How to Increase Engagement of Women in STEM

Randstad Technologies

June 23, 2019

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From June 25th to 27th, the leading experts in sensors, connectivity and IoT will descend on San Jose for the annual Sensors Expo and Conference. This year boasts an interesting set of events and networking opportunities, but perhaps most intriguing of them all is the Women in Sensors Engineering (WISE) Program panel discussion. This panel of five experienced and fascinating women in tech will be moderated by Angie Keller, senior vice president of Randstad Engineering which is a WITI corporate partner.

Randstad has always worked to bring female voices to the forefront of their discussions and their partnership with WITI helps them do just that. This panel is a wonderful example of this partnership in action. The panelists include: Melanie Daniels, a principal engineer atIntel Corporation, Allyson Hartzell a managing consultant at Veryst Engineering, Marlena Nickel Johnson an IoT Center of Excellence manager at Shell, Melissa Saelzer a technical program manager at Facebook and Jocelyn Tan the CEO and co-founder of SISU.

These five professionals will discuss their journeys in STEM and address some of the concerns of today, like the retention of female STEM graduates in appropriate careers. They come from diverse backgrounds both in thought and journey so will provide a dynamic conversation. As Angie Keller says, "It's crucial for women to see and hear from strong female leaders in the field who are paving the way, and in some cases, shaking things up. Far fewer women remain in STEM occupations in comparison to those who graduate with a STEM degree. Why is that? Representation matters and Q&A discussions like the WISE panel is what inspires more women to speak up and stay in their profession."

The panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT. For more information and to register for this event, please visit

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