Podcast: WE19 Keynote, Disney Engineer Rachel Hutter

In this Diverse podcast episode, SWE CEO Karen Horting speaks to our WE19 Friday Morning Keynote, Rachel Hutter. Learn about Rachel's unique background of engineering and theater, her career at Disney, her passion for SWE Conferences—and get a preview of her keynote presentation.
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Episode 71: WE19 Keynote, Disney Engineer Rachel Hutter

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WE19 Friday Morning Keynote, Rachel Hutter

In this Diverse podcast episode, SWE CEO Karen Horting speaks to one of our WE19 keynote speakers, Rachel Hutter. Rachel is the Senior Vice President for International Facilities Operations Services and Worldwide Safety, Health and Engineering at Disney. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University with a minor in Theater and has been with the Walt Disney Company for 22 years. 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. Over time, she lived, she learned and now she leads engineering at the $20B Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment.

“My keynote will really be woven around the inspiration that I’ve drawn from the women of Star Wars. Particularly Rey, who has been the heroine of the latest movies…how I can relate to her journey and the way her character has overcome obstacles. And frankly, I plan to talk a lot about failure—it’s a key part of every journey, and I think we’re often afraid to acknowledge that and embrace it.”

– Rachel Hutter, Disney engineer and WE19 keynote speaker

–> Read our SWE Magazine article on Rachel’s magical career! <–


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