Leadership Academy Summit - 10.24.2020

Schedule of Events

10:00-10:50 am: Welcome and Opening Keynote

  • JJ Cadiz, Group Program Manager for Outlook, Microsoft

11:00 am - 11:45 am: Breakout Session Round 1

  • Colette Gaona, Associate, Landau Associates, Inc.
  • Kalan Guiley, Senior Manager, Global Aviation System Safety, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Lauren Wallace, Application Development Engineer, Momentive
  • Grant Yoshihara, NW Natural (retired)

11:00 am - 1:30 pm: Grand Challenges Scholars Program Informational Room

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Breakout Session Round 2

  • Rob Grover, Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Shivali Kadam, Process Engineer, SSOE Group
  • Lauren Lippman, Vice President, Engineering Student Council
  • Jeff Nakashima, Preconstruction, Fortis Construction

1:00 - 1:30 pm: Networking Session

About the Summit

The Leadership Academy Summit is an outstanding opportunity to launch, or rejuvenate, your journey as a leader. We have been hard at work to bring you a top-notch live virtual event, with an inspiring keynote, engaging breakout sessions, and opportunities to personally connect with engineering alumni and industry leaders. This event is open to ALL engineering students, engineering alumni, industry partners, and COE staff & faculty.

 

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Thank you to our sponsors:

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fortis

McKinstry

Summit Speakers

Jeff Nakashima

Jeff Nakashima

Speaker Title: 
Preconstruction, Fortis Construction
Speaker Bio: 

Jeff Nakashima has been a project engineer with Fortis since 2015. Since joining the team, he has worked on Facebook’s mission-critical campuses in Texas, Utah, and New Mexico, helping to deliver over 1.8 million square feet of data center facilities and over 68,000 square feet of administrative support buildings. Jeff’s experience also includes the $85 million overhaul of Gresham High School in Oregon and the new, state-of-the-art Learning Innovation Center for Oregon State University. These highly-collaborative projects have prepared Jeff to jump into any integrated project team and deliver consistent results across diverse market sectors. Jeff continues to be involved with OSU, his alma mater, and professional organizations through his work on the OSU CCE Industry Advisory Board and the Construction Leadership Council with the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter.

Presentation Title: 
"No Bad Teams; Only Bad Leaders"
Presentation Description: 

Construction and many other engineering career disciplines are team-based work environments – our projects, responsibilities, and assignments are often too large for one person to accomplish by themselves. We need to be able to work well with others to succeed. Retired Navy SEAL officers Jocko Willink & Leif Babin’s 2017 book, Extreme Ownership was a tremendously meaningful book to Fortis Construction about how leadership lessons from the Navy applied directly across our company and could help make us better leaders both inside and outside the workplace. Come and learn how you can apply these leadership principles (Cover and Move, Prioritize & Execute, Simple, and Decentralized Command) to better lead and contribute to your team in education, business, and life.

JJ Cadiz

JJ Cadiz

Speaker Title: 
Group Program Manager, Outlook for Windows
Speaker Bio: 

Every day hundreds of millions of people depend on Outlook on Windows to run everything from our government to our banks, hospitals, and schools.  If you're one of those people, JJ Cadiz is responsible for your experience.

After graduating from Oregon State University with degrees in Computer Science and Speech Communication, and Carnegie Mellon with a Master of Human-Computer Interaction degree, JJ joined Microsoft where he's spent two decades researching and building software to help people work together.  He was a founding member of the team that built Skype for Business and has spent the last 10 years building Outlook. He is currently the Group Program Manager for Outlook on Windows.

Outside of Microsoft JJ is a proud dad and husband, and he's enjoyed volunteering as a speech and debate coach, a Little League coach, and PTA President.

Presentation Title: 
"Leading With Ethics"
Presentation Description: 

"Ethical" is one of the Leadership Academy's 5 pillars.  In this talk JJ will share how he's used a mindset of everyday ethics throughout his life to grow his leadership capability, help those around him, and help those who use the products he's responsible for.  He'll share techniques that anyone can start using today to start developing as a more ethical leader.

