Lots of Great Events and Sessions at WE16

WE16 offers so many great events, Mega Sessions and Lightning Talks for you to attend. Check out some of the highlights of SWE's Annual Conference.
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app_graphic_on-pageWE16 offers so many great events, Mega Sessions and Lightning Talks for you to attend. Check out some of the highlights below as you get ready for SWE’s annual conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Go to WE16.swe.org for the online Conference Agenda and to download the WE16 Mobile App.

Global Symposium: Unconscious bias with Smita Tharoor
This interactive and practical workshop explores individual and cultural bias in working relationships. Smita Tharoor is a thought leader on unconscious bias and how it influences all of us. Growing up in secular India taught her the value of tolerance and the appreciation of differences. She is passionate about diversity and cross-cultural competence. Working in different parts of the world gives her a unique advantage in understanding the expectations and needs of a global economic workforce.
12:00 – 4:00 p.m., 204B
Wednesday, October 26

Sing It to Begin It
Join us for our popular live karaoke competition to kickoff WE16. You will help us pick this year’s Sing It to Begin It Champion.
8:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom
Wednesday, October 26

Come Train with Us
Join us for a low-impact NTC Mobility workout. Start your morning with Nike+ Training Club. Space is limited so book your spots now, Access Code: NTCMOBILITY. **You’ll need to make an account on the Nike site first and then, use Code: NTCMOBILITY.**
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Thursday and Friday, October 27 – 28

Opening Keynote Breakfast with Luann Pendy
During our WE16 Opening Keynote Breakfast, Luann Pendy, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Global Quality at Medtronic will talk about how women can succeed in STEM careers and recruit other women to work in technical fields.
8:30 – 10:00 a.m., Grand Ballroom
Thursday, October 27

Social Media Lounge
The Social Media Lounge was created to showcase SWE’s social media explosion. Attendees will see conference interviews, watch live events streaming, and view digital dashboards of SWE’s activities via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media. As a sponsor, Booz Allen will have representatives available in the lounge for the duration of the lounge’s hours.
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Registration Bridge
Thursday – Friday, October 27-28
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Registration Bridge
Saturday, October 29

Pathfinders Lounge
Pathfinders Lounge, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., PA Convention Center, Room 106
This new lounge was created as a place for late career and retired members to socialize, network, renew old friendships, and discuss topics of general interest in an informal setting throughout the day.
9:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., room 106
Thursday – Saturday, October 27-29

Mega Session: Life is Your Best Medicine with Tieraona Low Dog
Drawing upon her many years as a leading educator, physician, midwife, researcher, and National Geographic author, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., has informed and inspired audiences around the world with her ability to weave science and ancient wisdom into a message of hope and transformation for the 21st century. We hope you will join us.
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., room 201
Thursday, October 27

Jump Start a Career That Has Stalled
In this Lightning Talk, we ask: Has your career stalled or are you concerned it might? What are the warning signs that your career may need to be energized?  What can you do to prevent this from happening to you and what can you do to propel your career on a positive, forward path? Attendees will walk away with practical ways to jump start their careers.
1:50 -2:10 p.m., room 113C
Thursday, October 27

Mega Session: X vs Y in the Workplace with Dave Palmer and Barbara Taylor
Gender bias exists in the workplace, especially in the STEM fields. That’s no surprise. What will surprise you is the approach our seminar takes in providing solutions to women to overcome gender-driven obstacles to their career advancement.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m., 201
Thursday, October 27

Mega Session: Money Survival Skills with Stephanie McCullough
Money is essential in our world, but managing it well is extremely difficult. Learn about the latest research in behavioral finance and how to use it in practical ways to be smart with money.
10:00 – 11:15 a.m., room 201
Friday, October 28

Stem Re-entry Programming
Part I – Keynote – Returning to Work in Engineering After a Career Break: Top Strategies for Success
10:00 – 11:15 a.m., 113A
Friday, October 28

Part II – Workshop – The New Job Search: What You Need to Know
1:30 – 2:30 p.m., 112
Friday, October 28

Part III – Panel – Relaunching Careers in Engineering: Success Stories from the STEM Re-entry Task Force
2:45 – 3:45 p.m., 112
Friday, October 28

