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

Reasons to Attend AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018

The Spot for Cutting-Edge Education

XPONENTIAL 2018 offers a broad-based, balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights—from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases across vertical markets and everything in between.

The Spot for an Interactive Experience

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Women and Diversity in Robotics

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

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 to 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. 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

Helen Samsioe

Helen Samsioe

joyce solomon

Joyce Solomon
Southern Nuclear

sarah spry

Sarah Spry
Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre

Gretchen West

Gretchen West
Hogan Lovells

2018 Session Topics 

  • Building Careers in Technology
  • Promoting STEM Opportunities for Girls and Young Women
  • Inspiring Our Youth to Embrace Robotics
  • Beating the Odds and Winning the Startup Battle
  • Promoting an Inclusive Culture in Your Business
  • Attracting, Developing and Retaining Diverse Talent in the Tech Sector
  • Life Hacks for Ambitious Women
  • Creating a More Female Drone Industry by Changing How Drones are Used
  • Navigating a Path for Pilots in STEM
  • Opportunities for Women and Minorities in Government and the Legal/Consulting Industry
  • Marketing, positioning and branding of Women and Companies in UAS and Robotics