Creating the Mindset for Action: Driving for Change

Wednesday Morning Keynote

Wednesday, June 14
8:00am - 9:15am - Westminster III & IV

As the 2017 Change Leader Forum wraps up, the Creating the Mindset for Action panel will discuss key initiatives, learnings and actions that can drive working towards 50/50 by 2050.  This esteemed and established panel has a wealth of experience in driving for change in the Engineering culture.  At the conclusion of the panel you will leave feeling inspired, empowered and armed with critical thoughts and ideas on driving for change. 

Jenna Carpenter, Ph.D. 
Campbell University

Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter is the Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering at Campbell University in North Carolina. Prior to that, she served for 26 years at Louisiana Tech University, as Associate Dean, Department Head and Director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering. She is a past president of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). Dr. Carpenter was Principal Investigator of Louisiana Tech’s National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant, which sought to create a culture of success for women faculty in engineering and science, and previously served as co-Principal Investigator on the NSF-funded WEPAN Knowledge Center Project, which created an online database/professional community focused on women in engineering and science. Dr. Carpenter currently advises and speaks about diversity and mentoring for a variety of NSF-funded programs and women-serving engineering and science organizations. In 2015 DreamBox Learning selected Dr. Carpenter as one of their 10 Women in STEM Who Rock! for her advocacy work and TEDx talk, “Engineering: Where are the Girls and Why aren’t They Here?”


Amy Freeman, Ph.D.
The Pennsylvania State University ~ Panel Facilitator

Facilitating the panel will be WEPAN President-Elect, Dr. Amy Freeman. Dr. Freeman is Assistant Dean of Engineering Diversity at The Pennsylvania State University. She holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education. This unusual combination has provided her with a professional skill set that combines the technical and the social sciences. She has been an advocate for STEM educational access and global collaboration for over two decades. In that time, she has developed a wide range of programming and success strategies designed to serve STEM students. She is a proponent of work-life balance, and is the author of Stress Less: 10 Balancing Insights on Work and Life.


Gretal Leibnitz, Ph.D.
ProActualize Consulting and WEPAN

Gretal Leibnitz serves as co-PI and Project Director for WEPAN’s Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) projet. Dr. Leibnitz has been involved in social justice, broadening participation, institutional and organizational change efforts for the past 20+ years.  She has worked in numerous organizational contexts ranging from non-profit to private liberal arts and large public research-intensive academic institutions. Recently, Dr. Leibnitz helped initiate and lead a 5 year ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project, a NSF GSE Engineering faculty professional development project, and an NSF i-Corps-L project.  She holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology.


Gregory Washington, Ph.D. 
University of California - Irvine

Dr. Gregory Washington has served as Dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine since 2011. Under his leadership, the school has increased its faculty ranks and numbers of students. In 2015, he chaired UCI's Task Force on Ensuring a Positive Climate for the Campus's African American Community. Dr. Washington earned his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina State University.


Glenn Weckerlin 

Glenn Weckerlin currently oversees the worldwide portfolio of University and Association Partnerships at Chevron Corporation. Prior to his current role, Weckerlin oversaw Chevron’s Corporate Programs and Partnerships portfolio where he developed signature programs and strategic partnerships to build Chevron’s corporate reputation. Prior to that, he served as the Global Director, Brand and Product Line Management for Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, California. Weckerlin held a number of senior executive assignments, in planning, manufacturing, supply and trading, Health, Safety and Environment management and pricing. After graduating from Purdue University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, he continued his education and earned a JD from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. Weckerlin joined the WEPAN Board of Directors in July, 2016.