Nominations for WE Local Plenary Panels Are Now Open

Contribute to the advancement of women in engineering by becoming a speaker at WE Local. We are now accepting nominations for moderators and panelists for Plenary Panels at WE Local Baltimore and WE Local Tampa.
Nominations for WE Local Plenary Panels Are Now Open

Be a moderator or panelist for one of our Plenary Panels in February, 2019 at WE Local Baltimore or WE Local Tampa.

Plenary panels will be lively discussions featuring influential women in engineering and technology sharing best practices on diversity and inclusion, and breakthrough technologies and solutions.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is looking for moderators and panelists for the topics below. The deadline to submit a moderator or panelist nominee/nomination is Monday, October 15, 2018.

Submit your nomination here.

WE Local Plenary Panels in Baltimore

The 2020 Engineer
Friday, February 8, 2019 | 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Creating and facilitating the transition to green technologies and processes requires a paradigm shift in how engineers think about and analyze problems, and ultimately design solutions. Strides made in engineering towards achieving a greener and more sustainable world will largely depend on the role of innovation. This plenary panel intends to focus on emerging green technologies and trends related to engineering. Questions around the strategies that companies have used and leveraged to drive green innovation will be addressed throughout the session. Panelists will discuss a number of challenges and opportunities that exist today when guiding innovation towards green and sustainable living.

Wo(men) Leadership: Disrupting the Pipeline
Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.

The era of “check of box” diversity and inclusion efforts solely led by HR is over. Many executives have started to take ownership and drive accountability at all levels of the organization, as well as close the gap between the espoused values of diversity and inclusion (D&I) and actual outcomes—this is an issue of urgency within engineering and the technology workforce.

For younger workers, inclusion is not just about assembling diverse teams but also about connecting team members so that everyone is heard and respected. D&I can no longer be viewed as a training and education initiatives, but needs to also focus on debiasing business processes and holding leaders accountable for inclusive behavior.

WE Local Plenary Panels in Tampa

Wo(men) Leadership: Disrupting the Pipeline
Friday, February 15, 2019 | 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Moderator: This can be you!

Plenary Description:
The era of “check of box” diversity and inclusion efforts solely led by HR is over. Many executives have started to take ownership and drive accountability at all levels of the organization, as well as close the gap between the espoused values of diversity and inclusion (D&I) and actual outcomes—this is an issue of urgency within engineering and the technology workforce.

For younger workers, inclusion is not just about assembling diverse teams, but also about connecting team members so that everyone is heard and respected. D&I can no longer be viewed as a training and education initiatives, but needs to also focus on debiasing business processes and holding leaders accountable for inclusive behavior.

What’s Your Moonshot?
Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Moderator: This can be you!

Plenary Description:
The term Moonshot is rooted in NASA’s ambitious Apollo moon program. “Moonshots” is the term favored by NASA’s exploratory arm, known as X, which states on its website: “Our mission is to invent and launch ‘moonshot’ technologies that we hope could someday make the world a radically better place.” With the notion that moonshots are high costs and high risk. The idea or metaphor of the Moonshot has received attention over the last couple of years, especially considering the many audacious and aspirational goals set by those in the engineering and scientific community. With this panel, discussion will concentrate on the Moonshots of the panelists’ organizations in how they may be addressing a complex challenge through a radical solution and/or breakthrough technology, and what they have done as leaders in their respective organizations in getting the formula right.

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