Lauren Wallace

Lauren Wallace

Speaker Title: 
Application Development Engineer, Momentive
Speaker Bio: 

Lauren Wallace is an Oregon State Chemical Engineering graduate and currently an Application Development Engineer at Momentive Performance Materials in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  There, she works on custom compound formulations for customers across the United States and Canada, utilizing both technical engineering skills and interpersonal skills.  Lauren is also a part of the National Rubber Division and SWE. Previously, Lauren worked at Nestle USA as part of their Factory Management Development Program.  As a Factory Leadership Development Program Trainee, Lauren gained many experiences as both a continuous improvement leader, utilizing Lean practices, and as a people leader, managing over 70 direct reports on day shift and on night shift.  While in college, Lauren interned at E&J Gallo as a Start-Up Operations Engineer, running unit process tests and leading process changes at the largest distillery in the world, and at Nestle USA as an Operations Engineer, building a multifaceted process flow visualization tool to observe, trend, and predict process changes throughout the entire process stream. While at Oregon State, Lauren was a COE ambassador, a student researcher for engineering education and situated cognition, and group instructor for Pre-College Programs.  In her spare time, she partakes in socially-distant hang outs with her friends, barre, and reading. 

Presentation Title: 
"Nonlinear Engineering: Spiraling to Success"
Presentation Description: 

Whenever the question of “what’s your five-year plan?” comes up in conversation, the normal reaction is to panic and wonder if the decisions that you have made are going to impact your future dramatically.  As engineering students, we are used to being told, almost ad nauseum, that everything we are learning, every project we take on, every extracurricular we do will greatly influence our future worth as an engineer.  So, we try and go about a straight and narrow path with the hope we will climb a steady ladder to success.  In this session, we will discuss how the ladder is not so much a ladder as a spiraling path, how nonlinear career paths are actually more normal than we might think, and how to feel and be successful with our choices in our careers. 

Kalan Guiley

Kalan Guiley

Speaker Title: 
Senior Manager of Global Aviation System Safety, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Speaker Bio: 

Kalan Guiley is the Senior Manager of Global Aviation System Safety at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to this role Kalan served as Manager of Equipment and Tool Engineering (E&TE), Computer-Aided Metrology Systems (CAMS) and the Everett Final Assembly Innovation Cell for the 787 Airplane Program, and before that, Systems Integration Manager.

Kalan was previously the Manager of Continued Airworthiness for Twin-Aisle Programs, responsible for in-service safety and fleet risk management for the 747, 767, 777 and 787 models.  In that role, he and his team provided vital expertise in safety analysis, risk and hazard assessment, root cause investigation and corrective action to ensure that potential fleet safety concerns were identified, analyzed and addressed promptly and comprehensively.

Kalan joined Boeing in 2004 and has a strong background in design, safety and certification of aircraft systems.  Kalan is an active member of ASME and has participated in society governance since 2001.  He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Outreach, for a three-year term that started in June of 2018.  He previously served as ASME Vice President, Government Relations from 2013 to 2016.  He is also a Past Chair of the Western Washington Section of ASME and a Past President of the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC).

Kalan lives in Seattle with his wife, Jennie, daughter Josie, and son Harry.  He holds an MBA, Technology Management from the University of Washington's Michael G. Foster School of Business and an Honors Baccalaureate of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.

Presentation Title: 
"Building Emotional Intelligence for Career (and Life) Success"
Presentation Description: 

One factor, above all others, will have an outsized impact on your performance and satisfaction in your career, as well your non-work relationships.  That factor is your emotional intelligence (EQ).  According to a study by TalentSmart, EQ plays the biggest role in performance when compared to 33 other workplace skills, influencing 58% of success across abroad range of careers.  This session will provide an introduction to emotional intelligence and the four disciplines of EQ—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social regulation—as well as how you can build and leverage your EQ to be more successful and fulfilled in your career and life!

