Global Marathon

March 9-11, 2015

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The Global Marathon is the only free, virtual event uniting E&T women that coincides with International Women’s Day. Join us for interactive webcasts and Champion (locally organized) satellite events. Daily themes are:

March 5 – Advice from the Top

March 6 – Gaining Momentum

March 7 – Inspire Yourself. Inspire Others

A Champion is an individual, group or organization willing to conduct an activity or event which brings attention to the Global Marathon and its mission of building and supporting a worldwide community of women in engineering and technology. Global Marathon Champion activities help spark the conversation worldwide.

Champion (local and regional) activities can take place over a few hours or several days. They are conducted, in general, to coincide with the Global Marathon virtual program 5-7 March and with International Women’s Day on 8 March. However, all Champion activities during the months of February and March are important and help support the Marathon mission of uniting E&T women.  

Effective solutions to global problems require diverse points of view and collaboration. Engineering is a global profession but women are under-represented in most countries. The Global Marathon provides a platform for networking, collaboration, support and inspiration. 

We've created Marathon logos and artwork you can use in emails, articles, posters, etc. as you ‘spread the word’ about your Champion activity. These same logos will appear at the Global Marathon website and on all Global Marathon materials. Your activity will be branded as part of the Global Marathon taking place worldwide.

We are excited to include your activity for the 2014 Global Marathon. Everyone who registers for the Marathon will be able to see a list of all Champion activities and events worldwide. Champion activities will be highlighted on the DiscoverE website .

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The first day opens with remarks by Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HP. Then hear from and chat with women executives about what you may not learn anywhere else. We will share best career practices from surveys of executive women. Also meet ‘women on the edge’ who are leading emerging technologies.

This unique opening panel of high-level women will share advice, stories, anecdotes and a few lessons learned from that rarified atmosphere of the executive office. A mix of video remarks from Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HP, and others and live discussion with thought leaders will make this a session with high impact for you and your career.

Moderator: Danielle Curcio, Chief Software Engineer, Raytheon and 2014 Global Marathon Chair

Panelists:

- Kris Pederson, Vice President, IBM Global Business Services – Addresses 2012-13 Advancing Women at IBM, a research study of 650 IBM women executives in 30 countries.

- Wendy DuBow, NCWIT, Study: Male Advocates and Allies: Promoting Gender Diversity in Technology Workplaces

- Joanne Bamber, Vice President & Lead Counsel, Law & Government Affairs, Motorola Solutions UK Ltd., Study: Voice of the Customer with the women at Motorola Solutions

Moderator: Renee Neubecker, Marketing Manager Global Portfolio Strategy, Motorola Solutions

Panelists:

- Dr. Katharine Frase, Vice President and CTO, Global Public Sector, IBM

- Dr. Shubha Kadambe, Engineering Fellow, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

- Dr. Alexa Dembek, Global Business Director, DuPont Energy Storage Venture

Moderator: Diane Melley, Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM and Global Marathon Thought Leader

Join presenters for practical tips to advance your knowledge and career. Together we will explore best practices for global teamwork, changing careers, and much more.

In today's competitive global economy, companies rely on creative and passionate people to collaborate and spark new ideas to solve problems.  High performance teams with members from across the globe will work together to design, develop and commercialize solutions.  Learn from 3M team leaders why these teams are so important, and what makes them successful. 
 
Session Leader: 
  • Nancy Seleski, Director, Supply Chain, Quality & EHS, 3M Industrial Business Group
 
3M Panelists: 

- Erica Jin, Senior Engineering Manager, Xinqiao Plant, 3M China

- Camila Cruz Durlacher, Technical Manager, 3M Corporate Research Process Laboratory 

- Monica Dalla Riva, European Design Lab Manager, 3M Italy, 3M Consumer Business Group

- Karen McCarthy, Manager, International Engineering Services, 3M Engineering

Panelists:

- Margaret Ajibode, Director, Obatec and Co-Chair Programs Committee, INWES

- Nita Patel, IEEE WIE Chair and Global Marathon Thought Leader

Panelists:

- Martha L. Rees, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel DuPont Legal

- Mala Mary Martina, CEO, I Love Mondays, A company that specializes in New Age careers.

