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2017 Global Marathon Agenda

The 2017 Global Marathon included speakers from around the world who strongly support the role of women in engineering and technology. 


Conference Theme: Dream Big 

Day One

Creating Your Dream

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
The Engineering of Cirque du Soleil: An Intersection of Circus Arts & Technology!
James (Jay) Guilford
Justine Marie Benoit
Carley Buchanan
Veronica Margellos

Known for its awe-inspiring feats and larger-than-life spectacles, Cirque du Soleil produces some of the world's most technologically-advanced productions. Join this exciting panel session, broadcast from one of Cirque's magnificent Las Vegas theaters.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
All Aboard, The Future of Commercial Space Travel
Marvi Matos
Erika Wagner
Monsi Roman
Amelia Chiarenza

This exciting session will include engineers involved in the space industry who will discuss their personal perspectives about commercial space travel, the current market and what the future holds. 


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Robots, Robots Everywhere!
Allie Fan
Alyson Borrell

Don't look now, but robots are invading! Robots clean our homes, drive cars and deliver mail. Join us - women designing robots with purpose -  as we look at current and future benefits of robotic technology. We’ll share examples of applications where robots are used in cutting–edge manufacturing and you’ll take away new knowledge about the impact robots are making in manufacturing and the world!

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Linking Diverse Voices: Dialogues in Perspective
Julia Chehaiber
Randy Herrmann
Carla Winter
Effie Anolik

Take part in this facilitated, presentation-style conversation led by subject matter experts from a variety of fields in engineering and technology. You will hear from individuals working from different perspectives, but all committed to, strengthening diversity and inclusion in the engineering and technology workforce.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Engineering Student to Entrepreneur; Global Team Creates Global Solution
Jessica Menold

Jessica and a global team of collegiate collaborators created the Amparo (meaning support) socket for amputees. The socket was recently named one of 2016’s top five social innovations by Mashable. Jessica founded a new company – Amparo – and now CurioSpace, which aims to inspire children from vulnerable populations to be curious, creative, and persistent through curated problem solving kits.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Empowering Dreams Beyond Engineering & Technology
Cory Cary
Elizabeth Ruedas
Laura Vang
Adriana Penuela

A focus on millennial women who work in engineering and technology who use their skills to pursue their passions outside and inside of work.

Day Two

Making Your Dream a Reality

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM ET
STEM, the Other Mother Tongue
Zarina Lam Stanford
Ashley Chiampo
Rohit Gupta

What does it take for you, today's talent, to remain relevant and competitive or to simply survive in the increasingly dynamic work environment? Join in on the dialog with three Asia-based experts as they share their viewpoint on how STEM is growing beyond curiosity and stereotypes, as a new global language.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM ET
Creating global momentum for girls & women in STEM
Rovani Sigamoney
From Paris, Rovani will provide a global perspective on the status and opportunities for women in engineering to positively affect future generations through the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
It’s in You: Release it!
Valerie Ifueko Agberagba
Engineering is a haven of opportunities. The chance to use one’s technical knowledge to help others is most satisfying. Females bring a different perspective to engineering. Our compassion and natural intuitive nature accounts for the desire to improve the world around us. Making one’s dream a reality requires a carefully constructed plan and full commitment. Female engineers have it in them to work hard and achieve their goals. It is all about viewing the dream as a series of short-term goals. It is time to forget the historical low perception of women in the profession and focus on the giant strides made in breaking the glass ceiling. We have an important role to play and the time to begin is now. Hence, there is a need to establish a strong mentoring and professional relationship across generations to not only encourage a lifelong learning but also help in unleashing potentials for career fulfilment. When dreams are well defined and articulated within a career development plan in terms of work, time and the needed passion, it becomes achievable. Women engineers have the innate potentials for excellence; it only needs to be ignited and released.
11:00 - 11:30 AM ET
The Mentorship Cycle - Mentoring Throughout Your Career
Renee Perry
Katy Marshall
In an increasingly complex business world, mentoring proves to be a win-win for all parties involved. Hear about the unique and varied ways Fluor, a multinational engineering and construction firm, incorporates diversity and inclusion and ensures access and opportunity for women through their mentoring and development programs. Speaker Katy Marshall walks you through four programs that provide opportunities for personal and professional growth and highlights how to adjust to new challenges and achieve ‘excellence in execution.’
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET
The Power of 2 - How STEM Mentorships Support the Whole Person
Mary Fernandez
Dr. Ivy Krystal Jones
Dr. Richard Irwin
Shannon Simmer
Mentoring can be a game-changer when it comes to your education and career. MentorNet has been providing STEM-focused virtual mentorships between college/university students and STEM professionals (serving as mentors) since 1997 and has supported over 32,000 successful mentorships. Hear from a mentor and mentee about their experience and learn how that mentorship connection helped empower both. Live chat with mentors after the presentation.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM ET
Idea to Market: Engineering Your Innovation
Yamile Jackson
Miguel Valenzuela
Lauren Kulokas
Passion, vision, creativity, commitment, hard work—these are just a few of the traits that describe an entrepreneur. In this session you'll hear from three amazing engineers turned entrepreneur who turned their great ideas into great products. Yamile created the only ergonomics and human factors engineering company that specializes in the safety, sleep, development and quality of life of mother and child. Miguel is an artist, engineer and inventor of the PancakeBot, the world’s first pancake printer. Why just make pancakes when you can create them! After starting other award-winning companies, Lauren co-founded Doggy Logs, a start-up that provides a smartphone enabled GPS tracking application for dog walkers.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM ET
IBM's P-TECH fueling the new collar economy
Alexandra Phillips
Monoswita Saha
Karen Amaker
Janiel Richards
Discover how IBM's P-TECH model is preparing students for new collar jobs in a global economy. Voices from school leadership, P-TECH graduates and IBM share how the model works to break down barriers and build a pathway to STEM careers for young women.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
A Culture of Innovation
Erin Murphy
What is Innovation? How does a fortune 500 company foster a culture that is conducive to innovation? Attend this session to find out how 3M tackles these questions and hear product development stories that illustrate science and innovation at work.
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM ET
The Best Advice I Ever Got - Career * Work/Life * Overcoming obstacles
Nita Patel
Jeanette Southwood
Frances Humphreys
Gitte Schjotz
Simay Akar
The Best Advice I Ever Got—Career * Work/Life * Overcoming Obstacles We’ve invited five women from around the world to share the best advice they’ve ever received on: -Career direction and advancement. -The tricky balance and the right blend of work and life. -The best way over, under, around or thru obstacles that prevent you from achieving your biggest dreams. Join Nita Patel (U.S.), Jeanette Southwood (Canada), Frances Humphreys (Ireland), Gitte Schjotz (Denmark) and Simay Akar (from Turkey, working in China) as they share the guidance, tips, pointers and advice that have helped them be successful on the job and in life.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Bridges to Prosperity
Avery Bang

From the film, Dream Big, hear from an amazing engineer featured in the flm, who works on projects (via Bridges to Prosperity) that connect engineering with creating better lives for people worldwide. 

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM ET
The 2017 Global Marathon: Dreaming Big in 2017.
Renee Perry
Join us as Global Marathon Chair, Renee Perry, closes with a spotlight on this year's program, highlights from the sessions, what we learned and how we're all Dreaming Big through engineering and technology.

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