Women in Engineering: Charting the Path to Leadership

Series of events

Charting the Path to Leadership webinar

Approximately 20% of undergraduate engineering degrees are awarded to women, but only 13% of the engineering workforce is female. It is estimated nearly 40% of the women who earn engineering degrees either quit or never enter the profession.

A diverse panel of women engineers discussed the potential factors behind these percentages and how to improve the outcomes going forward. The speakers shared their career experiences and provided recommendations for young women entering the workforce, as well as leaders looking to increase the percentage of women engineers in their workplace. Topics included: how to find your engineering-based career path - technology leader or corporate leader and what successful mentoring looks like in corporate and government organizations. 

Take a look at the Top Tips from the speakers, provided here.

Moderator: Lisa Brown, VP of Operations, CVP


  • Maria Roat, Deputy Federal CIO, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Shelly Heller, PhD, Director, Center for Women in Engineering (WiE), School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), GW
  • Sonja Lemott, Chief, PEO Engineering Division, Program Executive Office (PEO), Defense Healthcare Management Systems (DHMS)
  • Andrea Norris, Director, Center for Information Technology and CIO, National Institutes of Health (NIH)