NSBE Boston kicked off the 2020 Women’s History month with a special International Women’s Day celebration sponsored by DRAPER, in partnership with the Boston Section of Society of Women Engineers (SWE Boston).
Kicking off the celebration, NSBE Boston President, Ladi Olaoye highlighted the organization’s commitment to women’s empowerment, by calling upon men to be allies and collectively help build a gender equal world. The event took place at Draper’s Technology Square location and was attended by professionals in the tech, engineering, finance, people operations, military and government sector.
The theme for the 2020 International Women’s day celebration was “Each for Equal – HERstory Belongs Here“. The event provided a space for people of all backgrounds, regardless of gender, to network, be inspired and continue working towards achieving gender equity. Our esteemed guest speakers, challenged the audience in attendance to question stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, celebrate and support women’s successes.
The accomplished women on the speaker panel included –
– Linda Graf, a retired chemist and chemical engineer – Dr. Beth Shafer, Head of Neuroscience Business Dev. at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company – Elyse Neumeier, Chief People Officer at EverQuote (an online insurance marketplace based in Cambridge, MA) – Commander Zeita Merchant, a Maritime Transportation and Emergency Management specialist at the US Coast Guard & Nation Security fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. – Dr. Sheila Hemami, Director of Strategic Technical Opportunities at Draper – Chiderah Okoye Nordee, Executive Director of the Venly Institute (a Cambridge-based applied learning and certification organization) and past NSBE Boston President (2016-2018)
Thank you to the leadership and members of Black Inclusion Network at Draper (BIND), for your continuous support and commitment to increasing opportunities for Black Engineers. If you are interested in career opportunities at DRAPER, please visit the www.draper.org/careers Special thanks to SWE Boston for collaborating on this event. You can find out more about SWE Boston by visiting their website – www.sweboston.org