Moderator: Gayle Gibson, Director, Engineering, DuPont and Global Marathon Thought Leader

Visit with volunteers who engage, empower and enhance their communities, other women and their own careers. These professional women volunteer with humanitarian organizations, mentor women in engineering; and encourage the next generations. The day – and the event – concludes with remarks by the Marathon’s Global Chair, Danielle Curcio, Chief Software Engineer for Raytheon and Dawn McGinley, Global Leader and Strategist, 3M Women’s Leadership Forum and 2015 Marathon Chair.

This session addresses volunteers working with humanitarian organizations, mentoring women in engineering and encouraging the next generation.

Speakers:

- India: Ramalatha Marimuthu, Dept. Head, IT, Kumaraguru College of Technology under Anna University

- Australia: Janina Mazierska, Engineering Professor of Electrical and Electronic, James Cook University, Australia

- Sweden: Marie Nilsson, Diversity Leader, Nordic Region/LGBT Program Manager, Europe, IBM Sweden

 

This session shines a spotlight on the groundbreaking collaboration between  SWE, APWEN & ASCE to inspire the next generation of Nigerian female engineering leaders through their Inaugural Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day community event!

Speakers:

- Ms. Nnoli Akpedeye, President, Association of Professional Women Engineers in Nigeria

- Constance V.A. Thompson, ASCE Senior Manager for Diversity

 

Speakers:

- Danielle Curcio, Chief Software Engineer, Raytheon and 2014 Global Marathon Chair

- Dawn L. McGinley, Global Leader & Strategist, 3M Women’s Leadership Forum, 3M Gives and 2015 Global Marathon Chair

Alexa is the Global Business Director for the DuPont New Business Venture in Energy Storage.  In this role, she leads the global team responsible for creating value and building a new business in Energy Storage to drive growth for DuPont.

  • Alexa is a panelist on Wednesday's Women on the Edge: Leaders in Emerging Technologies session

Date & Time: March 5th - 1:00pm to 1:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Camila is currently in the U.S. for a two-year assignment in 3M’s Personal Safety Division and now in the Polymer Processing and Precision Replication in 3M’s Corporate Research Process Lab. Camila joined 3M in 2000 in 3M Brasil, and was Technical Manager where she established and managed the Safety and Security Business group laboratories for seven years. Her previous experience also includes optimized operations, Intellectual Property Liaison, and Six Sigma Black Belt.

  • Camilla is a panelist on Thursday's Global Perspectives: Building High-Performance Diverse Teams session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 8:00 to 8:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Constance V.A. Thompson, CCDP, Aff.M.ASCE  is a Diversity & Inclusion Practitioner with over 15 years of successful experience strategically leading corporate, higher education and not for profit organizations in promoting diversity & furthering inclusion.

Constance serves as the Senior Manager for Diversity Programs with the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) where she is responsible for partnering with the Society’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CDI), strategic partners and allies to “make Diversity & Inclusion a way of doing business within ASCE and the broader civil engineering community.  She is a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP) and represents ASCE on the DiscoverE Diversity Council.  Constance also serves as the co-chair of the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) Diversity Coalition, is a member of The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Multicultural Committee, an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Greater Washington Committee.

  • Constance is the moderator for Friday’s Leveraging Global Collaborations to Inspire the Next Generation of Female Engineering Leaders session.

Date & Time: March 7th – 6:30 to 7:00am (Eastern Standard Time/12:30pm Nigeria)

Danielle assumed the roles of chief software engineer for Corporate Engineering and program manager for Raytheon’s cyberrange in June 2010. As chief software engineer, she oversees and guides multiple software efforts across Raytheon’s four businesses.  

  • Danielle is the Moderator for Wednesday's Opening Panel: Making a Difference for You and Your Career: Women in E&T

Date & Time: March 5th - 12:00 to 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)

  • Danielle is also a speaker for Friday's Closing Remarks: Together We Make a Difference.

Date & Time: March 7th - 7:00 to 7:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Dawn is currently in a new 3M role -- Global Leader & Strategist, 3M Women’s Leadership Forum. The Forum was launched in November, 2013 in a determined effort to drive global initiatives to impact the inclusion and advancement of women in 3M around the world. Dawn’s work focuses on attracting women to 3M, engaging women and men in the Forum and accelerating its work, and improving the pipeline of female candidates for leadership roles worldwide

  • Dawn is a speaker on Friday's Closing Remarks: Together We Make a Difference.

