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Keynote Speakers

Lorraine Bolsinger

Vice President, XLP

Lorraine Bolsinger - Vice President, XLP GE

Bio: Lorraine A. Bolsinger was named Vice President, GE Corporate Leadership Acceleration Program in January 2016. She is responsible for the design and delivery of the corporate-wide program to develop executive leadership for the company. Prior to this role, she was President and CEO of GE Power’s Distributed Power business, a leading provider of power equipment and services, with over 5,000 people worldwide. She is a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council.

Keynote Description:
“Engineering the Perfect Team” - As engineers, we anchor our strength and confidence in technical know-how.  Technical degrees provide skills – clear thinking, systems thinking, an outcome orientation – essential for executive leadership. We gain confidence by taking on new challenges and risks early.  Always look for roles, both within and beyond your domain, that are outside your comfort zone – you’ll learn more, faster.  You possess far more capacity than you realize.  If you don’t have an uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach, choose a bigger challenge.

When we stretch, we learn.  We transmit that confidence to our teams.  And we empower them to win.

NOTE: Opening Keynote with Lorraine Bolsinger
Thursday, Oct. 26 | 8:30am - 10:00am

Mary Petryszyn

Sector Vice President and GM,
Land and Avionics C4ISR
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Bio: Mary Petryszyn leads Aerospace Systems’(AS) global strategy and business development to shape and win new business worldwide. She is responsible for building international business by developing, expanding and growing AS business, programs and products with our allies around the world. Mary has worked with business and government leaders in numerous international markets to include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, the UAE and the UK.

Mary Petryszyn - Sector Vice President and GM, Land and Avionics C4ISR Northrup Grumman Corporation

She serves on the SWE Corporate Partnership Council, is a fellow life member of both SWE and the Girl Scouts of the USA, and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In addition, she sits on numerous STEM advisory boards, community boards & diversity boards. Mary was a recipient of the SWE Upward Mobility Award in 2005 and the Global Leadership Award in 2015.

Keynote Description: “Unleashing Discovery” will focus on a woman’s journey in the traditionally male-dominated field of engineering. Mary Petryszyn will use anecdotes and examples from her own career with a focus on trailblazing, mentoring and performance. She will expand upon the narrative by relating her experiences through the prism of a global vision and emphasize both the unique challenges and commonalities faced by women across the world. Finally, Mary will connect to the careers of her female colleagues who are working on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. JWST will look back in time almost to the moment of the Big Bang itself while unleashing a new era of discovery without parallel in astrophysics.

NOTE: Celebrate SWE! Keynote with Mary Petryszyn
Saturday, Oct. 28 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm