On Friday, October 28, 2016, the third annual Girls & Manufacturing Summit took place at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott in Windsor, Connecticut to bring together 187 young women from 14 schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts to learn what goes into manufacturing through hands-on workshops and Q&A with leading women in the industry.
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman kicked off the opening welcome session. Also speaking at the opening session were DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith, DOL Commissioner Scott Jackson, DOE Interim Chief Academic Officer Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez, and CT State Colleges & Universities Director of Advanced Manufacturing Centers Tracy Ariel. Prior to the opening session, the girls had a chance to tour the Goodwin College Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab.
The event included three different hands-on activities; luncheon with keynote address by Eileen Tremblay, Senior Director, Industrial Management, Pratt & Whitney; and a roundtable panel discussion moderated by Bonnie Del Conte, President & CEO, CONNSTEP. Panelists included Jacqueline Gallo, Strategic Operations and Lean Manager, Whitcraft Group; Megan Ilnicky, Intern, CCAT Advanced Manufacturing Center; Joan Rayno, Senior Director, Program Management, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems; Dr. Nivea Torres, Superintendent of Schools, CT Technical High School System; and Dr. Diane Van Scoter, Associate Professor for Materials Science and Engineering, UConn.