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SWE Diverse Podcast Ep 234: Executive Leadership Training for Engineers: SWE’s eXXec Program

In this episode of Diverse: a Society of Women Engineers podcast, learn about the eXXec program and how it has helped these women in engineering develop their leadership skills.

Peek behind the curtain of SWE’s eXXec program in this episode of Diverse!

FY24 SWE President Alexis McKittrick and Lauren Kegley, Automotive Marketing Manager of Discrete Power Devices at Wolfspeed, share their experiences as participants in the eXXec program. Kim Warren-Martin moderates this conversation as the facilitator of eXXec.

Hear about the lessons from eXXec that influenced them the most, how the program helps engineers embrace their unique leadership qualities, and why it’s important for women in STEM to grow their leadership skills at the executive level.

Listen to the episode on SWE’s websiteSpotifyApple Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform.

The upcoming eXXec program is taking place June 24-27, 2024 in Chicago! Find out more about the curriculum and how to reserve your spot at

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Speaker: Lauren Kegley

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Lauren E. Kegley, Ph.D. works with global engineering teams to grow advanced semiconductor adoption with the goal of developing more energy efficient technology. Her current focus is on electrified vehicles as the Marketing Manager of Wolfspeed’s Automotive Discrete portfolio.

Dr. Kegley’s technical experience spans the fields of reliability modeling, power packaging, root cause/failure analysis, and product line management. She is a three-time alumnus of the University of Arkansas and a Razorback track fan.

As an active ally, advocate, and volunteer for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all fields, she currently serves as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power Electronics Society (PELS) Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Committee co-chair, IEEE PELS Women in Engineering (WiE) Committee chair, and past chair of the University of Arkansas College of Engineering Dean’s Early Career Advisory Council.

Speaker: Alexis McKittrick, FY24 SWE President

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Alexis McKittrick, Ph.D., a Society of Women Engineers 20-plus year and life member, has served as a volunteer leader in the organization for more than 15 years, holding roles that span all facets of the Society.

Prior to being elected president, Dr. McKittrick served as president-elect and spent two terms on SWE’s board of directors, including serving as secretary and leading the senate as speaker. Highlights from her other SWE leadership roles include chairing two committees; serving on two governance task forces; and serving as governor of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Dr. McKittrick is currently a program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office. She serves on the SWE board of directors in her personal capacity.

Prior to joining the DOE, Dr. McKittrick served as a senior researcher at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., where she conducted nonpartisan research and analysis for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and various federal agencies. She also worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Division, focusing on greenhouse gas analysis and policy for the oil and gas, chemicals, and semiconductor sectors.

Dr. McKittrick holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar.

In 2014, she was presented with the D.C. Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies’ Young Engineer of the Year Award and received SWE’s Emerging Leader Award in 2019.

Host: Kim Warren-Martin

Dr. Kim Warren-Martin HeadshotAn engineer by education, Kim Warren-Martin believes fulfillment is not a fantasy, it’s a formula. She is the Founder of Successful and Fulfilled® and the Creator of Reignite Her Light™.

With Reignite Her Light™ and her previous work running a Global Women’s Initiative for a Fortune 50 technology company, Kim has helped thousands of women from every continent achieve some of their highest career goals.

Today she is a speaker, author and coach working with women leaders who want to take the next step and go beyond achievement to fulfillment. “It’s not about leaving your job,” she tells her clients, “It’s about making your mark.”


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