2017 Thought Leaders

Renee Perry
Senior Director

Renee Perry is the Chair for the 2017 Global Marathon. She is a Senior Director at Fluor Corporation and serves as the Procurement Department Manager for the Houston office. In this role, Renee’s responsibilities include project execution support, strategy implementation, team training and development, recruiting, and overall department quality. Since joining Fluor in September 1997, Renee has gained supply chain experience in strategic sourcing and capital project execution for a diverse range of projects in the energy & chemicals, mining, power, and government lines of business. Renee was instrumental in the development of the Fluor GROW organization (Growing Representation & Opportunity for Women) and served as the Global Lead from 2013-2016 and as the Houston Chapter President from 2009-2012.  

Renee earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University and a Master of Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Construction Industry Institute. Renee is married, has three sons and resides in Richmond, Texas.  

Leading engineering construction company.
Marvi Matos
2017 Global Marathon Vice Chair

Marvi Matos is the 2017 Global Marathon Vice Chair. She is trained as a Chemical Engineer, with a BS from the University of Puerto Rico and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, and worked as postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under a fellowship from the National Research Council. She served as Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and, later, as a Senior Research Scientist in Bioengineering at the University of Washington. She also worked as an independent consultant in the field of engineering innovations and intellectual property development prior to working in the aerospace industry. At the Boeing Company, Marvi started working as engineer and scientist, formulating materials for aerospace applications. She later served as lead engineer, manufacturing engineering manager, manager in an international special assignment and director of chemical technologies, metals and ceramics. Today, Marvi works as Product Group Lead for the Materials and Processes team at Blue Origin. 

Marvi is a wife and a mother. In her free time she volunteers and blogs to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM.

A global event focused on women in engineering & technology.
Diane Melley
Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives

Ms. Melley was the 2016 Global Marathon Chair. She is currently Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives in IBM Corporate Marketing, Communications and Citizenship. Ms. Melley has global leadership responsibility over the IBM Impact Grants portfolio focused on Cloud, Analytics, Social and mobile offerings for not-for-profits, schools and government organizations and awards over 500 grants annually. Ms. Melley also leads the Business Integration team where Corporate Citizenship assets are integrated with IBM’s business strategies in Public Sector, Education and the Small Medium Business industry segments. 

She also heads IBM's Humanitarian Disaster Response efforts worldwide. Under her leadership, IBM has responded with integrated technology solutions to over a dozen major disasters in recent years including the ongoing response and recovery efforts in the Philippines; deploying a full Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management for the country. Ms. Melley is also responsible for IBM's Smarter Safety Net for Social Services grants as part of the Impact Grants portfolio.  Additionally, she drives the development of the annual IBM Responsibility Report and corporate responsibility rankings.  

Ms. Melley leads On Demand Community, IBM's global strategic initiative to support employee and retiree volunteer efforts worldwide. Ms. Melley led the IBM Celebration of Service in 2011 when over 300,000 IBMers in 120 countries participated.  On Demand Community is the largest skills-based and pro bono corporate program. It is utilized by IBM employees and retirees in over 120 countries, and reflects close to 19 million hours of IBM community volunteer efforts.  

Ms. Melley drives successful results through collaboration, partnerships and community relationships. She is constantly looking for ways to use technology as an integrated tool to effect change and she strives to help IBM maintain their excellent corporate citizenship status.   

Ms. Melley is a faculty member of the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility at Johns Hopkins University. She is also a 2001 Eisenhower Fellow to the European Union and Ireland and is past chair of the Eisenhower Alumni Regional Fellows Group. Ms. Melley was the 2016 chair of the DiscoverE Global Marathon. She serves on the boards of directors of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Corporate Citizenship (and is the current chair), the Philadelphia Scholars Advisory Board, the Conference Board Contributions Council and the Service Leaders Global Advisory Council, among others. She also serves on several committees for the Points of Light Institute.

Ms. Melley has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from La Salle University. She is certified by both IBM and the Project Management Institute as a Project Executive. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

Multinational technology and consulting corporation
Rochelle Diamond
Co-Founder

Rochelle is a Member of the Professional Staff at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  Since 1984 she has been the applications specialist and facility manager of Caltech's Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorting Facility, servicing biology, chemistry, and chemical engineering, Applied Physics, Geobiology division labs and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Rochelle is also a researcher/lab manager for Caltech Professor Ellen Rothenberg's developmental immunology group since 1982.  Rochelle's primary research focus since coming to Caltech has been on early murine T-cell differentiation.  Prior to her arrival at Caltech, Rochelle was a researcher at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, City of Hope Research Institute, and UCLA.  She was a member of the City of Hope/Genentech research team that cloned the human gene for insulin in 1978. 

