Leader, Educator, and Entrepreneur
Amber Maynard, Global Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Consultant at Corteva

Session Date and Time: Thursday, October 21, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH

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.
Adriana Leela Bohm

About the Speakers
Adriana Leela Bohm has taught sociology at Delaware County Community College (DCCC) in Media, PA, since 2001. Her courses focus on social stratification with a strong emphasis on white privilege and transgender equality. At DCCC she helped start the college’s institutional diversity committee, faculty diversity committee, and currently serves on the college’s advisory board for the newly created Center for Equity and Social Justice. Additionally, Adriana has spoken at conferences across the country and in Canada on social injustice and the struggle for racial equity. She is currently working on a collaborative auto-ethnography on teaching race and racism at the college level.

Adriana was elected to the Red Clay School District Board in 2013. Over the last seven years, she has introduced equity initiatives such as the Resolution for Safe and Inclusive Schools, the creation of a diversity committee, and an increase in anti-racism, trauma-informed, and LGBTQ-focused professional development for district employees. She also led the fight to hire a Diversity and Equity officer and establish an office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Adriana also serves on the board of ACLU-Delaware where she was recently appointed the Equity and Inclusion Officer. More recently she was elected to the Board of Directors for Pacem in Terris.

Adriana attended the University of Delaware where she earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Black American Studies. She has an MA in Sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University.

Nidhi Chaudhary

Nidhi Chaudhary is a global HR Leader, educator, and entrepreneur whose work has spread across the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific in multiple industries.  In her various leadership roles as CHRO and Global HR Director, her contributions to the corporate world include establishing world-class HR infrastructure, strategies, and solutions in big Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller startups. She has been a change agent for integration in M&A scenarios and a champion of continuous improvement and continuous learning culture across these organizations.  As President & Owner of her Consulting company, she coached and consulted with CEOs and provided strategic HR expertise. Companies she has worked in past are Halliburton, CB&I, Daewoo Motors, and Times of India.

As an educator she has taught ‘Diversity at workplace’ & ‘Human Capital Management’ courses to Graduate and Undergraduate classes at Widener University in Pennsylvania, USA and speaks at other educational institutes internationally. Currently, as a Global DE&I and HR Leader, at Dupont, Nidhi partners with leaders and DE&I influencers globally to further promote inclusion, equity, and belongingness in the company and community while also focusing on inclusive HR solutions throughout the employment life cycle. Nidhi has an MBA in Human Resources and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Botany. She has lived in Canada, Woodlands, TX, and India and is now based in Pennsylvania, USA.

Amber Maynard

Amber Maynard, Global Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Consultant at Corteva Agriscience, grows two things: people and belonging.  Amber is a catalyst for driving progress, inspiring people to show up fully in the world, embrace their authenticity and share their stories.  Passionate about inspiring belonging, Amber is a leader of inclusion and diversity strategy at Corteva including, participating in the company’s CEO-driven ID&E Journey Acceleration Team cultivating a culture of belonging, guiding inclusion awareness through the facilitation of more than a dozen global listening sessions, preparing DEI training for 20,000 employees around the world, and grassroots work across the company engaging in brave conversations about inclusion, diversity, and equity in agriculture.  Additionally, Amber leads eight global Business Resource Groups encompassing six regions around the world with several thousand members driving belonging, representation, awareness, and education for historically underrepresented minorities and most recently was featured in the company’s #WhatMattersMost campaign.

Amber lead Corteva to consecutive perfect scores on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index and the first 100% for the company on the HRC Equidad MX in Mexico, as well as a National LGBT Chamber of Commerce/National Business Inclusion Consortium Top 50 Best of the Best for Diversity & Inclusion award, all in the company’s first two years of existence.

Amber is a 4-time Out & Equal Workplace Summit speaker, including two Big Ideas Talks, a Lambda Legal Indiana Benefit Co-Chair, a thought partner for employee resource groups across various industries, a 2020 Women & Hi-Tech Equity & Inclusion Champion Leading Light Award Finalist, and a 2021 nominee for Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year award.  Amber is a graduate of Ball State University and holds a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and the owner of Dynamic Strategies Coaching, a coaching and consulting firm.

