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Conference Schedule

The WE20 Virtual Conference includes 3 new session formats.

  1. Live Sessions: Sessions are scheduled and conducted on the WE20 Virtual Conference platform with live Q&A
  2. Semi-Live Sessions: Semi-live sessions, tech talks, and information sessions are pre-recorded sessions that are released on a specific day and time with live chat available
  3. On-Demand Sessions: On-demand sessions are pre-recorded sessions available to play within the WE20 Virtual Conference platform without chat. On-Demand sessions are added to the conference daily!
  4. Other Formats:  Special Events, On-Demand Yoga, and On-Demand and Live Meditation Lounge

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"Picture a Scientist"

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Pre-Conference Leadership Week – October 26-30

SWE Business:

  • Board of Directors Meeting (Invite-Only)
  • Board of Trustees with Scholarship Meeting (Invite-Only)
  • Editorial Board Meeting (Invite-Only)
  • Engaging Your SWE Section in Local & Federal Public Policy – Wednesday, October 28 – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT
    Register in advance for this meeting
  • MAL Meeting (Invite-Only) – Thursday, October 29 – 12:00 p.m – 2 p.m. CT – Video conference/dial-in details are available upon RSVP to mal-president@swe.org.
  • Membership Meeting – Friday, October 30 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT ** – Meeting Link
  • Nominating Committee (Invite-Only)
  • Senate & Bylaws Committee Meeting (Invite-Only)
  • SWE Committee Meet-ups**
  • SWE Outreach Committee Open House
  • Town Hall Meeting – Friday, October 30 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT *

**Visit we20.swe.org for meeting information updates for the meet-ups, Membership Meeting and Town Hall

FY21 Membership Meeting and Town Hall

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Invite-Only Events:

  • Collegiate Leadership Institute Networking (CLI) with Professional SWE members
  • Fellows Digital Reception (Virtual)
  • Graduate Student Meeting (Virtual)
  • Graduate Student Member Social (Virtual)
  • Life Members Reception (Virtual)
  • Past President’s Reception (Virtual)
  • Rapid Resume Review

Meet-ups:

Sessions Available On-Demand: October 26-30

DateTitleSession TrackDescriptionMore Information
Monday, October 26The Art of Leading Without a Management TitleSWE LeadershipYou finally received that stretch assignment. You’re collaborating with multiple stakeholders towards a common goal, but the team is struggling to achieve the results you envision. If only you were the manager, you could get the team back on track. How do you capture their attention to accomplish goals, without being designated as in-charge? In this session, we’ll walk you through the art of empowering individuals - without having the management title. You’ll learn to effectively lead teams, stretch assignment projects, and more! We’ll also help you apply “The Four Tendencies” framework to learn about different motivation styles at work, school, and at home. The goal of this presentation is to set each attendee up for success with their next cross-functional project to achieve their own goals, and to encourage and motivate others to succeed as teams! https://vimeo.com/465512377/fc029a79db
Monday, October 26Bigger on the Inside: Expanding Your Section’s Digital ToolboxSWE LeadershipAs SWE Sections grow and evolve, so too do the tools that are available to use in the digital environment. SWE Sections must continually reevaluate the best options to serve their local members, both for the section’s infrastructure behind the scenes as well as its public footprint. Staying current with the capabilities and limitations of the tools can be a challenge and there are so many options that it can be overwhelming! This session will be an interactive workshop to help sections assess what tools they might want to launch or continue using, common integrations between the various digital platforms, and sharing lessons learned. Theresa will also share her experiences developing, launching, and implementing digital infrastructure for both SWE and other groups she’s volunteer with. She’ll also share ow to approach tools and a section’s digital infrastructure from both a short and long-term strategic vision. https://vimeo.com/465513346/754286f1d6
Tuesday, October 27Exploring Employer-Based Diversity Within SWE Through Affinity GroupsSWE LeadershipIf you work as an entrepreneur, for a small business, for the government, for a global employer, or are retired, this panel and workshop will help you find your community and voice within SWE! Members will be given a brief overview of the Business Interest Affinity Groups then break out into smaller groups for an intimate discussion about the needs of the particular subgroups, how the BI AGs can assist in meeting those needs, and what obstacles exist within SWE for these subgroups to succeed. https://vimeo.com/465513826/40ce392895
Tuesday, October 27Special Member Meet-Up: Mentoring Facilitation Workgroup (7:00 pm CT)SWE LeadershipDo you want to learn about mentorship programs and initiatives within SWE? Whether you would like to learn how to find a mentor or influence future mentoring initiatives, the Mentoring Facilitation Work Group would love for you to join us in this informative and interactive event. Participate in mentoring round tables. Find out how to join a mentoring program that fits your needs. Learn about the new, virtual Society-level Mentoring program. Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom!https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrduihrj0jGdFxJJ_MZTNmXLhsZW_ehY2h
Wednesday, October 28Listen to Lead: Active Listening Strategies for LeadersSWE LeadershipWe often think of communication as the messages we put out into the world through our words, our visuals, and the data we produce. However, as leaders, we must balance the messages we send with equal attention to the messages we receive as listeners. Research has shown that the ways in which we receive communication from others can make a difference in how we are perceived as leaders and in how understood our communication partners feel as a result of interactions with us. Through active listening strategies, we can develop ourselves as more balanced communicators who are perceived to be stronger and more trustworthy leaders. In this session, we will identify various strategies for active listening and learn to identify common pitfalls to avoid in our listening practice. https://vimeo.com/user124220322/review/465562903/86b2a0904e
Wednesday, October 28Self-Care is More than a Spa Day: Preventing Leadership BurnoutSWE LeadershipAs a leader working to meet constantly increasing demands and expectations, you may be even more vulnerable to burnout, a condition that lives at the intersection of overwhelm and sheer exhaustion. Our goals — both professional and personal — are higher than they’ve ever been. We want to achieve more, to have it all — in essence, to become better jugglers. While, in some respects, we’re living up to the challenge, it can come at a significant cost to our well-being with little capacity to recover. This session will demonstrate how to recognize burnout and strategies to decrease it by increasing self-care to ensure you are able to continue to engage in what comes next. Attendees will participate in breakout groups to practice self-management techniques to care for their mental and physical well-being. By practicing these methods, leaders will be able to achieve their goals without getting burned out. https://vimeo.com/user124220322/review/465563604/d23f329e4f
Thursday, October 29Sharing Your SWE Power: Developing Community Outreach as a CollegiateSWE LeadershipDespite encouraging trends showing overall improvements in gender equality, there is still a significant gender gap in most STEM fields across all education levels. Girl-specific K-12 programming in science and engineering has been shown to be particularly impactful in improving diversity by fostering creative learning and discovery. Members of undergraduate or graduate SWE chapters may be interested in developing outreach opportunities outside those provided by university events; however, initiating new programs can be daunting. They require considerable planning, advertising and finding participants, building community trust and, of course, funding. This workshop will provide tangible advice and action items for building a girl-focused outreach program from the ground up as a collegiate SWE member. The discussion will focus on identifying community partners to aid in planning, logistics and advertisement, assessing the needs of the community in determining appropriate topics or audiences for outreach events, and developing attainable goals for outreach programming. https://vimeo.com/user124220322/review/465564717/8098104967
Wednesday, October 28SWE Archives Tour TourIf you miss going on the WE Annual Conference tours this year, take a virtual tour of SWE’s archives instead. SWE archivist Troy Eller English will guide you on a tour of the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit, where SWE’s archives are housed. In addition to sharing some gems from the world-renown library, Eller English will highlight some of the amazing stories and objects within SWE’s archival collections, from a 1919 survey of women engineering students around America to footage of SWE’s founding meeting, to artifacts that have flown in space with a SWE senior member and Achievement Award recipient.#
Wednesday, October 28Special Member Meet-up: Why you should apply for a Program Development Grant (7pm CT)SWE LeadershipDoes your SWE organization need money to start a new event? Join us to learn more about SWE's Program Development Grant program! You will meet current committee members who will help you understand what is a PDG grant, who is eligible, how to apply, tips for the application, examples of what is and is not funded. There will be time for Q&A to answer questions about Program Development Grants.https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvde2uqDwuHdelB3uc88tR7oV34vdqAbXH
Wednesday, October 28SWE WE20 Public Policy Session: Engaging Your SWE Section in Local & Federal Public Policy (1:00pm CT)SWE LeadershipSWE leaders and members are invited to attend this one-hour interactive boot camp that will provide basic resources and tips on how to engage your SWE section in both local and federal public policy efforts.https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkceqgqTstH9Oncls9GQ26JDCWumW3jIhE
Thursday, October 29Tackling Global Problems with Local SolutionsSWE LeadershipSome things in life are universal, and no matter where you go, many professional women in STEM are dealing with the same predicaments in their careers. Issues with the work environment, gender norms, and biases can create barriers for women in realizing their true potential. Our local culture influences how we tackle such issues. During this panel, the speakers will share best practices to drive change and tackle challenges based on their country’s social and cultural context. This session looks at what we can learn from each other experiences to develop unique solutions to suit each situation.https://vimeo.com/user124220322/review/465566886/5bee428685
Friday, October 30Whole Leadership: Connecting SWE Leadership and Work ExperiencesSWE LeadershipYou bring your whole self to both work and to SWE. So how can you connect the leadership competencies and experiences that you gain from work experienes to further your SWE leadership journey, and vice versa? This discussion will highlight how each panelist has used their SWE leadership experience to advance their career, used the competencies gained in their careers to round out their SWE leadership competencies, and how their the combined experiences accelerated their growth. https://vimeo.com/user124220322/review/465568178/7635595e20
Friday, October 30Your SWE Resume: Standing out from Other ApplicantsSWE LeadershipApplying for something new can be tough, but it can be even tougher when it asks for a special resume you haven’t made before. Many applications for SWE, from leadership elections to scholarships to awards, ask for a SWE resume to be submitted with the application. However, making a SWE resume doesn’t have to be hard! This workshop will teach you how a SWE resume is different from a standard resume, how to recognize what a strong resume looks like, and how to turn your own SWE experience into something amazing on your resume. Learn how to create an amazing, stand out resume from a current society leader! https://vimeo.com/467546888/8874f992f8
Friday, October 30Strategizing your SWE Career PlanSWE LeadershipDo you have aspirations of becoming a senator, director, or committee chair? Learn how four SWE leaders used tools to develop and strategize their SWE career. They will break down the SWE Leadership Competency Model, created to develop current and future SWE leaders, and show you their SWE career path. Additionally, you’ll learn more about self-analysis, how to complete the SWE Leadership Competency Model assessment and how to put it into practice. Each attendee will leave with a start on their Leadership Competency Model development plan and knowledge of SWE leadership position requirements. Additionally, the panelists will discuss how they use these SWE career tools in the workplace and as a student.https://vimeo.com/user124220322/review/465584326/495c52e0a7

Daily Agenda: November 2-13, 2020

DateStartEndTitleSession TypeSession TrackDescriptionSpeaker(s)More Information
Monday, November 210:00 AM10:45 AMBreaking Glass: How a Leadership Development Program Can Help WomenLiveCareer Management & DevelopmentWhat is an Engineering Leadership Development Program and how can it help you accelerate your career? In this session, we will discuss the purpose and describe the aspects of an engineering leadership development program. We will explore the lifecycle of a program, discuss the benefits and challenges for participants and walk through a real-life example to show you how to assess a program against your personal development goals and determine if the fit is right for you. Josh Rumlow, Director, Engineering Leadership Development, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Brynne Atkinson, Engineering Leadership Program Participant, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Emily Beatty, Engineering Leadership Program Participant, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Monday, November 210:00 AM10:45 AMDiscover Tech Talk: Engineering Tomorrow’s Financial ServicesSemi-LiveTech Talk In an industry commonly seen as non-tech, financial services are embracing curiosity to explore exciting and innovative solutions in technology. Join us to learn how Discover is using tech in unexpected ways to build the next big thing in financial services and to discuss how engineering skills help us improve the current systems and imagine ones that don’t exist yet! In this talk, you will get a closer look at the analytics technology landscape and hear examples of fast-paced proof-of-concept projects.Sara Bonefas, Senior Software Engineer in Digital Analytics Technology, Discover Financial Services
Monday, November 211:00 AM11:45 AMThe Power of #EmotionalIntelligenceLiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentHow well do you know yourself? Is managing your emotions effortless or #TeamTooMuch? The purpose of this session is to define emotional intelligence, give tips and tricks on how to learn more about yourself, and manage those sensations in your work and personal life. Emotional intelligence (EQ) has been summarized as monitoring and managing one’s emotions in order to use the information to guide thinking and behavior. According to Daniel Goleman , an American psychologist who helped to propagate emotional intelligence, there are five key fundamentals to EQ: Self-awareness, Self-regulation, Motivation, Empathy, and Social skills. This session will dive deep into these fundamentals through an interactive, unique, inspirational discussion and fun activities to ultimately increase each participant’s power of EQ. Kia Smith MBA, Space & Launch Integrated Product Team Lead and Cybersecurity Domain Engineer, The Boeing Company
Monday, November 211:00 AM11:45 AMCummins Information Session: Powering a More Prosperous World with Innovation Semi-LiveInformation Session Cummins Inc. is a global power leader with innovative products and initiatives all focused on POWERING YOUR POTENTIAL. Join our Cummins info session to hear from Joan Wills, Executive Director of Cummins Electronics, on our progressive programs that promote racial and gender equity, environmental sustainability in our facilities and products, Cummins’ response to COVID-19 and our exciting, emerging technologies such as electrification and hydrogen fuel cells! Joan WIlls, Executive Director -Cummins Electronics, Cummins Inc.
Monday, November 212:00 PM1:00 PMMega Session: Erica Dhawan, Digital Body Language: The New Rules of Trust and CollaborationLiveSpecial EventWhen your new boss replies “fine!” are they actually fine… or are they angry? Do you wait hours to get clarification on a vague e-mail? Did that weekend text message from your project partner irritate you? We are collaborating faster and more often than ever before. We feel like we’re connected – but are we really? We save time using email, right? But then we end up using all of that ‘saved’ time to clarify what we meant in the first place. In person, we can clarify context immediately. We rely on body language and tone to grasp the real meaning. With our digital walls up, we lose subtext and nuance.

We all leave an impression on each other. If someone doesn’t text back for hours or even days, do you think they are being rude? Is using an emoji or LOL unprofessional, or creating a human connection with others? What impression does your boss, team, or fellow students think of your digital behavior?

In this mega session, you will learn how to master Digital Body Language, the new cues and signals that help advance your career and help anyone build trust and influence in a digital age.
Erica Dhawan, Cotential
Monday, November 21:00 PM1:45 PMNational Security Agency Tech Talk: Security Cloud != A Security CloudSemi-LiveTech Talk The cloud was not built for security. As security technologists, historically chasing developers or IT team around, we may view an upcoming cloud transition or adoption with fear, misunderstanding, or hardship. Perhaps our organization purchased some security project that will make our lives better, but we learn that it doesn’t contextualize the mountain of findings in that single pane of glass after all, in fact it gives us more work with less understanding. Now we have a list of things we may not understand and certainly cannot just hand it to a team and say “fix this.”

It does not need to be this way; it should not be this way. Security has been around a long time, and while its implementation may change, the core principles never do. When I look to the cloud, I see transparent security enforcement, better visibility, increased risk reduction, and a new culture. As security technologists, you should feel empowered to support your teams in delivering a better, more secure product, efficiently and at increased velocity. We should be astounded with the speed that a fully patched, hardened workload replaced with vulnerable production instance and how very little human involvement was needed to make it happen.
Emily Fox, DevOps Security Lead and the DevX Developer Security Lead, National Security Agency (NSA)
Monday, November 21:30 PM1:45 PMBe the Tide That Lifts All Boats: Sisterhood and InclusionSemi-LiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessCharting your course and tackling challenges can seem insurmountable as you move further into your career. When you become comfortable with leaning on others for support, success becomes a team sport. Together we can drop the mentality that someone’s success is your failure. By incorporating inclusion into daily practice, we can build a support network and learn to be a cheerleader for your peers and find your passion and drive along the way. Dana Day, Project Engineer, Boeing Company
Monday, November 22:00 PM2:45 PMBreaking Down Forever Chemicals: Demystification Courtesy of Science and EngineeringLiveTechnical InnovationsYou may have seen the vaguely ominous term “forever chemicals” popping up in news reports. But what exactly are these forever chemicals? Should we be worried about them and, if so, why should we be worried? And what is or what can be done to protect our water supplies?

Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) or forever chemicals are chemicals used in the manufacture of many industrial and consumer products including fire-fighting foams, cookware, cosmetics, paints, food wrappers, and many more items and the latest emerging contaminant of focus in water supplies. The chemical characteristics that make them useful in our daily lives also make them challenging to manage in the environment. This presentation provides a background on this class of chemicals, discusses the science behind their use and the state of the technology for managing treatment in our water supplies, and outlines what is being done doing to regulate them.
Colleen Scholl, Senior Vice President, HDR
Monday, November 22:00 PM2:45 PMBoston Scientific Information Session: Boston Scientific – Where Caring is at our Core Semi-LiveInformation Session Supporting women in the workplace is a significant part of our diversity and inclusion efforts, and one of the reasons we have been recognized by Working Mother as a Top 100 company for our progressive life/work policies and programs. 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 a moderated panel discussion with female engineers at various stages of their careers, who will share their individual journeys, professional development, and unique experiences working at Boston Scientific. We look forward to having you at our session! Nicole Holland, Director of US Clinical Services, Neuromodulation

Veronica He, Principle Process Engineer, Endoscopy & Urology and Pelvic Health

Nusayba Tabbah, Manufacturing Engineer II, Neuromodulation

Ewnet Gebrehiwot, Senior R&D Engineer, Peripheral Interventions

Meghan Scanlon, SVP & President, Urology and Pelvic Health (Moderator)
Monday, November 23:00 PM3:30 PMLeading Through a Pandemic: Managing Tomorrow’s WorkforceSemi-LiveStrategic Leadership2020 brought about a new reality for today’s workforce. As health organizations, governments, and employers worked to stifle the spread of COVID-19, efforts to communicate rapidly-changing policies, best practices, and updates varied significantly from source to source. With only the 1918 influenza pandemic and real-time situations across China, Italy, and other hard-hit countries to serve as a precedent, many were left with an overwhelming feeling of “What do I do now?” and “What do we do next?” Employers across the globe relied on front-line managers to keep workers billable, accessible, healthy, and calm as businesses closed offices, schools shut down, and the economy battled with volatility. Managers found their staff dealing with the new reality of virtual workspaces, homeschooling, and/or maintaining adequate communication with the outside world. Come learn how managers from large to small corporations and a water/power utility successfully navigated the pandemic and emerged on the other side. Kerrie Greenfelder PE, DBIA, Department Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Ashley Pietz, Systems Engineering Associate Manager, Lockheed Martin Space

Heather Bernardin, Solutions Architect, KSM Technology Partners, LLC

Evelyn Cortez-Davis PE, BCEE, Assistant Director of Water Operations, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Jessica Rannow, District Operations Manager, AmerisourceBergen (Moderator)
Monday, November 23:00 PM3:45 PMPaycom Tech Talk: User Interface DevelopmentSemi-LiveTech Talk The Paycom Tech Talk will focus on user interface development, we will discuss how far the web and design has taken the user interface. We will also touch on some usability principles that influence the user interface and that developers should be aware of. We will also give information about what being a User Interface Developer at Paycom entails, touch on our process and some of the responsibilities we have.Juliette Corpstein, Software Developer, Paycom
Monday, November 23:45 PM4:30 PMOvercoming Cultural Barriers to Effectively Manage Multi-Geographic Business MeetingsLiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessCorporations often have locations or do business in multiple countries. Communicating with people from diverse cultures is a skill that can be learned. We will share the communication spectrum across cultures from high context languages to low context languages. This session will provide tips and techniques to hold successful meetings, typically over the phone or video, with members from multiple cultures. We will share our work experiences and provide practical applications for how cultural barriers and challenges can be overcome and transformed into a productive, result oriented and customer focused meetings. We will discuss methods for encouraging participation. We will share tips for ensuring all attendees can understand what is happening during the meeting, especially if English is not their first language. Finally, we will provide five tips for attendees to take back with them. Nathalie Bulos, Product Development Engineer, Intel Corporation

Sunita Utgikar, Supply Chain Engineer, Intel Corporation

Joyce Weiner, Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation
Monday, November 24:00 PM4:45 PMABB Information Session: Perspectives from ABB’s Women in STEMSemi-LiveInformation Session At ABB, science and engineering careers can take a variety of shapes and forms, and we will be showcasing all the possibilities by interviewing women who are in different stages of their careers and represent the four business areas of ABB: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation.Sarah Acker, Americas Hub Manager, Electrification Smart Power & Smart Buildings

Jamie Arnold, VP of Supply Chain Management, Mechanical Power Transmission

Cassandra Jackson, Robotics Production Manager, Robotics & Discrete Automation

Candida Lopez, Project Manager, Electrification Distribution Solutions

Reena Patel, Electrical Systems Engineer, Industrial Automation Energy Industries

Audrey Wang Gosselin, Engineer, LEAD Early Career Program (Moderator)
Monday, November 24:45 PM5:15 PMThrow Away the Band-aids: Implementing Change with Minimal PainSemi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentOuch! Organizational change can be very challenging and painful, even when there is planning upfront. Some people embrace it with open arms and accept the benefit of the ever-evolving universe, while others push back until their back is facing the wall and there is no way out! Change does not have to be severe and intimidating though. This session will arm you with useful new tools, like the Design Sprint method, to enable you to quickly implement effective changes with minimal pain and suffering. Design Sprint allows teams to embrace change by translating art into solutions. Christine Leggett MS, Customer Quality Manager, GlobalFoundries

Edita Bajramovic MS, Production Control Manager, GlobalFoundries
Monday, November 25:30 PM6:00 PMSelf-Care: Virtual Mindfulness Lounge™ LiveSpecial EventSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Monday, November 26:00 PM7:00 PMCanadian SWEsters at WE20LiveNetworking LoungeThis networking session will connect Canadian SWE members attending the WE20 virtual conference. Come and digest the conference from the Canadian perspective, and network with your fellow Canadian engineers! We also have a Slack channel that we will be using throughout the conference to continue our connections.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Tuesday, November 37:30 AM9:00 AMGlobal Exchange: Engineers Around the WorldLiveSpecial EventJoin WE20 participants from around the world for an interactive session to network, compare experiences, and share ideas. During the discussion, attendees will be divided into regional breakout rooms where guided questions will lead them through a conversation on both their unique and shared experiences. Attendees will also receive curated recommendations of global content within the WE20 agenda.

Advanced registration required. Only WE20 attendees will be permitted.
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIucOCuqDwpH9dV8k8yrKZdm57thcZWpKtv
Tuesday, November 39:00 AM9:45 AMAbbvie Information Session: Using Innovation to Make a Remarkable Impact on the Lives of PatientsLiveInformation Session Have you ever wondered what engineers can do at a biopharmaceutical company? Join us and hear from engineers at AbbVie! AbbVie is an innovation-driven, patient-focused specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on delivering innovative medicines and making a remarkable impact on people’s lives. In this information session, AbbVie panelists from various points in their career journey will share how they use their STEM backgrounds to “make possibilities real” for our patients. Engage with our panelists to learn more about the range of career paths at AbbVie and how YOUR background can make an impact.Katie McMillen, Associate Director, Manufacturing, Abbvie

Courtney Morgret, Associate Director, Product Quality, Abbvie

Chris Johnson, Study Project Manager, Global Medical Affairs, Abbvie
Tuesday, November 310:00 AM10:45 AMStand out! Pitch Yourself and Own the Career FairLiveCareer Management & DevelopmentWant 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, the crafting process, and when to use!Stephanie Watts Butler Ph.D., P.E., Technology Innovation Architect, Texas Instrument

Carrie Hunter, University & Diversity Recruiting Leader, Texas Instruments
Tuesday, November 310:00 AM10:45 AMBooz Allen Hamilton Tech TalkSemi-LiveTech Talk Join Booz Allen Hamilton engineers in discussing the exciting technology solutions they are working on in data analytics, environmental science, embedded software engineering, and edge computing! Learn how data and climate scientists use machine learning to predict pollution entering local waterways. Explore NAVIGATE-3D, a tool developed by engineers to help regulators streamline large-scale environmental reviews. Experience a crash course on how embedded software engineers solve problems with limited resources on the “dark side” of software. Discover how edge technology enables us to use artificial intelligence (AI) to make decisions in the field in the moments that matter most.Jennifer Salerno, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Susan Morris, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Caitlin Willoughby, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Cassandra Rothrauff, Senior Systems Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton

Grace Kim, Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Caroline Trier, Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Sarah Olson, Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dan McConnell, Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Ki Lee, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Chu Lahlou, Senior Lead Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Tuesday, November 311:00 AM11:45 AMHow Functional Color is Changing the Game in Additive ManufacturingLiveTechnical InnovationsRecent advancements in color 3D printing technologies have opened up new opportunities in manufacturing and production applications. Full color additive manufacturing has been around for many years but historically had limitations in strength, cost, aesthetics, and color breadth. Now multiple industries are taking advantage of the customization and speed made possible by 3D printing. Functional color printing is already enabling innovation across medical, consumer products, education, and architecture with industry-changing impact. Some applications include prototyping, tooling, models, decoration, customization/personalization, product design, and branding. In this session we will deep dive into examples of how functional color has already made a huge impact and explain how these successful applications can translate to other industries throughout the world and transform your business. Vanessa Verzwyvelt, Master Systems Engineer, HP Inc.

