Schedule of Events - April 11, 2024

Meet Our Speakers

11:30 a.m.:  Registration/Networking
12 p.m.:  Lunch
12:45 p.m.:  Welcome

  • Welcome Message: Dr. Sheila Ross, chair, MSOE Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
  • Event Emcee: Shravanthi Maniscalco, department supervisor, Pieper Electric

1 p.m.:  Keynote:  Natalie Villegas | Leadership's Secret Ingredient: Knowing Yourself 

Natalie Villegas, director of the CREATE Institute at MSOE, will dive into the ways she learned to develop her self-identity, take risks and dream bigger. She’ll share advice, funny personal stories, and lessons learned along the way. You will walk away with tips to discover your own secret sauce to success, inspired to be unapologetically yourself, and confident to take the next step in your leadership journey. 

1:40 p.m.:  Break/Networking
2 p.m.:  Empowerment Panel Discussion: Growing Yourself and Growing Others
Our panel discussion will delve into the relationship between self-growth and the cultivation of others. From leadership strategies to fostering a growth mindset, our panelists will share practical insights and real-life experiences to inspire personal transformation while cultivating community development.

  • Moderator: Krista Raver, project engineer, Ring & DuChateau LLP
  • Athena Agoudemos, director, Small Business Development Center
  • Liz Brodek, development director, City of Wausau
  • Rachel Hunter, project engineer, Husco; executive director, STEM to Stern

3 p.m.:  Break/Networking
3:20 p.m.:  Keynote:  Wendy Harris | Experiences Define Your Path - Your Career in Crescendo

Wendy Harris, regional innovation officer, Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub, will share her story and wisdom on navigating your career through different stages of your life, on an ever-increasing pace. Wendy is a seasoned executive with 35 years of leadership in healthcare and technology and has led teams in engineering, operations, sales and services. She brings humor and stories to life through her personal advice in different areas of industry, continuous learning, resilience, teamwork and most importantly in the power of women leaders.

4:20 p.m.:  Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m.: Happy Hour/Networking