Jessica Rannow, FY17 President of the Society of Women Engineers, takes a look at the Society’s latest accomplishments and upcoming events in the President’s Message for February 2017.
Hi, I’m Jessica Rannow, FY17 President of the Society of Women Engineers.
The new year is off to a busy start at SWE. We’re doing lots of great work.
We are excited to be hosting our first two WE Local conferences in Pittsburgh and San Jose at the end of February, and soon we’ll be announcing the next five host cities for WE Local conferences next year.
At this year’s WE Local conferences, we’re also hosting our first SWENext DesignLab events. Middle school girls will do hands-on engineering activities with local SWE volunteers. Check out All Together for a blog post about these great, new outreach events.
And we’ve updated our research website with a new page about our Climate Control Study that shows implicit gender and racial bias in engineering.
I also did a SWE Diverse podcast with the top researcher who conducted the study, Joan C. Williams. Check it out on iTunes or SoundCloud.
It’s going to be another fantastic year for SWE!
About Jessica Rannow
Rannow has had a prominent career in the supply chain industry. She currently is a project manager with AmerisourceBergen, a global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services company, where she develops and implements multimillion-dollar supply chain projects. She is currently working on initiatives to track pharmaceutical products through the supply chain to support the Drug Supply Chain Security Act. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work for other influential companies, including JCPenney, Cardinal Health, L Brands, and Cummins.
Rannow’s success has been recognized by the Society of Women Engineers through the Distinguished New Engineer Award in 2009 and the Emerging Leader in Logistics and Procurement Award in 2011. She was named one of Business Insider’s Most Powerful Women Engineers of 2016 and is part of the 2016 Columbus Business First’s Forty Under 40 class.
Since her first year as an industrial engineering student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rannow has been an involved and active member of SWE. She has served the Society as director of professional excellence, and before that, she held two terms as Region G governor. She has filled many other leadership roles on the section, region, and Society levels throughout her more than 20 years of membership.
Rannow lives in a historic district of Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, Jens Griesshammer. She is actively involved in the Columbus community through Junior League of Columbus, Kappa Alpha Theta Columbus Alumnae Chapter, Wisconsin Alumni Association of Central Ohio, Golden Retrievers in Need, German Village Society, and volunteering for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. She serves on the University of Wisconsin-Madison industrial and systems engineering advisory board.