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.

 

REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND THE VIRTUAL SUMMIT!

 

Information about how to connect to the Virtual Summit will be provided to all registrants ahead of the event.

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.