Speakers

Main Forum Speakers, 6-8 March

Wednesday, March 6 - Leadership: Never Underestimate the Power of Example

Noon - 12:30pm ET

Opening Keynote: She-Change

Faith Popcorn, CEO, Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve

Futurist, trend expert and best-selling author

In the coming decade Faith sees a sea change in the way feminine power is incorporated in society. She calls this a SHE-CHANGE and will share how the introduction of this pervasive revolution into all aspects of our lives will bring about a new era of productivity and peace. Join us for this internationally acclaimed futurist who leaves audiences inspired and primed for what's ahead!
Introduction, Gayle J. Gibson, Dir., Corporate Operations, DuPont and 2013 Global Marathon Chair

12:30 - 1:00pm ET

Engineering from the Outside/In

Karen Fletcher, VP, DuPont Engineering & Chief Engineer

A discussion with Karen Fletcher, Vice President of Engineering and Chief Engineer for DuPont. and Gayle Gibson, Director of Corporate Operations for DuPont and Chairperson for the Global Marathon.

This lively interaction will explore the role of engineering in Corporate America, the many roles you can play and a unique perspective of serving as a leader in Investor Relations and how it changed Ms. Fletcher's viewpoint on Engineering. In addition both will give some insights on being a woman in a technical role at in a very large global company like DuPont. Be sure to tune in to hear their stories and how their journey and those they met along the way molded them into where they are today.
Introduction, Gayle J. Gibson, Dir., Corporate Operations, DuPont and 2013 Global Marathon Chair

1:00 - 1:30pm ET

Career Advancement and Retention of Women in STEM

Kristen Pederson, VP, Transformation Leader, IBM Global Services

Attracting and retaining top talent in STEM demands effective strategies and approaches. Kris will discuss enabling and empowering women to achieve work life balance and developing pathways and opportunities for career advancement.

1:30 - 2:00pm ET

Towards Leadership - Making Use of Networks

Sue Bird

Leadership roles do not come about purely by working hard in your own discipline or in your own workplace. Networks offer ideas, improve confidence and provide role models. As a former President of both the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists and the Women's Engineering Society in the UK, I have had many years' experience in women's networks, and they have had a crucial effect on my life and career. Both at the local and international levels, networks can offer different experiences which can enrich both your professional and personal life. This presentation will explore the benefits of networking and volunteering to prepare women for life at the top.

2:00 - 2:30pm ET

Engineering Your Passion!

Tracy Elving, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

How do we engineer our careers so that our passions intersect with our vocation? Join this discussion about how to determine the passions in our lives, how to apply our engineering vocation to those passions, and remaining true to ourselves.

Thursday, March 7 - Emerging Leaders & Entrepreneurs: Inspiration at Work and University

9:00 - 9:30am ET

On the Move - Balancing Life and Career

Barbara Rusinko, Sr. VP, Bechtel

The engineering profession in the EPC industry means moving from project to project, often in different countries and on different continents. Balancing life while on the move is hard enough without the need to worry about a career. Today's reality is that engineers in the EPC industry have to balance two-career families, children, and careers while being on the move. Sounds impossible? Well, it's difficult! Hear from the leaders in the industry on what works, what doesn't, and how to make the best out of life on the move.
Introduction, Betty Shanahan, Exec. Dir., SWE

9:30 - 10:00am ET

 

 

 

 

Achieving Work-Life Balance and Embracing a Non-Traditional Career Path in Engineering

Jen Jewers Bowlin,MSME, PE, Refrigeration Engineer, Henderson Engineers, Inc.
Noha El-Ghobashy, Director, Engineering for Global Development

Women engineers are charting new career paths and new ways to achieve both their professional and personal goals. From pursuing 'non-traditional' career opportunities to creatively balancing work and personal responsibilities, women have more options today than ever before. Jen Jewers Bowlin and Noha El-Ghobashy will share their experiences in navigating these challenges and opportunities in industry, academia and non-profit organizations.Jen is a mid-career engineer at Henderson Engineers, Inc., and is an active member of ASME. Noha has a background in industry and now serves in leadership positions at ASME, including president of Engineering For Change, LLC.

10:00 - 10:30am ET

 

 

 

 

Emerging Leaders - What does it take to become one?

