The presentation then transitioned into a panel format as five successful Rockwell Collins' women leaders took the stage. The panel included Nan Mattai, senior vice president of engineering and technology, Marsha Schulte, vice president and controller of finance, LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of simulation and training solutions, Jane Krueger, senior director of precision navigation products, and Dorene MacVey, senior director of ethics and business compliance. First, Jennifer Allyn asked the panel questions, focusing on how these women had established themselves and their credibility in their careers. The panel shared advice and personal experiences to reinforce the importance of remaining confident and taking the opportunity to demonstrate credibility whenever possible. Jennifer Allyn then opened up the session to questions from the audience.
As the session ended, the audience was left with a few final kernels of wisdom from the panelists: "be deliberate about networking," "communicate your desires for where you want to go frequently, and to multiple people in your network", "support other women leaders," "remain true to yourself and your personal style", and finally, "always deliver on your current commitments."
SWE-ECI would like to thank Jennifer Allyn for sharing her passion and wisdom, and recognize the Women's Forum for partnering with us to co-host this very successful event!