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McKelvey School of Engineering

Women & Engineering Leadership Society Summit 2021

Saturday, March 6 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for the Women & Engineering Leadership Society Summit on March 6, 2021! This virtual event is a unique opportunity to network and share knowledge with alumnae, students, and faculty at the McKelvey School of Engineering.

Event Type

Meetings & Conferences


McKelvey School of Engineering



University Advancement
Event Contact

Ally Favre ally.favre@wustl.edu

Speaker Information


9:30 a.m. - Welcome
9:35 a.m. - McKelvey School Update by Dean Aaron Bobick
10:05 a.m. - Keynote Address by Anna Patterson, BS '87
10:40 a.m. - Break
10:50 a.m. - Session #1
11:20 a.m. - Session #2
11:55 a.m. - Discussion / Reflection
12:30 p.m. - Closing

Anna Patterson, BS '87
Founder and Managing Partner, Gradient Ventures

Anna is the Founder and Managing Partner at Gradient Ventures, overseeing the fund's global activities. Anna is an accomplished leader in the field of artificial intelligence, a serial entrepreneur, with a long history at Google. Prior to starting Gradient Ventures, Anna was Google's Vice President of Engineering in AI - integrating AI into products across Google. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Square, Inc. She double-majored in electrical engineering and computer science from WashU. 

10:50 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Breakout Session #1

Leading in Academia v. Leading in Industry

As innovators, disruptors and visionaries, Ellen Zegura, BS ’87 BS ’87 MS ’90 DSc ’93, Regents and Fleming Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech and Gennell Jefferson, BS '85, Managing Director Business Development & Private Equity at State Street Global Advisors, will share valuable stories, lessons learned, and business philosophies about making decisions as leaders.

Failing Forward

How can you learn from failure? Rhonda Germany will share her professional experiences with regrouping for success after failure, watching those she hired, mentored and managed fail and subsequently succeed, and how to assess risk and experiment with new approaches. As retired Corporate Vice President, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Honeywell, public and private company board member and Chair and President of the Germany Ballintyn Education Foundation, Rhonda has deep expertise in global industrial markets and implementation of strategies, and a perspective that failure can help you grow, develop and can lead to success.

11:20 a.m. - 11:50 p.m. Breakout Session #2

Building Your Professional Toolkit

As Owner and Creative Director of from politics to pastryAmy DuVall, BS ’95 will discuss how to enhance your professional presence with the skills and opportunities that come your way. With each person you meet and in every communication you send/receive, there is a discovery to learn and turn these opportunities into your own well-stocked professional toolkit. 

Taking an Energy Inventory

The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Energy can, however, be transformed. What type of energy do you want to show up with? Maisie MahoneyBS ’16, Head of the Project Management Office & Chief of Staff at EMD Digital, a part of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will discuss how to take an energy inventory and how to support your career, evaluate opportunities, and set boundaries that allow you to give and receive energy in the way that best suits you.

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