Danielle Curcio, Chief Software Engineer, Raytheon Company
Jennifer Uribe, DuPont Chile General Manager

As young women enter the workforce, do they know what they want to achieve in their career - do they have a vision? Do they know how to get there? Do they understand the key capabilities inherent in a productive, confident and accomplished leader? Are they aware of their competency gaps, and how to close those in order to move ahead? Are there universal aspects and characteristics among successful leaders? How do cultural influences come into play?
This session will explore these questions and more. Danielle Curcio and Jennifer Uribe, two emerging leaders from two regions of the world and with different backgrounds, share their perspectives about leadership.

10:30 - 11:00am ET

Student to Entrepreneur: Idea to Global Impact

Ting Shih - CEO and founder, ClickMedix

Imagine a world where healthcare reaches billions in need through mobile technology. Ting Shih is working hard to make that happen.
Ting is the founder of ClickMedix, a mobile health delivery platform for the diagnosis and treatment of disease in underserved areas around the world. After her Carnegie Mellon University education she began developing her idea at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She won $100K in the MIT business plan competition development track, along with seed funding to pilot her software system in more than 10 countries. Customers now include medical schools, hospitals, and health organizations in more than 10 countries in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and North America. She expects to launch in three more countries.
Recently awarded the 2012 Cartier Women's Award for North America, Ting is quick to credit many mentors along the way and will share her experiences to help other women realize their entrepreneurial passions, whether their vision is for many communities or one.

11:00 - 11:30am ET



 

 

 

 

Volunteerism Can Shape Your Career in Unexpected Ways

Jennifer Shepherd, Sr. Biomedical Engineer, 3M

Shelley-Ann Walters, Biostatistical Specialist, 3M

Dr. Denise Rutherford, VP Aerospace Aircraft Maintenance Div., 3M

Heather Tansey, Sustainability Manger, 3M

Sarah Mullins, Research Specialist, 3M

Dedicating time to your community through volunteerism, can have unexpected positive impacts on not only your career but your personal development as well. For example, participation with altruistic organizations can lead to improved leadership and empathy skills, both of which are critical success factors wherever your career will lead you. Please join us to hear more about how volunteerism had positive effects in the lives of our exceptional speakers.

11:30 - 12:00pm ET

Woman Energized: Making a difference in the classroom, lab and beyond

Nesrin Ozalp, Asst. Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Director, Sustainable Energy Research Lab, Texas A&M University, Qatar

The Director of the Sustainable Energy Lab at Texas A&M University in Doha, Nesrin Ozalp works on the technology enabling a solar-powered process, called "solar cracking," to split natural gas -- with which Qatar is rich -- and make it cleaner. She is determined to make this abundant natural resource affect her 3E's: Energy, Environment, and Economics. She is also eager to share her teaching passion and will look at the status and future of women in E&T in Qatar.
Introduction, Mary Lynn Realff, WIRES

12:00 - 12:30pm ET

Putting women engineers to work: An entrepreneurial approach to respecting Middle East customs

Nermin Saad, CEO, handayisat.net

Handasiyat is an Arab word that means 'all things related to engineering.' It is also the name of Nermin Saad's company, an online engineering platform that is putting women engineers in the Middle East to work. "Hard-wired" to be an engineer, Nermin saw too many well-educated women engineers unable to work side by side with men due to cultural restrictions and too many experienced women leaving the workforce to meet societal and family obligations. Hear how handasiyat.net is inspiring women in the Arab world to believe they can go forward. Nermin is a finalist for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards.

Friday, March 8 - One Woman at a Time: Change the World

8:30 - 9:00am ET

Women in Engineering: The Engine for Change Dr. Maria J. Prieto Laffargue

Former President, World Federation of Engineering Organizations and Institute of Engineering of Spain

Why is it urgent to promote and support engineering education for communities and nations around the world? This presentation will focus on the pressing issue of elevating the image of women students in engineering and technology as a driving force to achieve more balance and sustainable development. In an open message of inspiration to female students worldwide, this accomplished executive believes 'it is possible to be a woman, to be a mother, and to pursue your engineering career to the top.'
Introduction, Constance Thompson,Senior Manager, Diversity, American Society of Civil Engineers.

