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IEEE – Women in Engineering Forum USA East 2019

Program – Thursday, Nov 21
 Registration & Office: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Networking Reception: 4:30pm-6:30pm

7:00pm-10:00pm Social Event 1: Monumental Moonlight Walking Tour 7:00pm-10:00pm (see Social Event page for details)
Program – Friday, Nov 22
Track 1: Innovation Track 2: Leadership
Track 3: Inclusion & Empowerment
Track 4: Career
7:15am-9:00am Breakfast
8:00am-8:10am Opening Remarks
Neeta Basantkumar & Felicia Harlow
2019 WIE Forum USA East Conference Co-Chairs
8:10am-8:40am Opening  Keynote:
Monica McManus,VP & CIO, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems
“Pay It Forward: How Family, Champions and Experiences Shaped My Leadership Journey”
8:40am-9:10am Keynote:
Kendra Moore, President, Boston Fusion
“The Greatest Risk is Avoiding Risk”
9:10am-9:40am Coffee Break & Exhibits
9:40am-10:10am Panel: “The Role of Cybersecurity and Privacy in the Thriving Smart Cities of the Future”

Moderator: Maryam Rahmani, Cyber Consultant


Myla Pilao, Trend Micro
Ana Jevtik, MIT
Juanita Koilpillai, Waverley Labs

“Leading by Example: Taking a Collaborative Approach and Paying it Forward”

Lauren Thompson, Director, DoD VA IPO

“Overcoming Feelings of Inferiority”

Zipporah Mondy, KJIW 94.5 FM Radio

WORKSHOP: “Acing Any Interview”

Anthony Gold, Co-Founder & COO, ROAR for Good

10:15am-10:45am “Investigating Engineering Leadership Development Opportunities for Women”

Araceli Ortiz, Texas State University

“Neuroscience of Inclusion”

Asma Abuzaakouk, MITRE Corp

10:50am- 11:20am “The Patent Landscape – IoT”

Christopher Turoski, University of Minnesota Law School

Panel: “DARPA 101 & Enhancing Collaboration”

Moderator: Kendra Moore, Boston Fusion


Renee Wegrzyn, DARPA BTO
Cindy Daniell, NGIA,
Thomas Rondeau DARPA MTO

“Having it all—Navigating Your Way”

Carrie Root, Alpha UMi Inc

11:25am-11:55pm “Leveraging the Cloud to Achieve Near Real-time Processing for Drone-Generated Data”

Sayani Sarkar, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“Managing Your Career Like A Consultant”

Teresa Allison,
Booz Allen Hamilton

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch & Panel (12:30pm-1:30pm):
“Diversity & Inclusion @ Sensata – Walking the Talk in the Smart & Connected Venture”Moderator: Valentina Videva,
Panelists:  Aditya Balasubramian, Rosanna Heidt,  Frank Sienkiewicz, , Jennifer Brenner, Nicole Allen
1:35pm-2:05pm “Future of Space Systems”

Nelli Mosavi, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory

“Leadership Secrets of an Ex-CEO”

Dean Lane,  The Institute of World Politics

Workshop: “Developing your Personal Brand”

Carrie Root, Nate Hatzie, Alpha UMi Inc,
Mary Karangelen,  Collins Aerospace

2:10pm-2:40pm “The Internet and Social Media – Toxic or Tonic?”

Veronica Wendt, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University

“Accelerate, Pivot, & Lead: The Advantages of Working at Innovative Tech Startup”

Ladan Najafizadeh, Sarah McMillian, Temboo

Career Fair
Exhibits Area (2:00PM – 4:30PM)
2:45pm-3:15pm PANEL: “5G Hype has Slowed Downed – What is the Business Case Now For 5G and Why has it Slowed Down”

Moderator: Charlotte Blair, ANSYS

Panelists: Jean McManus, Verizon, Maryam Rahmani, Coalfire, Payam Sharifi, Oracle

“Connect to Lead: Human Skills for Future-Ready Leadership”

Rachel Druckenmiller, Unmuted

“Smart Career Management: Work to Build A Career, Not Just Pay the Bills!”

Chitra Venkatraman, Nokia (Retired)

3:20pm-3:50pm “2020 Leadership: Building High-Performing Teams that Crush It!”

Rhonda Farrell,  Booz Allen Hamilton

“Soar to Your Maximum” 

Maple Ucheonye, Aghaeze-Maple Enterprises/JHUAPL

3:50pm-4:30pm Coffee Break & Exhibits
4:30pm-5:00pm Keynote:
Megan Samford, Global Director of Product Security, Rockwell Automation
“Industrial Cyber Security: B Sides Discussion”
5:00pm-5:30pm Friday Closing Keynote:
Theresa Caragol, Founder and CEO, Achieve Unite*
“Leadership By Influence”
(*Scholarship available to one lucky attendee – Apply Here)
5:30pm-5:45pm Daily Wrap-up WIE Forum Co-Chairs
6:00pm-7:30pm Social Event 2: Treats & Tales (5th Anniversary Reception)
Program, Saturday, Nov 23
Track 1 : Innovation
Track 2: Leadership
 Track 3: Inclusion and Empowerment
7:15am-8:45am Breakfast with  WIE Forum USA East Conference Co-Chairs
8:45am-9:15am Breakfast and Interactive Panel:  “Empowering Future Forum Leaders – Lead Inspire Empower and Network”
9:20am-9:50am “Exploratory Research on the Implementation and Configuration of Wireless Sensors on Heavy Vehicles” 

Nicole Allen,
Rosanna Heidt, Sensata

“Be Honest with Yourself: Capability, Capacity, and Accountability”

Nicole Newmeyer, NSA

PANEL: “Advocating For Students: Helping Women Thrive in Collegiate Engineering Programs”

Moderator:  Mary Ann Saunders,  JHUAPL


Kerri Phillips,
Emily Brown, Sylvie De LaHunt, JHUAPL

9:55am-10:25am “Zero Trust Orchestration – A New Security Paradigm”

Juanita Koilpillal, Waverley Labs

“Is There Really A STEM Gender Equity Paradox?”

Fahmida Chowdhury, NSF

10:25am-10:45am Coffee Break & Exhibits
10:45am-11:15pm Saturday Closing Keynote:
Mary Beth Borgwing, President, Standish Cyber Corp
“Opting in: Grow, Lead and Innovate- Power of You! Being a Leader at all Levels”
11:15am-11:30am AchieveUnite Leadership Education Scholarship Raffle (Attendees Apply Here!)
11:30am-11:45pm Wrap up  &  Closing Session
2019 WIE Forum Committee
3:00pm-6:00pm STEM EVENT
Boolean Girls Coding Workshop (Note: Separate Registration Required. Details here)
6:30pm-8:30pm Social Event 3: IEEE Young Professionals Meetup:
Registration and Details here