Be Part of the Global Marathon, March 7-April 4, 2018

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Release Date: 

February 27th, 2018

With the theme The Future is Now: Inspiring Women in Engineering & Technology, The 2018 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering & Technology kicks off on Wednesday, March 7 at 12:00 pm (ET), in conjunction with International Women’s Day. Featuring six Wednesday sessions, the Global Marathon concludes on April 4, timed to coincide with Global Day of the Engineer (Global Day), the worldwide event that recognizes and celebrates engineers and their global impact.

Sessions will be rebroadcast, with a live Q&A, on Thursdays at 12:00 pm GMT/UK and 12:00 pm IST/India.

Register for this free event today! 

A free, worldwide online forum, the Global Marathon engages women - and those who support them - in a unique opportunity to learn and receive actionable career advice. The Global Marathon connects professionals and college students, offering the opportunity to meet virtually and share stories about personal, educational and professional challenges and successes. The event is accessible via computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Global Day, on April 4, provides a variety of ways to celebrate, partner, share and engage with engineers around the world. On Global Day 2018, individual engineers around the world are encouraged to share photos representing A Day in Your Life as an Engineer. Sign up and participate.

The 2018 Global Marathon is chaired by Marvi Matos, Product Group Lead for the Materials and Processes Team at Blue Origin. 

“The Global Marathon is a one-of-a-kind series of online conversations that inspires, renews and unites engineers from around the world,” said Matos. “The opportunities for virtual mentorship and social collaboration stay with participants long after the event is over. Women pursuing an education or career in engineering and technology will leave empowered and ready to take the next steps in their professional development.”

Global Marathon sessions include:

March 7, 12 pm ET

Advancing Your Career and Personal Brand Through Social Media

Featuring Abigail Harrison, aka ‘Astronaut Abby,’ this session helps participants discover how to

tap into the power of social networks using what only they have: their personal stories.

March 7, 1 pm ET

Breaking Through: It’s Women’s Work

An artificial intelligence researcher, a cosmic ray hunter and a medical entrepreneur share how they are crossing frontiers, along with what’s ahead and what motivates them. Unleash your inner innovator!

March 14, 12 pm ET

The Best Career Advice You’ll Ever Get

In this session, attendees receive real world, practical advice on how to push obstacles out of their way – from overcoming shyness to becoming more confident.

March 21, 12 pm ET

The Creative Engineer: Right Brain Meets Left Brain

Featuring world-renowned jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan, symphony conductor Dr. Dominique Royem and engineer and fashionista Mimi Irvin, this session looks at the fascinating nexus between engineering and the creative arts.

March 28, 12 pm ET

What’s Your Cultural IQ? Building International Teams

It takes a certain skill set to be able to lead teams from different parts of the world. Learn how to empathize with, manage and motivate diverse cultures and personalities from every corner of the globe.

April 4, 12 pm ET

A Day in the Life of Engineers: Making Global Impact

The concluding session, coinciding with Global Day of the Engineer, takes participants on a virtual, global journey for an insider’s look at how engineers on different continents focus their passions into purposeful solutions. The session is highlighted by Global Marathon Chair Marvi Matos, who leads a discussion on the incredible work done by a group of engineering volunteers in Puerto Rico in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter for live updates of the sessions. Use the hashtag #GlobalMarathon to join the conversation.

The Global Marathon continues to evolve each year. Responding to preferences of attendees, the 2018 event takes a new turn with weekly lunchtime sessions that fit into busy professionals’ lives. Access the full agenda and register for the 2018 Global Marathon.

Global Marathon sponsors include 3M, Bechtel, Fluor Corporation, IBM, Motorola Solutions, NCEES, Northrop Grumman and UL.

Global Day sponsors include Bechtel, ExxonMobil, NCEES, Northrop Grumman, TE Connectivity and UL. Nearly 40 organizations are participating as Global Day Partners this year.

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