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WiSE 2022 Conference

The WiSE Conference is a celebration of women in engineering. The day of educational and professional enrichment brings university, college and pre-college students together with faculty, administrators, and professionals.

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Engaged. Empowered. Excellent.

31st annual conference

Saturday, February 26, 2022
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The 2022 WiSE Conference will take place virtually.


Schedule at a Glance


9:00 - 9:30 a.m.


Community building and opportunity to meet your UW WiSE

9:30 - 10:25 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Conference Keynote Panel

“Empowering Your STEM Career”

Dr. Magda Balazinska, Director, Paul G.Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW Seattle

Dr. Leslie Cornick, Dean, School of STEM, UW Bothell

Dr. Heather Dillon, Associate Dean, School of Engineering & Technology, UW Tacoma

Erica Sanchez, Senior Director, Boeing

Tracy Daly, Senior Director, Boeing (Moderator)

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Workshop session 1

Speakers: Katie Chun (Amazon), Raquel Cundiff (Boeing), Cecelia Landau (Accenture), Keertana Krishnan (Accenture), Uloma Okoro (AT&T), Adya Roy (Convoy), Lula Samuel (Accenture), Erica Sanchez (Boeing)

The places you can go and the things you can do! A panel diverse in engineering backgrounds will share how they are using their degrees in the workplace. Panelists will describe what it means to be an engineer and how you can become one. They will share experiences, practices, and lessons that have helped them build a rewarding and innovative career as a professional engineer.

Speaker: Lindi Rubadiri-Mujugira

It is important to know who you are as you embark on your career journey. People who have a clear understanding of their strengths/skills/talents as well as those of the people on their team work more efficiently. They also tend to be happier. Do you know what strengths you bring to the table? To gain more clarity about your strengths please join us for an introduction to the Dependable Strengths Process where you will begin to identify your strengths, learn about a proven strategy to discover the strengths of others, and how to talk about them.

Speakers: Yuliana Flores, Niveditha Kalavakonda, Nathalie Thelemaque, Karen Wetterhahn, Kathleen Rascon (UW)

Have you ever wondered whether getting an MS or a Ph.D. is right for you? Does the prospect feel overwhelming and exhausting? A panel of UW engineering advisors and graduate students will help you understand why students apply, and how to begin preparing for graduate school. We will provide useful data on what you can do to improve your chances of admission, how to write an effective Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement, how to obtain meaningful Letters of Recommendation, and leave you with insights on how to be successful during your first year. This talk is for undergraduates wanting to go straight to graduate school (right after graduation or later), current graduate students, and/or professionals currently working in the industry considering going back to school.

Speakers: Career Center @ Engineering

The ongoing pandemic has changed the way students look for work, and how they navigate their careers. As we start to approach a new normal, what should students prioritize as they think about their professional trajectories? Topics discussed will be navigating in-person vs. hybrid vs. remote positions, changes to the job search process, networking and relationship building remotely, and much more.

Speaker: Michelle Cheng (Northrop Grumman)

Navigating the college landscape as an up-and-coming young adult is an exhilarating yet intimidating experience. A college campus provides a controlled environment for learning difficult engineering concepts, pursuing newly discovered passions, and exploring uncharted academic and personal territories. However, unlike high school, college and the soon-to-come real world do not have a pre-determined path. It is easy to become overwhelmed with decision paralysis and not know the right direction to go. Although we think we should have all the answers by now, the purpose of college is not to define the rest of our lives. In this workshop, we will explore how the people, places, and things during college cultivate our sense of Identity Capital and provide the stepping stone for greater opportunities in life.

Speakers: Ayesha McAdams-Mahmoud, Vivien Rico, Tia Williams (Salesforce)

Experience Design - a career where technology and innovation creatively merge. Do you know what Experience Design is and what they do? Join us as we explore the diversity of the growing field with career journeys and insights shared in a lively conversation from specialist practitioners in the field from Salesforce.