Liz Stortstrom, 3D Applications Engineer, HP Inc.

Xin Cheng, 3D Writing Systems Engineer, HP Inc.

Kerry Moriarty, 3D Part Quality Engineer, HP Inc. (Moderator)
Tuesday, November 311:00 AM11:45 AMIntel Information Session: Paving Rewarding Career Paths While Creating World-Changing Technology that Enriches the Lives of Every Person on EarthSemi-LiveInformation Session Join senior leaders from Intel Corp for a panel discussion on the diverse career paths they’ve created through different disciplines (engineering and non-engineering). Navigating a rewarding path while contributing significantly to Intel technologies that change the world. It’ll be a fun, transparent, and truthful discussion on how careers play out. They’ll also share insight on how they are change agents in a company undergoing a cultural and technical transformation to remain relevant in today’s world. Melissa Gregg, Sr. Principal Engineer, Client Architecture

Stephanie Salas, Synder- Director, Microsoft Account Team

Lagacia Sims, Program Execution Lead, Graphics

Allison Goodman, Sr. Principal Engineer, Storage Solutions
Tuesday, November 312:00 PM12:15 PMWhen Passion Isn’t Enough– Lessons Learned from Quitting my Ph.DSemi-LiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentMost of the time, success stories thrive on this idea of passion that perseveres. There is a perception that sexism, racism, and even poverty can be overcome with passion and determination. The truth is: passion is not enough. If most PhD students who become ABD have the academic ability to succeed and the passion that led them to a PhD in the first place, why do so many of us quit? Why did I quit? This session discusses the importance of choosing a mentor and program that aligns with your values, learning styles, and ultimate goals; as well as tips to recognize burnout and realize when you need to reach out. Andrea Martinez, Space Electrical Project Engineer, Moog Inc.
Tuesday, November 312:00 PM12:45 PMNorthrop Grumman Corporation Tech Talk: Digital Transformation – Optimizing OutcomesSemi-LiveTech Talk Join us for a closer look into how Northrop Grumman leverages Digital Transformation to help drive innovation and optimize performance. Mike Bracken, sector vice president, Engineering & Sciences, Mission Systems sector, will host a discussion with four Northrop Grumman female executives who will share how their collective efforts are contributing to the company’s Digital Transformation. You will hear firsthand about their personal experiences and innovations.Shivani Desai, Tech Fellow and AI Systems Architect

Sarah Nichols, Lead Defense Systems Enterprise Transformation Lean-Agile Coach and Trainer

Jen Walters, Technical Fellow and Solutions Architect

Katie Mehta, Engineering Systems Architect and Technical Fellow

Tamara Lewis, Director of the Business Systems Integration (BSI)
Tuesday, November 312:00 PM1:00 PMGeneral Networking for Working Moms LiveNetworking Lounge Join working moms from around the world to socialize and connect, many of whom are part of the Engineering Working Mom’s Facebook Group. This group was created in 2014 to provide support to other working engineering moms in a safe, judgment free, and collaborative manner. With over 3,000 members (and growing!), it contains a huge wealth of knowledge to help moms navigate their careers and parenting.
Tuesday, November 312:30 PM1:15 PMLeadership, Love, Literature and Lessons in the Time of COVID-19LiveStrategic LeadershipIf you are fortunate enough to have a long career in this business, you’ll see when you look back that everything you learn braids together to create your unique perspective. You know how you sat through French Literature class in college, and had to read La Peste by Camus and you thought that you’d never EVER think about it again? Or the Bill Gates TED talk you scrolled past in 2015 about how a virus was more of a threat than a nuke? Join Kathy and Christy as they walk you through their insights from experiences leading Crisis Management Teams in two different companies through COVID-19. As women of Science, we gather facts, implement plans, measure results and adjust. THEN we test those decisions with the human side of dealing with a large number of people looking to leadership for actionable direction. We’re predicting what we will share in November. Kathy McLernon PMP, LSSBB, Director, Program Management Center of Excellence, LMI | Northrop Grumman

Christy Predaina PMP, CSEP, Facility Director, Northrop Grumman
Tuesday, November 31:00 PM1:45 PMLockheed Martin Information Session: Your Mission is OursSemi-LiveInformation Session Hear about the many exciting jobs and internships available at Lockheed Martin!

Lockheed Martin is a highly diversified $24 billion advanced technology company and the strategic leader in the aerospace industry with major positions in information systems, software development, space, launch vehicles, aeronautics, electronics, environmental services, and energy programs. The vision of the Corporation is to be the world’s premier systems engineering and technology enterprise. To meet that vision, Lockheed Martin will continue to build on its history of success in identifying and capitalizing on key information systems, electronic, aerospace, and energy technologies.
Adrienne McAbee, Campus Relationship Manager, Lockheed Martin
Tuesday, November 31:00 PM2:00 PMCLI: Upgrading Your Personal Operating System: Evaluating and Enhancing your Personal Leadership Style (Invitation Only)LiveSpecial EventYou are resilient. However, the challenges presented by COVID-19, from the stress of completing college classes in an online environment to envisioning a future workforce changed by a global pandemic, are unprecedented. Now is not the time to work harder; it’s the time to upgrade your personal leadership operating system so that you are energized when you think about how to make the most of the upcoming challenges. Participants in this session will complete an assessment in order to identify their own leadership style, then learn about opportunities and challenges of each available style and record their findings in the CLI Career Readiness Handbook.
Tuesday, November 31:30 PM1:45 PMInvisible Illness in the WorkplaceSemi-LiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessAn “invisible” illness is one in which the signs and symptoms of illness are not present on the outside of the body. As a result, it is impossible to know that someone is sick, without being notified by the person directly. There are millions of people in the world today, who are battling “invisible” illnesses. Examples of “invisible” illnesses include Crohn’s disease, Lupus, and even Cancer. The purpose of this presentation is to spread awareness of these diseases and to provide organizations with strategies on how to handle these illnesses in the workplace. Leah Williams MBA, M.S, PMP, CSCP, Subcontracts Specialist, Northrop Grumman
Tuesday, November 32:00 PM2:45 PMGeneral Dynamics Tech Talk: Let’s Talk About Machine Learning Semi-LiveTech Talk Machine learning is at the center of our lives and much of what we do. Discover more about machine learning and how it will impact our present – and future – during this insightful conversation on machine learning’s history, growing presence in our society and the techniques that could change the way we live.Lisa Finneran, President of Engineering, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Tuesday, November 32:00 PM2:45 PM“Hidden Figures” – Surprise Findings from NSF and Other SourcesLiveAdvocacy & OutreachMany STEM studies have been published with copious amounts of data that can be “mined” to yield some surprising findings. This paper will extract findings from the rich data behind the 2018 U.S. National Science Foundation’s Science and Engineering Indicators study and other related sources to present information about women and underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science, as well as trends in graduate degrees in engineering and computer science granted in the U.S. Extractions of the data will be presented against the backdrop of emerging and future technologies and trends, along with potential implications for the future in terms of technology, innovation, economics, immigration policy, etc. The speaker will engage attendees in a discussion of these findings and will solicit their ideas to address some of the concerns brought to light. Janet Williams F.,SWE, MSCE, Contract Analyst, Leidos, Inc
Tuesday, November 33:00 PM3:30 PMEngage Systems You Need to Live the Life You WantSemi-LiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentAre you the “vacuum” of others’ lives? Absorbing every worry, mental load, and task as you fulfill multiple roles of chef, chauffeur, caregiver, coach, therapist, employee and house cleaner—just to name a few? Have you put your dreams, relationships, health, and personal happiness on hold to live a life that is dedicated to others? Even if you’ve tried hundreds of times before, today’s session will help you break that cycle so you can “drop the vacuum” and start living the life you want—right now. Today’s interactive session will provide you with thought-provoking questions to clarify your vision, actionable steps to reach your goals, and the conversational tools to counter obstacles and all the ifs, ands, and buts. You only have one life—how will you choose to live it? Alisha Taylor PE,PMP,MBA,MCE,DTM, Program Manager, Life Coach, and Podcaster, ACT with Intention, LLC
Tuesday, November 33:00 PM3:45 PMMerck & Co. Information Session: An Engineer’s Guide to Demystifying the Pharmaceutical IndustrySemi-LiveInformation Session For over 125 years, Merck has been inspired by a shared vision and mission to save and improve lives. With a surge in engineering degrees and increase in demand for healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry is positioned well in terms of attracting and hiring talent, or are they? This industry has been prone to myths that can deter talent away from pursuing career opportunities in pharma, but we’re here to clear the air, and share with you the impact engineers make from drug research and development all the way to production and distribution. Join us for a robust conversation with several of Merck’s engineers across the Enterprise as they walk you through what #InventingForLife looks like at Merck, through the lens of an engineer!Tim Schultz, Associate Director, Merck & Co., Inc.

Nancy Zunino, Director, Global Workplace and Enterprise Services, Merck & Co., Inc.

Janel Robinson Edwards, Chief of Staff, Merck & Co., Inc.

Meghan Knecht, Engineer, Merck & Co., Inc.

Morgan Crawford, Senior Scientist, Chemical Engineering Research and Development, Merck & Co., Inc.
Tuesday, November 33:45 PM4:30 PMThe Why and How of Being on a Corporate BoardLiveCareer Management & DevelopmentWe need more women on corporate boards. You’ve probably heard this statement a lot, but why do we need more women on corporate boards? How do you know when you’re qualified for this step and if you are, how do you go about becoming a corporate board member? If you’re someone who is interested in the answers to these questions, you’ll want to join this inspiring session as Stacey DelVecchio interviews corporate board member Jill Tietjen. Not only has Jill been on the board of directors of Merrick & Company for 10 years and Georgia Transmission Corporate for 23 years, she’s also devoted countless hours to help women get on corporate boards. A must-see session for the aspiring corporate board member. Stacey DelVecchio F. SWE, President, StaceyD Consulting, LLC

Jill Tietjen P.E., President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
Tuesday, November 34:00 PM4:45 PMNational Security Agency Tech Talk: Iot, If It Can Be Connected, It Will Be ConnectedSemi-LiveTech Talk The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing larger and more complex every day, and it’s just one of the emerging technologies that the National Security Agency (NSA) is assessing as billions more devices are connected. The increase in IoT ecosystems and dependent technologies means the potential for cyber threats abound as more devices are connected—with relatively little built-in security—and bad actors become more adept in the use of cyber toolkits. And these risks aren’t just from the devices themselves: IoT products often come with sensors that generate new types of data about individuals and their environment. These devices represent a growing attack surface where vulnerabilities abound. Come learn how NSA is thinking about IoT and adapting to the future of cybersecurity.Nicole Newmeyer, Technical Director, National Security Agency (NSA)
Tuesday, November 34:45 PM5:15 PMTalking about Responding to Implicit Gender Bias with Your TeamSemi-LiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessNSF reports have encouraged action to mitigate bias and its influence—particularly in STEM fields— because of its negative impact on underrepresented individuals (i.e., individuals report leaving STEM fields because of such bias). Tackling implicit bias is particularly important because it hurts efforts to broaden representation and to build an inclusive climate. As students increasingly work in teams, they need to be given practical, yet safe, ways of learning how to be inclusive team members. In several studies, we had students watch videotaped instances of implicit gender bias and then discuss how they’d respond with their team. Current training tools (i.e., Implicit Association Test) don’t allow students to practice such skill-building. In this workshop, we will let participants experience the training tool before discussing the findings to demonstrate the effectiveness of the tool in waking the majority of students up to the negative effects of bias in teams. Denise Driscoll PhD, CISTAR Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Purdue University/CISTAR
Wednesday, November 44:00 AM5:00 AMTake Charge of Your Career!! How to Excel in Your Career (CANCELLED)LiveNetworking LoungeI will be covering tips on how to excel in our careers. What are the good traits to showcase that we are focusing on in our careers and how are we taking steps to achieve our goal?

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Wednesday, November 48:00 AM9:00 AMElectro Hydraulic Hitch for Small TractorsLiveNetworking LoungeThe compact tractors with under 60Hp engine power are small tractors used for mainly for low scale loader applications, mowing, and rear hitch applications. These are mostly used in orchards and chicken farms. Small scale industry and home owners are very keen on investing electro hydraulic applications on such equipment to make it easy to use. The electro-hydraulics hitch uses a servo valve to monitor the raising and lowering of the hitch for rear applications. By the end of this session, the participants will learn more about electro-hydraulics and its application in the small tractor market. They can then utilize this knowledge to implement and design their own electro-hydraulics system.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Wednesday, November 49:00 AM9:45 AMNorthrop Grumman Executive Session: Agility and Leadership in Challenging TimesLiveSpecial EventCOVID-19, civil unrest and natural disasters are examples of unexpected events that affect a society and its citizens. In today’s workplace, a leader can and will encounter a number of events that can impact productivity and employees’ emotional and physical wellbeing. An effective leader will be agile in managing during uncertain or stressful situations. In this session, our leaders will discuss how they have been successful in navigating through the current pandemic and civil unrest that has impacted communities and corporations. They will share anecdotal stories and provide tips on how current and future leaders can effectively manage teams and lead during uncertain and changing times. Andrea L. Yeiser, Vice President, Engineering & Sciences, Cyber & Intelligence Mission Solutions, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Deborah Tankersley, Engineering Director, C4 Missile Defense, Northrop Grumman Defense Systems

Mary Rose McCaffrey, Vice President, Security, Northrop Grumman Enterprise Services

Tamara Lewis, Director, Business Systems Integration, Mission Assurance and Programs, Northrop Grumman

Maria Tirabassi, Vice President, Operations and Space Park Site Leader, Strategic Space Systems Division Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Phyllis Schneck, Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Northrop Grumman Enterprise Services
Wednesday, November 49:00 AM10:00 AMGlobal Companies in IndiaLiveNetworking LoungeFirst will be an overview of SWE efforts in India. This will be followed by an ice breaker where all participants will give a brief introduction of themselves. This will be followed by discussion of differences and similarities of working for MNC’s in different countries . We will start the discussion by having a member of a US based organization discussing their work environment. Then the next speaker from an India based company will discuss the similarities and differences as related to 1st speaker.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Wednesday, November 410:00 AM10:45 AMSucceeding as an “Only” In the Workplace: PanelLiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentAccording to a study by McKinsey, since 2015, the first year of this study, corporate America has made almost no progress in improving women’s representation. From the outset, fewer women than men are hired at the entry level. Women of color are the most underrepresented group of all—behind white men, men of color, and white women. You will hear from a few female engineers, who are also of color, on their experiences with how they succeeded as an “only” in the workplace. Shafaq Imtiazi, Plant Manager, ITW

Kristen Cardoza, Standard Products Engineer, ITW

Morgan Manning, Global Product Manager, ITW

Dana Eriksen, Process Engineer, ITW

Jakeline Jungbluth, Sales & Engineering Manager, ITW (Moderator)
Wednesday, November 410:00 AM11:00 AMNational Security Agency Tech Talk: Adding Value with Additive ManufacturingSemi-LiveTech Talk Additive and advanced manufacturing (AM) offer new and revolutionary ways to create and innovate. Significantly different from traditional subtractive manufacturing, additive approaches involve building up objects layer-by-layer directly from design files. AM capabilities are now widespread as the tools have become very user-friendly, and the cost of equipment and supplies have decreased. From children to adults, technical experts to novices… advanced capabilities that foster innovation are directly in the hands of a diverse population. At the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) we are harnessing the power of AM to dramatically change the way we think about – and manufacture – electronics circuits. Through the development and maturation of techniques that allow for the rapid fabrication of smaller, lighter, and flexible electronics, we are inventing foundational capabilities for numerous applications, including internet of things devices, wearables, and interconnected sensors that will be deployed in smart cities. Meredith Anderson Dyck, Deputy Technical Director, Laboratory for Physical Sciences, National Security Agency (NSA)
Wednesday, November 411:00 AM11:45 AMOverlooked Talent: Women of Color in EngineeringLiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessAccording 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. Katrina Hale, Engineering Manager – Process Information & Control Solutions, 3M

Hang Loi, Global Manager, Supplier Relationship Management, 3M

Charlene Vance, Customer Operations Lead, 3M

Sarah Gumina, Advanced Division Engineer, 3M

Simone Richardson, Project Engineer, 3M (Moderator)
Wednesday, November 411:00 AM3:00 PMVirtual Career FairLive Career Fair The WE20 Career Fair includes three exhibit halls: Corporate Partnership Council (CPC), Academic, and Corporate booths. Attendees are able to visit each booth by “walking” the halls or going directly to a booth through the search functionality.

Once at a booth, attendees have the option to text chat, video chat, see career opportunities, watch videos and download exhibitor materials. The Career Fair Exhibitor may pre-schedule interviews/screenings or might host an “on the spot” interview with attendees. They also receive a user report with each attendees’ profile and details about how they interacted with their booth and recruiters. With this information, they may reach out after WE20 to initiate a or continue the conversation.
Wednesday, November 411:00 AM11:45 AMRockwell Automation Information Session: “Your Dream Company”Semi-LiveInformation Session Join us to learn more about Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information. Hear from a panel of diverse women who have excelled in their respective careers at Rockwell Automation. Find out why you want to be part of our team. You will leave this session feeling informed, inspired, and excited to join our company!

This panel discussion is designed for students and professionals interested in learning about Rockwell Automation. The panelists will also share personal stories about their career journey, growth opportunities, and corporate culture that make Rockwell Automation a great place to work.
Nelly Gillman, GPTC Manager

Aaliyah Brown, Process Engineer

Amal Hassoun, Industry Account Manager

Gabby Gutierrez, Commercial Engineer

Nisha Chandasekharan, Global Portfolio Manager
Wednesday, November 412:00 PM1:00 PMMega Session: Selena Rezvani – Negotiate Like a Boss: How to be a Fierce Self-AdvocateLiveSpecial EventGone are the days when negotiating was only for a performance review, job interview or the big pitch. Professional women negotiate all day every day—for better project deadlines, to resolve a standstill within a team—even to take their PTO. How can you make the most of these conversations—regardless of whether it’s with a direct report, boss, peer or customer? Leveraging tips from her award-winning book, PUSHBACK: How Smart Women Ask–and Stand Up–for What They Want, Selena Rezvani teaches you how to prepare for these daily negotiations, flex your style based on the topic or person with whom you’re negotiating, manage trade offs, and get the “Yes” answer you need.Erica Dhawan, World’s Leading Authority on 21st century Collaboration and Digital Body Language
Wednesday, November 41:00 PM1:45 PMJPMorgan Chase & Co. Tech Talk: Security – Graphical PasswordsSemi-LiveTech Talk Passwords provide security mechanisms for authentication and protection services against unwanted access to resources. The most common and convenient authentication method in use is the alphanumeric password. However, its inherent defect led to the development of graphical passwords as an alternative. A graphical password, which uses images as passwords, is motivated particularly by the fact that it is generally easier for users to recall images than word. In this presentation, participants will look at the commonly used graphical password schemes on computers and mobile devices with pitfalls/advantages. We will compare different password schemes before going deep into the graphical password area to make it relevant with other password options out there. It helps participants to be aware of the important of getting the password right for securing devices especially in the age of multiple gadgets – iPhone / apple watches / laptops used by all and the emerging schemes in the password space. Navneet Kang, Vice President, Consumer & Community Banking, Architect, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Wednesday, November 41:00 PM2:00 PMSmall Business AG NetworkingLiveNetworking Lounge Please come to the Networking Lounge for Business Interests join us to network with other SWE members who work for smaller businesses. Learn best practices from each other on how to navigate professional and SWE careers. Also, please join us to share ideas on how SWE and the Small Business AG can best support you in your unique role and company.
Wednesday, November 41:30 PM1:45 PMWE Beyond SWE: Championing Diversity & Inclusion in the WorkplaceSemi-LiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessSo you want to promote D&I at your job but don’t know where to start? Fortunately (or perhaps, unfortunately), no company has it all figured out, and it is our responsibility – no matter our profession or position – to play an active role in facilitating environments where everyone is excited to share their authentic selves at work. In this session, you will learn more about how we’ve been able to spearhead our own diversity empowerment initiatives in the workplace as early career professionals, both at a 40-person company and in a 4000-employee organization within a multinational company. Whether your company has an existing initiative or you’re starting fresh, you’ll walk away with key tips on taking those first steps to transforming your culture at work. Ingrid Cai, Supply Chain Manager, Microsoft

Mahati Vavilala, Supply Chain Consultant, Bricz
Wednesday, November 42:00 PM2:45 PMDell Information Session: Staying Relevant: Personal & Business Transformation are Critical for SuccessSemi-LiveInformation Session Given the current ever-changing state of the market, technology and the world staying relevant is as important as ever, maybe even more so. Come understand why ongoing transformation is a critical success factor for your own career and the business you work in. Learn to hone your intellectual curiosity skills, remain adaptable and embrace change as tools for enabling that success. Liza Sighinolfi, Sr. Director of Engineering, Dell
Wednesday, November 42:00 PM2:45 PMTransforming Yourself in this World of Mergers and AcquisitionsLiveCareer Management & DevelopmentHave you faced a transition to a new job role or company either by choice or by corporate merger/acquisition? Joining a new organization with a new culture, new IT systems and a new set of rules can be challenging. Come to this panel session where three women who have gone through huge career transitions will share their experiences about how to be successful in different organizations, different companies and different job roles. Allyson Stewart, Sr Staff Procurement, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Eva Holmes, Business Development Manager, Marvell Semiconductor

Laura Chadwick, Senior Staff Engineer, Marvell Semiconductor

Patty Shirk, Chief of Staff to Vermont Senior Location Executive, GLOBALFOUNDRIES (Moderator)
Wednesday, November 43:00 PM3:30 PMStick a Fork in Me, I’m Done! When to Retire…Semi-LiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentAre you fed up and wondering how much longer you have to keep doing this?! Making the decision of when and how to retire is complex and very emotional. There is so much to consider and so much to prepare for. Can you even imagine not working? When can you afford to retire? Will being with your spouse 24/7 drive you up a wall? This panel will span the workforce generations and cover multiple perspectives on retirement as it relates to career planning, financial planning, and personal life planning. A millenial will share her steps to being financially on fire so she can retire early. A Gen X parent of high schoolers will share mid-career strategies for planning career sunsets, and two Baby Boomers will share vastly different mindsets and approaches to retiring from passing the torch to planning out elder care to traveling the world.“Leslie Griffiths, Sr. Quality Engineer – QMS and Internal Audits, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Karen Badger, Principal Member of Technical Staff, GLOBALFOUNDRIES”
Wednesday, November 43:00 PM3:45 PMLockheed Martin Tech Talk: Fire walking: A Female Perspective on Breaking Barriers in Technical FieldsSemi-LiveTech Talk In 2018, only ~20% of all jobs in technology were held by women (Source: Small Business Trends) and yet Fortune 500 companies with at least 3 women in leading positions saw a 66% increase in ROI (Source: Women Who Tech). In this panel, several women from across the Lockheed Martin Corporation who have achieved top technical positions will share their unique experiences on how they have bypassed firewalls to enter a male dominated field while opening doors for others to do the same.Dr Dawn Beyer, Sr. Fellow

Valerie Underwood, Sr. Fellow

Tammy McNeley, Fellow

Jacque Blanchard, Cyber Architect Principal
Wednesday, November 43:45 PM4:30 PMPower of a NudgeLiveStrategic LeadershipNudging is a tool every leader should have in their toolbox. Nudging is making a subtle suggestion in a powerful way, while letting the person or the team make the final decisions. This presentation will be most helpful to those with strong opinions, passion to improve, and ambition to be a servant leader.

