Breaking Boundaries with Mega Sessions at WE18

Women engineers are breaking boundaries every day by succeeding in a male-dominated profession, working at top engineering firms, and innovating solutions to the world’s problems.

Women engineers come to the world’s largest conference for women in engineering and technology for many reasons: professional development, career advancement, networking, and reconnecting with former colleagues and lifelong friends.  For three days at WE18 in Minneapolis, MN, October 18-20, thousands of women in engineering and technology will connect with each other and celebrate breaking boundaries. Check out the WE18 App and the Online Planner for Mega Sessions and special events at WE18. Register now.

Mega Sessions and Special Events at WE18

Behind the Executive Curtain: One Surprising Secret How People Become Successful Leaders
Speaker: Sabina Nawaz, CEO, Nawaz Executive Consulting Ltd.
Thursday, October 18, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
This session explores how, as human beings, we’re all susceptible to “junk mail” in our minds. Like the unwanted mail, we receive in our inboxes, these messages signal that we don’t measure up and we need riches, power, and external validation to be successful. When our filters fail us and we “click” on these messages, they release malware in our minds. The resulting onslaught of nega­tive messages has the power to stall our careers and our dreams. This session reveals how successful leaders deal with junk mail more effectively by designing better filters. Participants learn the three ways to design effective filters and four action steps to help achieve their goals.

Leading Innovation in The Public Sector: Perspectives From Nasa, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force
Speakers: NASA, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force
Thursday, October 18, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
This one-of-a kind panel of experts share their processes for new innovation — from creation to execution though the pipelines.

Navigating Successfully Through Workplaces Shaped by Subtle Bias
Speaker: Rachel Korn, Director, Center for WorkLife Law, Hastings College of Law
Friday, October 19, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
This mega session will present findings from SWE’s studies of American and Indian engineers documenting four basic patterns of gender and racial bias common in today’s workplaces. The speaker will offer strategies based on her co-authored book, What Works for Women at Work, as well as “individ­ual bias interrupters” that managers and individuals can use to interrupt bias on behalf of themselves and others. In addition, she will describe “organizational bias interrupters” that organizations can use to interrupt bias in hiring, performance evaluations, assignments, etc.

The New Rules of Teamwork
Speaker: Selena Rezvani,
Friday, October 19, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
Eighty-four percent of employees are “matrixed” to some extent today, meaning they work on multiple teams dai­ly. How can early and midcareer women distinguish their performance as a “teamer” and a standout, particularly when joining teams that quickly form and disband? At­tendees will learn to set the example, leverage the “magic ratio,” and identify the operating modes of one’s team­mates. Learners will come away with practical action steps to demonstrate both their character and competence on teams and harness the collective intelligence of groups.

State of Women in Engineering
Speakers: Peggy Layne, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, Virginia Tech; Peter Meiksins, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Professor of Sociology, Cleveland State University; Roberta Rincon, SWE Senior Manager of Research; Laura Ettinger, Associate Professor of History, Clarkson University; Alice Agogino, Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Friday, October 19, 3:00 pm  – 4:30 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium

Join 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 the SWE Literature Review authors as they frame the discussion and point to the current research landscape regarding data on women in engineering, gender bias, workplace culture, and more. We’ll examine SWE’s own research, along with a look at the experiences of women engineers who graduated from college in the 1970s. The recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,” will be discussed by the report’s co-author, Alice Merner Agogino, Ph.D., mechanical engineering professor and education director, University of California, Berkeley.

Stem Leaders and Their Engineer Daughters
Presented by: Raytheon
Friday, October 19, 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 208
With the dearth of women in engineering and engineer­ing-related fields, there are some factors that correlate positively for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). One of those factors is having a parent who works in a STEM field. The probability of a girl majoring in hard science increases 11 percentage points with a parent who works in STEM. Why is that? What does it take to raise an engineer daughter? Join this panel of executives (with STEM backgrounds) and their engineer daughters.

Present Your Science: Transforming Slide Design
Speaker: Melissa Marshall, Marshall Consulting LLC
Saturday, October 20, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
Looking for improved and practical slide design strate­gies that go way beyond killing your audience’s interest with bullet point after bullet point? This session takes a deep dive into the world of slide design and challenges the status quo of boring, text-heavy slides with innova­tive, research-based strategies for more effective and engaging visual aids. Participants will learn a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of slides, and they will learn innovative new strategies for showing their science to their audience with exciting slide design. WARNING: This workshop results in dramatically improved slides and participants who will never think about or design slides in the same way ever again!