Women in Electronics (WE) just wrapped up its second annual Leadership Conference, highlighting that the organization is growing its national presence with new regional chapters. The community of progressive women leaders at all stages of their careers is dedicated to the professional and personal leadership development of women in the fast-paced electronics Industry. WE was formed in the fall of 2017 by a group of 20 inaugural women coming from all across the country to meet for the first conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.
“Better Than Our Best” was the theme at the 2nd Annual Women in Electronics (WE) Leadership Conference where industry leaders and motivators drove messages on the strength of diversity, empowerment and the importance of professional and personal development. Presenters covered subjects ranging from “Leading with Honor, Courage and Commitment” to “Navigating Your Way to Building the Best You” to a men’s panel with a discussion entitled “Mars and Venus: Bridging the Gap in the Business World.”
Conference headliners included Maria Cannon, TE Connectivity; Lanan Clark, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Rob Danna, ITA Group; Rafael Fontes, Preci-dip; Cecilia Gorman, John Maxwell Team and Creative+Talent+Partners; Anastasia Hansel, Global Women in Leadership Network; John Hutson, MacInnis; Scharrell Talley Jackson, Squar Milner LLP and Leadership in Heels; Thomas Kean, CTS; and Michael Knight, TTI, Inc.
WE President and Founder Jackie Mattox commented, “The opportunity to provide the women in our industry with a network of leaders and influencers to expand leadership talent in our industry has long been a passion of mine. We appreciate the support of our first corporate sponsors Amphenol, Cornell Dubilier and Kemet Electronic Components, who are committed to developing and investing in a talent group that is critical to our future.” Stay tuned for a Design World podcast with Mattox in the coming weeks.
Over the coming months, WE will expand their chapter network to 11 regions across the US (currently active in Northern and Southern California, Boston and Chicago), launch a Mentor Program early in 2019, and provide a range of training and development opportunities – all designed to deepen industry knowledge and cultivate personal and professional growth.
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