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Building Powerful Women

Women in Engineering Conference

  • 27 Nov 2012
  • 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
  • The State Club, Raleigh, NC

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This unique learning and networking event will inspire and uplift women with insights shared from influential women leaders. 


Standard: $110  •  Public Sector Employee: $100  •  Student: $75

Opening General Session and Luncheon Speaker: 

Catherine Karakatsanis, President, Engineers Canada   

Learn about the groundbreaking work being done by Engineers Canada to attract and retain more women in the engineering profession in Canada.  Ms. Karakatsanis will candidly share the efforts that Canada has already undertaken in support of women in engineering and the lessons learned from these experiences.

Education Sessions Include:


Laura Bottomley, PhD, Director, Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach College of Engineering, NC State University

Speaking with Authority  

Linda Shields, President, Speaking with Authority

Power Plays for Women: How to Get What You Want, Need and Deserve                                                          

Betsy Smith, PhD, E.L. Smith Consulting

Closing Panelist Session: Speaking the Truth:       

These uncertain times require more from us to meet challenges and overcome adversities.  These times are also great opportunities for us to question long-held sacred cows, to discuss what is “undiscussable” and take risks to share our insights.  Do you speak up or stay silent?  Are you heard or do you feel ignored?  In this session, learn from our experienced women engineers how they have overcome barriers and false perceptions throughout their careers and how they have learned to work effectively in a male-dominated profession.  This interactive discussion will deal candidly with how to build your resilience and capacity to speak your truth and how to take a stand – respectfully and appropriately – for what you believe in when it matters most.

Sepi Asefnia, Sepi Engineering | Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor for Transportation & Utilities for the City of Philadelphia | Valoree Eikinas, Mulkey Engineers & Consultants | Catherine Karakatsanis, Engineers Canada | Pam Townsend, AECOM

Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff, PE, Executive Director, IES, NCSU

Reception and Fashion Show to Immediately Follow the Closing Session.

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