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WE Local Event: Des Moines Keynote Speakers

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Magan Lewis, Corteva

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Magan helps individuals ignite their spark through leadership, mentoring, and coaching. She loves starting early too! Our children are our future leaders and problem solvers and the sooner we light their flame, the better our world will be. If that flame is STEM…BONUS! Are you ready to courageously unleash your creativity and innovation? Magan’s journey as a global leader, scientist, mother, and outreach trailblazer will inspire you to activate the best version of yourself.

Learning Objectives

Be You – You are in the driver seat of your career. Ignite your spark and help others in your life activate the best version of themselves; How to Build your Brand – Lead by example. Polish your Big Rocks; Embrace Mentorship – Every interaction matters. Make every interaction count; and Be Humble – Unleash the power of openness and trust. Admit mistakes and continuously learn. Stay humble, stay hungry!


Magan Lewis, Ph.D., serves as the Corteva Agriscience Global Technology Adoption Lead for the Crop Protection Discovery and Development group. In her role, she oversees the development, implementation, and compliance of new technology across the globe to enhance product development and agriculture research. From working with UAVs during the day to STEM outreach at night, Magan’s award winning leadership and outreach passion has allowed her to launch “You Be The Chemist” quiz bowls and mentor young scientists globally through Science and Engineering Fairs. Magan is an active member of the Food Security Global Steering Team, co-founded a STEM Camp with her husband, and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassador. Magan is a STEM education outreach fanatic, ID&E advocate, and active participant in non-profit Boards. Magan holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from North Dakota State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota. She resides in the Des Moines, Iowa-area with her husband and two daughters. The Lewis family enjoys camping, catching frogs, identifying insects, tumbling rocks, traveling, hiking, playing piano, and NDSU Football.

Jo Miller

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The stakes can be high, but a well-chosen, high-profile role or stretch assignment can be career defining, and it can propel you to new heights. However, the opportunities you say “no” to can be as career-defining as the ones you accept. In this session, learn to recognize opportunities that showcase your strengths and potential—while artfully declining the ones that don’t—so you’re neither over-stretching nor under-stretching. You’ll walk away with new inspiration for finding your next career-defining opportunity, and executing it like a rock star.


Jo Miller is a globally renowned authority and expert on women’s leadership. She’s dedicated two decades to helping women advance into positions of influence by leveraging their leadership strengths. Based on her work with hundreds of thousands of women, she developed a pragmatic and powerful roadmap that guides emerging women leaders from where they are in their careers to where they aspire to be.

Laura Schafer, Emerson

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Laura Schafer is the VP/GM of Pervasive Sensing and Connectivity with Emerson, focused on delivering Wireless HART technologies that allow customers to quickly instrument and measure processes for improved production, reliability, safety and sustainability. Laura’s career is rooted in upstream oil and gas, starting as a hydraulic fracturing engineer with Schlumberger in Malaysia in 2002. With Schlumberger, she held positions in Engineering, Product Development, Lab Management, Technical Sales, and Field Operations in the US, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. In 2010, she joined Chevron’s Energy Technology Center in Houston and advised on unconventional completions across the globe. In 2012, she moved to Boulder, Colorado to be close to family and took a role with Micro Motion as the Oil & Gas Marketing Manager.

From 2012 to 2018, she assisted with development, promotion and sale of Flow Solutions suited for challenging oil and gas applications, including high pressure chemical injection and multi-phase flows. In 2018, she served as the VP of Global Sales for the Precision Fluid Control division of Emerson located in Florham Park, New Jersey. In 2020, she joined the Digital Transformation business unit as the Sales and Marketing leader located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Laura holds 5 patents and has numerous publications on upstream technologies. She serves on the board of directors of Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to sustainable trail development on Colorado’s highest mountains. She has been on the Emerson Women in STEM Board since 2017. In 2016, she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Society of Women Engineers. Laura earned her MS and BS in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining and Minor in Public Affairs at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado


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