Grant Yoshihara

Grant Yoshihara

Speaker Title: 
NW Natural (retired)
Speaker Bio: 

Grant Yoshihara spent nearly 40 years working professionally in the energy and utility industry.  He retired in April 2018 as the Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Engineer for NW Natural, a natural gas and water distribution utility serving 800,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He worked for NW Natural for the past 27 years, starting in Gas Supply, and had subsequent management assignments in Industrial Market Services, Commercial Business Services, Utility Operations, Marketing and Customer Acquisition, and Customer Service.  

Grant completed his career at NW Natural as the lead officer responsible for all aspects of engineering, construction, system and storage plant operations and maintenance, customer service, field services, resource scheduling and dispatch, training and quality assurance, and other utility operations functions. Additional key company assignments during his time at NW Natural also included union labor relations and contract negotiations, safety management and oversight, strategic planning, change management, workforce development, seismic resiliency, and diversity council leadership.  During his time in the natural gas business, he represented the Company and served as board and/or committee chair for several industry trade and research organizations including the American Gas Association, Western Energy Institute, and the Gas Technology Institute. 

Grant has been actively involved in the community.  He is a past board member and chair of Volunteers of America Oregon, Community Vision, American Leadership Forum of Oregon, Japan America Society of Oregon, the Multnomah Athletic Club, and is one of the founders of Partners in Diversity.  He also has continued his energy industry engagement and passion for customer, employee and operational safety as a member of the independent safety advisory committees for two major US utilities.

Grant received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University, and his MBA from the University of Oregon.

Presentation Title: 
"Who Knows You: Increasing Your Self-Awareness, Unlock Your Potential"
Presentation Description: 

Key to one’s growth as a leader is having a greater sense of self-awareness in one’s strengths and opportunities for growth. Additionally, it is important to consider how others may perceive you, especially those who have the influence to mentor you, and help you unlock your potential as an engineer and leader. In this session, Grant Yoshihara will discuss how these factors have played out in his career, and participants will have the opportunity to practice self-awareness through interactive activity and discussions.

Lauren Lippman

Lauren Lippman

Speaker Title: 
Vice President of Events, Engineering Student Council
Speaker Bio: 

Lauren Lippman is a 4th year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student. She works as the Vice President of Events for the Engineering Student Council, a College of Engineering Ambassador, and a researcher in environmental engineering for the Navab Lab Group. This combined with her work with the Society of Women Engineers as the SWesters Coordinator and Chem-E-Car Project Manager has given her exposure to a multitude of digital tools. Learn more about Lauren here!

Presentation Title: 
"Organizational Tools for a Digital Age"
Presentation Description: 

As most everything transitions to being virtually accessible, maintaining organization digitally can help optimize you and your team’s productivity. As a student and club leader, Lauren has experimented with many tools. Using these tools effectively can increase efficiency of communication and improve time management within teams. Learn about new tools and come share your own experiences with remotely organizing teams, so we can all learn from each other’s software-related struggles.

Colette Gaona

Colette Gaona

Speaker Title: 
Associate, Landau Associates, Inc.
Speaker Bio: 

Colette is an Associate at Landau Associates, Inc. with twelve years of experience in environmental consulting with a focus on environmental source investigations and remediation design. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University in 2008.  Her professional experience includes extensive work developing and implementing soil, groundwater, stormwater, and anthropogenic material investigation and remediation programs; identification and evaluation of source control methods; and evaluation and reporting of analytical data relative to regulatory criteria and cleanup levels under both state and federal requirements. Colette has served on her firm’s Board of Directors since 2016 in the position of Corporate Secretary, and has been a member of the Oregon State College of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Industry Advisory Board since 2018. 

Presentation Title: 
"Mentorship Matters"
Presentation Description: 

Mentor relationships can play an important role in professional career growth.  Professional mentors can provide career support, advocate for you, open up opportunities to grow your skills and experience, challenge you to think critically, and help give you the tools you need to identify your career goals and plan for your future.  A mentor and mentee relationship can inspire new ideas, provide a platform for collaborative communication, and contribute to life-long career success. This breakout session will take a closer look at what to look for in a mentor, where to look for a mentor, how to foster your relationship with your mentor to be mutually beneficial, and how you ultimately grow in your career to mentor others.