9:00 - 9:30am ET

 

 

 

 

Helping improve hospitals in Tanzania - Engineering medical equipment for developing countries

Patty Mamola, NCEES President-Elect

Dr. Delphine Dean, Asst. Professor, Bioengineering, Clemson University

Hillary Adams, Kayla Gainey and Molly Russell, Students, Clemson University

Medical devices and hospital equipment break down and need repair every day. Through the innovative Clemson Creative Inquiry program, engineering students have worked on the design of alternative equipment such as neonatal monitors, diabetes testing supplies, and neck braces. The CI program provides students with 'a unique global perspective on their future careers,' according to Dr. Dean, which will be shared during this session.

9:30 - 10:00am ET

    
Engineering and Social Justice: In the University and Beyond

Alice L. Pawley - Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Purdue University
Marisa Orr - Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Lousiana Tech University
Donna Riley - Associate Professor, Picker Engineering Program, Smith College
Lisa McLoughlin - Co-Chair, Engineering Program, Greenfield Community College
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In this session, editors and authors of a recent scholarly book by this title (Purdue University Press, 2012) will discuss how we can help make engineering academic institutions more socially just through their research, teaching, and service work.  We will describe the overall book project, and then each panelist will summarize her chapter's argument and findings.

10:00 - 10:30pm ET

Navigate for Success: 5 Hidden Things Men Know That Will Work for You

Stephanie Dawkins, International Executive, Speaker and Author

Get ready to hear some of the sensitive board room discussions from executive men regarding what they want and expect for someone to achieve the C-Suite and other levels of success. Stephanie will reveal five proven critical success factors that you will be able to apply strategically the next business day. Don't miss out on this eye-opening session that will change the traditional way of thinking about 'Women Changing the World.'

10:30 - 11:00am ET

 

 

 

Conclusion: A Community that Informs and Inspires

Gayle J. Gibson, Director, Corporate Operations, DuPont and 2013 Global Marathon Chair
Danielle Curcio, Chief Software Engineer, Raytheon Company


Satellite Events and Activities Worldwide


Engineers Australia, NAWIC, AIPM International
Women's Day Celebration and Works


Workshop: The unconscious bias women still face - recognising & overcoming the barriers

Link: http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/events/engineers-australia-nawic-aipm-international-womens-day-celebration-and-workshop
Date: 8 March 2013, 2pm - 6pm
Location: Mural Hall, Level 6, Myer Bourke St Store 6/314-336 Bourke Street , Melbourne , VIC

Host: NAWIC Vic/Tac , AIPM & Engineers Australia Women in Engineering Vic

Event Contact: Jessica Bradley
Contact Phone: 03 9329 8188
Contact Email: jbradley@engineersaustralia.org.au



Engineers Australia WIEQ Ladies Lunch Links:
Learn to play golf afternoon


Women in Engineering Qld is hosting our Inaugural International Women's Day
"Ladies Lunch Lesson Links Learn to Play Golf" Day.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/155425167941477/?ref=22
Date: Sunday, 17 March 2013, 12:00pm
Location:TBC

Host: Engineers Australia WIE QLD

**Further details to come**
Please register at: http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/women-engineering-queensland/events



International Women's Day Launch
Cocktail Evening - WIE Sydney


WIE Sydney International Women's Day Launch

Link: http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/events/international-womens-day-launch-cocktail-evening
Date: 7 March 2013
Location: Shelborune Hotel Cnr of Sussex and Market St, Sydney, Australia

Contact Email: sydneywie@engineersaustralia.org.au



QRC International Women's Day Breakfast and
Resources Awards for Women


The Resources Awards for Women (RAW) acknowledge and promote the contribution and achievements of women in the minerals and energy sectors while advocating the industry as a career option for women


Link: https://www.qrc.org.au/02_cal/details.asp?ID=229
Date:Fri 8 Mar 2013 - 7.15 for 7.30am
Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Host: QRC

**Further details to come**
Please register at: http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/women-engineering-queensland/events


For questions, comments or more information about the 2013 Global Marathon contact: engineeringwomen@eweek.org.

 

 

 

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Important Dates

March 6 - 8, 2013 Live Marathon


Gayle Gibson, Chair
Director, Corporate Operations, DuPont


Danielle Curcio, Vice Chair
Chief Software Engineer, Raytheon Company

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