Date & Time: March 7th - 7:00 to 7:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Diane has leadership responsibility over the IBM services grant portfolio globally, which includes offerings for not-for-profits, schools and government organizations. She led the IBM Centennial Celebration of Service in 2011 when IBM had over 300,000 volunteers in 120 countries participate. She also leads the On Demand Community, IBM's global strategic initiative to support employee and retiree volunteer efforts worldwide.

  • Diane is the moderator on Wednesday's Women on the Edge: Leaders in Emerging Technologies session

Date & Time: March 5th - 1:00pm to 1:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Erica has worked in 3M China for 16 years in the engineering group, with a degree in mechanical engineering. Currently, she is located at Shanghai Xinqiao plant, and manages the 3M China XQ resident engineering team and plant engineering team focused on resident engineering services, introducing new production lines and upgrading existing production, and equipment localization. Her previous roles include facility engineer, senior project engineer, resident engineering supervisor, and resident engineering manager.

  • Erica is a panelist on Thursday's Global Perspectives: Building High-Performance Diverse Teams session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 8:00 to 8:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Gayle leads the DuPont Engineering Research and Technology organization of internal engineering consultants and the company’s Field Engineering Program for early-career engineers.  She joined DuPont in 1983 and held a variety of roles through which she implemented best practices and enabled global business revitalization on behalf of multiple, high-performing business units. Her contributions included engineering design, process engineering, research and development, product and process development, manufacturing supervision, market development, business strategy, growth and supply chain improvement.

  • Gayle is the moderator for Thursday's Why & How I Changed Careers session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 9:00 to 9:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Janina holds a Personal Chair and is a member of Council at James Cook University, Australia. She graduated from Politechnika Warszawska, Poland, in Electronic Engineering with MEE and PhD. She worked there in 1972-1987, including a four year secondment to University of Jos under a Polish-Nigerian intergovernmental agreement. In 1987 she joined James Cook University, where she held various positions including Deputy & Acting Dean of Faculty of Engineering. She was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in 1991 and 1996. From 2004 to 2008 she was a Head of the Institute of Information Sciences and Technology at Massey University, New Zealand.

Janina’s research expertise is in microwave characterisation of low loss materials: High Temperature Superconductors, dielectrics and semiconductors,with over 130 journal and conference proceedings papers published. She was elected an IEEE Fellow (class 2005).

Janina has been serving the IEEE since 1987in many roles in Australia, Region 10 and globally. In the period 2007-2008 she was on the IEEE Board of Directors and a Director of Region 10. Currently she is a member of IEEE R10 Advisory Committee and IEEE Service Awards Committee.

For service to the Polish Australian Community Janina has been awarded the Order of Poland (Złoty Krzyż Zasługi).

  • Janina is a panelist on Friday’s Engage, Empower and Enhance Through Volunteering session.

Date & Time: March 7th - 6:00 to 6:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Joanne is the Vice President & Lead Counsel for Law & Government Affairs, Motorola Solutions in the UK. She has over fifteen years of international and domestic legal management experience, supporting sales, product development, manufacturing and services in addition to traditional legal counseling, both contentious and non-contentious. She is a focused business partner with strong business acumen offering analytical, commercial and operational perspectives. A strong communicator, she is able to clearly explain complex legal or commercial issues to non-legal colleagues.

Joanne has optimized multi-disciplined teams to enhance individual and team performance and has forged collaborative relationships at all levels including business partners, customers, peers and colleagues.

  • Joanne is a panelist on Wednesday’s The Best Advice You’ll Ever Get and Be Able to Give session.

Date & Time: March 5th - 12:30 to 1:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Karen has worked in 3M for 33 years in various technical positions such as manufacturing engineer, quality supervisor, corporate project management consultant/trainer, and engineering technical manager. Currently, she manages 3M's International Engineering Services department, a group that focuses on international equipment transfers, internal global engineering systems, and global engineering training.

  • Karen is a panelist on Thursday's Global Perspectives: Building High-Performance Diverse Teams session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 8:00 to 8:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Katharine was appointed Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Public Sector, in March 2013. As CTO, she provides thought leadership for IBM and its customers on innovation and strategic transformation specific to government, education, life sciences, healthcare and cities, driving the creation of new solutions. Prior to this role, she was Vice President, Industry Solutions Research, working across IBM Research on behalf of IBM clients, to create transformational industry-focused solutions, including the application of "Watson" technologies to business applications and the realization of Smarter Planet solutions.   

