Women in Manufacturing

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Women in Manufacturing

Join the ecosystem for a day of connecting and celebrating women in manufacturing, engineering, and hardtech.

Wednesday October 19, 2022
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
mHub 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 Get Directions

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Registration is now open for mHUB's Women in Manufacturing event!

The half-day program will convene influential women making tremendous impact in the manufacturing industry and empower young women interested in STEM to explore opportunities in variety of career fields.

Event Schedule & Speakers: 

8:00 – 9:30 AM: Breakfast and networking 

9:30 – 9:40 AM: Opening remarks

  • Shannon McGhee, Director of Community Impact and Engagement, mHUB
  • Sylvia I. Garcia, Director of the State of Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
  • Michelle Lura White, Women’s Business Development Manager, Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) at DCEO

9:40 – 10:10 AM: Lightning Talk #1

Brenda Wittrock, Director of Strategic Operations, Milwaukee Tool

10:10 – 10:40 AM: Lightning Talk #2

Aparna Khurjekar, SVP & President Verizon Business Markets, Verizon 

10:40 – 11:15 AM: Panel discussion on careers in Manufacturing, Engineering, and Hardtech


  • Sophia Wennstedt, Cofounder & CEO, Blip Energy
  • Benita Mordi, President, Chicago Chapter, National Society of Black Engineers 
  • Elle Ramel, Chicago Director, GET Cities Chicago 

Moderated by Kristi Dula, Deputy Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Lightning Talk #3

Linda K. Molnar, Program Director, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation 

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch and networking

1:00 – 1:45 PM: Interactive activity 

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Closing remarks

Women in Manufacturing
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