Thursday, April 15 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Delivered Remotely

Pillar: Purposeful

As engineers move along in their careers, sometimes different professional paths appear. Due to a company’s organizational structure, personal ability, and/or interest, engineers may consider a technical career path, or a path more geared toward management of teams and organizations. Each “track” has its own opportunities and challenges, and it is possible to practice effective leadership in both arenas. Through personal insights and perspectives with current engineers from Boeing, Intel, and Portland General Electric, this session will delve into the differences and overlaps between technical and management career paths for engineers, and participants will get a better understanding of which track may suit their goals, abilities, interest, and leadership styles.


About our panelists:

David Beach is Principal Engineer of Protection Operations and Planning at Portland General Electric.

Julie Fleischer is a Product / Program Manager at Intel Corporation.  In her twenty two years at Intel, she has held a variety of roles across multiple business groups at Intel, including recently being the Product Line Manager / Engineering Manager for the Intel Unite® solution followed by a role as the Platform Manager for Intel® Optane™ Persistent Memory 200 series.  She is a strong believer in crafting a career that aligns to ones passions, values, and talents, and she’s a life-long student of tools and techniques to improve ones ability to live out their purpose.

Ian Gilkerson is currently a senior manager in Product Development leading the Digital Transformation for future Boeing Commercial Airplanes products. He has led several teams developing large-scale enterprise software projects. Prior to his promotion to management, he spent time working extensively with partners and suppliers around the world to explain Boeing data and configuration methodologies.

He is a big-picture thinker, but believes that the details add up to move companies, industries and humanity in the right direction. He enjoys networking and mentoring individuals and the team. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. Ian and his wife grew up in a small farming town located 40 miles outside of Portland, Oregon and they enjoy returning to the family pear orchard with their children when they can.


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