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Meet your WE Local San Diego Host Committee

Meet Locally. Learn Socially. Come join us in San Diego for the first stop on the 2020 WE Local journey!

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With WE19 in Anaheim all wrapped up and barely in our rearview mirror, we are excited to be heading south just a 100 short miles to Sunny San Diego (no jinx!) for the first of the 2020 WE Local Conferences.

Registration for WE Local San Diego is now open and you can still catch early bird pricing until December 20, 2019. Don’t delay!

But first…

What should you expect to find at WE Local San Diego?

No matter where you are in your education or career, WE Local San Diego has something for everyone:

  • Endless Networking Opportunities (with both local businesses and fellow women engineers)
  • 55+ Inspirational Speakers
  • 40+ Professional Development Panel Discussions and Breakout Sessions
  • 5 Development Paths (or customize your own!):
  • Career Management
  • Inclusion and Cultural Awareness
  • Innovation and Disruption
  • Self Management and Development
  • Strategic Leadership
  • 3 Keynote Events
  • 2 Networking Events including a San Diego Social Event and Celebration
  • 1 Career Fair
  • 1 Collegiate Competition
  • 1 Outreach Event (SWENext DesignLab)
  • 1 WE Achieve Awards Ceremony (additional ticket purchase required)

>> Take a sneak peek at the San Diego agenda <<

With the conference only a couple of months out, you might be wondering:

How is a WE Local Conference and its extensive programming created?

It truly takes a village… or to be specific: three villages working together to bring you a unique WE Local experience! The conference wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and vision of SWE Headquarters (HQ), the WE Local Advisory Board (LAB), and the support from your WE Local Host Committee (LHC).

>> Meet your WE Local LAB / SWE HQ team <<

>> Learn more about WE Local <<

Meet your WE Local San Diego LHC team!

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host Committee

The San Diego LHC is made up of thirteen women engineers hailing from not only the San Diego area but also from the Bay Area, Hawaii, Arizona and New York. All San Diego LHC members volunteer as local liaisons for various subcommittees, each working to support the LAB/HQ in bringing you a conference experience that’s uniquely San Diego!

San Diego LHC Chair:

Provides guidance, direction and leadership for all the members of the WE Local San Diego LHC.

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeMary Isaac
SWE Professional Life Member | Fellow Member-At-Large (MAL) | San Diego, CA
Researcher, Educator

Fun Fact: I’m in a jam band! (I play the guitar and sing)
Favorite Quote: “You can’t be what you don’t see!”

Program Subcommittee Liaisons:

The agenda content aka Breakout Sessions start and end with the program subcommittee! Responsible for evaluating and selecting speakers, and shaping the agenda for the conference.

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeLiz Wong
SWE Professional Member | San Diego, CA
Principal Network Systems Engineer

Favorite Quote: “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” –Dr. Seuss


Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeJoan Fisher
SWE Professional Member | San Diego, CA
Retired Systems Engineer

Favorite Quote: “The value of life does not depend upon the place we occupy. It depends upon how we occupy that place.” –St. Therese of Lisieux



Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeKathleen Whalen
SWE Professional Member | San Diego, CA
Technical Sales Engineer

Fun Fact: I’m an Ohio State alumni!
Favorite Quote: “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” –Babe Ruth

Social Subcommittee Liaisons:

Bring San Diego flavor to the Celebration Event on Friday night and to the conference venue’s theme.

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeKelly Seiler Vocke
SWE Professional Member | San Diego, CA
Production Test Lead | Electrical Engineer

Fun Fact: I’m a San Diego native!


Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeNirmala Tatikonda
Phoenix, AZ
Senior Software Engineer

Favorite Quote: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

Sponsorship Subcommittee Liaison:

Central to the development of the Career Fair which is supported by local and national business partners.

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeDebra Kimberling
SWE Professional Life Member | Fellow | San Diego, CA
President, San Diego County Engineering Council

Fun Fact: I’m in an improv troupe and play guitar.
Favorite Quote: “It is not the critic who counts” –Brené Brown (Daring Greatly)

Marketing Subcommittee Liaison:

Promotes the content calendar and conference milestones locally and on the Facebook Event page. #WELocal #SanDiego

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeMarie-Pierre Aldinger
SWE Professional Member | San Diego, CA
Engineering Manager | Embedded Software Engineer

Favorite Quote: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” –Marie Curie

Awards Subcommittee Liaison:

Works on behalf of WE Local with the Society’s Awards & Recognition Committee to select WE Local Awards and Travel Grants recipients.

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeJennifer Davis
SWE Professional Member | Tucson, AZ
Large Mining Trucks Aftermarket Parts Engineer

Favorite Quote: “Are you kidding me?”
Not so fun fact: I have ailurophobia!

Collegiate Competition Subcommittee Liaison:

Coordinates the competition from online submission to onsite selection, including the evaluation and review of abstracts, recruitment of virtual and on-site judges and the selection of finalists.

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeKristen Yoshida
SWE Professional Member | Honolulu, HI
Senior Civil Engineer

Fun Fact: I’m a third generation civil engineer! I graduated from UHM COE (followed Grandpa’s & Dad’s footsteps).

SWENext DesignLab Subcommittee Liaisons:

Assists with coordinating the SWENext DesignLab outreach event from online submission to onsite assistance during the all-day event on Saturday, February 1.

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeJessica Xiao Sun
SWE Professional Member | Sunnyvale, CA
Senior Mechanical Engineer

Fun Fact: I like to do music, travel around and help others.
Favorite Quote: “I don’t care what you think about me. I am not thinking about you at all.”


Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteePrajna Jalagam
SWE Collegiate Member | Berkeley, CA
Materials Scientist and Engineer

Favorite Quote: “Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.” –Rumi

Floater Subcommittee Liaison:

All hands on deck! Supports the Local Host Committee and subcommittees as needed.

Meet your WE Local San Diego Host CommitteeHaley Antoine
SWE Collegiate Member | Ithaca, NY (through Dec. 2019)
SWE Professional Member | Detroit, MI (from Jan. 2020)
Biomedical Engineering | Crash Safety Engineer

Favorite Quote: “You are your best thing.” –Toni Morrison


Less than 9 weeks to go! We very much look forward to seeing you at WE Local San Diego in 2020.
–Marie-Pierre Aldinger on behalf of the WE Local San Diego LHC

You can stay up to date on conference news by following the WE Local San Diego Facebook discussion page and #WELocal #SanDiego on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, IG, FB).

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