WE Local Baltimore Keynote Speakers

WE Local Baltimore Keynote speakers come from varying backgrounds and experiences. Attendees at Keynote sessions are sure to leave feeling inspired, invigorated and energized.


Wake Up, WE Local

Friday, February 8, 2019, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Barbara RusinkoBarbara Rusinko
Senior Vice President, Bechtel

Barbara Rusinko is president of Bechtel Nuclear, Security & Environmental, Inc. (NS&E). She was elected a senior vice president of Bechtel Group in 2012 and was elected to the BGI board of directors in 2018.

In her more than 30 years at Bechtel, Barbara has held a variety of leadership and operations roles. Barbara spent her first five years at the company supporting a variety of commercial nuclear power projects. Following that, she held engineering management roles at the Savannah River Remediation project.

In 2000, Barbara served as chief engineer for Bechtel’s government services company, overseeing the performance of more than 700 engineers and designers. She also held senior engineering management roles on projects, including the U.S. national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, and the Waste Treatment Plant in Washington state.

Within Bechtel’s Oil, Gas & Chemical’s business, Barbara served as senior project manager on a refinery in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, and for the unprecedented $8 billion Queensland Curtis LNG plant in Queensland, Australia.

Barbara is a registered professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina, and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Alabama – Huntsville. She serves on the corporate partnership council of the Society of Women Engineers and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018.


Local Power Hour

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Christine FoxChristine Fox
Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis,  Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Hon. Christine H. Fox became the Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on May 12, 2014. As the nation’s largest University Affiliated Research Center, APL performs research and development on behalf of the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other federal agencies. The Laboratory has more than 5,000 staff members who are making critical contributions to a wide variety of nationally and globally significant technical and scientific challenges.

Previously, she served as Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense between December 2013 and May 2014. With her appointment, Ms. Fox became the highest-ranking female official in history to serve in the Department of Defense.

Until August 2013, Ms. Fox served as the Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She was appointed to that position in November 2009. A presidential appointee confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ms. Fox served as the principal staff assistant to the Secretary of Defense for analyzing and evaluating plans, programs, and budgets in relation to U.S. defense objectives and resource constraints. Ms. Fox possesses three decades of experience as an analyst and research manager focusing on defense issues, with a special emphasis on operations. She formerly served as the President of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, and as the scientific analyst to the Chief of Naval Operations. Prior to her appointment as President of CNA, Ms. Fox was the Vice President and Director of CNA’s Operations Evaluation Group, responsible for approximately 85 field representatives focused on helping operational commanders execute their missions. She oversaw CNA’s analysis of real-world operations, including the operations in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s, operations in Afghanistan immediately following the September 11th attacks, and the
operation in Iraq in early 2003.

She served as a member of NASA’s Return to Flight Task Group, chartered by the NASA Administrator to certify the recommendations made by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, from 2007 until 2009. Hon. Fox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics from George Mason University.


WE Achieve Awards Ceremony*

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Ann DarinAnn Darrin
Space Executive, JHU APL

Ann Darrin is a technology innovator with an extensive background in science and engineering management across government, industry and academia. This year, she was selected by The Daily Record as an Influential Marylander. The 57 individuals were selected for their significant contributions to their fields and for their leadership in civic affairs, communications, education, finance, business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology.

Darrin is a recognized expert in aerospace and systems engineering management. She has overseen several technological firsts — such as ultra-miniaturized spacecraft for sustained, long-term operations — and is a strong advocate for internships and mentoring, having helped to establish a NASA internship program at APL that now hosts more than 40 students a year.

*Requires separate admission.