A nudge is a way to lead without authority or positional power. In this interactive session we will create a toolset of strong nudges to take your team to the next level. Build subtle yet powerful nudges and practice different ways to lead by nudging.
Jane Prusakova, Software Architect, Viasat Inc
Wednesday, November 44:00 PM4:45 PM Ford Information Session: Built Ford Tough: An Inside Look at Ford Motor CompanySemi-LiveInformation Session 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.Ann Green, Director of Design Assurance, Ford

Sena Hermiz, Core Speech Engineer, Ford

Anne Goering, Product Owner, Ford

Rachel Westbrook, Vehicle Test Engineer, Ford
Wednesday, November 44:45 PM5:15 PMAlone Amongst Many: Finding New Community Connections as a TransplantSemi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentAcross your collegiate and professional career, you may be faced with the daunting decision of whether or not to move to a new area. And, if or when you move from your established community area to a brand-new area, you can find yourself feeling very alone. You may even find yourself wondering what you can do to establish a new personal community…and there are so many options to build those connections that it may feel overwhelming! Our panel of speakers are all transplants – in some cases, from coast to coast or even country to country. They will share what worked for them, what didn’t, and what they wished they would have done differently. Nicole Woon, Program Manager 2, Society of Women Engineers Pacific Northwest Section (SWE PNW)

Theresa Krack, Development Program Manager, Society of Women Engineers Pacific Northwest Section (SWE PNW)

Jessica Tran PhD, User Experience Researcher II, Society of Women Engineers Pacific Northwest Section (SWE PNW)

Dian Nguyen, Senior Radio Frequency Design Engineer, Society of Women Engineers Pacific Northwest Section (SWE PNW)

Claudia Galvan EdD, Technical Advisor, Early Stage Innovation, Early Stage Innovation
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMLate Career and Retiree Affinity Group Meet-upLiveNetworking Lounge Visit the Networking Lounge for Business Interests and attend a session hosted by the Late Career and Retiree Affinity Group! This group is now in its second year and has grown tremendously, with 275 members and 13 people on the leadership team. This informal meeting will introduce our leadership team and you can find out ways to be involved. Initiatives include conference engagement, local section engagement, and fun connections and hobby groups.
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMSupply Chain Technologies Networking LiveNetworking Lounge Vist the Open Spaces networking lounge! This session will focus on bringing a space to those who love supply chain and want to stay up to date with new technologies. This event is open to students and professionals to network and learn from each other. We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMAir Products Products and Chemicals, Inc.LiveHospitality SuiteAt Air Products, we have a tradition of excellence that has been built by passionate, talented people who are driven to succeed.

If you are dedicated and driven to achieve your objectives and company goals; have passion and commitment to get it right; have a never-ending desire to learn, improve, and contribute; then come discover, care, accomplish . . . and thrive at Air Products!
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMBristol Myers SquibbLiveHospitality SuiteWe are a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMCadenceLiveHospitality SuiteCadence is a pivotal leader in electronic design, building upon more than 30 years of computational software expertise. The company applies its underlying Intelligent System Design strategy to deliver software, hardware and IP that turn design concepts into reality.

Cadence customers are the world’s most innovative companies, delivering extraordinary electronic products from chips to boards to systems for the most dynamic market applications including consumer, hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, aerospace, industrial and health.

For six years in a row, Fortune magazine has named Cadence one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMFirstEnergy CorporationLiveHospitality SuiteWelcome! We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy’s 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Please feel free to explore. Our team is here to answer your questions and share information about opportunities at FirstEnergy. We look forward to meeting you!
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMLockheed Martin CorporationLiveHospitality SuiteLockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. From the CEO down, we are actively committed to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our corporation.
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMMedtronicLiveHospitality SuiteMedtronic women engineers from different backgrounds and functions will be hosting an informal connection at our hospitality suite! You’re invited to join us to learn about what it’s like to work for Medtronic, what to expect transitioning out of college and into a full time career, tips on interviewing from hiring managers and recent hires, and what it means to be passionate about our company mission—alleviating pain, restoring health and extending lives.
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMNorthrop Grumman CorporationLiveHospitality SuiteDefining Possible is what drives us at Northrop Grumman. We are 90,000 people strong – with careers across all areas: air, cyber, land, sea and space – working as one to defend and define the future. Northrop Grumman careers and internships are as varied as your interests, with a lifetime of potential that will give you every opportunity to do your best work. Working together with people from many backgrounds, personal passions and disciplines, we share a drive to push the boundaries of science, technology and engineering to create a better world.
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMPepsiCoLiveHospitality SuitePepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies serving more than 200 countries and territories around the world. At PepsiCo, you get the best of both worlds: an entrepreneur’s mindset plus reach and resources. Our collaborative culture and worldwide presence generate a stream of new opportunities to define the future and propel your life’s work. Bring your unique perspective. Bring curiosity. Bring ingenuity, and drive. We’ll give you a platform to be daring on a global scale.
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMSolar TurbinesLiveHospitality SuiteHeadquartered in San Diego, California, USA, Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbines, with more than 15,000 units and over 2 billion operating hours in over 100 countries.

Products from Solar Turbines play an important role in the development of oil, natural gas and power generation projects around the world. Solar Turbines’ products include gas turbine engines (rated from 1590 to 30,000 horsepower), gas compressors, and gas turbine-powered compressor sets, mechanical-drive packages and generator sets (ranging from 1 to 22 megawatts).

Solar’s customers put the company’s products to work in many areas including production, processing and pipeline transmission of natural gas and crude oil and generation of electricity and thermal energy for processing applications, such as manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food products.

Solar’s foundation is people and Solar’s culture is one where individual contributions are valued, diversity in the workplace is encouraged, and safety is emphasized in all aspects of the business. Solar Turbines is comprised of a dedicated and multi-talented workforce of more than 7,000 employees with decades of experience working as a global team.
Wednesday, November 45:00 PM6:00 PMTurner ConstructionLiveHospitality SuiteTurner is a North America-based international construction services company and a leading builder in diverse market segments. The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and communities.

With a staff of 10,000 employees, the company completes $12 billion of construction on 1,500 projects each year. Turner offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization.

Our vision is to be the highest value provider of global construction services and technical expertise.
Thursday, November 59:00 AM9:45 AMThe Whiting-Turner Contracting Company: An Introduction to Whiting-TurnerSemi-LiveInformation Session Whiting-Turner is one of the fastest growing construction firms in the nation, but not through acquisition of other firms. Our growth is completely organic and derived from the pride our people take in applying ethics and talent to the opportunities presented, as well as their unwavering dedication to our primary mission – delighting our customers. Please join our information session to learn more about opportunities to a begin a career with Whiting-Turner!Kristen Ernst, Director, Virtual Design & Construction, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Thursday, November 510:00 AM11:00 AMKeynote: Laura Maxwell, PepsicoSemi-LiveSpecial EventAs an engineer and supply chain leader, Laura Maxwell has a true passion for speaking to students and professional women about taking this road less-traveled. All too often, there are little signals that lead to internal doubt about capability or even a decision to step away from STEM. These doubts can in fact be overcome and replaced with a sense of purpose, pioneering and inner strength. In her WE20 keynote, Laura teaches us that learning to recognize doubts, seizing opportunities, and being true to your personal style are just a few ways that we can fuel self-confidence and cast aside the doubt. Laura Maxwell, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, PepsiCo Foods North America
Thursday, November 511:00 AM3:00 PMTeam Tech Competition Practice (Invitation Only)LiveCollegiate CompetitionThe Team Tech Competition was established in 1992 as an annual SWE competition with sponsorship by The Boeing Company to emphasize the key role of teamwork and interface with industry in the engineering educational process.
Thursday, November 511:00 AM3:00 PMVirtual Career FairLiveCareer Fair The WE20 Career Fair includes three exhibit halls: Corporate Partnership Council (CPC), Academic, and General. Attendees are able to visit each booth by “”walking”” the halls or going directly to a booth through the search functionality.

Once at a booth, attendees have the option to text chat, video chat, see career opportunities, watch videos and download exhibitor materials. The Career Fair Exhibitor may pre-schedule interviews/screenings or might host an “”on the spot”” interview with attendees. They also receive a user report with each attendees’ profile and details about how they interacted with their booth and recruiters. With this information, they may reach out after WE20 to initiate a or continue the conversation.
Thursday, November 511:00 AM11:45 AMWhirlpool Information Session: Improving Life at Home – All About WhirlpoolSemi-LiveInformation Session We’re thrilled to introduce you to Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading major home appliance manufacturer. Between brands like Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, JennAir, and Amana, chances are you already know us! Our commitment to our consumers goes far beyond building appliances – we are obsessed with improving life at home. At Whirlpool, we believe that people are our greatest asset, which is why we’re always looking for new talent to help us grow and serve our consumers. Tune in to learn more about our company, and specifically about opportunities for students and recent graduates. We can’t wait to meet you!Lisa Blumenthal, Project Engineer, Whirlpool Corporation

Kathryn D’Alessandro, WERLD Engineer – Dish Aesthetics, Whirlpool Corporation
Thursday, November 511:15 AM12:00 PM“Can She Turn a Wrench?” Recognizing Bias and Influencing ChangeLiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessThis interactive workshop will help you recognize how unconscious bias incites uncomfortable interactions in your workplace. You will practice identifying bias through situational awareness and self-reflection. We will draw examples from real experiences and illustrate best practices to mitigate these uncomfortable situations. Expect to leave with methods you can use to notice bias in your own life and an action plan to influence organizational change within your own company. Elizabeth Harris, Senior Disruptive Technology Program Lead, 3M

Tom Fritz, Project Engineer, 3M
Thursday, November 512:00 PM1:00 PMDEI Affinity Groups Networking Session LiveNetworking Lounge This is a networking session open to all those interested in or currently participating in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Affinity Groups (AG). The DEI Affinity Groups are, Latinos AG, African-American AG, Native-American AG, Asian Connections AG, LGBTQ+ and Allies AG and HeForSWE AG.
Thursday, November 512:15 PM1:00 PMMake a Difference! Empower the (SWE)Next GenerationLiveAdvocacy & OutreachThe primary goals of the SWENext program are to establish a rich community experience, encourage SWE identity, and provide leadership training and college preparation to pre-college girls. SWE identity happens when girls have positive and prolonged experiences with SWE members and the SWE community. Local experiences are a key way to achieve this. We need the help of every SWE member to attract, engage, counsel, and support the next generation of women engineers through the SWENext program.

This workshop will give an overview of how the SWENext program works, share best practices, and explain how you can personally get involved to recruit, interact with, empower, and inspire SWENexters, whether in Clubs or as individuals. When you interact with SWENexters, you’ll be inspired, too! Every participant will receive a tool kit of resources you can use, either as an individual or as a SWE section, to create your inspirational SWENext encounters.
Mary Zeis, FY20 Chair, SWE’s Student Programs (SWENext) Committee

Fiona Redmond, Program Manager, Hughes Network Systems, SWE’s Student Programs (SWENext) Committee
Thursday, November 51:00 PM1:45 PMCadenceTech Talk: Electronic Design Automation in Safety-Critical ApplicationsSemi-LiveTech Talk The latest technology advancements, such as 5G and machine learning, are enabling an increasing number of safety-critical applications, which are becoming more and more pervasive in industry segments like autonomous vehicles, avionics, medical, and robotics. This talk introduces Electronic Design Automation and how it enables the development of the electronics circuits and systems at the core of these applications. Following the passion of the Group Director of the Cadence Automotive Solutions Team, the presentation will dive into the challenges and the opportunities introduced by safety-critical semiconductor development. You will hear first-hand how you can make a difference in Cadence to solve challenging problems and enable life-saving applications.Alessandra Nardi, Engineering Group Director, Cadence
Thursday, November 51:00 PM2:00 PMCLI: The Lies of the Imposter Complex (Invitation Only)LiveSpecial EventIn essence, the Impostor Complex tells us that our accomplishments are not our own. When we believe the lies that the Impostor Complex tells us, we are held back from putting our very best work out into the world. However, when we can see the lies of the Impostor Complex for what they are, we are free to meet our critics head on, fill the gaps in our personal and professional lives and gather the needed support for us to activate our excellence.
Thursday, November 51:15 PM1:30 PMHarnessing the “IT Factor”Semi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentWe all know someone that commands attention when they walk into the room – we want to know them, be known by them, or just be around them. That quality, called “Executive Presence” or “The IT Factor” may seem to be reserved for those that are born with it – but you too can have the IT Factor. In this session, we’ll break down the qualities that make up the IT Factor, and discuss how you can begin practicing them today. Sara Stangel MBA, Head of IT Portfolio and Project Management Office, Motorola Solutions Inc
Thursday, November 51:45 PM2:45 PMState of Women in EngineeringLiveSpecial EventJoin us for this comprehensive presentation to learn more about current research trends on the state of women in engineering. During this special event, you will hear from one of the SWE Literature Review authors as she frames the discussion and points to the current research landscape regarding data on women in engineering, gender bias, workplace culture, and more. We will share an update on SWE’s own research studies, including findings on the impact of COVID-19 on women in engineering. Expanding on the research shared in SWE’s State of Women in Engineering magazine’s March 2020 issue, Michelle Brown, COO for Pinsight, will share findings from Pinsight’s recent report, Repairing the Broken Rung: Overcoming Bias in the Leadership Pipeline. Michelle Brown, COO, Pinsight

Peggy Layne, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development , Virginia Tech (ret.)

Dr. Roberta Rincon, Senior Manager of Research, Society of Women Engineers
Thursday, November 53:00 PM3:30 PMAviation and Energy: Learning From the ASCE Infrastructure Report CardSemi-LiveTechnical InnovationsThe 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card gave America’s infrastructure a grade of D+. Sixteen categories were evaluated ranging from roads and ports to schools and drinking water. Aviation got a D. Energy got a D+. Our presentation will focus on the challenges facing these two sectors and how those grades can be improved. Jill Tietjen PE, President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.

Sandra Scanlon PE, Senior Director of Development, Denver International Airport

Haven Cassidy PE, Engineer, Denver International Airport
Thursday, November 53:00 PM3:45 PMLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Information Session: The Molecular Foundry: A User Facility for Nanoscale Science at Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratorySemi-LiveInformation Session Research is a difficult journey, often requiring advanced equipment and broad expertise that isn’t always readily available. The Molecular Foundry provides free access to our state of the art tools and world class experts to any researcher with a good idea through our user program. Learn more about our facility, hear some examples of current research, and learn how to become a Foundry user. Laurie Chong, Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Shannon Ciston, Director of the User Program, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Thursday, November 53:00 PM4:00 PMWE Local LABLiveNetworking Lounge Please join the Local Advisory Board (LAB) in the Open Spaces lounge to learn more about WE Local and how you can become involved in the program. During this hour, we will be taking questions, feedback and ideas from SWE Members and Non-Members. Look forward to seeing you there!
Thursday, November 53:45 PM4:30 PMSurviving and Thriving in a Dual Career HouseholdLiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentHow Power Couples Balance Work Life and Family: Hear from two dual career couples employing strategies to balance family demands with the responsibilities associated with being a leader in their organization. It’ll be a candid conversation about what works and didn’t work for their family, hearing from one couple balancing early childhood care and the other couple transitioning to empty nesting. We will focus on the importance of spousal and family support for both parents to achieve their career aspirations and answer questions about the impact of choices on home life, work life and career advancement. There is no perfect answer, but we hope to provide resources and strategies for fellow parents to achieve their definition of success both in the office and at home. Ellen Ferraro PhD EE and CE, Senior Director, Supplier Mission Assurance, Raytheon, Raytheon Technologies

Elisabeth Hosmer BS AE, Program Manager and Staff Executive, Secure Sensor Solutions, Raytheon Technologies

Paul Ferraro MS EE and CE, Vice President, Seapower Capability Systems, Raytheon Technologies

Daniel Hosmer BS AE, Program Operations Manager, Raytheon Technologies

Diane Foley MBA, BS ME, Senior Director, Information Technology, Raytheon Technologies (Moderator)
Thursday, November 54:00 PM4:45 PMMEMPC Information Session: Panel Session on Leadership presented by Master of Engineering Management Programs ConsortiumSemi-LiveInformation Session MEMPC is a group of forward-thinking universities working together to promote engineering management programs to students and organizations. Master of Engineering Management (MEM) is a graduate degree geared towards developing engineers into business-savvy technical leaders.

Hear from our strong, technical, women MEM alumnae about their leadership experiences, how MEM helped them in their journey towards becoming a leader as well as their tips & advice for up and coming women leaders.
Emma Burke, Consultant, Accenture

Jennifer Wei, Chief Operating Officer, Pear Chef & Northwestern MEM Alumna

Millie Wears, Principal Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Sagarika Dash, Pathways Operations Manager, Amazon

Tina Oyeniya, Associate Director, Flight & Safety Investigations, Raytheon Technologies

Tonia Osadebe, Program Manager, YouTube

Rutu Manchiganti, Executive Director, MEMPC
Thursday, November 54:45 PM5:15 PMMucho Gusto: Meet the Latinos AGSemi-LiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessHispanics and Latinos are a rarity in engineering, and Latinas even more so. But we do exist and we are mighty! The SWE Latino Affinity Group was formed to help us connect and support SWE’s mission of diversity & inclusion. On Facebook our group is over 428 members, but it’s not often we have the chance to introduce ourselves to the broader SWE community. Join us for a panel discussion where we share the ideas, knowledge and stories of the Latinos AG leaders.Elaine Reeves, Environmental Compliance Engineer, Microsoft | University of Washington Bothell

Yareni Lara-Rodriguez, Research Assistant in Bio/Micro Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

Louvere Walker-Hannon, Senior Application Engineer, MathWorks

Chelina Ortiz Montanez, Software Engineer – Technology Leadership Program, Target
Thursday, November 55:00 PM6:00 PMThe Plastic’s Place – Women in Plastics Manufacturing Networking Session LiveNetworking Lounge Come visit the Open Spaces networking lounges for “The Plastics Place”. Attendees can gather around the unique situations of processing plastics, including design, mold making, injection molding, thermoforming, rotomolding, extrusion, and all things plastics. Networking, profession development courses, sharing best practices are the aim and our goal is to bring parts of our community together for better representation in this essential manufacturing area.
Friday, November 69:00 AM9:45 AMHP Tech Talk: Building a New Digital Ecosystem for HP Print and Imaging Business UnitSemi-LiveTech Talk Over the last year, we built a new digital ecosystem optimized for delivering innovative, scalable, and reliable software solutions and services for HP’s Print and Imaging Business Unit to meet changing customer and business needs. Print had a collection of firmware platforms, cloud platforms and solutions, data systems, and client applications that have evolved over time to address specific customer segments. However, this approach makes it difficult to scale common customer experiences across products, and resources are tied up in duplicate efforts which slows innovation and reduces overall development capacity. Coupled with the need to transform our business from a device centric view to a data-driven customer centric view, we embarked on a major re-architecture of software platforms to create an ecosystem of cloud-connected devices and solutions. I would like to share this journey with you and talk about the successes so far as well as the lessons learned along the way.Roz Ho, Global Head of Software, Print Software Platforms & Solutions, HP Inc.
Friday, November 610:00 AM11:00 AMKeynote: Sundari Mitra, Intel Semi-LiveSpecial EventSundari Mitra is an engineer and entrepreneur at heart. With varied experiences in the industry including running two successful startups as founder and CEO, Sundari argues that if there is one thing that differentiates one successful entrepreneur from the rest – it is not raw intelligence, it is not passion, but that it is curiosity. Curiosity drove her down the entrepreneurial path and, in her keynote, she will share her journey, including the challenges she has faced and key learnings she has had as an entrepreneur and a woman. Attendees will be inspired to embrace their passion for engineering and entrepreneurial spirit.Sundari Mitra, Corporate Vice President, Design Engineering Group & General Manager, IP Engineering Group, Intel
Friday, November 610:00 AM11:00 AMThe Role of Mentors in Developing Resilience and Leadership: Explorations of IIT Ropar: SWE India College AffiliateLiveNetworking LoungeAs a SWE College Affiliate in India, the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar women student leaders and advisors will share their learnings on various activities under the SWE Platform towards addressing the need of developing leadership skills and resilience. The session of one hour duration will consist of a live learning session followed by reflections and questions and answers. The session aims to invite the interest of professionals who wish to explore mentorship in college affiliates, with the aim of encouraging these conversations globally to help the community at large.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Friday, November 611:00 AM11:45 AMHP Tech Talk: HP’s Microfluidics: Innovating for the Next Billion-Dollar Business. Semi-LiveTech Talk An overview of HP’s multidisciplined Microfluidic technology development and innovations that have powered the multibillion-dollar print business extending into HP’s 3D Jet Fusion technology , Digital Dispense technology and future life science applications spaces.Sue Richards, Global Head of Print Microfluidics, Technology & Operations, HP Inc.
Friday, November 611:00 AM12:00 PMDuPont Rainbow Lounge Networking SessionLiveNetworking Lounge Come to the Diversity and Inclusion Networking Lounge for informal networking. Join us for games and breakout sessions to mix-up your day! Support SWE members who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone is welcomed to join in on the fun!
Friday, November 611:00 AM12:30 PMGraduate Student Rapid FireLive Collegiate CompetitionSponsored by Milwaukee Tool.

“Rapid Fire” talks are short and powerful student research presentations. In this session, 10 student finalists will present their cutting edge research, highlighting their accomplishments in the lab. Speakers are selected through an abstract application process in Spring 2020. The talks are engaging and inspiring. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on The All Together SWE Blog!

The Rapid Fire Research Competition is an opportunity for SWE members to highlight their communication skills to a wider audience beyond their technical field. For WE20 attendees, these sessions showcase academic research and promote student research opportunities. Students interested in getting into lab research at their universities or attending graduate school are encouraged to attend.
https://we20.swe.org/events/we20-poster-and-rapid-fire-competitions/
Friday, November 611:00 AM3:00 PMTeam Tech Competition LiveCollegiate CompetitionThe Team Tech Competition was established in 1992 as an annual SWE competition with sponsorship by The Boeing Company to emphasize the key role of teamwork and interface with industry in the engineering educational process. To view, click the link below. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p9_GvJXLThuRjMfPvOHZ2A
Friday, November 611:15 AM12:00 PMGoldilocks: Get Your SWE Corporate Relationship “Just Right”LiveStrategic Leadership​Can your corporate SWE strategy be improved? Whether your company is big or small, currently sponsoring SWE or not, we have some tips on how to take your company’s engagement to the next level. Come hear best practices from three different companies at various stages in their SWE journey. Are you curious on how to draft your company’s SWE roadmap? Or looking to find the right SWE sponsorship? Or are you building a 5-year integrated plan? We will be discussing strategies for raising the profile of SWE within your organization and making the case for greater support of SWE’s mission. Erica Messinger MBA, SWE CPC member, Continuous Improvement Program Director, Keysight Technologies, Inc. Speaker

Mary Katherine Spiegelhauer, SWE CPC member, Senior Production Engineer, Dow Inc.

