IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit

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August 1–2, 2024

WSU Tri-Cities and PNNL, Richland, Washington

The Women in Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Summit (ILS) seeks to empower women researchers, engineers, students, leaders, innovators, and others with actionable tools and strategies for leadership and career development, collaboration, and networking.

This year’s theme is "Charting Your Course,” which seeks to empower today's trailblazers to become tomorrow's change-makers.

This event is not just limited to women. Anyone at any level, in any discipline, and of any gender identity are invited to join us for an inspiring day full of insightful talks from distinguished speakers, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, and much more. Explore the event page to learn more.

Conference Highlights

Welcome Reception

On August 1, an optional welcome reception and networking event will be held at the Washington State University Wine Science Center.


Summit Keynote Speakers

IEEE WIE Leadership Summit 2024 keynote speakers
Left to right: Maria Pope, Meredith Berger

Topics throughout the summit include:

  • enriching panel discussions
  • dynamic poster sessions
  • interactive workshops
  • networking and much more!

Charting Your Course” at this conference can empower today’s trailblazers to be tomorrow’s change makers!

Lineup of Speakers

Our speakers include:

  • Steve Ashby, Laboratory Director, PNNL
  • Julie D. Baker, Deputy Laboratory Director and Chief Operating Officer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
  • Jennifer Lee, Associate Director, Business Development, Adaptive Biotechnologies
  • Timothy Lee, Technical Fellow, Boeing, IEEE USA President
  • Nita Patel, Vice President of Engineering, Otis Elevator Co.
  • Catherine Petroff, Chief of Engineering Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District
  • Cindy Powell, Chief Science & Technology Officer, Energy & Environment
  • Karma Sawyer, Division Director of Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings, PNNL
  • Celia Shahnaz, Professor, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, IEEE Women in Engineering Committee Chair
  • Evangelina Shreeve, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of STEM Education, PNNL
  • Peijung Tsai, Lead System Engineer, Transmission Manager, L3Harris Technologies
  • Jud Virden, Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Environment Directorate, PNNL
  • Jie Xiao, Battelle Fellow, PNNL

…and many more speakers and panelists

Come Ready to Forge Connections, Chart Your Course, and Leave Empowered!

Registration Details

Visit the event registration portal to learn more and register. Note that the non-US citizen registration deadline is June 14.

Registration Fees:

  • Welcome Reception (optional)—$35
  • Non-Member—$200
  • IEEE Member—$125
  • Student—$50

Learn more about IEEE WIE and IEEE WIE ILS.