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WE Local Plenary Panels

WE Local hosts two executive leadership panels, one on Friday and one on Saturday, which are selected by SWE members who participate on the WE Local Host Committee.

Getting People to Talk about Unconscious Bias

Friday, April 20 | 2:30-3:45 p.m.

During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to identify what unconscious bias is and the importance of addressing it, while exploring the panelists diversity and inclusion efforts.

Moderator: Alexis McKittrick, SWE Board of Directors Secretary


  • Jennifer Howland
    Executive, Pathways Program IBM
  • Don McCormack
    Executive Director, Naval Surface Warfare Center and Naval Undersea Warfare Center
  • Leslie Griffiths
    Senior Quality Operations Engineer, Global Foundries

Wo(men) Leadership: Disrupting the Pipeline

Saturday, April 21 | 10:00-11:15 a.m.

This plenary will 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.

Sponsor: Forte Foundation

Moderator: Mariska Morse, Vice President of Marketing and Operations, Forte Foundation


  • Celestinah Ibironke
  • Marie Cole
    Engineer, IBM Systems Supply Chain Engineering