Elisha Rios MS, SWE CPC member​, Technical Project Manager, Merck & Co., Inc. (Moderator)
Friday, November 612:00 PM12:45 PMJPMorgan Chase & Co. Information Session: How Technology Ignites our BusinessSemi-LiveInformation Session At JPMorgan Chase & Co., we believe in “doing first-class business in a first-class way.” That conviction guides how we treat our clients—and how we treat each other. We respect, value and support each individual client and employee. Find out more about the values that drive us forward. Come hear firsthand from Wendy Duckrey, Vice President of Technology Recruiting, how technology ignites our business and see how far your thinking can go. Wendy Duckrey, Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, Technology Recruiter, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Friday, November 612:00 PM1:00 PMAllyship & HeForSWELive Networking Lounge Come meet with us in the Diversity and Inclusion Networking lounge! HeForSWE is an affinity group that works to grow inclusion and advocacy efforts by way of increasing male allies in STEM fields. Come learn about the history of allyship, how to create HeForSWE Ambassadors in your sections, and how allyship impacts women in STEM fields. 
Friday, November 612:00 PM1:00 PMIntrepreneurship and EntrepreneurshipLive Networking Lounge Visit the Networking Lounge for Business Interests Affinity Groups! This meet-up welcomes all forms of entrepreneurs. If you’re an entrepreneur, an intrepreneur, have a side gig, or only thinking of starting a business, join us! Come network with members of SWE’s Entrepreneur Affinity Group to learn more about the AG and meet other AG members.
Friday, November 612:15 PM1:00 PMWe’re Here and We’re QWER: Introducing Intersectionality in Your CommunityLiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessCome learn about how to introduce elements of intersectionality to your SWE chapter by supporting the LGBTQIA+ community! Isabel Ketner and Sharvani Jha, board members of the SWE-UCLA chapter and co-founders of QWER Hacks – one of the first LGBTQIA+ hackathons in the country – will share lessons learned from organizing and executing QWER Hacks, and how similar principles can be implemented in your environment to support LGBTQIA+ and other minority groups. Isabel Ketner, Student, University of California, Los Angeles

Sharvani Jha, Student, University of California, Los Angeles
Friday, November 61:00 PM1:45 PMMedtronic Tech Talk: Medtronic Technologies ShowcaseSemi-LiveTech Talk Join a few of our Medtronic engineers to learn how we solve technical problems and develop medical devices that alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. Q&A to follow.
Friday, November 61:30 PM1:45 PMCommunicate Like A Boss – How to Connect and ImpressSemi-LiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentCompetent communicators not only get their message across, but make an impression on their audience. This session outlines the most effective ways to introduce yourself, make a technical presentation, give feedback, and tell a story. All of these are skills that will help us make our mark and advance in the business world. These are often skills that elude young professionals and engineers, in particular. The basic skills we use in our professional work can be used to connect with others: be brief, be clear, repeat your message. Sometimes we feel like we are not heard in the meeting or by our leaders. Often, we only get a short window of exposure with decision makers. It is in our best interest to communicate who we are, what our message is, and make sure it is understood. This presentation will help you make sure YOUR MESSAGE is heard. Melissa McDonald MBA, PE, Senior Facility Environmental Engineer, Corning Inc.
Friday, November 61:30 PM3:00 PMGraduate Student Poster CompetitionLiveCollegiate CompetitionSponsored by F5 Networks and DPR Construction .

This session highlights 10 student poster presentations. Student finalists will present their cutting edge research, highlighting their accomplishments in the lab. Speakers are selected through an abstract application process in Spring 2020. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on The All Together SWE Blog!

The Poster Competition is an opportunity for SWE members to highlight their communication skills to a wider audience beyond their technical field. For WE20 attendees, these sessions showcase academic research and promote student research opportunities. Students interested in getting into lab research at their universities or attending graduate school are encouraged to attend.
https://we20.swe.org/events/we20-poster-and-rapid-fire-competitions/
Friday, November 62:00 PM2:45 PMBall Aerospace Information Session: Don’t Just Go to Work, Go BeyondSemi-LiveInformation Session A job can and should be about more than just work. It’s about contributing to something greater than yourself – from uncovering the secrets of the universe to protecting warfighter lives. It’s working as a team to think bigger and create a better community, society and environment. It’s finding a company culture where you feel you truly belong. At Ball Aerospace, we believe a job can be this and so much more. Join us to learn about the programs and technologies that drive us and the culture, people and values that inspire us, as well full-time and intern opportunities. Haley Harrell, Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Maureen Masiulis, Business Area Manager, Tactical Solutions

Suzanne Delchamps, Talent Acquisition Operations Manager

Heidi Cuthbertson, Campus Relations & Strategy Lead

Meredith Stephens, Deputy Manager, GN&C

Jannine Rouw, Systems Test Engineer

Silvia Giron Viesca, Principal Power Systems Engineer
Friday, November 62:00 PM2:45 PMSorry, Not Sorry – Speak with Intention in the WorkplaceLiveCareer Management & DevelopmentWhy are women always apologizing? Whether asking a question, sending an email, or voicing an opinion, women tend to include apologetic phrasing. This is especially true in the workplace, where verbal and non-verbal actions can undermine our position and convey a lack of confidence. By understanding the root of these behaviors, we can proactively overcome our social tendencies. This session will teach you to be more confident and assertive at work by providing tactics to improve your communication skills. We are all intelligent, capable, amazing engineers – no apology necessary. Leave ready to own your voice and advance your career. Jennyfer Crist, Product Development Engineer, 3M

Angela Giese, Project Leader, 3M

Kelly Hentges, Manufacturing Technology Engineer, 3M

Becky Jetto, Sr. Product Development Specialist, 3M
Friday, November 63:00 PM3:30 PMSaving the World One STEM-inist at a Time!Semi-LiveAdvocacy & OutreachHow can STEM save the world? There’s a high demand for individuals with a STEM education across the globe. However, historically women have been underrepresented in STEM fields. We need more STEM-inists!

From human trafficking to thinking about how diseases are spread and contained, this session explores how women can use technology not only as a vehicle to increase profit margins, but also to champion causes that will solve world impacting issues.

This session will challenge visionaries to evaluate the course of technology in the next decade, offer suggestions and expertise in how STEM can be used as a platform to advance more humanitarian efforts, and inspire attendees to exert a stronger influence in their fields.
Julie Salcedo PhD, Performance and Predictive Analytics Manager, The Raytheon Company

Claudeliah Roze, Principal Systems Engineer, The Raytheon Company | Forte Foundation

Tenay Barker, Software Engineer, The Raytheon Company

Stephanie Lackey PhD, Director, Engineering Business Analytics, The Raytheon Company (Moderator)
Friday, November 63:00 PM3:45 PMMathWorks Tech Talk: Curious Women Making Their Mark at MathWorksSemi-LiveTech Talk MathWorks engineers accelerate the pace of engineering and science through innovative and comprehensive software solutions for a wide range of industries and applications. Join us for an inspiring session where we will hear from multiple women at MathWorks about their career journeys, areas of intellectual exploration, and how they are making their mark on the company, their communities, and the world. Speaking will be our Head of MATLAB Product Management, our Director of Customer Success Engineering, a Simulink Engineering Manager, an Autonomous Driving Software Engineer, and a Principal Deep Learning Engineer, among others.Michelle Hirsch, Manager of MATLAB Product Management & Marketing, MathWorks

Vaidehi Venkatesan, Principal Engineer, MathWorks

Tanya Morton, Director of Worldwide Customer Success Engineering, MathWorks

Anjali Joshi, Engineering Manager, MathWorks

Paola Donis Noriega, Software Developer, MathWorks

Elizabeth Reese, Manager, MathWorks
Friday, November 63:45 PM4:30 PMUsing Curiosity for InnovationLiveTechnical InnovationsBio-inspired design is a disruptive approach to innovation that thrives on curiosity. It encourages asking,”How would nature solve this problem?” and exploring the range of possibilities. Learning from nature can result in generating innovative solutions for problems that are often more economic, efficient, and sustainable than ones conceived from conventional methods. This session will provide attendees with an overview of this problem solving approach and techniques for application to engineering problems. Common pitfalls and best practices to overcome them will be addressed to prepare attendees to apply a bio-inspired design process. Jacquelyn Nagel PhD, Associate Professor and Assistand Department Head, James Madison University
Friday, November 64:00 PM4:45 PMRaytheon Technologies Information Session – Raytheon Technologies: Defining the Future of Aerospace & DefenseSemi-LiveInformation Session Raytheon Technologies is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. Our company was formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses.

A diverse company is a strong company. The people of Raytheon Technologies come from different backgrounds. We share different perspectives and different styles of solving problems. We leverage those unique voices to generate solutions toward a united and singular purpose: to define the future of aerospace and defense.

Join us for an information session to learn about the vast reach of our company of 190,000+ employees including 60,000+ engineers and how you can join our team!

Learn more
Catherine G. Wick, Talent Acquisition Manager for Engineering, Events, Raytheon Missiles and Defense

Alison DeVore, Effectors and Ground Equipment Product Center Manager, Raytheon Missiles and Defense
https://www.rtx.com/
Friday, November 64:45 PM5:15 PMNegotiation Tips & TricksSemi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentThis session will explore the different areas of our personal and business life that involve negotiations and provide some simple tips and tricks to improve your negotiation skills on both sides of the table. Participants will have an opportunity to practice several techniques through role-play activities. Casee Eisele MBA, Senior Product Manager, Compass Minerals
Saturday, November 77:00 AM8:00 AMStory Telling Contest (CANCELLED)LiveNetworking LoungeThe session begins with tips and tricks on Story telling. Then Participants will be provided with a leadership situation. The Participants will also have a preparation time of 5 mins. Every Participant will present a “Story” based on the situation for about 3 mins. (max)

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Saturday, November 78:00 AM9:00 AMSystems Leadership: An Enabler for Future of WorkLiveNetworking LoungeThe current era of industrial revolution also known as ‘Industry 4.0’ has brought disruption with digitalization technologies, global operating landscape and emergence of the gig economy. Cyberphysical systems have blurred the boundaries between the real and virtual world requiring new capabilities for people and machines, as technology is embedded not just within products but within societies and even our human bodies. Technology infusion is reshaping both the workforce and the workplace making diversity, equity and inclusion and systems leadership inevitable. Several research reports in this area show that organizations are more profitable and efficient which cannot be achieved with just a handful of initiatives but requires a systems lens. In this session we will discuss the future of work and how systems leadership along with diversity, equity and inclusion lies at the core of it and identify possible areas of action.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Saturday, November 710:00 AM11:00 AMCafecito con el SenadoLiveNetworking LoungeCafecito con el Senado es traída a usted por los senadores de SWE. Acompáñenos virtualmente para discutir todas las cosas relacionadas con el Senado de SWE y traiga su propio café, té o bebida de su elección. Habrá senadores en esta Sala Global para discutir lo que hacemos, quiénes somos y simplemente para establecer redes. Siéntase libre de hacernos preguntas sobre el Senado de SWE, la planificación estratégica que hacemos para SWE, nuestra parte en la aprobación de enmiendas de los estatutos, y donde encajamos en la estructura de liderazgo de la Sociedad. ¿Alguna vez te has preguntado qué se necesita para ser senador y cómo encaja eso en una carrera de SWE? Podemos hablar de eso también. Se espera que sus anfitriones en esta Sala Global sean Senadores: Bianca McCartt y Denise Soria.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Saturday, November 710:00 AM11:00 AMMega Session: Dr. Low Dog, “Life is Your Best Medicine”LiveSpecial EventFounded on the belief that everything in our lives is part of our medicine road. This course will teach you to optimize your health and wellbeing across the many facets of your life, from the food we eat, to the company we keep, our thoughts, and our relationship with ourselves. Life Is Your Best Medicine empowers you with the tools you need to live a naturally healthy life.Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Saturday, November 711:00 AM12:00 PMCoffee-hour with the SenateLiveNetworking LoungeCoffee-hour with the Senate is brought to you by SWE Senators. Join us virtually to discuss all things SWE Senate related and bring your own coffee, tea or beverage of your choice. There will be Senators at this Global Lounge to discuss what we do, who we are and simply to network. Feel free to ask us questions about the SWE Senate, the strategic planning we do for SWE, our part in approving bylaws amendments, and where we fit in the Society leadership structure. Ever wonder what it takes to be a Senator and how that fits into a SWE career? We can talk about that too. Your hosts at this Global Lounge are expected to be Senators: Anna Sparks, Kate VanDellen and Danielle Schroeder.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Saturday, November 711:00 AM12:30 PMUndergraduate Student Rapid FireLive Collegiate CompetitionSponsored by Milwaukee Tool.

“Rapid Fire” talks are short and powerful student research presentations. In this session, 10 student finalists will present their cutting edge research, highlighting their accomplishments in the lab. Speakers are selected through an abstract application process in Spring 2020. The talks are engaging and inspiring. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on The All Together SWE Blog!

The Rapid Fire Research Competition is an opportunity for SWE members to highlight their communication skills to a wider audience beyond their technical field. For WE20 attendees, these sessions showcase academic research and promote student research opportunities. Students interested in getting into lab research at their universities or attending graduate school are encouraged to attend.
https://we20.swe.org/events/we20-poster-and-rapid-fire-competitions/
Saturday, November 711:15 AM12:00 PMUnlocking Asian American Leadership PotentialLiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessDennis Hirotsu, Retired Vice President of R&D at Procter & Gamble and current Senior Executive Advisor for SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers), will share his research into the unique challenges for Asian Americans to rise to leadership in US companies. Dennis will four common factors limiting advancement for Asians and include an examination into the cultural differences that drive those factors. Finally, Dennis will discuss a path forward for Asians to develop the cultural agility needed to achieve greater professional success, including how SASE is approaching this challenge.Dennis Hirotsu, Retired R&D VP – P&G Senior Executive Advisor for SASE, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Paraag Maddiwar, Manager of Professional Programs, SASE, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Saturday, November 712:00 PM1:00 PMAsian Connections Affinity Group Networking SessionLiveNetworking Lounge Come meet with us in the Diversity and Inclusion Networking lounge! What is your story as an Asian, Asian-American or Pacific Islander in engineering? Join the Asian Connections Affinity Group (ACAG) for a casual and interactive networking session. This is a great opportunity to connect with collegiates and professionals with a common background in SWE. Allies are encouraged and welcomed!
Saturday, November 712:00 PM1:00 PMWomen in Government Virtual Networking LunchLiveNetworking Lounge Visit the Networking Lounge for Business Interests Affinity Groups! Are you currently working in a government role or are you looking to network with current SWE members in government positions? Whether you work at the federal, state, or local level, join us to network with other SWE members and to learn about future activities/events with this affinity group! We look forward to meeting you – lunches are welcome. Women in Government Virtual Networking Lunch
Saturday, November 712:15 PM1:00 PMThe Impact of FIRST from the Perspectives of SWE MembersLiveAdvocacy & OutreachFIRST is a global nonprofit providing STEM programs to youth ages 4-18. Recent data from a multi-year longitudinal study indicates that FIRST has a positive impact in STEM interests, attitudes, knowledge, education choices and career interests of participants. In particular, the study is providing insights on the long term impact FIRST is having for girls and young women. This panel presentation will review the impact of FIRST through the lens of those who participate in SWE and FIRST as student team members, mentors and volunteers. Using the findings from recent impact evaluations of FIRST as a backdrop, panelists will discuss the intersection of SWE and FIRST and the impact on their education and career choices. Nancy Boyer, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation & Impact, FIRST

Isabella Kemling, Student – Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Marie Laplante, Training and Reliability Manager, KBR

Madalyn Nguyen, FIRST Deans List Winner (2020), SWENext MemberSWE

Tracy Nguyen, SWENext SWE Counselor & SWE Educator and Committee Member, SWE Student Outreach Committee-Global Workgroup
Saturday, November 71:15 PM2:00 PMKick-Start Your SWE Corporate ERGLiveStrategic LeadershipAre you interested in forming a SWE Employee Resource Group (ERG) at your company, or in sparking engagement in your existing group? SWE Corporate ERGs are voluntary, employee-led organizations, clubs, or affinity groups within a company whose goals are aligned with SWE’s mission. Successful SWE Corporate ERGs are recognized annually with SWE Mission Awards for embodying SWE’s core values and demonstrating continuous improvement. Join the leaders of three Mission Award-winning SWE Corporate ERGs and SWE’s FY20 Awards Committee Chair to learn more about what a SWE Corporate ERG is, how to start a new group, and how to increase participation in your existing group. The panelists will share their best practices and lessons learned related to leadership, employer support, events and initiatives, and collaboration with local SWE sections. Jessica Weber, Sr. Continuous Improvement Engineer, Medtronic

Hannah Morris, Structural Design Engineer, Spirit AeroSystems

Kelly Klein, Vice President & General Manager, Rosemount Analytical & Detection, Emerson

Sylvie DeLaHunt, Future Weapon Concepts and Algorithms Section Supervisor, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Moderator)
Saturday, November 71:30 PM3:00 PMUndergraduate Student Poster CompetitionLiveCollegiate CompetitionSponsored by F5 Networks and DPR Construction.

This session highlights 10 student poster presentations. Student finalists will present their cutting edge research, highlighting their accomplishments in the lab. Speakers are selected through an abstract application process in Spring 2020. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on The All Together SWE Blog!

The Poster Competition is an opportunity for SWE members to highlight their communication skills to a wider audience beyond their technical field. For WE20 attendees, these sessions showcase academic research and promote student research opportunities. Students interested in getting into lab research at their universities or attending graduate school are encouraged to attend.
https://we20.swe.org/events/we20-poster-and-rapid-fire-competitions/
Saturday, November 72:00 PM3:00 PMBuilding Client Relationships LiveNetworking Lounge Come visit the Open Spaces Networking Lounge and share strategies for becoming an essential advisor to our clients using proactive communication and everyday thoughtfulness. How can we better understand a client’s business and industry, in order to develop the technical solutions that will best meet their needs? How do we enhance trust and foster a good rapport with clients new and old?
Saturday, November 72:00 PM3:00 PMLGBTQ+ and Allies AG NetworkingLiveNetworking Lounge Come to the Diversity and Inclusion Networking lounge for a meet and greet for SWE members who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community! Network with members from the affinity group and learn about SWE’s initiatives for LGBTQ+ members and how you can contribute.”
Saturday, November 72:15 PM2:45 PMRe-Launching a STEM Career After a Lengthy SabbaticalSemi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentReturning to engineering after a gap in your career can be difficult. Hurdles include convincing companies you still have what it takes to be a key contributor to programs, getting over the fear that you’ve forgotten everything you used to know, keeping current with technology, transitioning from your “sabbatical” to a full-time work environment, and being taken seriously by other experienced engineers. Each of the panel members took family sabbaticals of over ten years, and returned to engineering in diverse, highly technical roles. They will discuss how they transitioned back from life at home to life at work, what challenges they met, and how they overcame them. They will also share some of their sabbatical activities that helped prepare them to return to STEM. Beverly Lesser, Mechanical Engineer, BAE Systems, Inc.

Lori Dennis, Electrical Engineer, BAE Systems, Inc.

Beth Montgomery, Lead Hardware Engineer, BAE Systems, Inc.

Tyece Wilkins, Sr. Advisor, Diversity and Inclusion, BAE Systems, Inc. (Moderator)
Saturday, November 73:00 PM4:00 PMKeynote: Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President, Cummins Inc., President-Components BusinessLiveSpecial EventJennifer Rumsey is President of Components, one of Cummins’ five business segments. Rumsey is passionate about building high performing, diverse teams and has dedicated her twenty-year Cummins career to the development of others and to innovate for customers to power their success. In her WE20 keynote, Jennifer Rumsey will discuss her realization that one does not need to be Superwoman to be successful in one’s career and personal life. She will address being confident in yourself, being real and having impact in work and life. Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President, Cummins Inc., President-Components Business
Saturday, November 74:00 PM5:00 PMColorado/Wyoming Meet-up LiveNetworking Lounge Join this networking session held in the Open Spaces networking lounge to connect with fellow SWE members in Colorado and Wyoming. Open to both professional and collegiate members.
Monday, November 99:00 AM10:00 AMGlobal Village: Meet and Greet with Global MembersLiveNetworking Lounge In this session, participants expect to meet with global engineers around the world and have a chance to network with them. This informal meeting is going to start with meet & greet part and continue with virtual games. Participants can also share problems that they faced as global member of SWE. Since Global Engineers AG board will also attend the session, this becomes an opportunity to raise our voices.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Monday, November 910:00 AM11:00 AMKeynote: Linda DuCharme, President of Upstream Business Development and Integrated Solutions, ExxonMobilSemi-LiveSpecial EventLinda DuCharme is living proof that women today can achieve success on their own terms even in the most competitive industries. Her life story includes a dynamic career in a technical profession; a long tenure of leadership at ExxonMobil, one of the world’s leading energy companies; and a beautiful family. But along the way, she learned a valuable lesson that can benefit everyone – you can’t do it alone. Building a multi-faceted support system both inside and outside of work – one that includes colleagues, friends, family members and more – provides a solid foundation that is necessary for success in today’s world. Linda will share her own hard-earned lessons of learning to thrive and lead in the male-dominated world of oil and gas. And she’ll offer straight-talk advice for engineers who want to succeed on their own terms and, in turn, help others achieve their own personal and career goals.Linda DuCharme, President of Upstream Business Development and Integrated Solutions, ExxonMobil
Monday, November 911:00 AM3:00 PMVirtual Career Fair LiveCareer Fair The WE20 Career Fair includes three exhibit halls: Corporate Partnership Council (CPC), Academic, and General. Attendees are able to visit each booth by “walking” the halls or going directly to a booth through the search functionality.

Once at a booth, attendees have the option to text chat, video chat, see career opportunities, watch videos and download exhibitor materials. The Career Fair Exhibitor may pre-schedule interviews/screenings or might host an “on the spot” interview with attendees. They also receive a user report with each attendees’ profile and details about how they interacted with their booth and recruiters. With this information, they may reach out after WE20 to initiate a or continue the conversation.
Monday, November 911:15 AM12:00 PMFluid for Thought: SLS Rocket Aerodynamics featuring Pressure Sensitive PaintLiveTechnical InnovationsCombining computer vision algorithms, state-of-the-art cameras, pressure sensitive paint (PSP) and transonic wind tunnel facilities, teams at NASA and Boeing study unsteady pressure over the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket model with unprecedented temporal and spatial data resolution. Post-processing visualizes pressure fluctuations over a 3D model by converting intensity data from high-speed videos of the wind tunnel test. Additionally, data analysis creates predictions of buffet forcing and aeroacoustic activity over the rocket body with the accuracy of a CFD model! The development of the technique will revolutionize aerodynamics research and reveal uncharted insights into fluid behavior and vehicle performance, enhancing aerospace technology and design as they advance. This talk will focus on the impact of the PSP technique on the SLS design and other potential aerospace applications, as well as lay out the experimental process, from wind tunnel testing to extracting cutting-edge insights from the data analysis. Lucy Tang, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Metis Technology Inc | NASA Ames Research Center
Monday, November 912:00 PM1:00 PMDiversity & Inclusion WorkshopLiveNetworking LoungeLeadership Coaching Committee (LCC) will facilitate a networking workshop around diversity and inclusion and how it applies globally. This is a great opportunity to come meet LCC and also cross-share D&I perspectives and ideas from across the globe. There will be a lot of interactive activities.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Monday, November 912:15 PM1:00 PMBlack Girl Magic: Managing the Myths & MicroaggressionsLiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessWomen of color, particularly black women, have inevitably faced bias at some point in their careers, according to a number of studies. Some of these take the form of “I-can’t-put-my-finger-on-it” or “Did-That-Just-Happen?” subtle discriminations in the workplace, also known as microagressions. Microagressions give a “Death-By-a-Thousand-Cuts” effect that ultimately chips away at self-esteem and results in an additional Emotional Tax, according to a Catalyst Report. In addition to managing these situations on the job, black women are navigating the myths of the superwoman complex. This session will delve into these myths and microagressions in this panel hosted by the SWE African American Affinity group. Hear from accomplished black female engineers on how they have surmounted the odds to not only succeed but are working to make the workplace more inclusive for all people. Linda Thomas, Retired Boeing Technical Fellow (rtd), Retired

Natasha Goode, Senior Technology Manager, Dow Inc.

Maisha Gray-Diggs PhD, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, Twitter

Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua PhD, Professor of Engineering, Ohlone College

Bralade Emenanjo M.Sc, Senior Technical Service & Development Engineer, Dow Inc. (Moderator)
Monday, November 91:30 PM1:45 PMAvoiding the Leadership TrapSemi-LiveStrategic LeadershipGood leaders are not born. They grow in the shadows of leaders before them. One of the most evident traits of leadership is Drive, because self-motivated people are able to get things done. However, we often mistake drive for good leadership. We apply the most ambitious players to the toughest jobs, and are disappointed when expectations aren’t met. Worse yet, we often blame them instead of using the failure as a learning opportunity.