Rob Grover

Rob Grover

Speaker Title: 
Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Speaker Bio: 

Rob Grover is an Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) Systems Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).  He is the veteran of five robotic flights to Mars and led the EDL team for the InSight Mars landing in November 2018, for which he received NASA’s Exceptional Public Achievement Medal.  He is currently working on NASA’s Artemis program to return astronauts to the Moon.  An Oregon State University graduate (BS Physics 1985), he has spent nearly 20 years working as an aerospace systems engineer at JPL.

Presentation Title: 
"Decision-Making in the Presence of Uncertainty"
Presentation Description: 

Uncertainty is a constant in life and engineering.  Strong engineering leadership identifies and manages uncertainty to optimize decision-making and engineering outcomes.  In robotic planetary spaceflight, engineering in the presence of uncertainty is a particular challenge because of reliance on autonomy in a planetary environment that may have a low level of characterization.  In this breakout session, we will discuss engineering decision-making tools and processes used in spaceflight, citing development and operations examples from NASA’s recent InSight mission to Mars.

Shivali Kadam

Shivali Kadam

Speaker Title: 
Process Engineer, SSOE Group
Speaker Bio: 

Born in Mumbai, India, Shivali immigrated to the United States with her parents at the age of two. Upon graduating with her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University in 2018, her interest in microelectronics led her into the semiconductor manufacturing industry, where she currently works as a process engineer.

Determined to eliminate the barriers she had to overcome as a woman in engineering and be the person she needed when she was younger, she has cultivated over seven years of STEM outreach and advocacy experience and currently serves as the Chair of the Outreach & Education Committee for the nonprofit organization Women in Science Portland.

Presentation Title: 
Success by Design: The Engineering Process
Presentation Description: 

Engineers are the world’s technical problem solvers. We apply the principles of math and science to complex real-world problems with the goal of finding the most optimal solutions. How do we this? While success can often seem like magic, engineers have a well-developed method to the magic: the engineering design process. In this breakout session, we will explore how we can apply the engineering design process to our own lives and goals, focusing on the power of perseverance in achieving success in engineering and beyond.

Priscila Narcio

Speaker Title: 
Grand Challenges Scholars Program Graduate Assistant
Speaker Bio: 

Priscila Narcio is a graduate assistant within the College of Engineering Leadership Academy, focusing primarily on the Grand Challenges Scholars Program. Priscila’s main responsibilities include coordinating and expanding the Grand Challenges Scholars Program for engineering students to serve people and society through the 14 challenges required to deliver changes to coming generations. She is passionate about developing student’s leadership and professional skills through GCSP’s transformational program framework. Priscila considers herself a lifelong learner, and a passionate student advocate. She is excited to get students involved in GCSP to work towards solving the greatest challenges facing society.

Presentation Title: 
Grand Challenges Scholars Program Information
Presentation Description: 

Join Priscila Narcio, our Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) Graduate Assistant, anytime during the Leadership Academy Virtual Summit from 11 am to 1:30 pm. She will be available to share about this exciting additional tier of the Leadership Academy, share about our program opportunities and how to apply.

Rachele Turnbull

Speaker Title: 
Founder & CEO, Clark Construction LLC
Speaker Bio: 

Rachele graduated in 1996 from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s in Construction Engineering Management and a minor in Business Administration. She chose OSU for many reasons, including a great engineering program, family ties to OSU, and the proximity to her home and immediate family.

After earning her degree, she spent 8 years at Baugh Construction Oregon (in Beaverton, OR), a nationally  recognized commercial contractor (now a part of Skanska USA). As a project manager, Rachele utilized sophisticated material and labor tracking systems, as well as complex budget  forecasting tools for large-scale commercial building projects. Her commercial project background includes work on high tech fabrication, animal care, healthcare, and educational facilities. She left Skanska in 2003 with a desire to work for, or to start a more community and family-focused company that would create opportunity for its employees to achieve an ownership stake in the company and prioritize giving back to the community.