Rochelle is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the American Chemical Society serving on local section committees, a member of the American Association for University Women, and chair of the board of directors of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP).  She is the creator and co-organizer for the NOGLSTP’s “Out to Innovate” Summits for LGBTQ People in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She continues to serve as an advisor to the Caltech Center for Diversity LGBTQA Working Group and was a past advisory board member to the Caltech Women’s Center for several years.

She has been awarded the Dr. Fred Shair Award for Program Diversity from the Caltech Center for Diversity.  Other awards include the Lesbians and bisexual women Active in Community Empowerment (L.A.C.E.) Awards by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Walt Westman Volunteer of the Year Award by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals.  She has been listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who in the West. 

Professional society that advocates for LGBTQ professionals
Cindy Molin
Software Engineering Director at Raytheon Missile Systems

Cindy Molin manages the SWIFT (Software Innovation for Tomorrow) program, a multi-year enterprise software engineering initiative. Previously she led execution and strategy development for the Software Engineering directorate. Earlier she held various technical leadership roles including department manager and software project manager. Prior to starting her Raytheon career in 1997, she held various nuclear power plant engineering leadership positions at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania including program manager, engineering manager and software program manager.

Molin has represented Raytheon on various boards and committees over the last five years, including:

• 2013–present : Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Agile Collaboration Group

• 2014–present : NDIA Systems Engineering Division Software Committee

• 2015 : IEEE Software Technology Conference (STC) Committee

• 2010–2013 : IBM Rational Technical Board of Advisors

She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Arizona.

Defense Contractor and industrial corporation
Ramalatha Marimuthu
IEEE Women in Engineering International Past Chair

Ramalatha Marimuthu has been teaching for nearly thirty years and is currently with Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. She is known for guiding and mentoring the students in developing unique solutions for social problems, like special needs and women empowerment. She is a great orator and 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. She has received many awards, a few of which include IEEE MGA Achievement Award, IEEE MGA Leadership Award, Lions Club Life Time Achiever Award, Tamilnadu Government’s Mentor Award and Change Agent Award by Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. She won the Systers Pass it on Award 2014 for connecting women passionate for second careers through a forum, "Returning Mothers." This year she won the Inspiring Member of the Year Award from IEEE Women in Engineering.

 

Association for electrical & electronics engineers
Nita Patel
IEEE Women in Engineering International Past-Chair

 

Nita is a Systems and Software Engineering Director at L-3 Warrior Systems. Nita was named the 2014 L-3 Engineer of the Year for her technical contributions to the engineering profession. Nita is currently the IEEE Women in Engineering International Past-Chair, on the IEEE Computer Society BoG and IEEE Eta Kappa Nu BoG.   

Outside of IEEE, Nita is active with Toastmasters and the United States Chess Federation. Nita received her MS Computer Engineering (1998), BS Electrical Engineering (1995) and BS Mathematics (1995) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Organization that promotes women engineers & scientists
Julia Chehaiber
Practice Lead, Community Engagement

Julia Chehaiber is the Practice Lead, Community Engagement with Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license Canada’s close to 290,000 engineers. Julia is responsible for building strong relationships between the Association and key stakeholders in the engineering community. She leads Engineers Canada’s efforts on its Women in Engineering portfolio. Julia has a professional background in relationship management and business development, most recently holding roles with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and Rogers Communications. She has served on the Financial Management Institute’s Professional Development Week Planning Committee and was recently appointed to the Board of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades, and Technology (CCWESTT). Fluent in three languages, Julia holds a bachelor of commerce degree in management and electronic business, as well as an interdisciplinary master’s degree in electronic business technologies from the Telfer School of Management and the School of Engineering at the University of Ottawa. She is currently pursuing Cornell’s CCDP/AP Certification to link diversity & inclusion strategies to increased organizational effectiveness and business performance.

Regulates the practice of engineering in Canada.
Zarina Lam Stanford
Head of Marketing APJ
As Head of Marketing, Zarina Stanford is responsible for the development and implementation of SAP’s marketing strategy across the Asia Pacific and Japan region. Zarina adopts a customer-centric and insight-driven approach in her go-to-market for SAP in the region, overseeing audience, industry, and portfolio marketing across all customer segments in support of the entire SAP business. She is a recognized change agent who spearheads business and transformational initiatives through imagining the possible. A seasoned industry veteran, Zarina has held various sales and marketing executive positions in North America and Asia. Prior to joining SAP, she was VP of Marketing at IBM where she oversaw strategy, marketing, and communications for Growth Markets and Asia Pacific. A champion for industry diversity and inclusion initiatives, Zarina is currently Bilateral Committee Chairperson for Asia Pacific-India Cooperation at the global women’s chamber ALL Ladies League (www.aall.in). Zarina is a graduate of the Asian Advanced Leadership Program from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BA in Journalism from the University of North Texas. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Zarina and her family currently reside in Singapore.
SAP is a market leader in enterprise application software.
Deb Cimino
Senior Manager, 3Mgives Strategic Initiatives

Deb Cimino is Senior Manager, 3Mgives Strategic Initiatives at 3M. Deb is responsible for leading the development of the global strategy of 3M’s Global Women’s Leadership Forum and Employee Resource Networks, as well as managing the investment of 3Mgives’ Higher Education portfolio. All of these efforts work together to advance 3M’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Corporate Social Investments.     