10 Tech Tools for the Engipreneur
During this Lightning Talk, find out which apps, hacks and software will save time and money for today’s engineering entrepreneurs or enginpreneurs. These tools will be low cost or free but add value.
10:20 – 10:40 a.m., 113C
Friday, October 28

State of Women in Engineering
Join us for this first-ever, comprehensive presentation to learn more about current research and trends on the state of women in engineering. During this special event, We’ll examine SWE’s own research from the past year, along with other industry leaders, and look ahead to the future. Plus, you’ll hear from the SWE Literature Review authors as they frame the discussion and point to the current research landscape regarding basic data on women in engineering, gender bias, workplace culture, and more.
1:00 – 2:30 p.m., 204A
Friday, October 28

Go for the Hot Career Field – Cybersecurity!
Due to recent high profile cyberattacks, it is no surprise that the cybersecurity field is booming. This Lightning Talk will discuss education and skill sets required to enter this field. This overview includes the different types of cybersecurity jobs in government and private enterprise, as well as how to get your foot in the door with no prior information technology experience. This presentation is from a software engineer’s perspective who transitioned from software engineering to cybersecurity a year ago.
1:10 – 1:30 p.m., 113B
Friday, October 28

STEM and Women Super Heroines in Comics
Comic book characters have seen a resurgence in American pop culture in the last few years. Marvel and DC Comics have been producing major movie franchises featuring a multitude of characters from their comic universes. Heroines have also seen their roles change, taking on the face of such characters as Thor and Iron Man in recent months. How is society’s view of the female superhero changing and how can heroines be used as a force for good in promoting young girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math?
1:30 – 2:30 p.m., 202B
Friday, October 28

Rapid Fire Sessions
The effective communication of research is as important as the research itself. Students selected through an abstract submission process will have five minutes to present their research. The presentations will be reviewed and given feedback by the audience and a panel of professionals on presentation style and delivery.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., 104B
Friday, October 28
10:00 – 11:15 a.m., 202A
Saturday, October 29

Tips for Today’s Global Engineers
With international counterparts and manufacturing sites around the world, more engineers and engineering companies are becoming global. In this Lightning Talk, learn strategies and tips for succeeding in an international environment, including suggestions when working in a group that does not share a common native language, living abroad, and interacting with international customers, contractors, or suppliers. It’s never too early or too late to become more globally-minded!
10:00 – 10:20 a.m., 113C
Saturday, October 29

Mega Session: From Imposter to Authority with Tanya Geisler
For high-functioning, high-achieving professional women with strong values of excellence and integrity, the Impostor Complex is a very present, real and pervasive phenomenon. It inhibits our belief in our ability and prevents us from achieving excellence. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to go from feeling like an impostor to feeling like an authority.
10:00 – 11:15 a.m., 201
Saturday, October 29

Eat Your Way –  No Matter How Much Work Tries to Interfere!
In this Lightning Talk, find out how a busy professional can plan, shop, cook, and eat healthy meals while having fun at the same time. The top excuse heard for not eating well is lack of time. Learn tips on how to eat the way you’d like to feel better, get to a happier weight, have more energy, and save money.
11:20 – 11:30 a.m., 113B
Saturday, October 29

A 700-ton Remote Controlled Truck
This Lightning Talk will discuss the technology behind remote and autonomous vehicle operation in the mining and construction industries.  Remote operation and autonomous equipment have been shown to increase productivity and improve vehicle utilization. Personnel safety is greatly improved as operators are able to control the vehicle from a portable console away from hazardous areas and machine vibrations. 3:10 – 3:30 p.m., 113C
Saturday, October 29

Celebrate SWE with Keynote Speaker Janeen Judah (Ticketed Event)
As the current President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International, with about 100,000 professional and 65,000 student members around the globe, Janeen knows a few things about managing life’s variables. Janeen is General Manager of Chevron’s Southern Africa Business Unit. She will help us end WE16 on a high note with her inspiring and insightful story.
5:00 – 10 p.m., Grand Hall and Ballroom
Saturday, October 29

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