Speakers: Aimee M Rodriguez-Colon , Sonia Hingorany, Shelby Ovrom (Amazon)

Come join in the conversation with a panel consisting of members from the Amazon Women in STEM organization as they candidly share their perspectives regarding their job roles and experiences working as women in the STEM driven industry. We will cover imposter syndrome, entry into the workforce (early and mid-career), how diversity and inclusion initiatives hinder/helped their success, and the benefits/support structures available for women at Amazon. Our panel represents different social and ethnic backgrounds (first-generation grads to third-generation grads; LatinX, USA, and Indian/POC).

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Workshop session 2

Speakers: Samantha Fung (UW), Amal Katrib (eSaha), Shelley Lankford (WA State DOH), Brynn Olden (Bristol Myers), Magaly Ramirez (UW), Reitha Weeks (Shoreline Community College)

Rewarding “science” careers in academia, industry and non-profits await those with degrees in engineering! The term “science” covers many disciplines but at this session you will hear from a bioengineer working in a drug development company, an electrical engineer who founded a nonprofit focused on telehealth, an industrial & systems engineer who is a UW faculty member working on public health issues, and a civil & environmental engineering graduate student researching lake water contamination. The panelists will share their education and career paths, the skills, and activities important for success and future directions in their fields.

Speaker: Sheila Oh (Seattle University)

Are you consistently exhausted at the end of the week? Never have enough time to run errands or connect with friends? If so, you may be too busy. Or it's possible that you just haven't found the right balance. Join this workshop and learn how to reach your goals, prioritize your well-being, find balance both at home and work, and discover strategies to be your happiest and most productive self.

Speakers: Shachi Mittal, Zheyu (Ruby) Jin, Jinny Ryu, Nicole Minkoff (UW)

A panel of UW Chemical Engineering (ChemE) faculty and graduate students highlight how ChemE can be a path to a wide range of careers - even if you don't like chemistry! We'll talk about the biggest problems facing the world today and how chemical engineers' systemic approach allows them to have a big impact across a wide range of areas, often using computing and data tools, including health & medicine, the environment, energy and sustainability, air and space, and transportation.

Speaker: Sirena Merfalen (Boeing), Erica Sanchez (Boeing)

Not sure what internship or job is the best fit for your strengths and interests? Curious about how to manage work-life balance? A relationship with a mentor who provides knowledge and development support can assist you in answering some of the toughest career questions. Mentoring is a powerful career development tool that can help advance one’s professional goals and aspirations. Whether you are a student or a recent college graduate, this session will share how to build your team by providing tips on getting a support system, seeking out a mentor, having a strong peer group, and providing insight from industry professionals. We will share our story on how we started and continue to work together in a mentoring capacity.

Speakers: Career Services @ Engineering

Have you asked yourself what makes me unique and distinct? Am I clear about my major, career, and life plans? Can I really do anything? What questions do I ask and where do I go to explore? Do you follow the road most traveled? Being Distinct makes you valuable, marketable and sets you apart. Your individual differences, how you build your personal brand, and project your self-confidence are among the attributes that demonstrate your uniqueness. Join a team of experienced career coaches as they discuss strategies, share suggestions, and tools to help you prepare for your journey of discovery to reach the Finish Line.

Speakers: Angela Giese (3M), Allison J. Bell (3M)

Comradery and sisterhood. It is something we expect from other women whether in the classroom or workplace as we break the glass ceiling advancing towards gender parity. However, as the percentage of women on teams continues to grow, resistance rather than sisterhood can also develop between team members, peers, and/or leaders. Where does this resistance come from and what impact can it have on how we add value to an organization? By understanding the root cause of these behaviors, we can learn to break the chains of unsupportive behavior. As you are breaking the glass ceiling, remember to look behind with arms outstretched to be a navigator to those who are following or coming up alongside you. We are all intelligent, capable, amazing women and it is crucial that we support one another. Leave ready to benefit by practicing sisterhood and creating a supportive environment where we all can flourish.

Speakers: Katrina Jones (Boeing, Ret’d), Cecelia Landau (Accenture), Keertana Krishnan (Accenture)

With the constant increase and dependency on networks and devices, Cybersecurity is increasing in demand and is becoming more and more embedded as part of daily life. This workshop will briefly explore Cybersecurity, discuss different niches (specialized jobs), the challenges present, and how you can utilize your engineering and/or science major to make an impact in the areas of Cybersecurity.


12:30 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. 

2022 WiSE Conference Ends