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Professional Development Conference: Discovering Your Potential

Sat Sep 19, 2020
Professional Development Conference: Discovering Your Potential

Time Sat Sep 19 2020 at 09:00 am to 12:30 pm



Professional Development Conference Discovering Your Potential Professional Development Conference: Discovering Your Potential
SWE-OC Professional Development Conference: Discovering Your Potential

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SWE-OC Professional Development Conference: Discovering Your PotentialSponsored by Amazon

The Society of Women Engineers Orange County (SWE-OC) Section is hosting their Professional Development Conference (PDC), to be held Saturday, September 19, 2020. Whether you are a seasoned professional, seeking new opportunities, just entering the job market, or an ambitious student, come discover your potential! PDC offers attendees the skills needed to succeed in the work place and take their careers to the next level.

Keynote by Erin McConahey

Erin McConahey will provide the keynote presentation at the Professional Development Conference. Erin McConahey, PE FASHRAE LEED BD+C, is an accomplished Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of work in the Los Angeles office of Arup, a global engineering firm. Recent projects include the Broad Museum, Stevens Hall at USC, the California Science Center Oschin Pavilion, and the LA Memorial Coliseum. In addition to her design and project management duties, she has spent over 6 years as Arup’s Diversity and Inclusion Advocate for the Americas Region. During that time she developed a no-nonsense, no blame way of helping people understand how unconscious bias has created practices that predispose only some people for success and what to do to reverse patterns of microinequity by changing organizational systems. 

“Ask A Manager" by Charlotte Wagner 

Charlotte Wagner is the General Manager of the Southern California Branch, building automation, for Schneider Electric. She has her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and has her PE, CEM, and LEED AP BD+C. She has been a people manager for 13 years. She has been in SWE for over 30 years holding numerous positions including President of two local sections, national membership chair, and the first Section Vitality chair (now Leadership Coaching). She is a Fellow, Life Member, and Distinguished Service Award recipient. Her current SWE position is the co-chair of the Senior Member Engagement Affinity Group.

Panel Session

The conference will conclude with a panel session. 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 and how they used them as stepping stones to get to the next level.


Nadia Mugisha, EIT, Design Engineer at PACE Advanced Water Engineering

Dr. A. Abdelmessih, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cal Baptist University 

Jessica Gearhart, Process Development Engineering Manager at Applied Medical 

Maryam Asghari, PhD student in the Advanced Power and Energy Program at UC Irvine


 Introduction 9:00 am - 9:15 am

Keynote by Erin McConahey  9:15 am - 10:00 am       

Yoga for the Workspace . 10:00 am - 10:15 am

Break 10:15 am - 10:30 am 

"Ask A Manager" by Charlotte Wagner 10:30 am - 11:15am   

Panel Session 11:15 am - 12:00 pm   

Raffle and Closing 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Thank you to our generous sponsors: 

Title Sponsor: Amazon

Platinum Sponsor: Applied Medical

Gold Sponsor: Parker Aerospace

Sponsor: Exxon Mobil Foundation

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Ticket Information Ticket Price
Regular - Members USD 10
Regular - Non-Members USD 10
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About The Host: SWE-OC is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering.
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