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Meet Carla Boragno, WE Local Europe’s Opening Keynote

Carla Boragno is a respected mentor at Roche and Genetech, in the industry and the local community. She is a thought leader and sought-after inspirational speaker, and we are pleased to announce her as the opening keynote speaker at WE Local Europe 2020.

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We hope to see you 27–29 May at WE Local Europe in London, England! No matter where you are in your education or career, attending WE Local is the best way to connect with and be inspired by other women engineers and technologists close to home. One of the highlights of your conference experience will be the opening keynote speaker, Carla Boragno, who serves as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Engineering and Facilities at Roche.

“My first mentor was my dad. When I was a young girl in the 1970s, he encouraged me to pursue a technical field, even though engineering was dominated by men at the time. He always told me, and helped me believe, that I had the ability, I was strong enough, and that I would enjoy it. There have been moments when pursuing a career in engineering was uncomfortable, but my dad’s confidence in me has allowed me to be myself and enjoy a career that has fueled my passion and interests.”

– Carla Boragno

About Carla

WE Local Europe keynote speaker Carla Boragno

With more than 30 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, procurement and site management, Carla brings unique insight and expertise to her role as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Engineering and Facilities for Roche. In this role, Carla is responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and life-cycle asset management for Roche’s global manufacturing network.

She is a respected mentor at Roche and Genetech, in the industry and the local community. Carla serves on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Council, is the Board Chair for the Genentech Foundation, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Carla is a thought leader and sought-after inspirational speaker.

In 2016, Carla was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the most influential women in business in the Bay Area, and in 2017 was named to their “Forever Influential” Honor Roll. Carla was also selected in 2017 as a Hall of Fame honoree for the Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence Awards. Carla holds a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

Outside of work, she can be found working in her kitchen and garden, and keeping up with the latest music trends with her teenage daughter.

Read more about Carla’s professional evolution and how mentorship has shaped her life.

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