Kimberly Markiewicz

About the Moderator
Kimberly Y. Markiewicz is Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DuPont. She has been with DuPont for 26 years after initially starting her career as an employee of the Texas environmental regulatory agency. Kim has worked in a variety of roles during her DuPont career, but one constant has been her involvement with diversity and inclusion, including leadership in employee resource groups at both the local and corporate levels.

Kim’s experience in DuPont has included assignments in engineering consulting, capital project management, manufacturing operations, supply chain, human resources, and environmental, health and safety.

Kim has been an avid supporter of diversity and inclusion throughout her career. She has been involved with diversity recruiting and STEM efforts since she started her career and continues today. In July 2020, Kim assumed the role of VP, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Officer. She also holds the position of VP of HR for the Legal, Operations and Engineering functions at DuPont.  Kim is responsible for setting corporate strategy to further accelerate DuPont’s progress in DE&I. A high bar has been set for DE&I as part of the company’s 2030 sustainability goals. Her reach extends beyond the global footprint of DuPont and into the communities in which DuPont operates.

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

Moderator: Dayna Johnson — Emerging Technology Programs and Operations Leader, GE Gas Power
Kirsty Salmon, VP advanced bio and physical sciences for low carbon energy, BP
Kristin Siemen — Vice President, Sustainable Workplaces and Chief Sustainability Officer, GM
Elizabeth O’Neill-Harris — VP of Supply Chain & Operations, UH2 

Session Date and Time: Thursday, October 21, 12:30 p.m.  – 1:45 p.m. EDT
Offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH

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. 
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About the Panelists
Kirsty Salmon, VP advanced bio and physical sciences for low carbon energy, BP
Kirsty is VP of advanced bio & physical sciences for low carbon energy for bp. Kirsty has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University, completed postdoctoral work at UCLA, and joined bp in late 2011 as Head of Research for its GEN2 biofuels program. In 2015 she became the director of the newly formed Biosciences Centre in San Diego and is currently responsible for a new team in bp that is focused on sustainable, early-stage low carbon technology development and fundamental scientific research for the company.

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Kristin Siemen, Vice President, Sustainable Workplaces and Chief Sustainability Officer, GM
Kristen Siemen was appointed vice president of Sustainable Workplaces and Chief Sustainability Officer in February 2021. She will help lead General Motors to a future with zero emissions as the company continues to take bold actions against climate change, including GM’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral in its products and operations by 2040. 

In her most recent role as executive director, Global Energy Strategy, Certification, Compliance, and Test Labs, Siemen led a cross-functional leadership team responsible for setting corporate energy strategies, including the introduction of fuel economy improvement technologies as well as initiatives aligned with GM’s vision of a zero-emissions future. Siemen worked closely with the Sustainability Office to develop GM’s aspiration to eliminate all tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035 as well as the development of the company’s science-based targets. 

Siemen has been a member of the General Motors team for over 25 years, and for the past 10 years has held senior leadership positions in various engineering functions.

In addition to her accomplished technical career, Siemen is also passionate about promoting inclusion and gender equality. She was instrumental in creating GM’s career reentry program, “Take 2,” serves as GM’s key executive for the Society of Women Engineers, and is the co-lead for the GM Women Ally Program. Her work to improve policies and practices affecting change for women earned her the National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Activist Award. Siemen also serves on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst and the Oakland University School of Engineering & Computer Science Advisory Board, where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.  

A native of Warren, Michigan, she grew up around the automotive industry with her father, grandfather, and grandmother all working in the field.

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Elizabeth O’Neill-Harris, VP of Supply Chain & Operations, UH2 
Elizabeth has extensive experience in all aspects of the aerospace supply chain, both from the customer and supplier sides. Most recently, Elizabeth was the Director of Supply Chain Management at Ontic, which provides Extended Life Solutions for legacy and maturing aircraft. She was also the Global Supplier Manager at aerospace and industrial manufacturer Woodward Inc., where she solicited and managed a variety of long-term supplier agreements, and has held positions at Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and GKN. In addition to her work at Universal Hydrogen, Elizabeth is an ambassador for One Young World, a global forum for young leaders that promotes creating a better world with more responsible and effective leadership.


About the Moderator
Dayna Johnson, Emerging Technology Programs and Operations Leader, GE Gas Power
Dayna Johnson is the Emerging Technology Programs and Operations Leader with GE Gas Power. Prior to that role, Dayna completed GE’s Accelerated Leadership Program and held a variety of roles in GE Renewable Energy.  She is also the FY22 President-Elect of SWE.  Dayna has her BSCE degree and Master of Engineering Management from Valparaiso University.  She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, two sons, and a family dog.

