Two Women’s History Month Events You Should Know About

by Shonali Burke on March 21, 2011

Here are two cool events around Women’s History Month you should know about.

1. Tomorrow, four female General Motors engineers, all of whom have been involved with the Chevy Volt, will be participating in a live web chat on what it means to be a female engineer in today’s fast-paced environment, what inspired them to get into the male-dominated career, the challenges that exist and the opportunities that are available for today’s workforce.

These fab four are:

  • Pamela Fletcher, chief engineer for Volt and plug-in hybrid propulsion systems
  • Teri Quigley, plant manager at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly
  • Britta Gross, director of Global Energy Systems and Infrastructure Commercialization
  • Cristi Landy, the Volt’s product marketing manager.

During the one-hour web chat, the women will discuss and answer questions on:

  • What inspired them to go into engineering and the automotive industry
  • What challenges exist for women working in the engineering field?
  • How do they balance their personal lives with the demanding schedule of electric vehicle development?
  • What opportunities exist in the automotive industry beyond traditional engineering roles?

You can view the chat and participate in real-time at chevroletvoltage.com. It’s tomorrow, March 22, at 3 pm ET.

2. The Fairfax County Chamber has teamed up with the National Women’s History Museum to present “Businesswomen in History: Inspiring Top Women Executives of the Future.” Joan Wages, President & CEO of the National Women’s History Museum, will be leading the program.

The program will highlight the often little-known stories of businesswomen in history and show how their achievements provide inspiration and motivation for today’s women industry leaders striving to lead and own successful businesses in the 24/7, ever-changing economy.

And it should go without saying, but this will be a good place for you to network with some of Northern Virginia’s premier business.

When: Wednesday, March 23 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hilton McLean, Tysons Corner. And you can register online.

Women Grow Business editor Shonali Burke is the award-winning principal of Shonali Burke Consulting, where she turns your communication conundrums into community cool. Adjunct faculty for Johns Hopkins’ MA/Communication program, she is also featured on BNET as The Startup Storyteller, and publishes Waxing UnLyrical under the watchful eyes of Chuck, Suzy Q. and Lola, her three rescue dogs. Her long-suffering husband has accepted that Shonali can most often be found on Twitter.

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