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NXP Foundation Extends Deadline & Announces Keynote Speakers for Forum

On October 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas, the NXP Foundation will proudly launch the inaugural Women’s STEM Leadership Forum to honor the best and brightest young women and their academic and innovative achievements.

Published On: September 2017

NXP Foundation Extends Deadline & Announces Keynote Speakers for Inaugural Young Women’s STEM Leadership Forum

On October 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas, the NXP Foundation will proudly launch the inaugural Women’s STEM Leadership Forum to honor the best and brightest young women and their academic and innovative achievements. In addition to an exceptional line-up of speakers and panel discussions, the Forum will offer attendees an extraordinary opportunity for professional interface and dialogue with some of industry’s top female technology leaders.

NXP Foundation Women’s STEM Leadership Forum Registration Application        

Learn more and apply to attend here  – EXTENDED Deadline is October 9, 2017

This opportunity is available to outstanding female students in any field of science, technology, engineering, or math who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college. SWE Members with collegiate leadership experience are encouraged to attend.

NXP Foundation Women’s STEM Student Achievement Award

Learn more and apply hereDeadline is September 30, 2017

This award recognizes the accomplishment and vision of outstanding women students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The NXP Foundation will recognize ten finalists for this award. The first place prize winner will receive a $5,000 cash award. The second place prize winner will receive a $2,000 cash award. The remaining finalists will each receive a $1,000 cash award. Finalists must attend the NXP Foundation Women’s STEM Leadership Forum in Austin, Texas, on October 25, 2017 to receive the cash award.

Speakers Announced

Meredith Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Meredith Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Walker began her television career under the mentorship of legendary journalist Linda Ellerbee at Nick News. As a producer of that show, Walker traveled the U.S. interviewing kids for the Peabody and Emmy award-winning series. This experience became the foundation of Walker’s deepening interest in the lives of young people.

Walker went on to serve as the head of the Talent Department for Saturday Night Live, where she met her best friend, Amy Poehler. The pair decided to combine talents to create their shared vision of an organization encouraging and celebrating everyday girls experiencing adolescence.

Now living in Austin, Texas, Meredith is leading the charge of what that shared vision became: Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. What started as an online “clubhouse” primarily for girls has evolved to become an inclusive, positive online community for anyone who identifies with its mission of positive self-identification and advocacy.

Walker travels near and far to promote the mission of Smart Girls. She served as the journalism envoy for the U.S. State Department Bureau of Culture and Education’s mission to the Al Za’atari and Emirates Refugee Camps and visited remote primary-care clinics on delegations to Haiti and Malawi.

In 2015 Meredith was named a “Profile In Power” finalist by the Austin Business Journal and Austin Way designated her “The Confidence Builder.” Tribeza Magazine called her  “unapologetically, brilliantly herself” in naming her one of their 30 “Persons of the Year.” She was the September 2016 cover woman for Austin Woman magazine.

Dipti Vachani, vice president in the Internet of Things Group and general manager of the Strategy and Solutions Engineering Division at Intel Corporation

Dipti Vachani is vice president in the Internet of Things Group and general manager of the Strategy and Solutions Engineering Division at Intel Corporation. Vachani’s organization is responsible for driving the overall strategy, technology direction, industry standards and IoT Edge product portfolio for IOTG.

Prior to joining Intel, Vachani served as vice president and general manager of Power, Lighting and Display at Skyworks, maker of analog semiconductors. In that role, she managed product development, applications and operations.

Before that, Vachani worked at Texas Instruments for 17 years, where her most recent position was vice president and general manager of the Single Core Processors group , a multinational business unit consisting of ARM MPU, video security and DSP. Also, while at Texas Instruments, Vachani led the creation of the company’s Sitara brand of ARM MPUs.

Vachani holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M University and an executive MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a graduate of the executive education program at both the Harvard and Cambridge business schools.

Sponsored by:
Brown – Executive Master