  • Katharine is a panelist on Wednesday's Women on the Edge: Leaders in Emerging Technologies session

Date & Time: March 5th - 1:00pm to 1:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Kris is a seasoned executive with 25 years of management consulting, auditing and financial analysis experience. She currently leads IBM’s Transformation Center of Excellence, as an expert in large-scale business transformation associated with business process and system integration efforts. Her expertise and focus includes strategy consulting, business development, Value Realization/financial engineering, change leadership/organization change, and technology-driven transformation/IT strategy.   

  • Kris is a panelist on Wednesday's The Best Advice You’ll Ever Get and Be Able to Give session

Date & Time: March 5th - 12:30 to 1:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Leslie is the Executive Director of the DiscoverE (formerly National Engineers Week). She is responsible for development and stewardship of a coalition comprised of more than 150 corporate, government, engineering society, education, and diversity partners, representing more than 1.5 million engineers and engineering students. She initiated the DiscoverE K-12 volunteer program for Engineers Week 1990, National Engineers Week Future City Competition in 1993, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day in 2001, Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering in 2005, and the Foundation’s Diversity Council in 2008. 

  • Leslie is a panelist on Friday's Engage, Empower and Enhance Through Volunteering session.

Date & Time: March 7th - 6:00 to 6:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Mala founded I love Mondays, a company known for its expertise in New Age Careers and Communication, and was the Co-founder of IQ studios, a web solutions Company. She was awarded the “Best Engineering Stu¬dent ” award from VTU and is an active member of Toastmasters where she holds the title of the ‘‘Youngest Lady Distinguished Toastmaster.” She has trained more than 20,000 people across India, from soft skills, to how to overcome fear of public speaking to bringing out the best of oneself on stage.

  • Mala is a panelist on Thursday's Why & How I Changed Careers session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 9:00 to 9:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Margaret Ajibode is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry and the Managing Director of Obatec Ltd, an IT Consultancy Business, which she founded in 2005 to help businesses use technology more effectively and efficiently in their business environment. She believes technology should help businesses work smarter not harder. She has been responsible for managing and successfully delivering multi-disciplinary projects to deliver business and system change.

  • Margaret is a panelist on Thursday's Building Confidence and Connections: Best Ways to Mentor and Network session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 8:30 to 9:00am (Eastern Standard Time)

With more than 15 years in the HR area, Marie is an experienced professional in diversity management, leadership and mentoring programmes, talent programs, recruitment, IT industry, LGBT, work/life integration, intercultural communication, and cultural understanding. More than 6 years of her life has been spent studying and working abroad in Syria and in the UK. She holds the degree M.A. in Arabic and political science. Today Marie holds the position of Nordic Diversity Leader, LGBT Program Manager for Europe at IBM, and is also a board member of Diversity Charter Sweden. Ms Nilsson frequently presents and lectures externally on diversity and inclusion, and leadership topics.

  • Marie is a speaker for Friday’s Engage, Empower and Enhance Through Volunteering session.

Date & Time: March 7th – 6:00 to 6:30 am (Eastern Standard Time)

Martha is vice president and assistant general counsel, DuPont Legal. Ms. Rees has global responsibility for the commercial, environmental, corporate/securities, and mergers and acquisitions, legal practices for DuPont. She also serves as chief antitrust counsel and chief environmental counsel. She joined DuPont in 1973 as a research engineer at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del., and later transitioned to a career in DuPont Legal.

  • Martha is a panelist on Thursday's Why & How I Changed Careers session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 9:00 to 9:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Martina is responsible for strategic planning and manages marketing and communications programs at HP Labs, HP’s global corporate research lab.  She leads HP Labs’ research governance process, provides business development and strategic planning advice to research teams, and also manages an extended global team of marketing and communications professionals responsible for HP Labs’ communications activities, including PR, web and social media, special events, and HP Labs’ official blog (www.hp.com/go/hplabs-blog).

  • Martina is speaking during Wednesday’s Making A Difference for You and Your Career: Women in E&T session.

Date & Time: March 5th - Noon to 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Monica joined 3M three years ago, and manages 3M’s European Design Lab in Milan, Italy, the world capital of design. In her role, Monica is responsible for leading European design strategies and execution of solutions able to generate business growth and sustainable innovation, advanced global design, trends and socio cultural trend research. In the 3M Design Lab they don’t design just products, they design solutions for end users and customers.

