Women’s Leadership Program at SMTA International


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SMTA is proud to announce the Women's Leadership Program at SMTA International. The program takes place from 1:30pm-5:00pm on Monday, September 18, 2017 during the SMTA International Conference and Exhibition in Rosemont, Illinois.

Chaired by Priyanka Dobrial, Ph.D., Intel Corporation and co-chaired by Marie Cole, IBM Corporation, the Women’s Leadership Program promotes women in engineering fields.  

Allison Grealis, Founder & President of Women in Manufacturing, kicks off the program at 1:30pm with her presentation “The Current State of Women in Manufacturing and the Future Forecast.” IBM Corporation’s VP of Technology, Ed Calusinski, will then present “IoT - Connected with a Purpose.” Intel Corporation’s Hengemah James will follow with her presentation “How Brain-like Machine Learning Changed My Daily Work.”

A panel discussion addressing Diversity in the Workplace will follow the presentations from 4:15pm-5:00pm. Panelists from FLITE, IBM Corporation, Keysight Technologies, and NIKE will share their unique stories on what motivated them to choose a career in engineering, mentorship and their contributions in advancing careers of women. Claire Saunders of What’s New In Electronics (WNIE) will moderate the discussion.  

The annual Women’s Connection Reception will follow the program from 5:00pm-6:00pm and includes wine and appetizers. Attendance is free and open to all attendees and exhibitors who are registered for SMTA International or the co-located IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings.

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