Deb has a passion for leading change and maximizing the strengths of others and has a reputation for educating, training and coaching 3M leaders. Her areas of expertise include change management, Lean Six Sigma, leadership development and designing future state strategies. In her role as the Global Leader of 3M’s Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF), she works with over 75 chapters around the world to accelerate the inclusion and advancement of women globally.

Since joining 3M, she has worked in nine different organizations including International Operations, Finance, Human Resources, IT, Design for Six Sigma, Protective Materials & Consumer Health Care Division, Home Care Division, Lean Six Sigma Operations and Marketing-Sales. She gained international experience through several global roles and prior to her current position, she was the Global Deployment and Strategic Change Leader in Marketing-Sales, driving the deployment of Salesforce.com for sales, marketing, customer and tech service at 3M locations worldwide.

Deb holds a Marketing MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. She is a member of the Conference Board’s Leadership Council on Advancing Women and the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE).

 

3M
3Mgives promotes stronger and more sustainable communities.
Barbara Guthrie
Vice President & Chief Public Safety Officer

Barbara Guthrie has been implementing solutions to deliver safe living and working environments for people around the globe through her over thirty years’ experience in safety-science research, regulatory code and standards development, laboratory operations, product and system certifications, training and education. Ms. Guthrie serves as executive spokesperson for UL on major safety-related initiatives and issues, speaking throughout New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Russia and the Americas. 

Most recently, Barbara leads the team that began formulation of an algorithm to produce a numerical index that quantifies the relative state of safety for geo-locales around the globe. The UL Safety Index™ is a dynamic data science initiative that provides accurate, relevant data to be used to explore specific safety outcomes, inform policy and investment choices and make informed, science-based decisions for a more secure, sustainable, safer world. 

Achieving a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1984, Ms. Guthrie began her career testing and certifying products. Obtaining her Master in Business Administration and completing Yale’s Executive Leadership Program, Barbara facilitated reciprocity agreements contributing to the global trade of certified products. She moved to Denmark, serving as Executive Director European Operations, where she planned and executed UL’s expansion in Europe. Upon returning to the United States in 2000, Barbara combined her business and engineering skills with the mindset of a dedicated mom to create, design and execute a global youth-safety education program - Safety Smart® in partnership with The Walt Disney Company. Safety Smart® has been adopted in over 24 countries, translated into 34 languages and has educated over 650 million kids and adults around the globe.

UL is a global independent safety science company.
Sara Stangel
Senior Quality Manager

Sara Stangel is a Senior Quality Manager at Motorola Solutions, Inc (MSI). Sara began studies in math education at College of DuPage until her physics professor recommended engineering. She accepted the challenge and graduated magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University’s Electrical Engineering Program. Sara was president of the Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society and NIU Society of Women Engineers Chapter. She interned at Motorola Solutions prior to graduation. Motorola hired Sara in 1997 as a software developer; where she expanded to technical writer, project manager, process manager, and quality manager. Sara has maintained a passion for organizational efficiency and process improvement throughout her career.  In her current role, she manages a team responsible for product quality for three of MSI businesses. An advocate for women leaders, Stangel is Corporate Global Lead for the MSI chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and participates in the Motorola Women’s Business Council. Sara balances professional life with a social calendar filled with family and friends. As a mother of a toddler, time is limited, but whenever possible Sara takes advantage of all that Chicago has to offer.  She enjoys theater and supports live music venues; especially after a three-year stint as lead singer in a local rock band. Sara Stangel resides in Chicago’s Roscoe Village with her husband, Michael and daughter, Anna.

Data communications & telecommunications equipment provider.
Jill Crone
Field Engineer

Jill Crone is a Professional Civil Engineer with a passion for the environment and finding creative solutions to meet our energy needs. She has six years of combined engineering and construction experience supporting renewable, nuclear and combined cycle power projects at Bechtel Corporation. She supported the world’s largest solar thermal power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility, through design, construction and commissioning. Jill strongly supports STEM education and diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. She coordinated the ACE mentor program at Bechtel, manages Bechtel’s corporate partnership with the University of Maryland and served on the global steering committee to launch the Women at Bechtel employee resource group. Jill is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers and was a speaker at the 2012 global conference. She was featured in the 2012 Diversity in Careers magazine as well as the 2016 Magazine for Professional Engineers for her support of stewardship programs. 

Jill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. She loves traveling, fishing, oil painting and cheering on her Terps!

 

Global engineering, construction and project management.