  • Monica is a panelist on Thursday's Global Perspectives: Building High-Performance Diverse Teams session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 8:00 to 8:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

In her 27-year career, Nancy has held a variety of positions including manufacturing engineer, operations management, Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt, division quality manager and division supply chain manager. In her current role, she is responsible for partnering with the nine divisions within the Industrial Business Group to achieve supply chain, quality, and EHS excellence around the world.

  • Nancy is a panelist on Thursday's Global Perspectives: Building High-Performance Diverse Teams session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 8:00 to 8:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Nita is a Systems and Software Engineering Manager at L-3 Communications, Warrior Systems, manufacturer of night-vision and electro-optical systems. Nita received the 2014 L-3 Engineer of the Year award and the 2011 New Hampshire Engineer of the Year award for her technical contributions to the engineering profession and for her active community involvement.

  • Nita is a speaker during Thursday's Building Confidence and Connections: Best Ways to Mentor and Network session.

Date & Time: March 6th - 8:30 to 9:00am (Eastern Standard Time)

Nnoli is the President of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN).  Her 28 years work experience spans engineering design, construction, project management, technical audit, business planning, infrastructure maintenance and industrial engineering. Nnoli is currently the Technical Planning Manager at Shell Nigeria and has worked previously in manufacturing and construction. She is a graduate of Civil Engineering from University of Lagos and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of Benin. Nnoli is a registered engineer, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a Fellow of Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional and International Facility Management Association-certified Facility Management Professional. She is a result-oriented, articulate and analytical leader with a burning passion to motivate, coach and mentor fellow engineers and young people aspiring to become engineers.

  • Nnoli is a panelist on Friday’s Leveraging Global Collaborations to Inspire the Next Generation of Female Engineering Leaders session.

Date & Time: March 7th – 6:30 to 7:00am (Eastern Standard Time/12:30 to 1:00pm Nigeria) 

Ramalatha has been in teaching for 27 years and currently heads the department of Information Technology, Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. She is known for guiding and mentoring students in developing unique solutions for social problems like special needs and women empowerment. She has delivered lectures on her research area "Assistive Technology" in universities and research organisations all over the world. She chaired the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee in 2011 and 2012 and Region 10 WIE in 2008 – 2010.

  • Ramalatha is a panelist on Friday's Engage, Empower and Enhance Through Volunteering session.

Date & Time: March 7th - 6:00 to 6:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

Renee is a Director in Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s (MSI) Strategy organization. She and her Market Insights team are responsible for conducting voice of customer research impacting portfolio strategy, in-depth analysis of market trends, identifying new growth spaces, as well as managing the MSI Government and Enterprise On-Line Research Forum.

  • Renee is a panelist on Wednesday's The Best Advice You’ll Ever Get and Be Able to Give session

Date & Time: March 5th - 12:30 to 1:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Shubha currently is an Engineering Fellow at the Systems Development Center, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, CA. Prior to joining Raytheon in February of 2013, she was a technical director at Rockwell Collins, Inc. where she developed the Cognitive Electronic Warfare architecture and system (by leading a group of engineers) for communication EW from concepts to a prototype system.

  • Shubha is a panelist on Wednesday's Women on the Edge: Leaders in Emerging Technologies session

Date & Time: March 5th - 1:00pm to 1:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Wendy has worked on issues of social justice her entire career. At the National Center for Women & Information Technology, she serves as the evaluator of NCWIT’s many outreach and educational publications. The data she collects helps NCWIT understand how and to what extent its resources work to advance its mission.

  • Wendy is a panelist on Wednesday's The Best Advice You’ll Ever Get and Be Able to Give session

Date & Time: March 5th - 12:30 to 1:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)

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‘Never underestimate the power of example’ – Gayle Gibson, Director of Corporate Operations, DuPont, and former Marathon Chair

Women in engineering and technology play a critical role in defining how we live and thrive on our shared planet. But in most countries women are under-represented in the E&T professions. By coming together to form a global community, we can elevate the conversation, support each other and network for a greater good.

The marathon is our launching point. Marathon women meet emerging and established leaders around the world; share stories of everyday as well as special personal and professional challenges and successes; and contribute their voices to what women in E&T are saying and doing.

Women from any discipline, experience level, age, interest, culture, industry or employer participate. The marathon fills the need for a connected, facilitated, collaborative place for individuals and organizations.

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