April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

Women and Diversity in Robotics

Tuesday, May 1 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM | Room 301/302

Now open to ALL registered attendees!

Join us for an innovative discussion forum and dedicated time of networking. This is an exclusive opportunity for you to join leaders in our community who are shaping the future of the industry.

This session is your opportunity to meet with small groups for a moderated discussion on key areas of interest in the unmanned systems and robotics communities. Discussions will take place for 15-minute intervals, and then groups will switch to meet and engage with new leaders on a different topic.

New for 2018: to broaden engagement and participation across the entire XPONENTIAL audience, this session is now open to all registered attendees and all pass types!

You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to interact, engage and share your ideas!

Session Moderator:

sara blackmer

Sara Blackmer


Discussion Leaders:

wendy erikson

Wendy Erikson

Efrat Fenigson

Efrat Fenigson

Dyan Gibbens

Dyan Gibbens
Trumball Unmanned

anna gomez

Anna Gomez
Wiley Rein LLP

Karen Joyce

Karen Joyce
She Flies/ James Cook University

Beth Martin

Beth Martin
Northrop Grumman

Jessica Moody

Jessica Moody
Skyward, A Verizon company

Cindy Ng

Cindy Ng

Abby Speicher

Abby Speicher

sarah spry

Sarah Spry
Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre

Gretchen West

Gretchen West
Hogan Lovells

Suzy Young

Suzy Young
University of Alabama in Huntsville

2018 Session Topics 

• GROUP 1: Navigating a Path for Pilots in STEM
Leader: Sarah Spry, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
• GROUP 2: Promoting STEM Opportunities for Girls and Young Women
Leader: Dyan Gibbens, Trumbull Unmanned
• GROUP 3: Life Hacks for Ambitious Women 
Leader: Wendy Erikson, Women and Drones
• GROUP 4: Opportunities for Women and Minorities in Government and industry
Speaker: Anna Gomez, Wiley Rein LLP
• GROUP 5: From Startup to Acquisition: Creating Your Seat at the Table 
Leader: Jessica Moody, Skyward, A Verizon company
• GROUP 6: Beyond the Pilot – Career Opportunities in Drones
Leader: Abby Speicher, DARTdrones
• GROUP 7: Promoting an Inclusive Culture in Your Business
Leader: Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells
• GROUP 8: Creating a More Female Drone Industry by Changing How Drones are Used
Leader: TBD
• GROUP 9: Marketing, Positioning and Branding of Women and Companies in UAS and Robotics
Leader: Efrat Fenigson, Airobotics
• GROUP 10: Attracting, Developing, and Retaining Diverse Talent in the Tech Sector
Leader: Suzy Young, University of Alabama in Huntsville
• GROUP 11: DronED - Partnering across continents for STEM engagement
Leader: Karen Joyce, She Flies/James Cook University
• GROUP 12: Leading in Unmanned after the Tempe Tragedy
Leader: Beth Martin, Northrop Grumman
• GROUP 13: Women’s Aspirations in the Work Place – A Data Based Discussion 
Leader: Cindy Ng, Intel