Women highlighted at UF Engineering Leadership Summit

Published: January 13 2015


WHAT: The Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Florida will host its biennial Gator Engineering Leadership Summit at the Reitz Student Union. This year’s theme is “Powered to Lead,” and will include discussions on women in leadership and their unique role in creating a rich culture of diversity and inclusion that ultimately enhances innovation.

The University of Florida is uniquely positioned as a major growth center for innovation and a driver for the state of Florida and U.S. economies. The lack of women in leadership in technology-related fields – and in public policy positions related to technology – has become a critical issue. This forum will inspire women not only at UF, but nationally, to consider the impact they can have on the future of innovation in the U.S. and beyond.

WHEN: Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; See full schedule at www.eng.ufl.edu/summit2015/summit-agenda


Keynote speakers

Linda Parker Hudson, chairman and CEO, The Cardea Group

Kim Stevenson, vice president and chief information officer, Intel Corporation


UF President Kent Fuchs

Brig. Gen. Maureen K. LeBoeuf, U.S. Army (retired)

Marie Tillman, president, the Pat Tillman Foundation


M. Katherine Banks, dean of engineering, Texas A&M University

Mimi Drew, former secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Michele Manuel, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at UF

Bill McElroy, professor of engineering leadership at UF; and more.

News media are welcome to interview summit speakers and panelists after the sessions.

WHERE: Reitz Student Union Grand Ballroom, UF campus.

CONTACT: Mike Nazareth, assistant director of the UF Engineering Leadership Institute, mikenaz@eng.ufl.edu; 352-392-8049