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Women of SMART Experience Agenda





8-9 a.m. Check-in, Connect, Caffeinate Please check in, collect your credentials, enjoy coffee/tea, and network with fellow attendees before the event begins Room 315
9-9:30 a.m. Welcome Session Join hosts Allison Grealis, President & Founder of Women in Manufacturing, and Sheronda Carr, Vice President of Membership at SME, as they welcome you and kick off the conference. Room 315
9:30-10:30 a.m. Women Leading SMART Join us for an inspiring panel discussion with pioneering women leaders in smart manufacturing. Hear their success stories, insights on overcoming challenges, and their impact on the industry's future.
Facilitator: Susan Kolinski, Automotive Business Development Manager, PennEngineering
  • Sirisha Kuchimanchi, Founder & Principal, Sahita Technologies, Semiconductor Industry Leader
  • Jennifer Coyne, Director of Programs, The Barnes Global Advisors
  • Georgette Nelson, Senior Program Manager, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining
  • Lisa Masciantonio, Chief Workforce Officer, ARM Institute
Room 315
10:40 a.m. - 12 p.m. Where To Go When Success is Not Enough In this introspective workshop, attendees will reflect on feeling let down after what seemed like successful efforts. Attendees will learn how to find fulfillment beyond just traditional success. By understanding what truly makes you happy, you’ll discover the secret to contentment beyond chasing typical accomplishments.
Madeleine MacRae, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Legacy Leadership Institute.
Room 315
12-2 p.m. Make It Your Own Experience Tailor your midday experience with our customizable program options. Participants can choose from various activities including a book signing opportunity, professional headshots, engaging with Smart Manufacturing Experience exhibitors, enjoying lunch, and attending the keynote speech. Room 315
1-2 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Series: The Brave New World: How (AI) and Other Advanced Technologies will Improve Your Company’s Workforce Performance, Driving Productivity, and Innovation on Your Smart Manufacturing Journey Moderator: Paul Boris, Co-Founder, Stealth Manufacturing AI
Panelists: Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME, Susan Carlock, VP Business Development, Mursix, David Romero, Professor of Advanced Manufacturing at the Departments of Industrial Engineering and Mechatronics, Tecnológico de Monterrey University in Mexico
Smart Theater
2-3:30 p.m. It’s Time for a Personal Upgrade: OutSMARTting Yesterday’s You This workshop will help women unlock their potential, building confidence and resilience for success in work and life. Attendees will learn to move from reacting to situations to responding with purpose, empowering them to chase their goals with intention.
Andrea Raggambi, PCC, CBC, Chief Success Designer, PerforMore LLC
Room 315
3:30-4 p.m. Community and Charitable Impact Project Attendees will have the opportunity to make a tangible impact on the Pittsburgh community through a charitable experience supporting three local charities:
  • Journey of Hope. Providing a safe, loving, and nurturing environment for unaccompanied minors waiting for sponsorship in the United States.
  • Women’s Shelter & Center of Greater Pittsburgh. A comprehensive domestic violence program serving adult and child survivors of domestic violence in the Greater Pittsburgh area, as well as providing psychoeducational and intervention services for those who use abuse.
  • Dress for Success Pittsburgh. Clothing, connections, confidence! The mission is to empower women who are entering and returning to the workforce across the region by providing each client professional attire to secure employment. Their programs furnish women with confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes, and what success means to her.
Room 315
4-5 p.m. Smart Manufacturing Experience Technology Showcase Reception End the day with a reception sponsored by CADDi as you network with fellow industry professionals while visiting with Smart Manufacturing Experience exhibitors. Smart Theater

All times and programs subject to change.