For three days at WE18 in Minneapolis, MN, October 18-20, 2018, thousands of women in engineering and technology will connect with each other and celebrate breaking boundaries.  Four events will be live streamed on our WE18 site including two of our WE18 Keynote Presentations and two of our special sessions.

Learn more at WE18.swe.org. Download the WE18 App and check out the WE18 Online Planner. You may also register to attend WE18 in person to learn, network, and have fun!

Sessions Live Streamed at WE18

WE18 Keynote Speakers
WE18 Keynote Speakers Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin and Cindy Kent, Former President & General Manager for the 3M Infection Prevention Division, will be live streamed.

Opening Keynote Speaker Cindy Kent 
8:30 am – 9:45 am
Thursday, October 18

Keynote Speaker Marillyn Hewson
8:30 am – 9:45 am
Friday, October 19

Cindy Kent
Thursday, October 18, 8:30 a.m.

  • Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium
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Cindy Kent

Cindy Kent is a widely-admired healthcare veteran with more than 25 years in the industry. Most recently, she was the President & General Manager for the 3M Infection Prevention Division, she led a $1.6B+ business committed to keeping patients safe from healthcare associated infections and complications. Cindy holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, as well as an MBA in Marketing and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University

A well-respected industry leader, Cindy most recently was recognized by Lead360 Magazine as its 2018 Executive of the Year and last year Black Enterprise Magazine ranked her as one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Business.” Other awards include being recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts; being named a “Top 35 Women Leaders in Healthcare” by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST; and recipient of the “President’s Award” from the Informational Technology Senior Management Forum for exemplary achievement in a STEM field.

Marillyn Hewson
Friday, October 19, 8:30 a.m.

  • Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium

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Marillyn Hewson serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide. In September, Fortune magazine identified Marillyn as No. 1 of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business." She has also been recognized as a Top 10 “Businessperson of the Year” by Fortune, as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes, and as one of the “Bloomberg 50” – the leaders who defined 2017.

Navigating Successfully Through Workplaces Shaped by Subtle Bias

Speaker: Rachel Korn, Director, Center for WorkLife Law
Friday, October 19, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

  • Minneapolis Convention Center 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.

Special Session: State of Women in Engineering

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, Senior Manager of Research, Society of Women Engineers
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 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.