WE Local Prague

Opening Keynote

Aisling HinderliterAisling Hinderliter

Engineering Manager, Caterpillar, Inc., Longwall Coal Mining

Aisling Hinderliter is the Engineering Manager for a global team of engineers for the Product Line Longwall, based in Luenen, Germany. Hinderliter and her team design Longwall systems used in Underground Mining. They are responsible for new product design, and support of product in the field. Hinderliter has worked for Caterpillar for 22 years.

Other assignments include certified 6 Sigma Master Black Belt, Acquisition Integration Manager for Components, Division Safety Champion and Division Cost Manager. Hinderliter's interests include boating, reading and travelling. She has two daughters with her husband and they enjoy spending free time with family. Hinderliter has been a member of SWE and on the Education Committee for St Thomas, Peoria, Illinois.

Closing Keynote

Sophie GrugierSophie Grugier

SVP, Human Resources, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric

Sophie Grugier is the SVP of Human Resources for Schneider Electric’s Global Supply Chain. She joined the company in 1990. For the first twenty years of her career at Schneider Electric, she worked and diversified her technical expertise in various industrial entities of the group. In 2004, she was promoted to the role of Plant Manager.

In 2008, she joined the Global Supply Chain’s Human Resources team as Vice President of Human Resources for the Global Purchasing function. Two years ago, Sophie was promoted to Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Schneider Electric’s Global Supply Chain. In her current role as SVP, Human Resources, she is responsible for over 50,000 supply chain professionals. These employees work in the company’s business units, supply chain regions and central functions.

Sophie and her team work to ensure that Schneider Electric’s Global Supply Chain employees enjoy the best working conditions. They support the employees so that they can effectively execute operations in the countries and regions as well as enable central teams to bring an outsidein perspective to their specific missions and drive for worldclass performance.

Sophie has had opportunities to speak to French students from different levels of education, mainly to encourage women to embrace engineering studies. This year, she presented and shared her personal experience as a woman in engineering at an external conference which was attended by several companies and Muriel Pénicaud, French Minister of Labor.

Ms. Grugier studied electronics and graduated from ITII Chatellerault, earning an engineering degree in industrial production and management. She is now based in Schneider Electric’s headquarters in the Paris region.