2017 Thought Leaders
2018 Global Marathon Chair
Marvi Matos is the 2018 Global Marathon 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.
Senior Technical Project Manager
Lynn Anto is a Senior Technical Project Manager at Motorola Solutions, Inc (MSI) and credits her father for steering her toward engineering. Lynnn graduated from the University of Akron, with a BS in Electrical Engineering. During college Lynn was an active member of SWE, elected to Omnicron Delta Kappa, Ambassador to the Office of the President and an officer of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. After college, she became a Systems Engineer with Motorola Solutions, beginning her career in telecommunications, with a focus on two-way radio voice and data systems.
During the first 13 years with Motorola Solutions, Lynn was lead engineer for multi-million dollar communications projects across the US, responsible for design, installation, optimization, testing and cut over of large communication systems. Her next step was a promotion to Engineering Management, where she managed a team of engineers responsible for the design and implementation of mission‐critical digital mobile communication systems. After 16 months, she was entrusted to manage a team across North America and Canada, supporting commercial market customers. Lynn then accepted a role as a Senior Technical Project Manager, responsible for implementing communications systems.
Lynn is a Women Unlimited alum and received the Crucial Connections Award. She has also been a Lean In Circle Lead for MSI and is the current US Lead for all remote employees/MSI Chapter of SWE. Lynn resides in Houstin, TX and in her personal time, focuses on raising her daughter, learning how to tap dance, being creative, enjoying theater/live music and volunteering. Lynn was Chair of her church's Pastoral Council and enjoys sharing her story-to inspire others. Her brand statement is "I build relationships that foster collaboration."
Data communications & telecommunications equipment provider.
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.
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.
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.
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 continues to serve as an advisor to the Caltech Center for Diversity LGBTQA Working Group.
Rochelle has been awarded the Dr. Fred Shair Award for Program Diversity from the Caltech Center for Diversity, 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. 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
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.
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
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs
Ms. Melley is currently Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives in IBM Corporate Marketing, Communications & Citizenship. Ms. Melley has global leadership responsibility over the IBM Impact Grants portfolio, which includes offerings for not-for-profits, schools & government organizations. Ms. Melley led the IBM Centennial Celebration of Service when IBM had over 300,000 volunteers in 120 countries participate. Ms. Melley also leads the On-Demand Community, IBM's global strategic initiative to support employee and retiree volunteer efforts worldwide. Ms. Melley also leads the Business Integration team where Corporate Citizenship assets are integrated with IBM’s business strategies. She is the leader of IBM's Humanitarian Disaster Response efforts worldwide, as well as the annual IBM Responsibility Report.
Ms. Melley is a faculty member of the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility at Johns Hopkins University. She is a 2001 Eisenhower Fellow to the European Union and Ireland and 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 (past chair), Independent Sector, Points of Light Institute, Conference Board Contributions Council and Service Leaders Global Advisory Council, among others. She also serves on several committees for both the Points of Light Institute and Independent Sector. 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 strives to help IBM maintain its excellent corporate citizenship status.
Multinational technology and consulting corporation
Allison is a Project Manager at Fluor, one of the world’s largest publicly-traded engineering, procurement, construction (EPC), maintenance and project management companies. She is a graduate of the University of Houston with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduating, Allison joined Fluor working as a process engineer. Her experience is primarily in the execution of international and domestic projects, ranging from small revamps to mega projects in the Energy & Chemical industry. During her 17 years at Fluor, Allison has worked varying project phases, from initial conceptual design through the construction phase. She is currently working on the Sakhalin-1 Project which comprises three facilities – Chayvo, Odoptu and Arkutun Dagi – located off the northeastern coast of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East.
As a proud alumna of the University of Houston, Allison has been Executive Sponsor of the Fluor & University of Houston Sponsorship Program for over 5 years. She works closely with the university in the improvement of the curriculum for the Industrial Construction Management program. During her spare time, Allison loves spending time with her husband and three children traveling, cooking, hiking and cycling. She is an active participant and supporter of the MS 150.
Leading engineering construction company.
Urvi Purani, a 15 year Motorolan, fell in love with the company and the tech industry. In her current role, Urvi manages third party suppliers who develop products which compliment and integrate within the Motorola Solutions mission critical system space. Her skilled expertise allows her to work efficiently with vendors to mutually benefit profitability.
Urvi is passionate about STEM. She is involved many organizations, including serving on the boards of Schaumburg Township Elementary School District Foundation, a site liason and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is an active leader within the Women's Business Council and the co-site lead for Society of Women Engineers and STEM Outreach Coordinator.
Urvi earned a bachelors degree in French, with a minor in communications at Northeastern, and a master's degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University. She also earned a project management master's from George Washington University and is a certified SAFE Agilist.
Data communications & telecommunications equipment provider.