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JAN 2018

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SHOP TALK MMS JANUARY 2018 48 Industry News The event was based on a similar event GE Aviation's Lauren Tubesing and Malissa Gallini spearheaded in 2016. That event, which focused more broadly on women and leadership, was the result of their efforts within the GE Women's Network, a group that connects women within the company, to connect with female students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Before that, the two had been organizing small-scale events at area high schools. "Both of us wished, when we were in high school, that we could have engaged with women in the workforce," Ms. Gallini says. "Thinking about it early makes you a leader." According to Ms. Gallini, the decision to join with PCW for the event was a natural one. "We have similar missions," she says. Sean Kelley, the director of PCW's talent pipeline initiative, notes that the organization initially focused on adult workforce needs. But about four years ago, the organization realized that employers' needs were so great that it needed to reach out to school-aged kids. Now it connects school districts to career- based learning opportunities via programs that focus on changing the perception of manufacturing. The organi- zation also hosts an event for students in junior high in addition to the one for high schoolers. According to PCW's Director Janice Urbanik, a push to get women into engineering occurred in the 1980s. She was a beneficiary of this movement and worked as a mechanical engineer at GE. Eventually, she moved into workforce develop- ment, where she noticed that a lot of women had left the field. Retaining women who enter these fields will be a key to making change stick. Ms. Hammersmith says that she feels fortunate that GE has been willing to work with her, but that women should be aware of their constraints and ask for the flexibility they need (in terms of schedule, location, etc.). As more women advance to the top of the field, they will be able to serve as role models and advocates for other women. Many of the leaders to whom Ms. Hammersmith credits her success were diverse. She says these managers "pulled her up" to new positions, even when she did not feel ready. She adds that lack of self-confidence often causes women to feel hesi- tant or cautious about taking big career steps. There is reason to have hope about the self-confidence of the next generation. Princeton High School Senior Counselor

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