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Engineering Focus: National Engineers Week 2021 Kickoff

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Engineering Focus is an annual kick-off to National Engineers Week in Chicago. This year’s program ‘Empowering the Next Generation of Women in Engineering’ is an exciting opportunity for professionals, educators, and students to be inspired and learn strategies to engage girls and young women in engineering concepts.


Barbara Guthrie: Vice President Corporate Responsibility at UL

Elle Ramel: Director at Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities


• Learn the importance of encouraging girls to explore all the engineering sector has to offer creative minds.

• Hear first-hand experiences and strategies from a distinguished panel of professionals.

• Celebrate the future of engineering!

Suggested Donation: $20

Students: FREE


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

-Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos

 Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

-Mr. John Berchem


Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

Speaker Biographies

Barbara Guthrie, UL

Barbara has been helping ensure safe, sustainable and secure living and working environments for people around the globe through her thirty-five years of experience in safety-science research, regulatory code and standards development, laboratory operations, product and system certifications, training and education. As VP Corporate Sustainability, Barbara is the visionary responsible for UL’s sustainability strategy across the global landscape, expanding and elevating its commitment to social, environmental and sustainability services and offerings. She leads UL employees on a shared mission to positively impact the planet, its people and prosperity while working for a safer, more secure and sustainable world. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Roosevelt University.

Elle Ramel, Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Chicago

Elle is the Chicago Director of Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities, an initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women in tech to meet the demands of the industry’s future. Prior to her role at GET, Elle Ramel was the Director of Development at Farpoint Development where she helped to manage the redevelopment of the Michael Reese Hospital site in Chicago. Prior to this position, she led strategic partnerships at City Tech Collaborative, the smart city lab of Chicago, and an Economic Policy Associate in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at the City of Chicago. She has worked on financial issues and economic development, including infrastructure, corporate recruitment, job growth, sustainability, food business, innovation spaces and land use. She completed her bachelor’s at Yale University in Urban Studies and a master’s degree at Cambridge University in Land Economics/Town Planning.


Pre-Registration is Required.

Participants Will Receive a Zoom Link Prior to the Event.

Proceeds benefit Chicago Engineers’ Foundation student programs.