Women in Technology Panel

Sponsored by PROSTEP

Building Diversity into the workforce of the Future.

Gender diversity is at the top of the agenda for most industries and companies clearly understand that diversity is a driving force of competitive businesses - now and into the foreseeable future, it is time to think about the gender gap in technology in a new way. We have asked a diverse group of women, working in technology companies at different stages of their careers to talk about their experiences in how technology is powering change, innovation and effective leadership in crossing the challenges businesses face in a multi-generational workplace. Do you have a question for the panel? Submit it here

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Sherry Abell, Sr. IT Applications Manager, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation    

Sherry Abell is currently serving as a Sr. IT Applications Manager at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation implementing Exalead in the 3DX platform. She is an accomplished IT Leader known for developing strategies focused on customer experience while bridging the gap between legacy systems and digital transformation. Through the years she has held many IT roles including developer, analyst, architect, and configuration specialist. Sherry focuses on balancing strategy with tactical execution to quickly provide high business value applications to her customer base. Sherry is known for implementing well governed applications utilizing IT best practices and standards.

media/xzgtwjvb.png Karen Caswelch, Advisor,  Haddington Dynamics

Prior to being CEO at SciArt Software, Karen Caswelch was COO at KAC Health and Full Spectrum Laser; Interim CEO at MatterFab, a 3D Metal Printer Start up; CEO at Akoya, a venture capital backed software analytics start-up; and VP of Purchasing at Allison Transmission.Caswelch has an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

media/krxjtrpy.png Denise Russell Fleming, Vice President & CIO for Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Denise Russell Fleming is the vice president & CIO for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). Before joining Boeing, Fleming was the Vice President of Application Solutions at BAE Systems, Inc. and held several executive positions during her thirteen-year career at Sprint Nextel. She serves on the national board for TechBridge Girls, is the Executive Champion for Boeing Women In Leadership in the Potomac Region and is an active member of the Executive Leadership Council and ITSMF (IT Senior Management Forum). She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University.

media/vchrvcxr.png Jessica Kinman, Industry Solution Experience Director, Dassault Systèmes

Jessica Kinman is an Industry Solution Experience Director with Dassault Systèmes specializing in the Aerospace & Defense Industry processes for Engineering and Manufacturing. Prior to Dassault, Jessica has 10 years’ experience at Boeing and held various positions at Walmart’s Opelika Distribution center. Kinman earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology, a BA in Business Management and Operations and an MBA from Washington State University. Jessica is the Vice-Chair for Women in Manufacturing for Washington State and the Director on the Women in Manufacturing National Board.

media/yxvcyrnv.png Samantha Nervo, Sr. Engineer & PMO for PLM Digital Transformation,Bridgestone Americas

Samantha Nervo is the Senior Engineer & PMO for PLM Digital Transformation at Bridgestone Americas where she creates new processes for simulation, training users on tools, leading the effort of user input in the development of software. Prior, Samantha held a position in OE design and lead Tech service for Nissan with Bridgestone Americas. Nervo earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and her MS in Business Administration from Ohio University.

media/sphyjlnl.png Lisa Niel, Prostep                                              

During her graduation in mathematics at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Lisa Niel worked in a research unit of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in the fields of visual analytics and medical imaging. Since 2016 she has worked on integration of different CAD and PLM systems, specifically on projects concerned with data migration, systems integration and long-term archiving via 3D-PDF. Her special focuses are migrations of large amounts of data ─ including metadata and CAD data ─ between different PLM systems.