In 2006, Rachele started Clark Construction on Bainbridge Island with a very small group of people, including her father, who ran a small residential business. The team quickly created the framework of employee ownership and empowerment that allowed the company to grow and flourish into what it is now. Clark Construction, Inc. now has approximately 75 employees, of which 27 have an ownership stake in the company. Despite project delays due to Covid-19, they plan to complete nearly $50MM in construction over the next 12 months. They also plan to continue their legacy of stewardship through employee education, volunteer action in the community, and participation in programs that drive sustainability, affordability, and support of community programs.

Peter Wilkinson

Speaker Title: 
Immersive Programs Coordinator, Community Engagement & Leadership
Presentation Title: 
How to Lead through the Pathways of Public Service & Civic Engagement
Presentation Description: 

Civic engagement is about acting on a mindset centered around a sense of social responsibility to better the larger world. As leaders in engineering, we all have the opportunity and responsibility to take action in our local and global communities. This session sheds light on the numerous pathways an individual can take to be more engaged in larger social change, and how you can use your path in engineering to make a difference.

Brad Hermanson

Speaker Title: 
President, Hermanson Consulting Company
Presentation Title: 
Active Listening for Leadership & Life
Presentation Description: 

Many guides on leadership suggest that a critical skill needed as a leader is your ability to listen well.   That sounds great right?   But do you know HOW to listen well?  This session will focus on the principles and methods of active listening, exploring and explaining concepts that will help you be a more effective listener.  Understanding the principles and methods will help you be a better leader, feel more comfortable in group settings with people you don’t know, and gosh darn, maybe even help you get a job!

Nicole Lewey

Speaker Title: 
Software Engineer at Garmin
Speaker Bio: 

Nicole Lewey has been a software engineer at Garmin in Salem, Oregon for five years. She designs, writes, and tests embedded software for certified retrofit avionics and performs a leadership role on her team. Nicole graduated from Pacific University in 2016 with a BS in Computer Science. She first became interested in the topic of imposter syndrome in college when she and her fellow presenter, Alexandrea Beh, founded a Women in Computer Science club at their university. Through that experience she learned the power of speaking with people about imposter syndrome and other issues facing women and minorities in the workplace.

Presentation Title: 
Improving Your Relationship with Imposter Syndrome
Presentation Description: 

In the Improving Your Relationship with Imposter Syndrome session, you will learn what imposter syndrome is, how to identify it in yourself and others, and how to encourage more open and constructive communication around this topic as a leader. The session will include anecdotes from the presenters’ education and careers, and will explore how imposter syndrome affects pivotal moments like job interviews and salary negotiation. You’re not alone if you’ve ever felt like an imposter - in fact, many people experience this feeling but just don’t talk about it. Come be part of the conversation!

alexandrea beh

Alexandrea Beh

Speaker Title: 
Software Engineer at Mentor Collective
Speaker Bio: 

Alexandrea Beh works at Mentor Collective and helps to build a research-driven mentorship platform for college students. She has been a software engineer for the past six years. Alexandrea has navigated imposter syndrome as an underrepresented person in the tech industry who also doesn't have a traditional Computer Science degree. She will share her experiences from landing her first job to becoming a senior engineer and mentor. She has given several talks on imposter syndrome and is passionate about teaching people how to cultivate a better relationship with this feeling that many people experience but fewer people openly discuss.

Presentation Title: 
Improving Your Relationship with Imposter Syndrome
Presentation Description: 

In the Improving Your Relationship with Imposter Syndrome session, you will learn what imposter syndrome is, how to identify it in yourself and others, and how to encourage more open and constructive communication around this topic as a leader. The session will include anecdotes from the presenters’ education and careers, and will explore how imposter syndrome affects pivotal moments like job interviews and salary negotiation. You’re not alone if you’ve ever felt like an imposter - in fact, many people experience this feeling but just don’t talk about it. Come be part of the conversation!

