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Opening Keynote: Improving Collective Decision Making and Performance through Diversity
Scott Page author of “The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies” demonstrates why groups that consist of people with different perspectives, mindsets and ways of solving problems make more accurate predictions and solve problems more effectively than groups of "experts".

Plenary Presentation: Managing Culture, the Business Case for Change, and Improving Engagement in Change Initiatives.
Jeff Barth, Program Manager, Catalyst, will present research on engaging men in gender initiatives, the benefits of inclusive leadership and key research findings from Rockwell Automation’s program, “Calling all White Men: Can Training Help Create Inclusive Workplaces?” Attendees will also be introduced to the MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) program, launched in 2012 to empower members to engage in candid conversations about gender and its impact in the workplace.

Plenary Presentation: Borderlands of Education: Moving towards for a More Enlightened Engineering Culture
Michelle Madsen Camacho and Susan M. Lord will lead an interactive session highlighting key structural problems in engineering education and suggesting creative solutions. This session consists of panelists exploring structures of inequity in engineering culture, then illuminating and debunking myths, and finally offering strategies to avoid biases. This session will use an "interactive theatre" approach. You can participate as a panelist to identify "microaggressions", using theories from their book The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering to discuss scenarios and to work together to identify and share solutions that lead to change.

Launching the Advancing Culture in Engineering (ACE) initiative

Building on discussions and thought leadership from the Corporate Advisory Council, WEPAN has developed a new initiative called Advancing Culture in Engineering—ACE. ACE is a pilot initiative to reshape those parts of engineering culture that cause women to vote with their feet in engineering school through mid-career. Proven gender equity strategies will be selected and translated for active implementation by both universities and companies. The overarching goal is to build a sustainable engineering culture that retains and advances the pool of talented women engineers within engineering colleges and companies.

A “Speed-Networking” Session to Develop a Shared Vision and Actions for How Corporations and Universities can Work Together on Culture Change

In this interactive, speed-networking session, WEPAN’s corporate and university partners will discuss critical questions to collaborate on culture change. Participants will interact through fast-paced, small group break-outs and whole-group sharing.  Participants will take away new ideas for collaborations and for developing culture change within their institution or company.

Showcase and 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Showcase Reception features posters, exhibits and mini-presentations of best practices in research and programs designed to ‘equip the women’ in engineering. Enjoy delicious refreshments and network with your colleagues as you learn about initiatives from university programs and corporate partners.

Corporate Advisory Council Meeting
The focus of this meeting will be to identify how engineering programs and corporate partners can work together to align engineering school culture with corporate needs for a diverse, globally competent work force.

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