Plenary Panels Announced! 

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

Wo(men) Leadership: Disrupting the Pipeline

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Moderator: Rachel Gitajn, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Glowforge


  • Jeanne Yu, Director, Technology Integration, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Penny Wirsing, SWE FY19 President

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.