Plenary Panels Announced!

We hope to see you at the following Plenary Panel discussions at WE Local Baltimore.


The 2020 Engineer

Friday, February 8, 2019 | 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Moderator: Tasha Kamegai-Karadi, Geosyntec Consultants

Panelists:

  • Kevin Edwards, Global Manager of Diversity & Engineer at Bechtel Corporation
  • Alexis McKittrick, Research Staff Member at IDA Science & Technology Policy Institute
  • Alice Bowman, New Horizons Mission Operations Manager at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Creating and facilitating the transition to green technologies and processes requires a paradigm shift in how engineers think about and analyze problems, and ultimately design solutions. Strides made in engineering towards achieving a greener and more sustainable world will largely depend on the role of innovation. This plenary panel intends to focus on emerging green technologies and trends related to engineering. Questions around the strategies that companies have used and leveraged to drive green innovation will be addressed throughout the session. Panelists will discuss a number of challenges and opportunities that exist today when guiding innovation towards green and sustainable living.


Wo(men) Leadership: Disrupting the Pipeline

Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Karina Sotomayor, Director Global Sales Strategic Operations, GLOBALFOUNDARIES

Panelists:

  • Karen Reinhardt, Vice President, People – North America at GHD
  • Kevin Edwards, Global Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Bechtel Corporation
  • Jon Rambeau, Vice President & General Manager, Lockheed Martin

Corporate America promotes men at 30 percent higher rates than women during their early career stages, and entry-level women are significantly more likely than men to have spent five or more years in the same role. The greatest gender imbalance occurs in the C-Suite where only 19% of those positions are filled by women. The challenge is even more pronounced for women of color, where women of color face the most barriers and experience the steepest drop-offs with seniority despite having higher aspirations for becoming a top executive. During the panel, we’ll discuss how organizational leaders are working to advance women in the workplace by focusing on specific issues that continue to serve as barriers for advancement. Learn from women (and men) who are using their leadership roles to change the culture of their organization and achieve equity within their organizations.


Download the full description of Plenary Panel opportunities including discussion points that will be covered.