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2013 National WEPAN Conference Gatherings and Keynotes

Corporate Advisory Council Meeting

The purpose of the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) is to provide advice, counsel, and resources to the WEPAN Board to advance the organization’s mission. The focus of this meeting will be to identify how WIE programs and corporate partners can work together to align engineering school culture with corporate needs for a diverse, globally competent work force.

Newcomers Reception

Make new friends and network with your colleagues as you learn about WEPAN committee opportunities

Opening Showcase and Reception

Showcase 2013: Best and Emerging Practices

The Showcase Reception features posters, exhibits and mini-presentations of best practices in research and programs. Enjoy delicious refreshments and network with your colleagues as you learn about our Corporate Partners’ initiatives and WEPAN Committee opportunities.

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Dinner Discussion Groups

Have a lively discussion on a featured topic with other conference attendees. Topic include:
Partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions
Diversity Advancement
WEPAN Knowledge Center
Program Assessment & Evaluation
Mentorship Moving Forward

 Opening Keynote Address

Engage Everyone: Strategies to Increase Participation of Under-represented Groups in Science and Engineering
Keynote Speaker: Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College

This talk explores the reasons underlying the low participation of women and minorities in some areas of science and engineering and presents strategies for increasing participation. I will also talk about my own experiences in becoming a female technologist, and how Harvey Mudd College dramatically increased the number of females majoring in computer science, from 10% of the majors to 40% over a three year period.

Plenary Luncheon Panel

Engaging Men: Partnering to Increase Organizational Diversity

Panel Members:

Colin Bodell, Amazon
Alix Hughes, Amazon
Beth Holloway, Purdue University
Klod Kokini, Purdue University

So often, initiatives to increase diversity or retain diverse employees center on the target population themselves: women’s events are run by women, female employees are asked to recruit women. While these are meaningful approaches, if they stands alone, we lose out on leveraging one of the most important resources: our male leaders and colleagues, who are critical partners in establishing an environment that effectively leverages diversity of thought  to increase an organization’s ability to innovate.  If companies and institutions are going to create environments that attract and retain women, everyone must engage, most importantly, the men! In this panel, male/female teams from a variety of organizations will share their experiences working together to increase female representation in their environments. They will share what’s worked, what struggles they’ve addressed, but most importantly how they’ve been able to leverage their collective diversity of thought to learn from each other and progress their organization culture working together.

Keynote Address (Friday)

Keynote Session: The Engineering “Welcome Table”: An Interactive Invitation
Arthur C. Jones, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Clinical Professor of Culture and Psychology, University of Denver – Colorado Women’s College; Founder and Chair Emeritus, The Spirituals Project

At the center of all of Art Jones’ work is the belief that those of us who seek to create institutional change can do much more than we ever imagined when we work to create cultural spheres where personal empowerment can live, breathe and grow.  He has arrived at this approach through a series of transformational experiences in his own personal and professional life. Early in his career, after receiving a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa in 1974, he devoted much of his time –  as a scholar, teacher and clinical practitioner –  to demonstrating the myriad ways in which the dominant culture influences profoundly almost every aspect of human behavior, often with negative consequences. In the early 1990s, as he revived his childhood interest in music, he began immersing himself – through research, writing and musical performance – in the sacred songs created and first sung by African women and men who were enslaved in America in the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the lessons that emerged from this immersion was a deeply experiential understanding of the flip side of oppression, where marginalized people can create profound changes in the very environments that oppress them. It is a lesson that he believes can be applied effectively to advance the efforts of members of WEPAN and their allies as they work to create a scientific culture where women from diverse  backgrounds can be not only welcome in the culture, but also agents of that welcoming culture.

Awards Luncheon

The Awards Banquet, honors key individuals, programs, and corporations for accomplishments that highlight WEPAN’s mission. Honorees demonstrate extraordinary service, significant achievement, model programs, and exemplary work environments that promote the success of women in engineering.

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