Date(s) - 04/16/2016
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Boeing Company
2016 SWE-OC Professional Development Conference
Cultivating Your Best Self
The Society of Women Engineers Orange County (SWE-OC) Section is hosting their annual Professional Development Conference (PDC), to be held Saturday, April 16, 2016. Whether you are a seasoned professional, seeking new opportunities, just entering the job market, or an ambitious student, PDC offers attendees the skills needed to succeed in the work place and advance their careers.
SWE-OC supports your professional development with the focus to empower you while Cultivating Your Best Self through the conference sessions, including:
Keynote by Newsha Ghodsi
Newsha Ghodsi will provide the keynote presentation at the Professional Development Conference. Her extensive background and dynamic experience will inspire attendees to continue cultivating their skills and becoming the best they can be.
Newsha is currently the Senior Manager, Technical Services at Tesoro’s Los Angeles Refinery where she leads a department of 75 engineers and specialists focused on all aspects of process engineering, design, and controls and automation for refinery operations. In this role, Newsha’s primary focus has been in developing a solid engineering recruiting program, a rotational development program for new engineers, and training and development opportunities to ensure the success and advancement of engineering talent within Tesoro’s Refining system. She is also a member of the Leadership Team at what is now the 8th largest refinery in the U.S. Newsha has over 20 years of experience in the petroleum industry, spanning Technical, Operations, and Commercial areas of the downstream business.
Delegating Effectively by Maureen Price
Maureen Price will discuss the topic of delegating effectively for both your work and your home life. As engineers, one of the hardest “soft skills” to learn is how to delegate, and how to do it effectively. Having good delegation skills will move your career along quickly and will make you more productive, as your time is freed up for personal activities.
Maureen is the Technology & Execution Council Chair for Fluor’s Business Transformation & Innovation team, where she oversees new technology opportunities and provides technical guidance to project execution. Maureen also manages Fluor’s Fellows program, which is designed to attract, develop, mentor, and reward employees who excel in a technical area.
70/20/10 Road Map by Carrie Swanson
Carrie Swanson will touch on all encompassing topics that will help attendees in various challenges they may face. These challenges can range from negotiating salaries to finding work-life integration, transitioning to a new career to managing a new team. Carrie offers one simple solution, the 70/20/10 Road Map. Join us at PDC to find out how to navigate this road map.
Carrie began her career as an attorney representing companies in labor and employment litigation. She transferred her experience to Boeing Commercial Airplanes and is now the Senior Manager of Human Resources for Customer Support. Carrie earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carrie also volunteers with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Working Wardrobes.
Women Advancing in STEM by Lt Col Michelle Villavaso
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Michelle Villavaso will discuss the topic of women advancing in the STEM industry. As an Air Force officer working in development, test, and operations of space programs, there are countless opportunities and also challenges as a woman in an engineering environment. The industry and the Air Force are rapidly advancing technology and it is an exciting time to be a part of it and to take advantage of the many professional development opportunities it affords.
Lt Col Villavaso serves as the Materiel Leader and Program Manager of the Wide Field of View Testbed Satellite, Remote Sensing Division, Space and Missile Systems Center at the LA Air Force Base. She oversees a government and contractor team responsible for the integration, development, and demonstration of a next-generation infrared missile warning space and ground system informing the future of the $20B Space Based Infrared System architecture. Prior to this assignment, she served in a joint assignment in the Executive Agent for Space Staff at the Pentagon.
Panel Session: Taking Down the Roadblocks to Achieve Success
The conference will conclude with a panel session focusing on the topic of “Taking Down the Roadblocks to Achieve Success.” The panel will include a variety of speakers with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Meet engineers who will share challenges they have faced in the workplace and how they overcame them. This interactive panel will engage the audience and provide insight as to how they can approach obstacles they may encounter throughout their career.
Conference attendees will be required to provide proof of identification in order to gain access to the facility. Please see below for accepted identification:
Boeing Employees – Boeing Issued Badges
US Citizens – A US Government Issued Photo ID
Non-US Citizens – Passport
Resident Aliens (Green Cards) – A Government Issued Photo ID
Breakfast Generously Sponsored by the Air Force.
Lunch and Location Generously Sponsored by the Boeing Company.
Our additional generous sponsors include Tesoro, Fluor, Amway/Nutrilite, Geosyntec, AECOM, SoCal Gas, and Octa.
When Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar
Where The Boeing Company – Seal Beach, CA – View Map