IEEE Women in Engineering Brings Inspiring Speakers Center Stage at Its 5th Annual International Leadership Conference

The event lineup punctuates with bold, dynamic keynotes from top women in engineering, technology, and beyond

PISCATAWAY, N.J.--()--IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced new additions to the speaker lineup for its fifth annual IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (IEEE WIE ILC). Emphasizing the event’s Lead Beyond – Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World theme, organizers have tapped acclaimed women leaders in their industry to share their experiences and inspirational messages through a series of keynote addresses and tracks. IEEE WIE ILC 2018 is scheduled for 21-22 May 2018, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

Among newly announced keynote speakers are:

  • Lorraine Martin, Deputy Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS),
  • Mary Gendron, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Senior Vice President and CIO, and
  • Fei-Fei Li, Google Chief Scientists of Cloud AI/ML and Stanford University Professor.

Complementing the event agenda populated by global influencers, such as:

  • Guy Kawasaki, Canva Pty. Ltd., chief evangelist and renowned entrepreneur,
  • Paula Tolliver, Intel Corporation Corporate, Vice President and CIO, and
  • Nita Patel, IEEE WIE ILC founder and L3 Technologies, Insight, Engineering Director.

Speakers will offer personal perspectives on leadership, discuss latest disruptive technology trends, and share insights on innovation.

“As the saying goes, true leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders. IEEE WIE ILC is dedicated to teaching, motivating, and empowering women to transcend the challenges they face daily, and become impactful leaders in their own right,” said Ms. Patel. “Our speakers are the embodiment of inspired thought leadership, and we are delighted to welcome them at this year’s conference.”

Launched in 2014 by IEEE WIE, the two-day professional leadership event recognizes International Women’s Day, and delivers leading-edge professional development opportunities for mid- to senior-level women entrepreneurs, technologists, and executives. Featuring more than 85 speakers from around the world, IEEE WIE ILC offers a diverse agenda of panel, presentation, and plenary sessions, as well as networking opportunities, a series of virtual sessions, and startup pitch event.

Registration for IEEE WIE ILC 2018 is open and available online at Use 20% off discount code WIELEAD2018 on March 8, International Women’s Day, when registering. Additionally, information and forms for corporate partnership and media partnership are also available.

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About IEEE Women in Engineering

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering. The mission of IEEE WIE is to inspire, engage and advance women in technical disciplines globally. IEEE WIE envisions a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity. For more information, visit

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Interprose for IEEE WIE ILC
Becky Obbema, +1-408-569-3546


Interprose for IEEE WIE ILC
Becky Obbema, +1-408-569-3546