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Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for a plenary panelists. We will be reviewing submissions and announcing panelists soon!


Wo(men) Leadership: Disrupting the Pipeline

Friday, February 15, 2019 | 3:15-4:30 p.m.

The era of “check of box” diversity and inclusion efforts solely led by HR is over. Many executives have started to take ownership and drive accountability at all levels of the organization, as well as close the gap between the espoused values of diversity and inclusion (D&I) and actual outcomes—this is an issue of urgency within the engineering and technology workforce.

For younger workers, inclusion is not just about assembling diverse teams but also about connecting team members so that everyone is heard and respected. D&I can no longer be viewed as a training and education initiative, but needs to also focus on debiasing business processes and holding leaders accountable for inclusive behavior.

Panelists will share their perspectives/ideas on how to improve business processes, leadership development, and organizational culture through the lens of reducing bias and cultivating inclusion for underrepresented groups.


What’s Your Moonshot?

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.

The term Moonshot is rooted in NASA’s ambitious Apollo moon program. “Moonshot” 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 or metaphor of the Moonshot has received attention over the last couple of years, especially considering the many audacious and aspirational goals set by those in the engineering and scientific community. With this panel, discussion will concentrate on the Moonshots of the panelists’ organizations in how they may be addressing a complex challenge through a radical solution and/or breakthrough technology, and what they have done as leaders in their respective organizations in getting the formula right.


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