The inaugural Women in the Workforce of Southern Arizona luncheon will be a great opportunity to build momentum for your business and life goals in 2016. This will be the beginning of a new journey to excel faster together. With excellent speakers and role models, women business leaders from various sectors and planned roundtable discussions regarding what is most important to you as a women professional, you do not want to miss this special opportunity. The Women in the Workforce luncheon will focus on creating a strong support network for women who are serious about career growth.
Join the planning committee of the Women in the Workforce Southern Arizona of the Arizona Technology Council to hear Dawne Bell, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, lead an interactive discussion to look at lessons learned from efforts across the U.S. and across industry sectors to close the gender gap. At your lunch tables, you’ll continue the discussion about how to use these lessons learned to support women in STEM in Arizona.
Dawne Bell joined the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona as their Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. With 13 years of experience as a professional fundraiser and nonprofit leader, Bell specializes in social justice philanthropy. Prior to joining the Women’s Foundation, Bell was formerly the Director of Development for Care for the Homeless in New York City, NY. She previously served as the Executive Director of a statewide nonprofit hospital foundation in New Mexico and led the fundraising departments at award-winning social justice nonprofit organizations in New Mexico and Michigan.
Our special guest in a technical role from the private sector is Laura McGill, Vice President of Engineering at Raytheon Missile Systems, who will share her story about achieving success in a male dominated industry. Laura serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Technology Council and is a strong proponent of our Women in the Workforce initiative. Laura is formerly the Product Line Chief Engineer for Air Warfare Systems, for which she was responsible for all engineering activities and technical performance of a $2B portfolio of Air-to-Air Missiles, Precision-Strike Air-to-Ground Weapons, and Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. Her earlier assignments included a progression of Program Director and Chief Engineer positions, including AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles.