Meet the WE19 Keynote Speakers

WE19 will connect you with speakers who have the talent, experience, and vision to grow your mindset and push you to grow as a person and woman engineer. Read on to learn more about this year's keynote speakers: impressive women from Disney, Medtronic and 3M.
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Join us in Anaheim, California this November for WE19—one of the largest and most prestigious conferences for women in engineering and technology—and be inspired by our WE19 keynote speakers!

WE19 Keynote Speakers

WE19 Keynote speaker Carol Malnati headshotOpening Keynote: Carol Malnati, Vice President CRHF R&D, Medtronic

Carol Malnati has never taken the easy road to success. As an innovative leader, she has solved engineering challenges that were critical to build and grow Medtronic’s $1.2B Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Business. In addition, she is a change agent that drives cultural transformation across Medtronic’s 86,000-employee organization as leader of its Women in Science and Engineering Initiative. Carol will share her experiences, starting as an engineer developing Medtronic’s first ICD, that have shaped her innovative mindset and desire to challenge the status quo. Learn how you too can take intelligent risks and leverage diversity of thought to drive business results.


WE19 Keynote Speaker Rachel Hutter headshotFriday Morning Keynote: Rachel Hutter, Senior Vice President for International Facilities Operations Services and Worldwide Safety, Health and Engineering, Disney

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a young engineer dreamed of creating magic at Disney. Over time, she lived, she learned and now she leads engineering at the $20B Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment. Like all epic adventures, there were successes and failures, triumph and tragedy along the way. Rachel Hutter, Senior Vice President for International Facilities Operations Services and Worldwide Safety, Health and Engineering at Disney will share her journey – with a special twist. In celebration of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park lands opening at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, Rachel will share inspiration from the women of Star Wars and how we can apply their learnings in our engineering leadership roles.

Rachel has been with the Walt Disney Company for 22 years. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University with a minor in Theater. Her Disney adventures have allowed her to experience many different roles and responsibilities and lead teams in Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Anaheim and Orlando.

(Pssttt! Look out for a SWE podcast with Rachel sometime in July!)


WE19 Keynote Speaker Jayshree Seth headshotCelebrate SWE!: Jayshree Seth, Corporate Scientist, and Chief Science Advocate, 3M

In the last few years, the role confidence plays in one’s career journey has become somewhat of a focal point. But it’s evident that the very definition of confidence, and, how it is processed, projected and perceived by the two genders is different. Jayshree Seth has been breaking boundaries, personally and professionally, all through her life. She will share how with age and experience she has discovered her own virtuous cycle—action, success, confidence! She will encourage the audience to find the virtuous cycle that allows them to stay authentic to their own brand of confidence, and, have satisfying STEM-based careers.

WE19 registration and housing are now open! Want to attend WE19 but need help? Apply for a WE19 registration grant by July 1st, 2019!

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