Terra Winston, Build Your Dream Career: Secrets from the C-Suite

Ringleader, InTerract Consulting

Session Date and Time: Thursday, October 21, 3:30 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH

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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:

  1. Recognize how a values-based career strategy can increase both career fulfillment and success.
  2. Move beyond your job description to define your secret sauce that can increase your opportunities.
  3. Assess and grow your network for the career that you’re building – not just where you are now.

About the Speaker
Terra Winston, Ringleader of inTerract, has dedicated her life to helping her clients unleash the potential of each employee. She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with over 20 years of consulting experience. Terra holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Stanford University, and coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute and the International Coach Federation. With expertise in leadership development, facilitation, and DEI (diversity, equity, & inclusion), Terra implements a wide variety of solutions for her clients.

Brad Johnson, Leveraging Male Allies to Champion Gender Inclusion and Equity

U.S. Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins University

Session Date and Time: Friday, October 22, 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT 
Offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH

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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:

  1. Describe five key elements of cross-gender allyship.
  2. Articulate some of the obstacles to better gender partnership at work.
  3. Explain several strategies for leveraging workplace relationships with men.

About the Speaker
W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Johnson is a mentoring expert specializing in developing gender-inclusive mentoring cultures for organizations around the globe. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications, including 14 books in mentoring, professional ethics, and gender inclusion. Recent books include Good Guys: How Men Can Become Better Allies for Women in the Workplace, Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (both with David Smith), and the Elements of Mentoring 3rd Ed. (with Charles Ridley).

Melissa Andrada, Radical Candor: Creating a Culture of Feedback

Session Date and Time: Friday, October 22, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. EDT
Offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH

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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.

About the Speaker
Melissa Andrada is a creative DEI strategic advisor, leadership coach, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator collaborating with organizations to design a more loving and equitable society. Her focus within Radical Candor is having heartfelt and uncomfortable conversations on anti-racism and all forms of oppression within the workplace.

Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Melissa was the COO & Chief Learning Officer of Learnerbly, a VC-backed startup based in London that helps fast-growing tech companies and creative agencies accelerate the growth of their people. She co-founded the corporate learning arm of the creative consultancy Wolff Olins where she was a lead strategist working on clients that include BT, Skype, and Smithsonian in both their New York City and London offices. One of her favorite projects was co-creating the original strategic vision for the MOOC provider FutureLearn and their first course, which has reached 85,000+ people.

She frequently gives interactive motivational keynotes focused on empowering marginalized communities (LGBTQ2IA+, women, people of color) and influencing allies to care at organizations that have included The New York Times, Google, and Out in Tech. As a queer Filipina American born in Nigeria who came to the States as an undocumented immigrant, Melissa brings an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to the workplace where strategy and social justice intersect. She’s particularly passionate about collaborating with innovative organizations across tech, health, and the creative industries that value education and equity. Outside of work and pandemic lockdown, Melissa can be found practicing a gentle yoga flow, volunteering for the East Bay Meditation Center’s LGBTQ+ sangha, surfing in Siargao, and writing heartfelt essays on what it means to be human.

Melissa Marshall, Present Your Science: Communication Strategies for Stakeholder Buy-In

Date and Time of Session: Saturday, October 23, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. EDT
Offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH

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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:

  1. Identify how to use audience-centered speaking to connect technical ideas to audience members of different backgrounds.
  2. Recognize how to filter a large amount of technical details to tell a more focused story of the science.
  3. Identify how to optimize slide design to be more clear and convincing.

About the Speaker
Melissa Marshall is on a mission: to transform how scientists and engineers present their work. That’s because she believes that even the best science is destined to remain undiscovered unless it’s presented in a clear and compelling way that sparks innovation and drives adoption. For almost a decade, she’s traveled around the world to work with Fortune 100 corporations, institutions and universities, teaching the proven strategies she’s mastered through her consulting work and during her 10 years as a faculty member at Penn State University.  Melissa is an in-demand leading expert in technical presentations.  When your team works with Melissa, they’ll get the practical skills and natural confidence they need to immediately shift their “information dump”-style presentations into ones that are meaningful, engaging, and inspire people to act.

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