Building strong leaders requires attentive coaching. Drive and ambition are important qualities in emerging leaders, but other traits like judgment and influence are equally critical.

Our mandate as experienced leaders is more than assigning driven employees to challenging roles; it is our responsibility to mentor, provide support, and lead by example. This session will demonstrate that it isn’t just about who we pick and what task we assign them, but also how we effectively develop emerging leaders.
Enrico Lo Gatto, Chief of Control Systems, Rolls-Royce
Monday, November 92:00 PM2:45 PMGhostbusters: Staying Connected While Working RemotelyLiveCareer Management & DevelopmentHow do you work remotely without becoming invisible? Telecommuting has been gaining traction as technological improvements grow to make virtual interactions more personal, however challenges still exist. While schedule flexibility, lack of commute, and ability to manage interactions make remote working an appealing option to many employees, the transition to remote working requires deliberate attention. The suite of challenges of being a mobile professional or working with a team of mobile professionals can differ based on experience level, role and personality. In this session we will explore techniques for fostering and maintaining effective communication and leadership in a remote working environment through situational case studies inspired from personal experience. Candice Callahan MS, Global EHS Compliance Programs Manager, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Michaela Wentz BS, Tapeout Product Engineer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Tracey Hunt AS, Mfg Quality & Supplier Quality Engineer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
Monday, November 92:00 PM3:00 PMMeet the SWE Board of DirectorsLiveNetworking LoungeJoin members of SWE’s Board of Directors for a lively conversation on topics like: a day in the life of a Board member, challenges and opportunities the Society is currently facing and leadership opportunities in the Society today. Get your questions answered from the Society’s top leaders. Use the link in the Open Spaces Networking Lounge Chat box to join the conversation.
Monday, November 93:00 PM3:30 PMKickstart A SWENEXT Mentor Program!Semi-LiveAdvocacy & OutreachThis session will cover how to kick-start a SWENexter mentoring program with your local or collegiate SWE section, the importance of early mentoring to promote STEAM STEM careers, and the advantages to collegiate sections to create connections with SWENexters such as future recruitment. Presenters will discuss how they created a case for action, obtained support from the SWE sections, and created a successful pilot mentoring program in two locations (Houston and Pittsburgh). The discussion will include the steps to develop a program, created during the pilot phase, which will be used for roll-out across sections. Specific challenges the team will address are how to connect with SWENexters, mentoring minors, and working with parents. The session will focus on lessons learned during the pilot first events and how to have a successful start to a new program. The panel will also discuss how to engage with SWENexters as professionals and collegiates. Veronica Robertson MSc, Technical Manager, ExxonMobil | Society of Women Engineers Houston Chapter

Stephanie Tu, Multi-Skill Rotational Engineer, Boeing
Monday, November 93:00 PM4:00 PMVirtual Book Launch with Dr. Jayshree Seth LiveNetworking Lounge Join SWE Achievement Award Recipient and WE19 Celebrate SWE keynote speaker Jayshree Seth, PhD as she launches a book in partnership with SWE, entitled “The Heart of Science — Engineering Footprints, Fingerprints, & Imprints”. Jayshree will chat with SWE Executive Director Karen Horting about the book she is launching with SWE, what inspires her especially during these challenging times and why she decided to publish her tips, insights and reflections for women in STEM. Jayshree will also take questions from the audience. Proceeds from the book will support the Jayshree Seth Women of Color in STEM scholarship that will be administered and awarded by SWE. Use the link in the Open Spaces Networking Lounge Chat Box to join the conversation.Jayshree Seth
Monday, November 93:45 PM4:30 PMDouble Agents: Engineers by Occupation, Office Fitness Aficionados by ChoiceLiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentSucceeding in your engineering role is essential and so is your health. Have you heard the news? Sedentary behavior is bad. Most of us have sedentary jobs and these jobs are affecting our health. Join this session to learn how to be more healthy at work and bring fitness into your daily office routine. The panelists are engineers that choose to be conscious about their health and activity level at the office. Panelists will share the surprising data behind the health effects of sedentary behavior and share their favorite mitigation techniques. Participants will leave the session with ideas to become a double agent themselves. This will be an active session. Be prepared to stand up, sit down, and try new deskercises. Wear your sneakers (optional)! Miranda Dewan, Industrial Engineer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Kendra Goudreau, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Iris Galvez, Technology Development Industrial Engineer, Intel
Monday, November 94:30 PM5:30 PMFinance Committee Office HoursLiveSpecial EventThe Finance Committee will host office hours during WE20. Have questions on how to file your tax reporting e-postcard or IRS990 form? Look up your EIN? Handle section fundraising? Establish an endowed scholarship?

The Finance committee is ready to help you navigate SWE section finances with dedicated committee members focused on section support. Please join us to assist your section with these questions or any other inquiries you may have. We will be offering a short refresher on EIN and IRS tax filings.

Register to join us on Monday, November 9 at 4:30pm CST and ask what is on your mind. Registration link below.
https://forms.gle/46yDnGtJiRdnf4DA6
Monday, November 94:45 PM5:15 PMFinders Keepers!Semi-LiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessHow can we recruit and retain the best engineers for our organizations? As large numbers of our most experienced employees retire, we have a critical choice to make: backfill positions with status quo methods or strengthen the diversity of our workforce as we hire new talent. How can recruitment programs evolve to achieve diversity and inclusion goals, including gender equity in engineering? And how can “Employer Resource Groups”, including SWE, build on targeted recruitment to support our workforce? Explore how one Los Angeles-based municipal utility has expanded targeted engineering recruitment and retention efforts to address these challenges and better reflect the diverse communities that it serves. Learn about (1) specific techniques to find the best engineering candidates from the most diverse pools, (2) potential measures of success for expanded recruitment, and (3) tools to retain new recruits once they are onboard, so you can keep the talent that you find. Evelyn Cortez-Davis PE, Assistant Director of Water Operations, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Tuesday, November 109:00 AM10:00 AMDuPont Rainbow Lounge Networking SessionLiveNetworking Lounge Come to the Diversity and Inclusion Networking Lounge for informal networking. Join us for games and breakout sessions to mix-up your day! Support SWE members who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone is welcomed to join in on the fun!
Tuesday, November 1010:00 AM10:45 AMWhich YOU is Leading your TeamLiveStrategic LeadershipCompanies are demanding more innovation and agility from teams; while not really understanding what’s needed to get there. One female leader was congratulated on her team’s success while also asked to stop doing “those people activities”. Depending on your culture, you may be adjusting your behaviors and tactics to make things work out. In this workshop, you are the Case Study – if you complete this assessment (https://assess.predictiveindex.com/zn9R) beforehand. It will identify traits you are masking or magnifying – and the extent to which you are doing so. Why? Because if you don’t see your own adaptations, it’s hard to identify them in others. We will discuss the ramifications of leading with your authentic self and to thrive in different environments. Carissa Gudenkauf MBA, ACC, People Strategist, Coach, KeyInsight Consulting | MVP-Results, Certified Partner of Predictive Index https://assess.predictiveindex.com/zn9R
Tuesday, November 1011:00 AM11:45 AMGive Bad News Like a BossLiveCareer Management & DevelopmentWe all must deliver bad news at some point. Improving your skills in messaging disappointing or upsetting information can have a pivotal impact in your ability to provide feedback, navigate challenging situations, and ultimately, progress in your career.

Diverse panelists will provide insights and best practices for sharing negative feedback. They will draw from their experience in: consulting, testing, reporting, communicating with all levels of staff (intern to executive level management), cross-functional collaboration, and more.
Narissa Chang, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Nike Inc

Mallory Loe, Senior Group Manager, Zillow

Martine Stillman, VP of Engineering, Synapse Product Development

Kathy Fedirchuk, Hardware Quality Team Lead, Bloomberg LP (Moderator)
Tuesday, November 1011:00 AM3:00 PMVirtual Career Fair LiveCareer Fair The WE20 Career Fair includes three exhibit halls: Corporate Partnership Council (CPC), Academic, and General. Attendees are able to visit each booth by “walking” the halls or going directly to a booth through the search functionality.

Once at a booth, attendees have the option to text chat, video chat, see career opportunities, watch videos and download exhibitor materials. The Career Fair Exhibitor may pre-schedule interviews/screenings or might host an “on the spot” interview with attendees. They also receive a user report with each attendees’ profile and details about how they interacted with their booth and recruiters. With this information, they may reach out after WE20 to initiate a or continue the conversation.
Tuesday, November 1012:00 PM1:00 PMMega Session: Gloria Cotton, Microaggressions: A New Way to Define and Address These Subtle Acts of Exclusion in the WorkplaceLiveSpecial EventIn most cultures, explicit discrimination is frowned upon but underrepresented groups face bias on a daily basis in the form of what are commonly known as microaggressions. This interactive session will encourage participants to increase their cultural competence by reframing microaggressions as Subtle Acts of Exclusion (SAE). Focus on creating a more inclusive, trusting and collaborative workplace and learn how to openly discuss SAEs when they happen. Attendees will learn to identify different types of microaggressions and how to speak up about them in a new way. It is everyone’s responsibility arm themselves with knowledge and tactics to face exclusion head-on; join this session to learn how.Gloria Cotton
Tuesday, November 101:00 PM2:00 PMRetirement Stories and Networking LiveNetworking Lounge Join us at the Networking Lounge for Business Interests Affinity Groups as one member tells her journey of how she decided to retire this year. Everything from detailed financial calculations with her financial advisor, ending up in living the dream as an RVer. Her story will inspire others to share their retirement stories.
Tuesday, November 101:00 PM2:15 PMCLI: Campus to Career: How Student Leaders Can Create a Powerful Brand during College (Invitation Only)LiveSpecial EventTransitioning from being a student leader to launching a career in STEM may feel overwhelming. How you start your journey is key to your success. Even if you ace the interview, textbook knowledge and technical skills alone are not enough to excel in today’s competitive workplace. You’ll need to create a powerful personal brand from the very start! You’ve heard about personal brand, but why is it so important? Is your brand congruent? Do you ever think about how others perceive you? Discover how to stand out in a crowd, communicate more effectively, and project confidence in ALL you do. From body language to attire, greetings, and social media pitfalls, use this program to help fast-track your way to career success!
Tuesday, November 101:30 PM1:45 PMThe Wave of FemTech – Innovation for Women, by WomenSemi-LiveTechnical Innovations“FemTech” is a convenient word for recognizing that women have unique health and wellness needs and there are opportunities where an advancement in product offerings can positively impact a woman’s journey. In this talk, we’ll discuss the trends of this market segment that operates across ages and stages of women. We’ll review the development of three products developed specifically for the FemTech market; the Ava fertility tracker, the Pebl menopause cooler, and the Vega uterine treatment device, and we’ll discuss what can be learned about the empathic product development process along the way. Martine Stillman, Vice President of Engineering, Synapse Product Development

Ashley Russell, Director, Medical Technology Group, Cambridge Consultants
Tuesday, November 102:00 PM2:45 PMEmpowering Queer Women in STEM to Aspire, Advance, and AchieveLiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessThis workshop will discuss barriers and opportunities encountered by womxn in the LGBTQIA+ community in order to aspire, advance, and achieve in STEM. Participants will learn how to contribute to a culture of diversity and inclusion through an interactive combination of presentation slides, activities, and intimate guided discussion. First, LGBTQIA+ vocabulary will be introduced alongside the concept of how womxn with intersectional Queer identities aspire in STEM fields. It is important to know LGBTQIA+ terminology as it is part of diversity and inclusion. Next, we will discuss privilege in the workplace and how that can catalyze or prevent the advancement of Queer womxn. We cannot have conversations about privilege or uplift womxn’s voices in the Queer subcommunity without recognizing the systematic barriers the community faces within STEM. Finally, participants will break into small groups to discuss what achievement means to them in STEM and to celebrate their journey.Alyssa Boll, Design Engineer, oSTEM Incorporated

Jennifer Mosquera M.S, CSM, Quality Assurance Engineer, oSTEM Incorporated | Booz Allen Hamilton
Tuesday, November 103:00 PM3:30 PMRecruiting Your Personal Board of DirectorsSemi-LiveStrategic LeadershipIt can be tempting for leaders to “go it alone” when facing the daily challenges and decisions attached to running our company. Superheroes do it, so why can’t we?

That answer, sadly, is that we’re only human, and no leader is immune to burnout and diminished effectiveness.

The solution is having a small, unofficial “”personal board of directors,”” a shortlist of trustworthy people you admire who can act as your sounding board. Pick the right people, ask the right questions, and the new point of view can refresh our perspective as well as our energy level.

This 30-minute talk highlights the various roles within such a board, where to find your people, and how to approach them about it.
Aneesa Muthana, CEO & Owner, Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) | National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) | Women in Manufacturing (WiM) | Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) | Illinois Manufacturing Association (IMA)
Tuesday, November 103:45 PM4:30 PMHow Becoming Statues Enhanced Our Advocacy and Outreach EffortsLiveAdvocacy & OutreachThe STEM workforce is in dire need of more women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Advocacy and outreach for women and girls in STEM are passions for all of us, and through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Lyda Hill Philanthropies, we became connected in 2019. Our combined efforts are now more visible and amplified through the IF/THEN Ambassadorship, and we want to share our stories with you. As professionals and women in STEM, we use our various talents to advocate for women in STEM and recruit more girls to STEM fields. In this session, we will share our combined experiences on successful advocacy strategies. You will also learn about our current STEM outreach initiatives, future work, and what it means for us to be featured in the most significant national exhibit of female statues in one place at one time. Gracie Ermi, Research Software Engineer II at Vulcan, Inc, IF/THEN Ambassadors for American Association for the Advancement of Science and Lyda Hill Philanthropies

Aisha Lawrey MPA, NACME Senior Director, IF/THEN Ambassadors for American Association for the Advancement of Science and Lyda Hill Philanthropies

Kim Swennen, Google Software Engineer, IF/THEN Ambassadors for American Association for the Advancement of Science and Lyda Hill Philanthropies

Siobahn Grady PhD, Assistant Professor of Info Systems at NCCU, IF/THEN Ambassadors for American Association for the Advancement of Science and Lyda Hill Philanthropies

Paula Garcia Todd, Global Strategic Manager at DuPont, IF/THEN Ambassadors for American Association for the Advancement of Science and Lyda Hill PhilanthropiesModerator
Tuesday, November 104:00 PM5:00 PMNative American Affinity Group Talking Circle – Get to Know you Networking SessionLiveNetworking Lounge Visit the Diversity and Inclusion Networking lounge. Talking circles are about creating a safe, non-judgmental place to discuss an issue or react to a speaker that allows the opportunity for each person to speak without interruption, learn from one another, and are an essential part of Native communities. We will engage in sharing our authentic selves, personal reactions, and feelings to network and get to know each other further building relationships within SWE.
Tuesday, November 104:45 PM5:15 PMDitch the Pro/Con List: Making the Right DecisionSemi-LiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentBlack coffee or cream? Should I wear this sweater today? Which lane should I drive in? Although trivial, these are examples of the 35,000(!) decisions we make daily. This onslaught of constant choices can actually sap our mental energy and dull our decision-making skills, making us susceptible to decision fatigue and analysis paralysis. Especially when it comes to big decisions, like whether to take a new job, we can feel overwhelmed because we recognize each decision we make can greatly impact our happiness in life. Many of us will scribble a pro/con list for help, only to feel like we still have the same lack of clarity as before. In this workshop, we’ll help you recognize the decision influencers that impact your choices, provide tools for overcoming decision fatigue and analysis paralysis (beyond the pro/con list!), and give you confidence in your decision-making skills to live your best, happiest life. Nicole Meidl, Senior Product Management Engineer, Emerson

Megan Wiens, Product Management Engineer, Emerson
Tuesday, November 105:00 PM6:00 PMAll AG Happy Hour LiveNetworking Lounge Visit the Networking Lounge for Business Interests Affinity Groups!This is a networking session bringing together D&I and BI AG leads, their core team members and Board of directors/sponsors. Getting to know one another in an informal setting (even though virtual) is the goal.
Tuesday, November 105:00 PM6:00 PMPoster/Rapid Fire Networking Hour (Invitation only)LiveCollegiate CompetitionThis meet-up is for attendees involved in the Collegiate Poster and Rapid Fire competitions. Student finalists, sponsors, and judges will have the opportunity to meet, network, and discuss research in a virtual setting.
Wednesday, November 1110:00 AM11:00 AMA Web of Support That MattersLiveNetworking LoungeAlthough the number of women entering STEM is increasing, we don’t always see progress in raising the percentage of women engineers in our organizations, our companies or the engineering workforce. Women leave engineering at a higher rate than men and many never join the engineering workforce, opting for disciplines more welcoming. Organizations and culture are changing, but will it be soon enough for those of us already part of the engineering workforce? What can we do to enable our career persistence and satisfaction as well as those around us.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Wednesday, November 1110:00 AM11:00 AMMega Session: Anne Collier, Style Matters: How Cognitive Diversity Affects Your WorkLiveSpecial EventHave you ever wondered why a colleague, friend, or family member seems to approach life so differently? They are either overly structured, or not at all. These differences seem to get in the way of productivity, but they don’t have to. Join Anne Collier to learn about different problem-solving styles and how style affects collaboration, management, and leadership. Based on the work of Dr. Michael J. Kirton, who developed Adaption-Innovation Theory, learn where you likely fall on the Adaption-Innovation Continuum and what that means for brainstorming in meetings, solving problems with colleagues and managing both up and down.Anne E. Collier, MPP, JD, PCC
Wednesday, November 1111:15 AM12:00 PM#HEforWE – The Invaluable Support of Male LeadersLiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessThe support of male leaders goes a long way for the success of women in the work place. It is critical to engage male leaders in the effort we are making to create a diverse and all inclusive work environment. As much as there are men who are still stuck in the old fashioned “for us by us” mentality, there are others that work tirelessly for the advancement of women and work side by side with women for the common goal of diversity in the work place. What do they consider and what is their approach? How do they craft their efforts and execute their task without creating an imbalance in leadership? At this panel, you will hear from two male executive directors that are in charge of over twelve hundred employees. They will share what they are doing to increase the number of women engineers in their organization. Breonia Lindsey, Director, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Andrew Linard PE, Director, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Leah Mulat, Civil Engineering Associate, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (Moderator)
Wednesday, November 1112:00 PM1:00 PMWomen in Academia Networking Meet-UpLiveNetworking LoungeThe WIA Committee is hosting an informal networking event during WE20 for academics, post-docs, and graduate students interested in academic careers. The event will be . Because of the nature of the virtual conference, we are opening the networking session up to all SWE members and supporters. Sign-up via the link below for the Zoom log-in information.https://swe.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1410828ede4c10937e8b82569&id=aaf9cd5a17&e=efe170ad98
Wednesday, November 1112:15 PM1:00 PMYoganna Be Great! Leadership Lessons from the MatLiveStrategic LeadershipAs a yoga instructor for more than 25 years I’ve found that many of the lessons from the practice and poses in yoga provide valuable lessons outside of the yoga room for work and life, especially for leaders. From the risk of just walking into the yoga room to the practice of poses that challenge us physically and mentally, there are lessons that we can apply in our work leading teams and organizations – whether a newbie or seasoned leader. Through a fun presentation involving some demonstrations as well as a few opportunities for audience participation and competition, we examine: steps for more successful risk taking; high performance habits regarding vision and strategy; planning and goal setting; the role of emotional intelligence; the problems with ignoring problems; busting assumptions that hold us back from excelling; unleashing creativity to solve problems and celebrating success and failure. Margaret Johnson MBA, PE, PCC, President, Ideal Training, Inc | International Coach Federation member | Society of Women Engineers member | Women’s Energy Network
Wednesday, November 111:15 PM1:45 PM“Let’s Assume π=3”: Communication Between Applied and Theoretical SciencesSemi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentSTEM workplaces incorporate people of many backgrounds from applied sciences like engineering and computer science to theoretical sciences such as mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Due to the inherent differences arising from these educational backgrounds, colleagues from these fields may approach problem solving from different perspectives. However, all possess unique strengths within the collaborative STEM work environment. This talk will present strategies for effective communication, self-reflection techniques, and insights for understanding the strengths of others leveraging examples from the speakers’ previous workplace experiences. Molina Nichols, Applied Mathematician, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Alyson Grassi, Applied Mathematician, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Wednesday, November 112:00 PM2:45 PMThe Rise of the Industrial DroneLiveTechnical InnovationsDrones or UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) have evolved from a child’s toy to essential commercial technology in use across many industrial and engineering applications. They have proven to be a cost effective way to achieve goals, where the operating landscape is vast, harsh or not easily accessible. Drone usage has found a niche in aerial photography and geolocation, across applications as diverse as wildlife tracking to mine site surveys to law enforcement. Drones do have limitations and consequences that should be understood by any company desiring to launch a fleet for commercial use. These include privacy concerns, security controls, air space limitations and payload capacity. This technical review will chart the evolution of Drone technology used across various industries along with a view of what is coming in the future. Holly Teig F. SWE, Retired Engineer, Society of Women Engineers | Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM)
Wednesday, November 112:00 PM3:00 PMGetting the Most Out of Professional NetworkingLiveNetworking LoungeAre you looking to build your network of successful women? Join in the Open Spaces Networking Lounge! Especially in uncertain times, having a strong support network is important for discussing challenges, goals, and your career. Join us for a fun hour of sharing stories and networking with other women.
Wednesday, November 113:00 PM3:30 PMWhen Experience and Excel Aren’t Enough, is Simulation the Solution?Semi-LiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentYou’ve identified a problem and are looking to make changes to your process. Before implementing anything new, you’re probably gathering and analyzing data in a spreadsheet, right? But what do you do when your operation has a lot of variability and the overall averages don’t show the whole picture? Or when things happening in one part of your system directly affect another part of it, and it’s hard to capture that interaction in a spreadsheet?

Simulation can give you a better idea of what to expect by allowing you to model the system to any degree of detail. It provides you with the ability to test the thresholds of the system, examine specific scenarios, and determine potential risks.

In this session, we’ll talk about when and why to use discrete-event simulation – and where things are most likely to go wrong.
Melanie Barker, Simulation Consultant, Rockwell Automation

Nancy Zupick, Manager, Arena Simulation and Consulting Support Services, Rockwell Automation
Wednesday, November 113:45 PM4:30 PMGet Those Voices in Your Head to Work for YouLiveCareer Management & DevelopmentWe will take you on a journey to meet your inner leader through a creative visualization. Be sure you have a quiet, distraction-free space for this workshop. You might want to print out the questions on pages 14-15.

Many of us have inner voices that guide us, some of those voices help and some sabotage. This session is about discovering these inner voices and finding the leader that already lives inside you. Learn to harness your leadership team (e.g., your internal, mental board of directors) to achieve your goals and achieve your full potential. Learn the science behind inner leadership and powerful results when you engage this team, followed by effective exercises to uncover and bring the members of your inner leadership team to light. Once you can name these leaders, you can call upon them to support you in your career and in your life. You will walk away from this session knowing what inner leadership is, why it is important, and how it can help you lead yourself and those around you.
Virginia Counts PhDPEPMPFSWEACC, Sr. Program Manager, SWE | International Coaching Federation

Andrea Buell PMPACPCPCCACC, Program Manager, SWE | International Coaching Federation
Wednesday, November 114:45 PM5:15 PMBusting Bureaucracy: Improving Government Systems Through a Lean-based Management SystemSemi-LiveStrategic LeadershipContinuous Improvement, especially Lean, has a long history in the manufacturing world. Increased efficiency, decreased wastes, and decreased costs lead to more value for consumers. But what happens when you take those same tools and principles and apply them to knowledge work and government systems? Can you even do that? Can you develop tens of thousands of problem solvers and empower them to change the way government agencies operate to improve things for taxpayers and employees? Learn the answer to all these questions and discover how you too can bust bureaucracy within your own organization. Emilie Steinhoff PhD, PSMI, SSGB, Lean Consultant, Arizona Government Transformation Office
Wednesday, November 115:00 PM6:00 PMMucho Gusto! SWE Latinos AG Networking SessionLiveNetworking Lounge Come to the Diversity and Inclusion Networking lounge! We at the SWE Latinos AG want to meet you and answer all of your questions about our community! Join us for a casual networking session, where we will have introductions from our leads, a brief Q&A, and the opportunity to connect with one another during WE20.
Wednesday, November 117:00 PM8:00 PMTechnical Career Path Meet-upLiveNetworking LoungeIndividuals on the Technical Career Path or interested in moving up the Technical Career Path.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Wednesday, November 118:00 PM9:00 PMWomen in 3D PrintingLiveNetworking LoungeAn open networking session for anyone excited about 3D Printing. Whether you work in industry, are a student, or simply are enthusiastic about Additive Manufacturing, this is your opportunity to connect.

