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SWE Diverse Podcast: Sponsored Episode with Kristen Bridgeman from Cummins

Check out episode 187 of Diverse, a SWE Podcast!
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In this episode of Diverse, a SWE Podcast, host Sam East is joined by Kristen Bridgeman, director of engineering at Cummins Inc. Listen as Kristen talks about how Cummins Inc.’s RePower Group helped empower her to come back to an engineering role after a 20 year hiatus. She also talks about how she continued to use her engineering skills and mindset in a variety of volunteer roles in her community while being a stay-at-home mom.

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Kristen, pictured with her RePower Group!

Guest: Kristen Bridgeman

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Kristen is a Director of Engineering for Cummins Inc. where she has worked for the past 12 years. She coaches a team that supports engineering effectiveness projects under the Chief Technical Officer. Kristen has also led efforts to support teams and coaches throughout the Cummins engineering organization, worked as a part of engineering recruiting, led the Cummins Women in Technology Conferences, and is now co-leading Global Development projects for Cummins Inclusion Projects.

In her spare time, Kristen enjoys volunteering at her church, traveling, watching ballet and spending time with her family.

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Kristen’s kids leaving her a cute message! 

Host: Sam East

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Sam East is a media personality based in Toronto, Canada. You can hear her on “Sam & Dames” in the afternoon from 3-7PM on Toronto’s #1 Hit Music Station, 99.9 Virgin Radio, and with the iHeartRadio Canada app.
Sam also hosts and produces the podcast Lessons to My Younger Self, where she chats with great storytellers, experts, artists, and thought-leaders as they reflect on their biggest life lessons, and what wisdom they would pass on to their younger selves. Season 1 features; the voice of Bugs Bunny, Eric Bauza, singer-songwriter Jully Black, The Social’s Jess Allen, sexologist Dr. Jess O’Reilly, and more.
A passionate content creator, a short video Sam made caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, which led to a one-on-one interview in June of 2019. She’s also interviewed the Jonas Brothers, and the cast of Aquaman and the Umbrella Academy, among others. You can see regular content uploaded to her 43k+ followers on TikTok featuring pop culture analysis, behind the scenes of working in radio, empowering affirmations, and a candid look at life in a Filipino family. Sam is currently pursuing a certification in Meditation Teacher Training.

Check out this video collaboration between Cummins and SWE to learn more about Cummins here. If you or someone you know is interested in returning back to an engineering discipline after a long hiatus, check out this PDF for more information about Cummins Inc. RePower Program. The program is a paid returnship developed in partnership with SWE + iRelaunch as part of the STEM Re-entry Task Force Pilot. 



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