Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, capitalize on best practices and emerging trends and harness the power of unmanned technology for your business.

Connect the dots on cross-industry opportunities:

Connect the dots on cross-industry opportunities:


Check out all of the show features designed to shape your XPONENTIAL experience:

The Power of Diversity

Tuesday, April 30 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Room S401abc

The XPONENTIAL Women and Diversity discussion forum has been reimagined for 2019!

Join your colleagues and peers for an inspiring keynote address to kick-off the session. Then participate in 45-minute topical discussion groups addressing ways to build your career, influence the culture in your organization and drive change within the unmanned and autonomous systems industry.

Session Facilitator

Sara Blackmer
President, RAVE Computer

Keynote Speaker

Rumi Morales
Partner, Outlier Ventures


Discussion Leaders:

Dr. Judy Amanor-Boadu

Assel Ayapova
Global Drone Program Manager, AES Corporation

Dr. Catherine Bell
Founder and Executive Director, World of Drones

Wendy Erikson
Women and Drones

Dr. Daniel Frank
Arizona State University

Dr. Ferne Friedman-Berg
Federal Aviation Administration

Cynthia Huang

Tracy Lamb

Jessica Moody
A Verizon company

Jennifer Richter
Akin Gump

Gretchen West
Hogan Lovells

2019 Session Topics 

GROUP 1: Work-Life Balance and Career Satisfaction in Government Careers: Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too?

  • Leader: Dr. Ferne Friedman-Berg, Federal Aviation Administration

GROUP 2: Taking Tactical Steps to Advance Your Career

  • Leader: Tracy Lamb, AUVSI

GROUP 3: What’s Working/What’s Not in Your Robotics World

  • Leader: Wendy Erikson, Women and Drones

GROUP 4: Finding Success in the Startup Space: Strategic Advice on Getting Started and Getting Funded

  • Speaker: Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells

GROUP 5: The Value of Finding a Sponsor – Not Just a Mentor – When Building Your Career

  • Leader: Jessica Moody, Skyward, A Verizon company

GROUP 6: Developing Confidence: How Do We Close the Confidence Gap

  • Leader: Jennifer Richter, Akin Gump

GROUP 7: Strategy and Leadership for Innovation and Aerospace

  • Leader: Dr. Catherine Ball

GROUP 8: Popularizing STEM Among Little Girls: How to Maximize Education Systems and Parental Influence

  • Leader: Assel Ayapova, Global Drone Program Manager, AES Corporation

GROUP 9: Inclusive Practices: Strategies to Empower Women on Technical Teams

  • Leader: Dr. Judy Amanor-Boadu, Intel and Dr. Daniel Frank, Arizona State University

Group 10: Establishing Your Presence as a Leader in the Drone Industry

  • Leader: Cynthia Huang, DJI

Session Agenda

3:00 – 3:05 PM Opening Remarks
Facilitator: Sara Blackmer, President, RAVE Computer
3:05 – 3:30 PM   Keynote Address
Rumi Morales, Partner, Outlier Ventures
3:30 – 3:35 PM   Discussion Group Overview
3:35 – 4:25 PM Group Discussions
4:25 – 4:30 PM Closing Remarks