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 Global Marathon E-Newsletter March, 2012 - Issue #3                                   Like us on Facebook  
  In this issue:
   ► Live Webcast Highlights
   ► What They're Saying...
   ► Marathon Q&A

About the Marathon
Who: 8th Annual Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering and Technology
When: March 5-10, 2012.
What: Connect with women in engineering and technology around the world to network, gain new knowledge and contribute to dreams, ideas and actions that will change the world. Six days, six live webcasts, six regions around the globe: China, India, Latin America, Middle East, North America and the UK/Europe.
How to Connect: All registrants will receive an email in advance with login instructions.
Questions? Contact Barbara Pontello, Program Manager at or call 01-412-259-8689.

Live Webcast Highlights

Monday, March 5, Noon, U.S. Eastern (hosted by National Engineers Week Foundation)
Opening Keynote Panel
Voices of Experience; Voices of Change
We kick off the 2012 Marathon with a global panel of executive women from China, North America and Latin America in industry and the non-profit worlds. Whether you join us to be inspired to action or simply to get a window to the world, there will be something for you in this live Webcast. We'll discuss women making a difference both through their work and volunteerism as we set the stage for the week.
[Live video webcast]

Tuesday, March 6, 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm, Brazil Eastern (hosted by DuPont)
Food Sustainability and Our Future - Feeding 7 Billion People
A world population that has reached the 7 billion mark raises an extraordinary number of questions around sustainability with food being one of the biggest concerns. During this panel session professionals from diverse fields will share their perspectives about food challenges--from farming to industrialization to distribution--and their impact on society.
[Live video webcast]

Wednesday, March 7, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Lebanon (hosted by ASCE/MENA Region)
Women Reshaping the World Through Entrepreneurship - An Intimate Discussion with Leading Female Global Entrepreneurs
During this candid, inspirational and game-changing conversation leading global female engineering entrepreneurs share their personal journeys and stories of failure, triumph and wisdom. Designed to inspire young women who are passionate about engineering and technology to begin their own entrepreneurial journey.
Moderated by Kathy Forman Frey, an award-winning entrepreneur, community leader, educator, curriculum developer and founder of the Hot Mommas® Project: The world's largest collection of women's case studies.
[Live audiocast with powerpoint]

Thursday, March 8, 8:30 - 9:30 pm India (hosted by C3E)
Energy Engineers: From the Lab to the Living Room
Savvy women are transforming the way the world uses energy, one household decision at a time. This discussion will focus on a case study of cooperation between the U.S. and Indian governments under the Clean Energy Ministerial to deploy super-efficient appliances. Led by C3E, the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment women's initiative, a partnership of 9 governments (US, UK, UAE, Australia, Norway, Mexico, South Africa, Denmark, Sweden) within the Clean Energy Ministerial.
[Live audio webcast]

Friday, March 9, 9:00 am - 10:00 am China Eastern (hosted by CH2MHILL)
From Grassroots to Business to Government Initiatives: How Everyone Can Play a Role in Achieving Water Sustainability
As the global population exceeds 7 billion and rapid urbanization continues, the challenge of sustainably managing the world's water resources has never been greater. This panel of CH2M HILL experts will discuss how individuals, businesses, and governments around the world are taking bold actions and delivering solutions that are changing the urban water paradigm. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how everyone can play a role in achieving water sustainability.
[Live audiocast with powerpoint]

Saturday, March 10, Noon - 1:00 pm U.S. Eastern (hosted by National Engineers Week Foundation)
Closing Keynote Panel
Creating the Voices for the Future

Imagine the power of uniting the voices of women in engineering and technology worldwide! Join the closing for a first-ever online get together of some of the world's leading WIE organizations including the Society of Women Engineers, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations/WIE Committee, ASME, and IEEE/UK/Ireland who will share their future visions and inspire viewers. Be sure your voice is heard. Join the conversation!
[Live video webcast]

What They're Saying...                                               [TOP]

"Global population growth presents new challenges and opportunities. Areas of true need include feeding the world, reducing dependence on fossil fuel, and protecting people and the environment. No one organization can address these alone -- it takes all of us working together. I am thrilled to be Vice Chair of the 2012 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering and Technology. It is a great forum for connecting women from around the world so they can share ideas and catalyze them into actions that will begin to solve some of these global challenges."

Gayle J. Gibson
2012 Global Marathon Vice-Chair and
Director - Corporate Operations, DuPont
(Opening Keynote Panelist, Monday, March 5, noon U.S. Eastern)

"Bechtel is one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world. As such, I've had the opportunity to work in Europe, Africa, Canada and elsewhere and have benefited immensely from working with other women. Nothing could be more valuable than global networking because you get the opportunity to interact with other professionals and exchange ideas and lessons learned. The most rewarding part of being an engineer is being able to give back to the community and knowing that what you do is making a real change in people's lives. I have two grown children and still love what I do."

Maria K. Brady
Senior Project Manager, Bechtel

"Community Enterprise Solutions is a social impact innovation incubator. Our entrepreneurs in Ecuador are women who fight every single day to support their families and to improve their quality of life. They have challenged themselves to learn about new technologies. This is often most easily facilitated by the exchange of ideas with people from different countries and cultures. We all continuously learn through working, interacting and sharing with each other and we hope to increase our impact and knowledge through connecting with women from around the world during the Global Marathon."

Maria Luz Giambartolomei
Country Director (Ecuador)
Community Enterprise Solutions/Social Entrepreneur Corps
(Opening Keynote Panelist, Monday, March 5, noon U.S. Eastern)

Marathon Q&A                                                                 [TOP]

Q Is the Marathon free?
A Yes! Thanks to our sponsors and the National Engineers Week Foundation.
Q How does the Marathon work?
A The Marathon is an online virtual conference that takes place March 5-10. About two hours of programming originate from six different regions of the world each day. All you need is an internet connection, a computer, and a phone line. Everyone who registers will receive an email before the event starts with login instructions.
Q What will I learn?
A The Marathon is all about networking and connecting women in engineering and technology around the globe. Each of the 6 regions-North America, Latin America, UK/Europe, Middle East/North Africa, India and China-develop and offer their own programs each day. You'll gain new contacts, new knowledge and a renewed respect for the contributions engineers make.
Q Why should I attend?
A Imagine the opportunity to connect with other women around the world who love engineering. The Marathon is the only event of its kind that connects you with others across a diverse range of disciplines, experience levels, ages, interests, backgrounds, cultures, industries and employers. Share solutions to common challenges.
Q What language is the Marathon conducted in?
A The Marathon is conducted in English with one exception. On Tuesday, March 6 the Latin America program will include programming from Brazil and Mexico. These presentations will be given in Portuguese and Spanish, respectively.
Q How will I be able to interact with women engineers from around the world?
A Each live webcast will include a chat feature where viewers can pose questions and interact with speakers. Plus meet new people and network in the Networking Lounge!

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