Building Bridges from College to Career

January 26, 2016
12:00 pm


Learn about a course, led jointly by a WEPAN university institutional member and a WEPAN corporate partner, that demonstrates how colleges of engineering and their corporate partners can join forces to make a significant impact on the successful transition of women students as they complete their engineering degree and move on to the workforce.

Dr. Lisa Abrams, Associate Chair, Department of Engineering Education, The Ohio State University and Robin Schribman, Vice President of Global Brand and Customer Experience, Thomson Reuters will talk about how a leadership course for women in STEM was developed, review course materials, and start webinar participants developing their own course or enhancing an existing course. 

The semester long course was designed to provide students with critical skills such as: how to navigate unconscious bias, build your own personal brand, discover why emotional intelligence is critical and develop the tools on how to have crucial conversations that are productive and affirming. Students learned how to lead with courage and confidence in their daily lives by acquiring the skills required to be engaged, authentic and successful in their life's passions. One of the richest outcomes of the course was the creation of a community and a network for women students to share in conversations and be fully supported by their peers. At the end of the semester, many of the students elected to stay together, which for the course leaders, was a great success!

The interactive webinar will include time for exchange of ideas on how to host similar courses nationwide. Following the webinar, a workbook will be available for all participating in the live webinar. WEPAN members not able to attend the live webinar will also have access to the recorded webinar and downloadable workbook.

Available to WEPAN members only. Log-in required.
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Lisa Abrams
Associate Chair - Department of Engineering Education, The Ohio State University

Dr. Lisa Abrams is currently the Associate Director for the Engineering Education Innovation Center at The Ohio State University (OSU). She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and PhD degree in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State. She has seven years of industry experience in the areas of Design and Consulting. Her research focuses on the recruitment, retention, and success of undergraduate students, especially those populations who are under-represented in engineering. She has developed and taught a wide variety of engineering courses in First Year Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State. She has received numerous teaching awards in the last few years at both the College and the Departmental level at OSU.

Robin Schribman
Vice President of Global Brand and Customer Experience - Thomson Reuters

As Vice President of customer experience and insight for Thomson Reuters, Robin leads global strategic initiatives for customer research, experience strategy, brand initiatives, content development and leadership events such as Aspen Ideas Festival, Bond Club, Washington Ideas Festival and the Knowledge Effect Campaign. She supports all divisions driving a “customer first” culture. Since joining Thomson Reuters, Robin developed and grew the primary research group for Thomson Reuters including social intelligence, segmentation, ethnography, value proposition/messaging and the current customer touch point model. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Robin spent a number of years in technology, retail and advertising. She sits on various Thomson Reuters transformation committees and is a member of the CRI strategy team (Diversity and Inclusion). Robin is a member of the WEPAN Board of Directors and is passionate about building a workplace that values gender, racial, and cultural diversity which includes encouraging all employees to be creative, curious and passionate. 

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