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Thursday, November 1210:00 AM10:45 AMTime Satisfaction: Because There Are No More Minutes!LiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentA fundamental axiom of time management is that there is always more to do. And its frustrating corollary is that you’ll never get everything done! A more creative way to deal with this quandary is to change your perspective from time management to Time Satisfaction. If there’s nothing you can do to increase the amount of time you have, then let’s figure out how you can be satisfied with what there is. This session will provide concepts and techniques to help you shift from fretting over minutes and hours to optimizing your energy and fulfillment. Time Satisfaction is a simple concept that you can readily implement once you learn the mindset and some new approaches. The benefits of Time Satisfaction include lower stress, greater mindfulness and intentionality, and more freedom to reach your potential! Mary Kinsella PhD, F.SWE, Coach, Consultant, Writer, Coachère Professional Coaching Services, LLC
Thursday, November 1210:00 AM11:00 AMSelf Branding to Land your Dream Tech Job!LiveNetworking LoungeA dream job is completely attainable if you think smart and leverage a unique personal brand. There are lots of different ways to land your ideal role, they all start with positioning an online brand and building a strategic network.

Show that you can navigate the digital world from the get-go. You need to develop a compelling online presence that aligns with your goals. Start with a simple website that’s professional and features your skillset. Show them through meaningful examples that offer insights into your strengths. Start a blog to showcase your expertise. Write about industry topics to help get your brand out there. Pick topics that align with the position you want and don’t be afraid to make your blog appeal to a niche sector. Included in the session is creating a complete digital image/presence/ blog/webpage, LinkedIn/Indeed, Facebook and other platforms.

Come see how to land your dream job!

This session will be hosted in the Global Networking Lounge. Access the session via the link provided in the lounge chat box.
Thursday, November 1211:00 AM11:45 AMRecruiting Diverse Student Bodies: Linking Communal Goals with Engineering PracticeLiveAdvocacy & OutreachThis session will discuss how a team of geo-environmental engineering faculty developed a series of diverse, hands-on activities to help attract female and minority students into the geotechnical engineering discipline. Many students perceive geotechnical engineering practice as difficult, stemming from the fact that soil and rocks are complex, heterogeneous materials, and geotechnical engineering design involves significant uncertainties. The speaker will discuss the development of a series of activities with the central theme of “Use of Waste in a Sustainable City”, specifically designed to address diversity and inclusion from different perspectives with the goal of combating this perception. At the end of this session, participants will be able to develop and incorporate similar activities into their departments and outreach events. In addition, participants will be able to discuss the importance of linking communal goals with and demonstrating the social relevance and application of geotechnical engineering work when developing diverse, hands-on activities. Sarah Bauer Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rowan University

Cheng Zhu Ph.D.; P.E., Assistant Professor, Rowan University
Thursday, November 1212:00 PM12:45 PMNaval Officers Who Build Things on Land: Leading Opportunities for Engineers in the US NavySemi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentJoin Lieutenant Clare Ovesen, a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the United States Navy, to talk about opportunities for engineers in the Navy and how the Civil Engineer Corps isn’t just for civil engineers. She will share how and why she joined the Navy in college, earning a salary and receiving full benefits while completing her studies. Since joining, she has traveled the world and will share some of the many places she’s been and experiences she’s had. Finally, she will discuss the future she sees for engineers of all disciplines to make a big impact in the Navy. Lieutenant Clare Ovesen, Assistant Public Works Officer, Public Works Department San Diego
Thursday, November 121:15 PM1:45 PMGetting Better All the Time: Continuous Improvement 101Semi-LiveTechnical Innovations“Six Sigma”, “Lean”, “Continuous Improvement”… You’ve heard the phrase, seen it referenced in job descriptions, maybe a colleague is a Master Blackbelt, but what does it all mean? Where does it come from? What tools and skills does it involve? How can it help you in your career? How can it help in your personal life? Join a panel of diverse engineers and technologists as they share their experiences highlighting the value (and fun!) in gaining and USING CI skills at different stages of your career. They will share their experiences highlighting the value (and fun!) in gaining and USING CI skills in your career.Kara DiNatale, Process Engineer III, Novelis

Deb Willems, Raytheon Vision Systems – Mission Assurance Manager, Raytheon Vision Systems

Virginia Counts PE, PMP, MBB, FSWE, Program Manager, Medtronic

Mary Isaac, Retired

Renée Defeo, Supply Chain Engineer

Jayne Peterson SSBB, Engineer, 4641 (Moderator)
Thursday, November 122:00 PM2:45 PM“Beg, Borrow and Sell” –Unlocking $M of Waste in CorporationsLiveStrategic LeadershipGetting resources to complete engineering projects takes a clear ROI, a high priority ranking from management and space in the budget. Discover this novel approach to getting resources to accomplish engineering goals; “Beg, Borrow and Sell”. This lean journey example will explain how to overcome hurdles for engineering teams. Suzy created an equipment reuse/resale program where assets can flow with ease between cost centers and geographies. This gave the capital budget some slack for new equipment. Women are great connectors and can excel at cross functional change management. Suzy will discuss the mechanics of the example including how to engage engineering, planning, operations, finance, suppliers, supply chain management and IT. We’ll walk through this relevant and successful lean journey applicable to all engineering organizations. Participants can use the concepts of this lean journey to embark on her own personalized journey based on the needs of her organization. Suzy Ralls BS Eng, MBA, Sr. Category Procurement Manager, Qorvo
Thursday, November 123:00 PM3:30 PMPlay It to Win: Strategies for Millennials Starting in Corporate AmericaSemi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentDo you struggle with understanding how to advance in the workplace? Are you disappointed that your performance alone isn’t enough to gain the recognition you deserve? Do you feel overwhelmed by the idea that you must spearhead your own career without knowing the rules of the game? In Play It to Win, Nefretiti Nassar equips Millennials with proven strategies to excel in Corporate America. Whether you’re a student, a recent college graduate, or a young professional, Play It to Win provides you with guidance, practical examples, strategic advice, and words of wisdom to help increase your probability of successfully navigating the many unwritten rules within the workplace.Nefretiti Nassar, Program Manager, NexHer
Thursday, November 123:45 PM4:30 PMWhy Bother with SWE ERG?LiveInclusion & Cultural Awareness“Why bother having SWE at work?” You may ask, or you have been asked. Join the key-players of SWE Employee Resource Group (ERG) from two of the largest municipal utility companies in this country at this panel discussion, as they walk you through their journeys in cultivating their workplace culture that embraces diversity and promoting empowerment of women and underrepresented STEM employees in large organizations through their very own SWE-ERG. Hear their stories, and learn about why a support group like SWE is critical to the success of future leaders and in enriching the culture of our industries.

Listen to the challenges, and inquisitions they faced as they represent and speak the mission of SWE, along with support, advocacy, and a sense of representation as SWE grows in their company. By end of this discussion, the question you ask should never be “why bother”, but “why not”?”
Heidieh Esfahani PE, QSD/QSP, Civil Engineer, Metropolitan Water District (MWD)

Sabi Valdez PE, Power Engineering Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Darline Truong PE, Civil Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Rachel Irwin PE, Mechanical Engineer, Metropolitan Water District (MWD)

Eugenia Lin PE, Env SP, LEED AP, Civil Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) (Moderator)
Thursday, November 124:45 PM5:15 PMShared SisterhoodSemi-LiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessWe are all familiar with challenges that women face in the workplace – bias, inflexible work environments, and male privilege have a negative impact on all of us. But this does not mean that we experience these impacts the same way. The emotional tax for women of color is real, and research shows that Asian, Black, Hispanic and multiracial women experience the feeling of being “on guard” against bias more than their white women colleagues. So how can we recognize when this happens, and leverage our shared sisterhood to lift each other up to create an environment where all women – including women of color – can thrive? This panel will highlight stories of women who have built bridges across difference, demonstrating how allyship among women is crucial to create equity. Dominique Roberts, Global Manufacturing Engineer, Rockwell Automation

Devana Miller, Customer Success Portfolio Principal, PTC

Amina Robinson, Senior Business Process Analyst, PTC

Candace Barnes MBA, PMP, Head of Global Diversity Programs, Rockwell Automation (Moderator)
Thursday, November 125:00 PM6:00 PMAre You Curious about Black Girl Magic? Well,…Here it is.LiveNetworking Lounge Come to the Diversity and Inclusion Networking lounge! In this informal networking session with the African American AG, there will be a brief introduction to the core leadership team members and more discussions. The AG invites session attendees to participate in a variety of discussions to help facilitate networking. Some examples of the type topics that will be discussed are: what is behind the phrase Black Girl Magic, what support can be helpful to Black women in STEM, and more
Friday, November 1310:00 AM10:30 AMRight User, Right Context, Right Time: Study of Manufacturing DataSemi-LiveTechnical InnovationsEveryone is talking about data and digitalization. “Data is the new currency.” “Context is key.” “You must establish a digitalization strategy.” How does this apply to a manufacturing process and plant floor? We have been conducting a study on Life Sciences manufacturing data usage, trends, needs, innovation, management and common pain points via interviews, workshops, proof-of-concept projects and market research. Currently, only 34% of quality personnel and plant engineers have access to analyzed data within the timeframe required to make their decisions. The key to solving emerging manufacturing problems is to increase this percentage: providing the right information, to the right user, in the right context at the right time. In this session, we will share the findings of this research: definitions of key data terms, current hurdles and solutions to aggregating and contextualizing data, a new process-centric, event-driven data approach and how to this could drive digital transformation. Emilee Cook MEM, Life Sciences Software Product Manager, Emerson Automation Solutions
Friday, November 1310:45 AM11:00 AMCulture and Gender – Clash or Collaboration?Semi-LiveInclusion & Cultural AwarenessWe understand that culture is a complex idea – the spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society – and that it is important to understand and accommodate cultural differences. We also understand that equality across all genders is something to strive for. What can we do when these two ideals clash, contrast and endanger each other? How do we leverage one to help the other? This talk will unpack these questions through the lens of cultural inclusion and awareness in Liberia, our home country. Examples from our experiences as female engineers in a largely male dominated culture and industry, as well as founding members of Liberia Society of Women Engineers chapter will highlight techniques and strategies that empower the use of culture and gender together to promote inclusion and awareness of both. Yamah Sumoku, Senior Instructor – Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Monrovia Vocational Training College | Liberia Society of Women Engineers

Maria Dowee, ISP Technician, Liberia Society of Women Engineers | K3 Telecom Liberia
Friday, November 1311:15 AM12:00 PMYour Next Promotion: Getting There and the AftermathLiveCareer Management & DevelopmentGoing after a promotion at work can often feel like an intimidating or elusive process. Even after successfully landing a promotion, knowing how to navigate the crucial conversations, negotiations, and shifting responsibilities that follow is critical for setting your career up for success. Using anecdotes, lessons learned, and industry best practices, this session will dive into methods and strategies for identifying where you want to go next in your career, creating a plan that will help get you there, and what to expect after you’ve landed the new role. Sarvenaz Myslicki, Vice President, Engineering, American Express
Friday, November 1312:00 PM1:00 PMWE Local LABLiveNetworking Lounge Please join the Local Advisory Board (LAB) in the Open Spaces lounge to learn more about WE Local and how you can become involved in the program. During this hour, we will be taking questions, feedback and ideas from SWE Members and Non-Members. Look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, November 1312:15 PM1:00 PMFar from Home: Leaving the Familiar for New OpportunitiesLiveSelf-Management & DevelopmentMoving away from home is scary, but moving away for your first job may seem like another level of anxiety. Join us for an engaging conversation about how three engineers moved across the country (even overseas) to begin their careers and thrive in a new city. Just because your dream job is across the country doesn’t mean you need to turn it down. We’ll coach you through the biggest challenges and potential hazards that we experienced so that you know what to expect and how to handle it. You’ll learn the logistical side of the process as well as some of the emotional strains you may encounter. In the end, you’ll have the confidence to make the decision that’s right for you and your future. Shannon Biery, Manufacturing Engineer II, Honeywell Aerospace

Neyka Ramos Torres, Sr Advanced Systems Engineer, Honeywell Aerospace

Catherine Gao, Test Engineer II, Honeywell Aerospace (Moderator)
Friday, November 131:15 PM1:45 PMBecome Savvy about Business SavvySemi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentWomen in STEM roles work hard to develop their technical skills, but often overlook the need to develop their business skills. These business skills (also known as “business savvy” or “business acumen”) are essential to understanding how a company’s strategy impacts project goals and financial performance. Having strong business acumen enables the ability to make well-informed business decisions and is crucial in advancing to senior-level positions. In this panel, four senior-level women in manufacturing, engineering, project management, and strategy will discuss the importance of business acumen, the methods and tools they used to develop it, and how it has enabled their career progression. Deepali Palta PhD, Head of West Europe Snacks R&D, PepsiCo

Lindsay Bridenbaker MBA, Sr. Director, R&D Strategy, PepsiCo

Crea Kitcher, Manufacturing Director, PepsiCo

Annette Plieninger PMP, Sr. R&D Project Manager, PepsiCo (Moderator)
Friday, November 133:00 PM3:30 PMDriving Industry and Academic AlignmentSemi-LiveStrategic LeadershipAcademic and industry alignment are critical to meet the needs of future engineers. Societies like SWE play a pivotal role. In December 2018, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) convened a workshop on “Engineering Societies’ Activities on Helping Align Industry and Academia.” After a series of presentations from industry, academia and society representatives, including SWE, participants discussed concrete ideas for better aligning industry and academia. The workshop’s final report (available at https://www.nap.edu/download/25445#) included many things that could be done; in her concluding remarks Leah Jamieson, chair of the program committee for the workshop, challenged everyone “to pick one thing from the list of possible actions and do it.” In this session, attendees from that workshop will briefly present information about it, then facilitate discussions on what actions we can take within SWE and our academic or industrial employers, to help achieve the goal of aligning industry and academia.Dora Smith, Senior Director of Global Academic Programs, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Aisha Lawrey, AAAS IFTHEN STEM Ambassador, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Diane Peters PE, PhD, F.SWE, Associate Professor, Kettering University
Friday, November 133:45 PM4:30 PMBlockchain Technology in Transformation of BusinessLiveTechnical InnovationsBlockchain has the potential to transform business in areas such as asset tracking, trade and supply chain where trust, transparency, security, and efficiency are needed. Some predict it is only a matter of time before blockchain penetrates every industry sector. Businesses need to think strategically about blockchain when planning their transformation. In order to deliver highly efficient and secure end-to-end flow of goods and resources for supply-chains, successful production blockchain solutions implementations will be explained, together with best practices for bringing visibility, trust and auditability to solve the challenges of increasingly complex supply chain networks.

A trust crisis driven by mishandling of consumer data by our institutions has made consumer trust in brands to reach critically low levels. Blockchain technology represents a seminal paradigm shift in the exchange of value and is likely to fundamentally impact marketing by primarily facilitating the transition from institution driven interoperability to consumer-driven interoperability.
Padma Bulusu MBA, VP Enterprise Data, Wells Fargo | University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Ana Biazetti, Distinguished Engineer, Blockchain Supply Chain Solutions, IBM

Christine Matlock MCS, CISSP, Innovation Solution Architect, Intel Corporation

Linda Cheung, Intel Corporation
Friday, November 134:45 PM5:15 PMDemystifying Academic Institution Types and Associated Leadership RolesSemi-LiveCareer Management & DevelopmentAcademic careers and the leadership roles that female faculty take on are heavily influenced by the expectations for teaching, research, and service which vary depending on the type of institution. Four-year academic institutions fall into three categories: predominately undergraduate, masters granting, and doctorate granting. In this session, these types of institutions will be explained with a focus on helping attendees navigate themselves into leadership roles and how that looks different across the spectrum of institutions. Time will be spent answering attendee questions and in small group discussion around career trajectories. Jacquelyn Nagel PhD, Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, James Madison University

Elizabeth Orwin PhD, Professor and Department of Engineering Chair, Harvey Mudd College

Amy Fleischer PhD, Dean of the College of Engineering, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Jenna Carpenter PhD, Dean of the School of Engineering, Campbell University

Raskia Bhalerao,PhD Candidate, New York University (Moderator)

Sessions Available On-Demand - November 2-13

DateTitleSession TrackDescriptionSpeaker(s)
Monday, November 2A Public-Academic Partnership to Fight Counterfeit ProductsSelf-Management & DevelopmentGlobally, the trade of counterfeit goods has an estimated economic impact upwards of $USD 1.7 trillion annually as reported by the Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCP). Counterfeit goods are pervasive across an array of markets, including apparel, currency, fuels, automotive components, pharmaceuticals, and microelectronics. In addition to the economic fallout from brand protection concerns, counterfeit goods in the latter two categories can have severe adverse secondary effects. For example, counterfeit pharmaceuticals have been coined ‘‘murder by medicine’’. Additionally, counterfeit microelectronics have been found in the supply chain of critical devices resulting in, for example, the failure of a communications satellite. Collectively, these adverse economic, device reliability, and health effects of counterfeit goods create a great demand for anti-counterfeit approaches. We present such an approach by demonstrating that the far-field scattering of randomly deposited colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) serve as a physically unclonable optical function for anti-counterfeit applications.Alison Smith PhD, Chief Engineer of Materials Analysis, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division

John Bings MPA, Lead Recruiter, Navy Civilian Careers
Monday, November 2Beyond Summer Camp: Increasing Impact of STEM Programs for GirlsAdvocacy & OutreachSTEM camps for girls are popping up left and right, but once the camp is over, how long does the impact last? Is the experience forgotten after life goes back to normal? How can we help girls maintain their interest and confidence to develop a stronger female STEM pipeline? In this session, the speakers will share how they created and sustained a long-term STEM program for local girls from underprivileged backgrounds. They will share their experiences and challenges in developing stakeholder relationships, retention and learning/behavior gaps for children of different ages. This session outlines the challenges for STEM professionals who want to engage in long-term outreach connections and identify the key elements to ensure a solid return on investment. MeLinda Ammerman, Product Safety Engineering Technical Leader, General Electric

Lisa De Bellis PhD, Aero-Thermal Design Engineering Manager, General Electric
Monday, November 2How to Network for those Who Hate NetworkingCareer Management & DevelopmentDo you hate networking? Are you interested in learning an easy technique to win over a room without fainting? A significant amount of people I have met, mentored, interacted with, etc. avoid networking situations at all cost – especially Technologists. The ability to comfortably meet and interact with new people does not always come easy – I get it. The main objective of this session is to provide attendees who hate networking with a proven strategy designed to achieve the best results with minimal effort. Andrea Hodge-Johnson MBA, Vice President – IT Architecture, JPMorgan Chase
Monday, November 2Let Her Finish! Creating an Inclusive Work Culture through MicroactionsInclusion & Cultural AwarenessBeing interrupted. Talked over. Left out. Many of us have experienced microaggressions, whether or not we realize it. These are subtle verbal and nonverbal behaviors often ingrained in unconscious bias, regularly targeted at women. Intent does not matter. Microaggressions have a deep effect on psychological safety, employee experience, and overall workplace culture. The antidote? Microactions: small but impactful behaviors, like encouraging someone to complete their thought in a meeting or literally pulling up a seat for them at the table. We communicate signals to other through our everyday interactions and behaviors. We can use them to build our teams’ emotional intelligence and create inclusive work environments where everyone feels safe, respected, and comfortable to share their ideas and concerns. In this session, participants will learn practical microactions through the use of personal intervention and leadership to advocate for others and foster a culture of inclusion and diversity. Sarah Mouakkad, Civil Engineering Associate, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Monday, November 2Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventsSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Monday, November 2Year One as a SWE Affinity GroupStrategic LeadershipThis lightning talk will cover you need to know about starting a SWE Affinity Group, programming, and managing a leadership team. The goal of SWE affinity groups is to be a platform for special interest groups while addressing the issues facing those communicates. This talk will include perspectives and best practices from both the Asian Connections AG and Senior Engagement AG. Interested in starting your own SWE affinity group? This is the session for you! Le Si Qu, SWE Asian Connections AG Lead, Stony Brook University

Charlotte Wagner PE, CEM, General Manager, Southern California Branch, US Digital Buildings, Schneider Electric
Monday, November 2Yoga RechargeSpecial EventsHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Tuesday, November 3Growing as a Tech Leader by Leaning In Self-Management & DevelopmentReflecting on my personal growth being a woman of color through my Engineering education and Tech workplace by leaning in – This talk is about my personal journey through school, college and a tech career reflecting on key moments of “Leaning in” that helped propel my career forward. It is also a reflection on what growth really means to me and how the notion of growth has expanded as well. The courage to lean-in on friends, family and co-workers and the methods had to be refined over many years. I hope to share my leaning in learnings that helped me grow as a leader and find my inner courage in school and workplace.Sri Ramkumar, Director Commercial Digital Solutions, Ecolab
Tuesday, November 3Level Up: Equipping Yourself for LeadershipCareer Management & DevelopmentOver the past decade, many organizations have invested great effort to grow the women’s talent in their organizations. Unfortunately, not much of this progress has been sustainable. Lee Hecht Harrison’s Elevating Women in Leadership study provided great insight and awareness to the behaviors that are found to be more prevalent in those women who have advanced. In this session, we will share the five behaviors most closely linked to women who have Leveled Up and were promoted to leadership. We will complete a personal assessment of behaviors. Before ending the session, we will review strategies to build expertise in these open priorities based on the professional experiences of the facilitators. Kenya Jacobs SHRM-CP, PHR, Director, Diversity Recruiting & Workforce Development, Trane Technologies

Pauline Alfors, New Product Development Process Owner and Coach at Trane, Trane
Tuesday, November 3Lost in Translation – How to Maximize Your Asian CultureInclusion & Cultural AwarenessAsian Americans experience cultural bias and stereotypes that can be career enhancers and derailers. Asian women are impacted by both gender and cultural biases. In some cases, the Asian culture reflects positively and serves as enhancers to our career. At other times, natural behaviors associated with the Asian culture can unwittingly become career derailers. This presentation will focus on helping attendees to maximize the key aspects of the Asian culture that promotes career growth. It will also identify characteristics within the culture that can negatively impact careers and how to avoid them. This is an opportunity for allies who are curious about how to make an impact. Following an overview presentation, attendees will engage in facilitated table-top discussions based on different bias statements that are often associated with Asians and develop strategies to address them. The session will conclude with a recap of the major takeaways from each tabletop segment. Tuyet-Hanh Schnell, Lead Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Vanessa Li, Technical Manager, Novelis

Khánh Vũ, CEO & Executive Director, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Le Si Qu, SWE Asian Connections AG Lead, Stony Brook University
Tuesday, November 3Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventsSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Tuesday, November 3The Wild West of Code BranchingStrategic LeadershipImagine the Old West. You buy some land and some cattle, settle down in a sleepy town. After a while, more and more folks move into the area. It is getting hard to figure out who owns the land, who owns the cattle… Software development is like this town. Over time, many people will work on the system. Yet, planning for reusable code is often overlooked. This leads to a proliferation of solutions to similar problems across teams within the same organization. It’s like too many cows crossing onto other people’s land and tromping through crops. To address this issue, we launched a Shared Frameworks initiative. As engineers, we oversee the development of shared code “”by developers for developers”” who work closely together. We aren’t looking to a sheriff to solve our problems; we are driving the vision ourselves. Today, we want to share our Wild West journey. Johanna Pham, Software Engineer, Apple Inc.

