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McKelvey School of Engineering

Brown School

Women & Engineering Leadership Summit

Saturday, March 4 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall
6548 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

The Women & Engineering Center invites you to attend the Women & Engineering Leadership Summit
Please join our McKelvey Engineering community as we connect through purposeful conversation, learning opportunities, and service. Topics will range from exploring a variety of successful mentoring relationships, panels on allyship and careers, a workshop that covers power and politics and influencing without formal authority, and more. 

Keynote address by Cheryl Stoddard: President & Founder; Technology Integration Engineering  
Cheryl Stoddard has worked on the facility owner’s side of the design and construction industry for more than 25 years. She has directed large, integrated project delivery teams across the U.S., delivering cost savings and efficiencies related to emerging technology. Her expertise in systems integration provides a successful foundation for facility owners to achieve successful outcomes for critical decision-making. Cheryl earned a Master of Engineering Management from Washington University in St. Louis and holds PMP Certification.

Register by Feb. 17: https://wustl.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ahOD8AEA9kvcens
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Panel: Allyship & Sponsorship: What is it? How do I get one? How can I be one?  
Description: Allies and sponsors are key to inclusive cultures and professional growth. During this panel, hear personal stories about allies and sponsors who made a difference, strategies for finding and developing these relationships, and tips for acting as one yourself. 

  • Matt Holton: SVP Market Enablement; Mastercard
  • Amy Duvall: Owner, Founder, and Creative Director; From Politics to Pastry | former Environmental Lawyer, Lobbyist, and Engineer
  • Cheryl Perlmutter: Senior Leader, Digital Project Management; Edward Jones
  • Karla Chaney: Site Manager; MEMC

Workshop: Influencing Without Authority 
Description: Fine-tune your leadership traits and relationship-building to strengthen partnerships with others outside your realm. Understand the difference between compromise and collaboration, using professional tips to forge better outcomes. As you take on new challenges, examples and storytelling will inspire you, demonstrating your innate management skills. 

  • Sandra Matteucci: Director, Engineering Communication Center; Washington University in St. Louis 
  • Seema Dahlheimer: Assistant Director, Engineering Communication Center; Washington University in St. Louis

Panel: How did I get from here to there — an exploration of career paths  
Description: During this panel, we’ll explore career journeys and stories of resiliency. We’ll learn that no two paths are the same and hear perspectives from various career stages. 

  • Imani Smith: Director - Product Management, Network Products; Mastercard  
  • Abby Cohen: Senior Program Manager; Welllinks | Co-Founder; Aegis Digital Health
  • Marcia Brown-Rayford: Vice President, Global Life Sciences R&D Leader; RGP
  • Heather Robinett : Director of Operations Strategy; AT&T