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WE Local Milwaukee Plenary Panels

WE Local Milwaukee Host Committee members have selected their two plenary topics to be presented in 2018. 

The Embodiment of Your Authentic Self…At Work
Friday, March 9, 2018 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Leaders, through self-reflection, realize their passions and values give meaning to their life and leadership development; An idea that can be recognized as “The Embodiment of Your Authentic Self.” The “authentic self” is more than a buzzword, but a practice that many leaders (and aspiring leaders) are looking to achieve. But how do we identify this “self”? In many ways, your “authentic self” isn’t just about being honest, it’s also about being self-aware, becoming more present and accessible, and listening to others. A process of looking closely at your own biography, and in particular your own failures, can yield new insights on how to be a truly authentic leader at work — how you handled new situations, experiences that tested your comfort zone, and any time you were forced to reflect on your values.


Milwaukee - Plenary PanelsBarb Gosenheimer
Director, Program Management , NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes




Milwaukee - Plenary PanelsStacey Delvechio
Additive Manufacturing Product Manager, Caterpillar



Milwaukee - Plenary PanelsChristine Nicometo
Program Director, UW Madison

Getting People to Talk about Unconscious Bias
Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

In today’s world, ideally no one is excluded and everyone has the same opportunity to take part in shaping the success of an organization. However, this continues to be a struggle. In a recent Bersin by Deloitte workforce benchmarking study, 70 percent of respondents said their organization portrays itself as diverse and inclusive but only 11 percent said they are truly “inclusive.” One element that impacts an organization’s ability to be inclusive is the pervasiveness of unconscious bias. Much of the research shows how important it is for organizations and individuals to understand why unconscious bias exists and how it affects decision-making processes. Everyone accumulates many unconscious biases over the span of a lifetime (from family, culture, media, etc.). As professionals and leaders who bear responsibility for the success of their organization and colleagues, we must be aware of our own biases and their influence.


Michelle MatthaiMichelle Matthai
Director Culture of Inclusion, Rockwell Automation



Susan SchlettSusan Schlett
SWE Life Member and former UTC Engineer



Laurie ParsonsLaurie L. Parsons, PE, PH

Senior Vice President at O'Brien & Gere and CEO/Principal Engineer at Natural Resource Technology, an OBG Company





Elizabeth Rolinski
Johnson Controls