Bruce Graham, Software Engineer, Apple Inc.
Tuesday, November 3Troubleshooting: The Answer is Outside the BoxTechnical InnovationsHave you ever had a technical problem at work that seems to defy all attempts to resolve? When facing an engineering challenge, sometimes the “obvious” answers won’t get you the solution you need. Although a stubborn problem can be frustrating, don’t despair! During this lightning talk we will review case studies where outside the box thinking was required to solve nagging problems. We will cover the troubleshooting steps we took to diagnose the problem, and how the ultimate solution generated value for the team. You’ll leave the talk with some techniques for unlocking new solutions, and encouragement to do what an engineer does best- solve problems! Mary Katherine Spiegelhauer, Senior R&D Engineering Specialist, Dow
Tuesday, November 3Yoga RechargeSpecial EventsHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Wednesday, November 4Bringing Engineering to Life with Virtual and Augmented RealityTechnical InnovationsWhy should the gaming industry get to have all the fun? Corporations have started to leverage Virtual and Augmented Reality to gain competitive advantage in the engineering and manufacturing world. Join us during this session to learn how companies are using these technologies to bring CAD models to life, remotely service machines on the manufacturing floor, and enhance industrial training scenarios to reduce safety risks. Wearable devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens, have given 3M engineers the ability to pull up important data and dimensions right from the lab or the plant. In the manufacturing industry, time is money, so it is no surprise that an estimated 1 in 3 U.S. manufacturers are currently adopting AR/VR tools to improve efficiency and boost their bottom line. Don’t miss this exciting session on how industry leader 3M is adopting these major trends to drive the fast-growing field of innovation. Allie Fan, Senior Design Engineer, 3M

Elizabeth Harris, Disruptive Technology Program Lead, 3M
Wednesday, November 4Managing 20 in your 20sCareer Management & DevelopmentDo you desire to hold a leadership position at the beginning of your career? Do you want to learn more about how to manage people twice your age? Jessica Catlin and Sarah Jenkins currently hold First Line Leader/Shift Supervisor roles at an industrial plant. This session will discuss how to lead a large, diverse group at a young age. They will talk about their key learning experiences as young and up-and-coming leaders at their company. They will discuss how to build relationships among your crew, how to manage adversity, and how to lead a high performing team. Come learn about a unique perspective on leadership! Jessica Catlin, Shift Supervisor, International Paper

Sarah Jenkins, Shift Supervisor, International Paper
Wednesday, November 4Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Wednesday, November 4Oh No Hue Didn’t: Making Data Visually AccessibleInclusion & Cultural AwarenessWe often assume that everyone sees the world the same way, but some of our colleagues literally cannot due to having Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), commonly referred to as colorblindness. CVD is not just red and green or any two colors but a scale and is often forgotten when communicating visually. With an increasing reliance on visual data in making engineering decisions it is vital we are all operating with the same information. Simple enhancements can increase the impact of your data to ensure your entire audience has a clear understanding of what you are presenting. Join Rebecca Palmer and Sheila DeLapp as they demonstrate how small adjustments can help everyone see the same picture. Rebecca Palmer, Design Release Engineer, General Motors

Sheila DeLapp, Electrification Design Release Engineer, General Motors
Wednesday, November 4Survival Guide to Winning Job Hunting in Hunger Games FashionCareer Management & DevelopmentEach year colleges from “districts” across the country volunteer students as “tributes” to compete for job opportunities at companies. Career Fairs are essentially the Hunger Games and you need to be ready to “hunt.” Therefore, like Katniss you need to train and prepare to be ready to get “sponsors” or recruiters to support you through the application process as you battle against other tributes. This session will be your ultimate survival guide to preparing for the job-hunting process in Hunger Games fashion. We will cover job searching strategy, avoiding common resume mistakes, crafting an elevator pitch, navigating recruiter conversations, and preparing for the interview process. After this session we will make you’ll be able to aim and target jobs you want like Katniss, have a good image like Gale, and be liked by sponsors like Peeta. Get ready tributes and may the “offers” be ever in your favor. Meha Jha EIT, Global Refining Industry Marketing Manager Emerson Flow Solutions, Emerson
Wednesday, November 4SWE++: Inspiring Middle School Girls Through Computer Science and TechnologyAdvocacy & OutreachPiloted in Fall 2018 at UC Berkeley, SWE++ is a Computer Science (CS) outreach program with a goal of encouraging middle school girls to pursue CS by providing peers and role models who are passionate about CS. The 10-session semester teaches Scratch and Python and concludes with Tech Day, a day of workshops including Circuits, Machine Learning, Arduinos, and App Design. The Berkeley SWE section has run 4 successful semesters with 4 additional university’s SWE sections, either previously or currently running programs based on our curriculum. At Berkeley, we taught over 100 girls from all across the Bay Area in the weekly classes and over 200 at Tech Day. We would like to expand the SWE++ program, providing curriculum and tips on connecting this important age group. Additionally, we will share strategies for instructional resilience as we maintained effective learning after switching to an online format mid-semester of Spring 2020. Sierra Dean, Student, University of California, Berkeley

Alexia Camacho, Student, University of California, Berkeley
Wednesday, November 4Yoga RechargeSpecial EventHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Thursday, November 5Design for Environment- Engineering Better Products through Lifecycle ThinkingTechnical InnovationsJoin sustainability experts on a journey through the life cycle of a consumer product. From material choices to function and aesthetic, from manufacturing to consumer use, each step of a product’s life contains important engineering decisions that can have huge impacts on how sustainable a product will be. Taking care to support triple bottom line, People, Planet, and Profit, this presentation will focus on the key elements of product sustainability, Design for Environment methodology and product material health. Discover how engineers can apply this knowledge and work to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.Olivia Fritz MBA, Sr. Environmental Project Engineer – Product Transparency, Kohler Co.

Mandy Montazeri PhD, Sr. Project Engineer – Sustainability. Kohler Co.
Thursday, November 5Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Thursday, November 5Not Your Mother’s Career Path: Job Planning 2020 and BeyondCareer Management & DevelopmentWhen we compare the career paths of our parents and mentors to our own, one major difference jumps out: most of us won’t stay in the same place our whole career. This session will explore how to plan a career path through multiple organizations and industries, and work towards not just a dream job—but a wider range of dream responsibilities. We will use a functional model of career planning to identify key professional development needs for a variety of roles and different routes to fulfill them. This will help us address the challenges of career progression awaiting our generation as we aim onward and upward. Elena Chiappa, Manager, Oliver Wyman Engineers
Thursday, November 5The Power of Networking: Landing My Dream Role without ApplyingCareer Management & DevelopmentAcademic achievement and a top notch resume are important, yet this session will highlight a “secret weapon” most engineering applicants don’t consider! The connections in your expanding professional network are valuable beyond measure, and can single-handedly accelerate your application submission to premier status! According to a LinkedIn article, over 70% of job applicants receive offers through which they have an established personal connection. As an early career professional and former SWE chapter president, I am eager to share my unique experience showcasing the power of professional networking. This presentation will offer key strategies to help participants build professional networks as an undergraduate student, and leverage their power to yield desirable job offers. The presenter will share a signature career blueprint to optimize networking outcomes.Kayli Rentzel, Mechanical Engineer, Voith Hydro Inc.
Thursday, November 5Why We’re Asking the Wrong Questions for Career SuccessSelf-Management & Development“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common question frequently asked, but leads to a fundamentally flawed way of thinking. Society traditionally frames career success as a metaphorical peak that can be reached, a point when you have finally “made it.” But what happens after? And what happens if you change your mind about what you want to “be”? As a Business major turned Astrophysics major turned Systems Engineer, I will explore the unexpected twists and turns of my own career path, and how I have learned to redefine success. Tarryn Anderson M.S., Systems Engineer, The Boeing Company
Thursday, November 5Women in Mining: Advancing Gender Diversity in Natural ResourcesInclusion & Cultural AwarenessThere is a rising demand in the mining industry for greater workforce diversity and more inclusive workforce cultures. The diversity and inclusion movement within mining and earth resources is largely driven by a demand for greater gender diversity, placing the focus of many conversations squarely on women in mining. The mining industry has taken some initial steps toward encouraging workforce diversity and inclusion in the past five years, such as hiring targets and mentoring programs. However, few studies have been published regarding gender diversity and inclusion in mining, and only a vague idea exists of its current state or potential within the industry. This talk will provide a brief overview of the current state and development of gender diversity in mining over the past five years, with special emphasis on successful programs and best practices applied within the industry.Claire Kincaid, Master’s Student, Mining and Earth Systems Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Nicole Smith PhD, Assistant Professor, Mining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
Thursday, November 5Yoga RechargeSpecial EventHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Friday, November 6Don’t Go Chasing Waterfall: Transitioning from Waterfall to AgileTechnical InnovationsWith many organizations seeing benefits to using the agile development methodology, there is a difficulty in adjusting from the traditional waterfall development lifecycle. Organizational culture change, as well as bringing along a customer used to seeing a final product at delivery instead of incremental deliveries compound this difficulty. The presenters will discuss their lessons learned from taking traditional waterfall programs to the agile development methodology, and tips to make the transition easier. As a large defense contractor, we are currently experiencing the challenges of adopting agile on a wide variety of programs. We currently have over 24 programs that have adopted the agile development methodology. This workshop will present the challenges posed to the organization, the elements of the agile development methodology and its value to the organization, as well as first hand insight from individuals on teams who are currently experiencing this shift in development methodology and culture.Brittany Haines, Product Owner, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Amy Maslauskas, Release Train Engineer, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Friday, November 6Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Friday, November 6Mommy Guilt: On the Road!Career Management & DevelopmentBeing a working parent comes with challenges, and traveling for work can bring on some intense mommy guilt! Come hear how two mothers of small children have managed work travel and children while doing their best to keep everyone, including themselves, happy. To more effectively manage work trips, we will introduce practical strategies, resources and techniques on communicating with your boss and prepping your family. We will share our experiences of frequent, international, and last minute trips with a focus on how to manage challenges including working spouses, no local family support, breastfeeding, and trying to keep everyone sane. By attending this lightening talk you’ll feel empowered to take that awesome work trip and advance your career without sacrificing your family relationships. Reducing mommy guilt on the road is much easier when you’re informed and prepared! Laura Garber MS, Environmental Engineer, ExxonMobil

Sara Morey MS, Group Lead, ExxonMobil
Friday, November 6Once Upon a Technical PresentationCareer Management & DevelopmentTechnical Presentations can be dry and difficult for audiences to get the most out of them. People often lose focus and become bored with what is being presented. Generally, we view storytelling as the opposite to technical presentations, but stories are what humans enjoy hearing. Combining our technical presentations with storytelling is key to effectively delivering the message we want audiences to leave with. Learn how to structure your presentations and use storytelling to engage your audience, deliver a clear narrative that is easier for your audience to follow, and effectively use time management skills. We will practice different storytelling techniques through hands-on exercises so you will leave the session prepared to present successfully! Amber Iraeta, Mechanical Engineer, Bio-Rad Laboratories

Jessica Kiefer, Manager, Hardware Engineering, Cisco Systems
Friday, November 6Pranayama – Breathing Techniques for EngineersSelf-Management & DevelopmentHave you ever felt the calming power of your breath but felt the study and practice of breathing technique is too mystifying to give a try? This session aims to provide a unique way of explaining breathing techniques that engineers can understand and use in their everyday life. In this session, we will use analogy from mechanical, sound and electrical engineering to explain conscious breathing techniques and practical ways to use them in your life. We will discuss the various frequencies of brain wave and how it affects our mood. We will look into the flow of air from the thermo dynamic perspective and use basics of electrical engineering to understand your breath. This session will also involve practical learning which the audience can use in the everyday life. Sheeba Gandhi Saraswathy, Engineering Manager, Raytheon
Friday, November 6Starting an Affinity Group at Work: Best Practices and ChallengesInclusion & Cultural AwarenessDespite recent advances in diversity in the world of engineering, the field still has a long way to go. Launching an affinity group within an organization can help bring together minority employees of similar backgrounds. It gives them a place to meet fellow colleagues facing similar challenges and an opportunity to unite and influence changes in the workplace. Getting the support of the overall organization is key to developing a successful affinity group, but not always easy to accomplish. Steps to starting an affinity group, gaining the backing of management, and developing SMART goals will be discussed from the perspectives of two different women-based affinity groups in a mid-size company.Diana Hugue PE, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes

Marlene Delaney SE, PE, Senior Director, Jensen Hughes
Friday, November 6Yoga RechargeSpecial EventHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Saturday, November 7How Tablets and Apps Engage and Enable The Factory FloorTechnical InnovationsThe story of how one of the biggest food manufacturers used familiar, consumer-friendly tablets on the factory floor to engage mechanics and operators, improve access to information, drive autonomy, and revolutionize how we work. In just one year, the ambitious project went from one front-line operator with a great idea, to six continuous improvement engineers who were driving change, to 2700+ users across 20 factories and a framework to continuously investigate and implement new technology. Join us as we go through the ups and downs of implementation across different work cultures and speak to the benefits of being user-focused over technology-focused. We hope to inspire attendees to use the familiar to unlock new opportunities in their own industries.Katie Brase, Technical Applications Group Specialist, Nestlé USA

Margaret Breloff, Manufacturing Excellence Engineer, Nestlé USA
Saturday, November 7Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventsSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Saturday, November 7Presentations That Will Get You That JobCareer Management & DevelopmentEngineers are a special class of professionals! Among others, they hold problem-solving skills that require a high level of intelligence. But being smart is not enough, engineers need to be able to be effective communicators. Effective communication can lead to a successful engineering career. How can engineers get that desirable job if they cannot effectively communicate their talents? Join this session to learn about how to effectively present your skills to all kinds of audiences. See what type of presentations engineers have been doing. Learn about two complementary perspectives on technical communications: the assertion-evidence approach and creative research communications. And gather some tips on how to improve your presentations. At the end of the session, you should be able to forget about old-fashioned techniques and use new methods to increase your effectiveness in communication to get THAT job. Joana Marques Melo Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Purdue University
Saturday, November 7The Corporate Conundrum of Diversity and InclusionInclusion & Cultural AwarenessA diverse panel including a board member, emerging young leaders, a male advocate, and an HR leader will share their thoughts about the limited success of D&I programs in corporate America. The conundrum for many companies is that achieving diversity and inclusion requires them to rethink the very culture and systems that have made them successful. To challenge corporate norms is not an easy undertaking and will take courage, especially from those who have found success via the status quo. To create a corporate culture where diversity thrives, leaders who have led with authority and confidence will instead need to rely on humility and vulnerability. The panel will draw from their diverse experiences and backgrounds to provide insights on how corporate “soul-searching” may be the key to experiencing the true richness of diversity. Andria Carpenter BSc CHE, Junior Air Quality Engineer, GHD Services, Inc

Douaa Eldiraoui BSCM, AIC, Project & Construction Management Service Line Leader (North America), GHD Services, Inc
Saturday, November 7Using Artistic Expression to Overcome Math Phobia and Diversify EngineeringAdvocacy & OutreachAre you looking for ways to diversify your outreach events? Over the past four years, Yale GradSWE has developed outreach activities that lessen math phobia’s power by introducing math, coding, and electronics as tools for artistic expression. Our activities are designed to be challenging, doable, and fun, allowing students to realize that mastering technical skills takes practice, not innate ability. Feedback after these events demonstrated that we have been able to attract students not previously considering engineering and excite them about the field. In this session, we will cover some example activities that Yale GradSWE developed for middle and high schoolers and discuss what was particularly effective about each activity, empowering attendees to implement similar activities as part of their own outreach efforts. We will end the session by modeling a successful hands-on activity, using the SpinWheel, a STEM educational kit we released on Kickstarter. Bridget Hegarty PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan
Saturday, November 7When Life Gives You Lemons – Managing Unplanned Career TransitionsCareer Management & DevelopmentWe all have a plan for what we want our career path to look like, but what happens when things don’t go according to said plan? From falling out of love with a dream job, to being asked to resign, to being forced to pivot for personal reasons, unexpected career changes can surprise you, devastate you, or act as a springboard for personal growth. Join me to help prepare for when these situations arise. Learn how to manage the stress, figure out next steps, and make lemonade from a tough situation. You will leave feeling confident that you will be able to work through any of life’s career curve balls. Ellen Classen MSME, MBA, Product Line Manager, Intel
Saturday, November 7Yoga RechargeSpecial EventsHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Monday, November 910 Technical Guidelines to Use When Evaluating a Bidder’s ProposalCareer Management & DevelopmentYou are on the job and the contract formation specialist distributes the request for proposal (RFP) forms as required for evaluation. You know nothing about the bidder or how to technically evaluate proposals for the scope of work (SOW) that’s been assigned to your area. This session will help you assess and evaluate the bidder’s proposal with 10 simple guidelines and a scoring system. Pamela Washington MBA, Senior Contract Formation Specialist, Bechtel Corporation
Monday, November 9The Hidden Side of AITechnical InnovationsArtificial intelligence is heavily trending today – it’s the beginning of a new era. From autonomous driving to immersive shopping, technology is bringing it all to your fingertips. This session is an attempt to dive deeper into what all of this really means, how it happens and what is in it for you as a technologist as well as an end user. However, there are many dangers of using AI, from amplifying historical biases to making decisions that we cannot interpret. With the rise of AI-based solutions, the need for us to understand the motivation behind these black-box models is imperative. We explore real scenarios that show the perils of using AI in the wild. Learn how these risks can be addressed using various techniques throughout the model development and deployment process.Nikita Tiwari MS, Sr. Lead Platform Applications Engineer, Intel Corporation

Apoorva Dornadula MS, CTO, Viralspace
Monday, November 9Breaking Free from Barriers: Explore STEM CareersAdvocacy & OutreachAn African proverb states that “If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” By the end of the century it is estimated that Nigeria will be the third largest nation in the world. If it can address its challenges, Nigeria could become the first African Superpower. I live in Charlotte, NC and recently collaborated with SWE Global Ambassadors to do outreach work in Lagos, Nigeria. We have reached approximately 1000 female students in the first quarter of this year with the message that they can break free from the strictures of society to explore different STEM career pathways. We will be doing similar outreaches in Port Harcourt and Abuja. We will set up SWENEXT clubs in secondary schools through which we will offer coaching and mentoring services and engineering activities. Our vision is to transform communities through STEM Education. Winifred Ereyi MSc, CEO/Founder, ThinkSTEM Foundation
Monday, November 9Create an Impeccable Roadmap Catering to Self-EnrichmentSelf-Management & DevelopmentSelf-awareness is essential to lead a thriving balanced life. Setting personal goals and acquiring time management skills is vital for the same. Join me to recognize how self-assessment is transformative. It is crucial to hold accountability for actions, re-learn and in turn, make better mistakes in future. This session will enhance a resilient spirit and inform participants how to handle failures and stressful scenarios. An individual who is assertive, flexible and composed can effectively reach a better quality of well-being. In this valuable session, you will gain a thorough knowledge on how to set realistic short-term goals, which essentially provides a map for long-term ones. I will provide an overview of the role of patience, strict deadlines and it’s impact on actualizing self development. The participants will bear witness to a knowledgeable and systematic approach for self growth and management. Janavi Vijay Gohil Master of Science, R&D Engineer II, Polymeric Membranes, PALL Corporation
Monday, November 9Factoring in the Human: What is Human Factors Engineering?Technical InnovationsWherever there is a system, there is a person to use it. That’s where Human Factors Engineering comes in. In this session, you will get a practical introduction to Human Factors Engineering and understand the interaction between the human user and their environment. Human Factors Engineering aims to improve the human-system interaction by understanding the capabilities and limitations of the human operator. You will learn how principles of Human Factors Engineering are used to evaluate existing systems or design new ones. Come discover ways to incorporate Human Factors Engineering into your discipline and improve your organization. Zaineb Ahmad, Systems/Human Factors Engineer, Collins Aerospace
Monday, November 9Five Quick Tips for Constructive CollaborationInclusion & Cultural AwarenessHow often are you frustrated by disagreements with colleagues, or discussions that never get resolved? You don’t have the time or mental energy to miss valuable input, or to be stuck in a stalemate. This session will give you five quick tips to help you constructively collaborate across your organization, while keeping a positive tone, turning conflict into opportunity, and leveraging your team to find optimal solutions. Juliana Pronovici BS, Principal Systems Engineer, Medtronic
Monday, November 9Job Titles and Building a TeamStrategic LeadershipJob Titles are traditionally created for specific fields and can drive unintended behavior within a team as well as limit the request of the actual skills needed. This is especially true within engineering and can constrain the leader in building a team. Early in the project, along with establishing scope; the job description and required skills need to be established in order to have a successful project. Ensuring skills and strengths of team members are the focus can build more ownership for the team. This talk will cover some standard job titles, their standard description and how many are utilized. As a leader this will assist in discovering new perspectives for establishing a team, recognize the difference between job skills and job titles and apply lessons learned from previous project(s) and experiences from other teams. Michelle Bright BSME, PMP, Lead Project Engineer, Honeywell FM&T | Project Management Professional
Monday, November 9Man vs Machine: Expert Intuition in the Machine Learning EraTechnical InnovationsAs algorithms become more prominent in our everyday lives, many consider the nature of analytic and intuitive judgments as oppositional. After all, how could a simple algorithm replace years of collective expertise? The question should not be whether algorithms are better than intuitive judgments. This question is how both machine learning and expert intuitions can be combined to generate optimal results. This session will explore the surprising science behind how expert intuition is developed and how much it can be trusted, when it is desirable to leverage intuitive judgments over algorithms, and how to combine both for optimal results. Melanie Bunten, Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation
Monday, November 9Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventsSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Monday, November 9Yoga RechargeSpecial EventsHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Tuesday, November 10Crossing Swim Lanes through Additive ManufacturingCareer Management & DevelopmentWithin engineering, the idea of technical expertise has traditionally meant staying within your ‘swim lane’ – studying or practicing a specific field for many years in order to become an expert. Additive manufacturing turns that logic upside down by challenging conventional wisdom and the approach to solving traditional engineering problems. Additive provides new and novel ways to solve traditional problems by opening design space and allowing for new perspectives. However, success requires a cross-functional understanding of design, manufacturing, materials, finance, supply chain, and management. The most effective teams do not stay within their respective swim lanes; the most innovative solutions come from diversity of thought, experience, and expertise.Shannon Jagodinski, Lead Engineer, GE

Molly James, Lead Materials Planning & Execution Specialist, GE

Lyndsay Kibler, Lead Engineer, GE

Valeria Proano Cadena, Advanced Lead Engineer, GE
Tuesday, November 10Cultivating Curiosity in Girls through SWENext ClubsAdvocacy & OutreachSWENext Clubs have been rapidly growing across the country but SWE members often wonder – “How can I get involved?”  This workshop will give the current status of SWENext clubs, show you how to find one in your area, provide tangible resources and ideas of how SWE members can engage with SWENext Clubs, and provide resources starting your own SWENext Club. Also, the SWENext Club Challenge winners will make a guest appearance so you can learn about the program first-hand from high school-aged SWENext Club members! Haley Antoine, Safety and Crashworthiness Engineer, Toyota Motor North America | SWE Outreach Committee