Nico Varela

Nico Varela

Speaker Title: 
Mechanical Engineer, Portland General Electric
Speaker Bio: 

Nico graduated from Oregon State in 2014 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at Oregon State he participated in the MECOP program and completed his internships at Portland General Electric (PGE) and Daimler Trucks North America. For his senior project he was on the Global Formula Racing team whose car ending up winning 4 international competitions. After graduating Nico began his career at PGE working with industrial companies complete energy efficiency projects with the Energy Trust of Oregon. In 2018 he moved to his current role within PGE to a group called Power Supply Engineering Services where he provides sound and cost-effective design improvements and engineering solutions to complex mechanical problems at thermal, hydro, and wind plants.

Presentation Title: 
Project Engineering 101
Presentation Description: 

What happens once you finish your design? Ever wonder how projects get implemented? Join Nico Varela, mechanical engineer at Portland General Electric, as he shares his experience of working as a project engineer and the technical and leadership skills that this role takes. Get a glimpse into the lifecycle of an engineering project from start to finish.

Subisha Sundarum

Speaker Title: 
President, Engineering Student Council
Speaker Bio: 

Subisha Sundaram is a third year Radiation Health Physics undergraduate student. She works as the President of the Engineering Student Council (ESC), a College of Engineering Ambassador, an Intern for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and works in Dr.Giebultowicz’s Integrative Biology lab. Subisha never fathomed majoring in an Engineering discipline in college. She realized that being uncertain is alright and that she was not alone. By helping other students in her role as President of ESC and other on-campus roles like Wellness agent, she discovered how to nurture and build communities and in turn help find her own calling. Subisha’s focus is to empower communities and to help students navigate their way towards a successful engineering career while becoming active contributors to their communities.

Presentation Title: 
Nurturing Communities for an Immersive Engineering Experience
Presentation Description: 

As a student it is important to know the resources available to support and enhance student experiences. The Engineering Student Council (ESC) is one of many such opportunities that helped Subisha first realize how important forming a community can be for student experience. Finding a community that resonates with you can be difficult. Learning how to use that community to enhance your student experience whilst empowering others can be challenging. However, actively promoting and participating in such a community is important both through leadership roles and as a member. Effective participation helps develop skills such as interpersonal and intrapersonal communication, collaboration and teamwork. These skills positively contribute to an immersive and rewarding student experience. Learn more about what to look for in a community, how to empower a community and yourself, ways to actively seek new communities and share your own experiences for others to learn from!

Sydney Forbes

Speaker Title: 
CEO and Co-Founder, Tonsil Tech
Speaker Bio: 

Sydney Forbes is the CEO and co-founder of Tonsil Tech, where she aims to help people suffering with tonsil stones by developing tools for at home removal and educational awareness of the oral healthcare issue. Tonsil stones are the calcification of food, mucus, and bacteria that form in the pits of people’s tonsils and have a pungent sulfur smell. In July 2020, Sydney and her team launched the TonsiFIX starter kit which is the first commercially available tool specifically designed for tonsil stone removal.

Before founding Tonsil Tech in 2020, Sydney worked in the Bay Area at pharmaceutical companies and a 3D printing company. While working in 3D printing, Sydney specialized in dental medical devices.

Sydney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering from Oregon State University. While at OSU, Sydney was elected for multiple leadership positions including the Bioengineering President of the Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering group as well as positions in the Society of Women Engineers, Engineering Student Council, and American Association of University Women. As an alumna, Sydney has presented at OSU Leadership Academy events and she is an Alumni Career Ambassador where she works with students and alumni to develop and accomplish career goals. You can find Sydney on Linkedin as Sydney (Quinton-Cox) Forbes.

Presentation Title: 
Stepping Up to Allyship in the Classroom, Workplace, and the World
Presentation Description: 

This is an interactive workshop where we will explore ways to practice becoming an ally in your daily life. By starting with small changes, we can develop confidence that we each have our own individual ways and styles for being an ally. This workshop will help you find your style and discuss ways you can practice. Learning ways to practice stepping up to alyship helps make it more attainable in the future and in the moments when it can matter the most.