Plenary Panels Announced! 

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

What's Your Moonshot?

Friday, April 5, 2019 | 3:15-4:30 p.m.
Moderator: Cory Mefford, Mechanical Engineer, Rockwell Collins


  • Shawnnah Monterrey, Beanstock Ventures

“Moonshots” is the term favored by NASA’s exploratory arm, known as X, which states on its website: “Our mission is to invent and launch ‘moonshot’ technologies that we hope could someday make the world a radically better place.” With the notion that moonshots are high costs and high risk. The idea has led to many audacious and aspirational goals as set by those in the engineering and scientific community. This panel will discuss how they are addressing complex challenges through radical solutions and/or breakthrough technology, and what leaders have done to get the formula right.

Wo(men) Leadership: Disrupting the Pipeline

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Moderator: Tami Wilcox, Principal Manager, Engineering, Collins Aerospace


  • Robyn McKay, Psychologist, She(ology)
  • Einah Reza Pelaez, Traffic Section Lead, HDR Engineering
  • Kristi Morgansen, Professor and Interim Department Chair, William E Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering

According to McKinsey’s 2016 “Women in the Workplace” report, women remain underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline. 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 percent 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 organizations and achieve equality within their organizations.

Download a copy of WE Local Bellevue Plenary Panel descriptions.