Elizabeth Heyde, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student, SWE Student Programs Committee | University of California, San Diego
Tuesday, November 10Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventsSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Tuesday, November 10No Longer an Afterthought, Infusing Ethics Synergistically into CoursesTechnical InnovationsEthics has been a cornerstone of accreditation for many programs for years. Recently the Mozilla Foundation set forth the Responsible CS Challenge that was awarded to 17 programs around the United States to address the need to create a healthier internet by leveraging education. As part of our award at the University at Buffalo, we infused ethics into several existing courses across a computer science and engineering curriculum without redesigning the course. By not having to start over, it becomes more efficient and attractive to infuse ethics. This approach has also allowed for the integration of ethics to fit more naturally to the course content. You will learn more about the our Responsible CS Challenge Award, how to identify ethical ideas that complement your course, and create a plan to infuse those ideas to enhance the learning outcomes of your course. Jennifer Winikus PhD, Assistant Professor of Teaching, University At Buffalo
Tuesday, November 10Not Crazy, Maybe Rich, Definitely AsianInclusion & Cultural AwarenessUnderstanding the cause-and-effect relationship between cultural norms and workplace behavior is complex yet imperative in an age of globalization and intertwining cultures. Growing up as a first-generation Asian American, my parents’ displayed the typical “Model Minority” traits of hard work, humility, and high expectations where anything below A- is an “Asian Fail”. Amongst milestone meetings and workplace banter, I often catch myself doing the “humblebrag”, attempting to dismiss recognitions of my engineering abilities. Those cultural influences unintentionally encourage symptoms of Imposter Syndrome affecting not only Asian American women but also women of all backgrounds. Through sharing my journey of overcoming self-doubt, unrealistic expectations, and fear of challenging authority, more women will gain a new perspective on how their unique backgrounds, if leveraged positively, can contribute to their personal development and success. Michelle Cheng, Systems Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Tuesday, November 10Practice Makes Perfect: How Manufacturing Kata Can Facilitate Personal DevelopmentSelf-Management & DevelopmentNot sure how to tackle your personal development goal? Chances are, the way to reach that goal isn’t linear or outlined for your convenience. It may take incremental trial and error that you learn from, to keep moving closer to your goal. But with a stretch goal, how can you stay on track to get there? The improvement kata is a structured four step practice which facilitates learning from each iteration performed, to move from the current to target condition. When the goal is broken down into small, concrete steps, you can embrace failures as they happen and continue finding the way to your end goal. However, it doesn’t end with that one goal. Practicing kata fosters scientific thinking and a problem-solving mindset. For those who are curious about building a roadmap for personal development targets, kata can be a grounding practice that empowers you to take on any challenge. Jennifer Ligo, Senior Specialist, Engineering, Merck & Co.
Tuesday, November 10SWE Late Career & Retiree Members: The JourneyInclusion & Cultural AwarenessAre you a Late Career or Retiree SWE member? SWE has an Affinity Group (formerly SWE Senior Member AG) to represent the interests of the more experienced member. Goals include ensuring relevant programming, providing networking opportunities specifically for this group, channeling the deep commitment of experienced members to giving back and offering opportunities to connect at all levels, and to appreciate and acknowledge the many contributions of this group. The group will also be a pathway of communication to the board. Attend this informal session to find out more and to join in on the discussion. Charlotte Wagner P.E., General Manager, Schneider Electric

Ceal Craig Ph.D., Retired, Druai Education Research
Tuesday, November 10Truths and Myths About Working Part TimeCareer Management & DevelopmentWorking part time is an ideal way to have both a professional & personal life, right? Maybe or maybe not. There are plenty of advantages to having some time away from the office (appointments, household chores, time with kids) but there are some disadvantages that you may not have considered (career progression, work team inclusiveness, prorated everything!). And in this era of on-line everything, more and more folks are choosing to work away from the office making the line between home & work even more blurry. Join a lively, interactive discussion with 2 long-time part-timers about the truths & myths of working part time as a female engineer with kids. We’ll share laughs, tears, and everything in between. But don’t worry, with knowledge and good planning it can all work out in the long run.Jonna Gerken F.SWE, Deputy Global Transitions Manager, Raytheon Technologies – Pratt & Whitney

Claire Lippolis, Discipline Chief, Project Engineering, Raytheon Technologies – Pratt & Whitney
Tuesday, November 10Walking the Tightrope of Assertiveness & Playing to your PersonalitySelf-Management & DevelopmentIf you’ve ever been called too bossy and aggressive, or too quiet and nice, then you know what a tough balancing act it is to be a woman in the workplace! Come discuss with two women at opposite sides of the spectrum, who have compared notes and learned from each other. Discover how to build from your core personality, while interweaving alternate strategies, to make the best of the seemingly impossible expectations we face. Understand you aren’t alone, feel confident in your conversations, and find ways to support the women around you, so we can climb to new heights and master the tightrope of assertiveness. Julieann Selden MBA, Industrial Engineering Manager, Northrop Grumman

Amber Langston, Reliability Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Tuesday, November 10Yoga RechargeSpecial EventsHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Wednesday, November 11Building Psychological Safety for Innovation and GrowthStrategic LeadershipTo innovate and grow, teams need to openly share ideas, take risks, and learn from mistakes. This can only occur in an environment of psychological safety. Successful leaders need to feel comfortable pushing boundaries and learning from their failures. The ability to give and receive candid feedback fosters rich conversation and deep connection. This session explores the best practices for teams to achieve more through psychological safety.Dina Venezky Ph.D., Executive Director for Non-Degree Programs, Smith College
Wednesday, November 11Business Planning Workshop: Starting Your Side HustleCareer Management & DevelopmentDo you want to develop your own business, but don’t know where to start? Are you worried that you won’t have the time in your busy schedule? A side hustle is a great low-risk approach to exploring entrepreneurship while creating career-changing opportunities. Our session will give you a step-by-step guide to turning your idea or passion into a small business. We will share our own success in developing small businesses alongside full-time careers and the challenges we faced along the way. In particular, we will discuss the fundamentals of business planning, including developing a mission statement, unique brand, marketing plan, customer base, financial statements, and legal structures. By outlining your business plan, you will leave this workshop with the confidence to pursue you goals and a strategy to build a business with significance. Aditi Naik PhD, Senior Research Engineer, Saint-Gobain

Bridget Hegarty PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan
Wednesday, November 11Empowering Girls to Innovate at a Young AgeAdvocacy & OutreachIndustry is having a representation problem with women in STEM but this issue starts way before college. Research shows that middle-school-aged girls are already formulating ideas about what they should be interested and, more importantly what they shouldn’t, even before having hands-on exposure to those fields, including in STEM! As a way to empower girls to consider STEM, inspired by SWE’s “WOW! That’s Engineering!”, we created a program called LL G.I.R.L. (Girls’ Innovation Research Lab) consisting of a series of day-long, hands-on, interactive, thought-provoking workshops with underrepresented middle school girls to expose them to various STEM areas, with an innovative twist. We will be discussing the ideology guiding our outreach effort, how we formulate and mature our workshops, go into our lessons learned, and share our impact thus far. We encourage you to come and get inspired on ways to reach out to girls in your community! Bich Vu, Associate Staff – Cybersecurity Researcher, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Yari Golden-Castaño, Associate Staff – Systems Engineer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Wednesday, November 11Geothermal – The ‘Hottest’ Trend in Renewable EnergyTechnical InnovationsGeothermal energy is the single source of renewable energy with the largest growth potential in the United States. It is an enormous untapped resource lying just a mile under the Earth’s surface that uses naturally occurring pockets of hot water and steam to generate electricity and heating. Recent studies have shown that with advances in science and technology and appropriate market incentives, geothermal energy generation could increase more than twenty-six fold from today, reaching 60 gigawatts of capacity by 2050. Geothermal is such a clean energy source that greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be just 25% of those produced from solar energy. This session will tell you everything you need to know about the ‘hottest’ new source of renewable energy, including: how it works, key challenges, and the current key investments and programs the Department of Energy is undertaking to explore the full potential of this untapped resource. Leslie Abrahams PhD, Research Staff Member, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute
Wednesday, November 11Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventsSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Wednesday, November 11Leading an Agile Transformation: Intersections of Emotional Intelligence and LeadershipStrategic LeadershipLeading a company through Agile and digital transformation can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. The key difference between ‘becoming Agile’ and ‘doing Agile’ is empathy. By meeting the real needs of customers, treating employees like humans rather than resources, and engaging with teams to help them solve their own problems, being a successful agent of change requires connecting deeply with the people who you are trying to engage rather than simply applying your solutions to their problems. In this talk, you will gain understanding of the importance of integrating emotional intelligence into your leadership style and learn some simple strategies for exercising empathy in your role, affording everyone in the room the opportunity to be a leader. Anna Hessler A-CSM, BA, Scrum Master, Keysight Technologies
Wednesday, November 11Overcoming Trauma: Advocating for Yourself and OthersInclusion & Cultural AwarenessDuring my first internship, my life changed after a traumatic car accident. Without my team of advocates, navigating life after trauma would have been infinitely more difficult. There are more than 3 million non-fatal serious injuries a year in the Unite States, half of which are traumatic brain injuries. Today, the audience will learn how to become advocates for those who have suffered traumatic injuries. Attendees will learn about the different types of trauma and the stages of recovering from trauma, including ways to effectively return to work or school. Participants will additionally learn about how to combat common misconceptions and stereotypes trauma victims face. By the end of the session, participants will have a list of additional local and national resources they can reach out to for additional help. Shela Joyce, Quality Engineer, Johnson Controls
Wednesday, November 11Speak Up, Take Charge, Lean InSelf-Management & DevelopmentBeing female in a traditionally male-dominated industry like manufacturing is challenging. Discover how Jamie carved out her own niche, starting as a fresh science graduate and pivoting into tech to set up HP’s Smart Manufacturing Application and Research Center in 2017. As a female tech leader, she continued to drive the adoption of Industry 4.0 (IIOT, Big Data, collaborative robots, autonomous intelligent vehicles, AI, machine learning) in manufacturing. The formula to success is in our hands. Take control of how you want to feel and be treated. Be open to accepting help. Go all in and be visible! Learn from Jamie’s personal journey where she honed her self-awareness, followed her interests, leveraged on her strengths and created a network of advocates in her 20+ year career in manufacturing. Jamie Neo MSc Chemistry, Director of Engineering, HP Inc
Wednesday, November 11Sustainability Outreach: Inspiring the Next Generation to Change the WorldAdvocacy & OutreachK-12 students care about making a difference, for the environment and society. Including sustainability projects in outreach helps K-12 students connect engineering with making a difference in their local communities and society. Most STEM outreach activities have the potential for environmental and social improvements to be included so that K-12 students can learn how engineering can help them solve real world problems and be more innovative thinkers. In this workshop, attendees will participate in group activities incorporating sustainability into STEM outreach activities. The presenter will provide an overview of how environmental and social topics are applied in engineering and discuss the importance of developing and implementing sustainability objectives into outreach activities. Strategies will include techniques for engaging K-12 students with local community, environmental, and societal issues. Then the presenter will moderate breakout groups for practicing the strategies on example projects.Ashley Kreuder LCACP, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Ramboll US Corporation
Wednesday, November 11The Journey to Net Neutral: Reimagining Energy with BPTechnical Innovations“The world’s carbon budget is finite and running out.” – Bernard Looney, BP CEO. Join us to learn about what BP is doing to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner. We’ll be talking about how energy companies, specifically BP, are changing and what challenges we are tackling. This year BP announced aims which equate to a reduction in emissions to net zero from what is currently around 415 MteCO2e a year. And we’re not just aiming to change BP, we want to help the world get to net zero too. In this session we’ll also help you measure your personal carbon footprint, so you can start making impactful individual changes today.
Wednesday, November 11What’s it like Working IT in a Non-Tech Company?Career Management & DevelopmentWorking in IT at a company where technology is not its core business has both challenges and advantages. The IT department is a crucial component for any type of company. What are the opportunities? What are the obstacles? How can you stay current on new technologies and skillsets with the rapid advancements in technology? In this session, hear the perspective of an IT professional with 15+ years working IT outside of the Tech industry and learn how you can sustain a successful career in a non-tech company. Amanda Strobl, IT Manager, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Wednesday, November 11Yoga RechargeSpecial EventsHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Thursday, November 12Accelerating Pandemic Surveillance Using Proximity Based AI ModelsTechnical InnovationsIn the case of a pandemic, it is very difficult to monitor individuals who have come into touch with the infected person. The government is spending a lot of man power across the world to hunt down the possible victims. Our solution is to use machine learning algorithm to predict and identify the people who were in close contact with the affected person based on proximity of cell phones and form a decision tree. The decision tree may have various decisions points such as location, proximity, time span of proximity, etc. The decision points can be extended to include the few external dependency like nature of virus, spread pattern etc. Finally, the tree would suggest the chain of people  who are most likely to get infected with the virus Priyanka Telang, Technical Leader for Intelligence and Insights Expert Labs -IBM Sterling Supply Chain, IBM Expert Labs

Prarthana Jayakumar, AI and Cloud Consultant for Supply Chain, IBM Expert Labs
Thursday, November 12Crush Your Academic Job SearchCareer Management & DevelopmentAcademic job searches are unique. Each application requires a cover letter, curriculum vita, research statement, and a teaching statement at a minimum. It can be a daunting task to create and update each of those documents for each university that you plan to apply to. This session will provide tips and tricks for managing the whole job search process from job post to offer letter. Whether you are looking for your first academic job or a mid-career job change this session will help you find resources and stay organized during a successful job search. The session will provide perspectives from the job candidate and the search committee. The goal of this session is to have a flipped interactive session, so come with questions about academic job searches. Rebecca Reck Ph.D., Teaching Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yanfen Li Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Thursday, November 12Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in Computer ScienceAdvocacy & OutreachThe median income for a computer scientist is $58,000 higher than the national average income. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the field will continue to grow, yet fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates are women. Why are so few women entering this field and what can we do to change this? Several studies have shown that girls begin to lose interest in computer science/ coding between the ages of 13-17, yet their male peers do not. In this talk, we will identify and discuss the reasons girls ages 13-17 lose interest in computer science and how to encourage young women to pursue computer science. Alayna Woleslagle, Software Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Thursday, November 12Intelligent Operations – Innovation to Power the Cloud!!Technical InnovationsThe next frontier for AI is optimization of large scale IT operations and enable better decision making of Cloud based deployments. This session will cover domain agnostic techniques and tools using predictive intelligence to drive efficient operations of IT deployments at scale. The technology presented will demonstrate the value of effective log analysis, aggregation and correlation algorithms to address common challenges of operating large scale deployments. The talk will demonstrate a reusable framework for identifying risk areas, developing analysis engines and defining operational checkpoints to gain value expeditiously out of these AIOps based deployment models. The session will also draw upon current operational case studies to demonstrate benefits of investing in predictive AI based DevOps solutions including nearly zero downtime, low time to incident detection and response, operational cost reduction and high customer satisfaction. This methodology can be extended to optimize operations for big data and hyperscale on-prem IT deployments. Suparna Sinha Roy MBA, Director, Cloud Development and Operations, IBM

Rashmi Banavar, Senior Software Engineer at IBM, DevOps Leader for IBM Cloud Object Storage. IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, IBM
Thursday, November 12Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventsSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Thursday, November 12Pick Your Brain: Putting Neurodiversity to WorkInclusion & Cultural AwarenessWould you be surprised to know that some of the most talented engineers are often unemployed for extended periods of time? Or that many students with strong engineering capabilities aren’t pursuing engineering studies? This is because some of the neurological traits that are often beneficial to engineering problem-solving (pattern-detection, mathematical aptitude, hyperfocus, creativity) are strengths of individuals with atypical cognitive function. Individuals with autism, ADHD, or dyslexia, for example, often exhibit traits many engineering companies and universities would want, but the idiosyncrasies that come with their disorders are not often well-accommodated. In this session, we will discuss what neurodiversity is, the obstacles facing neurodiverse individuals in engineering, and how neurodiversity can benefit classrooms and companies. We will hear from neurodiverse individuals about their experience in the field and work interactively to brainstorm ways to adapt traditional professional and academic environments to benefit all types of brains. Mary Clare Flaherty BSE, R&D Engineer II, Boston Scientific
Thursday, November 12The Power of BudgetingSelf-Management & DevelopmentDo you ever wonder if you need a budget? Have you ever started a budget but then forgot to maintain it? Do you feel like budgeting is only for people with money problems? Whether you’re an established professional, collegiate, spender, saver, debt-free, extravagantly broke, or anywhere in between, everyone needs a budget. Budgeting can enlighten spending patterns, empower intentional decisions about money, and enable the achievement of financial goals you never thought possible. In this session, you’ll learn basic money management principles that will shift (or maybe even excite!) your perspective on budgeting and provide a foundation for financial discussions and decisions. This session will teach you how to prioritize and plan, so you have money for the things that are most important to you – whatever they are. You’ll learn how to build a budget and be intentional about every dollar. Budgeting shouldn’t be painful, so why let it? Rebekah Mills, Software Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Thursday, November 12The Power of Culture: Bring Everyone In, Lift Everyone UpInclusion & Cultural AwarenessThe idea that diverse and inclusive workplaces create value sounds intuitive enough, yet companies still struggle to take action and move the needle. Today, women lead only 2.8% of FORTUNE Global 500 companies. How do we take ideas, proven by research, to improve innovation and actually apply them in our workplaces? How do we create a culture that lifts up our fellow women to give them a voice in corporate board rooms and C-level suites? The fact is that workplaces of equality promote the advancement of not only women, but all workers. Join us for an inspiring session as Tamara Fields dives into her own journey and experience with diversity and advancement in the workplace. Learn practical and actionable strategies for building a more inclusive culture that not only brings everyone in, but lifts everyone up. Tamara Fields, Director of Operations, US South and Office Managing Director, Austin, Accenture
Thursday, November 12Winds of Change: Embracing New Opportunities in Renewable EnergyCareer Management & DevelopmentDo you want to apply your technical skills to help the planet? In 2019, women held 32% of jobs in the renewable energy industry — 10% more than in the oil and gas industry. In this session, we will cover what it’s like to work in this rapidly changing and growing sector. The panel will include engineers from diverse roles spanning manufacturing, design, analytics and services. They will discuss the twists and turns that got them to where they are today and the engineering skill sets they utilize. The session will also cover how high-level policy and market dynamics affect our work as engineers. Dayna Johnson, Senior Market Intelligence Leader, GE Renewable Energy
Thursday, November 12Yoga RechargeSpecial EventsDescription Coming Soon!
Friday, November 13All You Need to Know about Graduate School: Masters, Ph.D., and Beyond! Career Management & DevelopmentWhether you love learning or want to pursue a certain career, graduate school may be piquing your interest. We’ve been there too, and we want to help! This panel, composed of graduate students and academic professionals with diverse backgrounds and career goals, will demystify some common misconceptions about graduate school. Topics of discussion will include: How to achieve your research or professional goals through graduate school What are the available degree paths, including in-person and online options How to apply What to expect once you’re accepted There’s a ton to know, and we understand that it can feel overwhelming. This session will equip attendees for success when applying and entering graduate programs. Rachel Bellisle, Graduate Student, Harvard – MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program

Kathleen Chou, Graduate Student, University of Michigan

Neha Kapate, PhD Candidate, Harvard – MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program

Mujan Seif, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Kentucky

Emily Welsh, Educational Technologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Friday, November 13Applying Project Management Techniques to Research in AcademiaStrategic LeadershipManaging a lab and research grants can be a steep learning curve for new faculty. Generally, management techniques are learned through mentorship and practice in graduate school and postdoc positions. There are lots of parallels between managing projects in academia and industry, except that the books and resources from industry aren’t generally used in academia. In this session, resources from leading project management organizations, SWE, and popular books will be shared including how the lessons can be adapted to academic projects. These techniques can be used with students at any level for project teams, research labs, and grants. I will draw upon my experiences as a project engineer in the aerospace industry and transition into academia. This will be an interactive session with time for questions throughout. Rebecca Reck Ph.D., Teaching Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Friday, November 13Dr. Mom – Making Time for Higher EducationCareer Management & DevelopmentMany graduate students balance family life and academic responsibilities while completing advanced degrees. Some even work while enrolled. Sometimes, it may seem like there aren’t enough hours in a day to accomplish everything. But somehow, we always find enough cases to prove that it can be done, that we can have it all. This session is led by a mom of two, who is pursuing her doctorate degree along with maintaining a challenging career and job. She provides actionable tips, expert advice and a real-life case study to help students with families find the support and guidance needed to thrive as a student, employee, partner and parent. Shirali Patel, Program Director, Raytheon | George Washington University
Friday, November 13It’s Not JUST Rocket Science: Demystifying STEM OutreachAdvocacy & OutreachBy third grade girls have decided if STEM is or is not for them. With the engineering and manufacturing industry growing and interest in STEM stagnating, society can’t have half of the population counting themselves out before they’ve had a chance to truly learn what engineering is. Through this interactive session we will learn best practices for incorporating creative play into STEM education, techniques to engage students inside and outside a classroom, and how to talk about engineering with words and ideas that resonate with students. Together, we can inspire the next generations of technologists to truly believe they have, and can help build, a future that is stronger with STEM! Kelsey Scott MS, Senior Pathways Manager, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Friday, November 13It’s a Small World: Technological Advancements in Nanoscale Additive ManufacturingTechnical InnovationsAdvancements in additive manufacturing are currently transforming the way industry designs and produces components on the macroscale, specifically in fields like personalized implants, aviation, and construction. The miniaturization trends in the field like electronics has led to considerable interest in 3D printing at the submicrometer scale. The emergence of technologies such as direct ink writing, laser induced photoreduction, and focused electron beam induced deposition have led to the achievement of complex, direct write 3D printing of metallic nanostructures with nanometer resolution. Movement towards direct-write 3d nanoprinting introduces significant flexibility for device fabrication and have the potential to revolutionize many fields/industries including electronics and microrobotics, (N)MEMS, and photonics/plasmonics. Take a journey through the miniaturization of 3D printing technologies and the new world they create. Grace Pakeltis, Graduate Student, University of Tennessee | Oak Ridge National Lab
Friday, November 13Self-Care LoungeSpecial EventsSponsored by Delta Air Lines Self-Care is described as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The year 2020 has definitely brought us some challenges and added stress. With the generous support of Delta Air Lines, WE20 offers programming, as well as perspectives, tips, and advice to help improve our self-care. All attendees will have access to mindfulness expert Lee Papa in exercises to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy these opportunities to access tools to navigate times of significant change and contrast and elevate your perceptions. Receive easily digestible training on activating your optimal health and well-being through stress-relieving mindfulness and meditation techniques, followed by an experiential relaxation exercise, and simple meditation that prepares you for the ongoing program. Leave behind excuses and depart with a mind shift as you honor yourself by accessing and implementing this material. Five unique programs will be available on-demand throughout the conference. Make the time during your day for these on-demand sessions and add the live meditation event on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. central time. Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness & Meditation Speaker, Trainer, Performance Coach & Published Author who specializes in the Meetings and Events Industry and their clients, from intimate executive-level meetings, educational conferences, and large tradeshows with both live and virtual training. Known for her award winning and signature Mindfulness Lounge™ and recently launched her new book A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners, as well as MindfulLee brand Wellness Gift Kits. Lee is highly sought after for her expertise on the topic of well-being from a mindfulness perspective and her approachable style.
Friday, November 13Question of the Day: a Tool for Team BuildingInclusion & Cultural AwarenessMonotonous meetings are not fun for anybody. The leader shares information that could have just as easily been sent in an email, and the rest of the room rarely speaks. In this case, there was no benefit to meeting up in the same room. The purpose of meetings needs to be re-evaluated. Meetings are scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 mins; Instead of spending the entire time sharing facts and figures, it is worth setting time aside for small talk, in the form of a “”Question of the Day””, or QotD. QotDs are an engaging and exciting way to start a meeting. They help people bring down their walls and interact with one another, ultimately bringing a team closer together. Through this talk, you will learn how to write and implement Questions of the Day that make every meeting memorable.Divya Maheshwari, Student, Cornell University
Friday, November 13The Power of Self-Love in Achieving Your GoalsSelf-Management & DevelopmentThe familiar announcement heard on most every flight- “Put your own mask on first before helping others” does not only apply to flying but to everything you do in your personal and business life. Women, in particular, have a tendency of putting everyone else’s needs before theirs. This can not only hurt their career but also physical and mental well-being. In this session, the speakers will share why Self-Love is crucial to regaining physical and mental well-being as well as inspire high levels of productivity. They will share powerful personal stories on how they utilized the power of Self-Love to achieve their goals and pursue their passions. In this hands-on workshop style session, the audience will learn the three key pillars of acceptance, reflection and self-care to jumpstart their journey to Self-Love. Shobhna Batta, Senior Customer Experience Manager, Motorola Solutions

Madhvi Verma, Self Employed, Northwestern University
Friday, November 13Yoga RechargeSpecial EventsHosted by Coconut Yoga! Sponsored by CNH, IBM, and Kohler, this virtual yoga is curated for SWE members and will offer all levels vinyasa flows and spa yoga for WE20 attendees from around the world. SWE is working with Coconut Yoga, owned by Katie Hernandez, who is an engineer and works as the Vice President, Global R&D Fruity Confections at Mars Wrigley by day and is also the Founder of Coconut Yoga. Kate Gisborne is the Co-Founder of Coconut Yoga and will also be developing unique yoga content for SWE. SWE looks forward to offering this way to rejuvenate to all attendees at WE20! Register today and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
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