Mentoring
SMTAI Women’s Leadership Program Shows ‘Drive’
Annual career development program features talks on automotive safety systems and quality. by PRIYANKA DOBRIYAL, PH.D.

In the wake of Covid-19, SMTA International is virtual this year, and so is the Women’s Leadership Program! It is a challenging time for everyone, but we can concentrate on developing our careers by charting a positive course now. Join the “Road Trip” for a program of technical presentations, speed networking and a connection reception. Although some aspects of the WLP will be different – such as two speakers instead of three, and a completely virtual event – we believe it will still be one of the best platforms to connect with colleagues within our industry.

Virtual networking can be an effective way to build professional relationships. The virtual program this year can be especially beneficial for parents who may have to limit their travel due to family commitments at home and helpful to everyone in overcoming the challenge of obtaining travel funding. (No travel cost is associated with the virtual program this year!)

We have two speakers and three speed networking topics in this year’s WLP. This year’s speakers include Lenora Clark, director – Autonomous Driving and Safety Technology, MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions and Nancy Lange, director of Quality-Regional, Plexus.

We extend an invitation to everyone to join the Women’s Leadership Program “Road Trip” to promote women in engineering fields. Support diversity in engineering fields by attending this session, which is free for everyone and all are welcome.

The event takes place Sept. 30 from 3 to 6pm Central time and is chaired by Priyanka Dobriyal, Ph.D., Intel, and Marie Cole, IBM.

Presentation Schedule

3pm: Lenora Clark
3:30pm: Nancy Lange
4pm: “Fuel Stop” speed chats with topics:

  • Unconscious Bias: Real Actions to Overcome
  • Keeping Your Balance While Working Effectively from Home
  • Relentlessly Reinvent Yourself

5pm: The Women’s Leadership Program continues its annual gathering, hosting the Connection Reception on the evening of Sept. 30.

Featured Speakers

Lenora Clark:
A Cruise Through Automotive Safety Systems

Lenora Clark is director of Autonomous Driving and Safety Technology for the MacDermid Alpha Automotive Team. She leads the team in understanding all systems involved in advanced safety on the path to full autonomy. She seeks to understand industry challenges associated with this endeavor. Clark works closely with fabricators, tier ones and car makers to understand the needs of the entire supply chain to achieve faster, more reliable solutions. She works in all aspects of electronics, uniting circuitry, semiconductor and assembly solutions for a holistic approach to automotive market needs, especially for advanced driving assistance. Clark has worked for MacDermid for over 20 years and has been published in numerous industry technical conferences. She holds four patents. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s in chemistry and has a master’s in chemistry.

Lenora Clark
Lenora Clark

Nancy Lange:
Quality Requirements Across Industries – More the Same than Different

Nancy Lange has worked in the consumer product, cosmetic, pesticide, food, drug, medical device, and aerospace industries and in multiple points in the supply chain, including specification owner, contractor manufacturer, and material supplier. This presentation will take a view across those industries and share the common themes. Lange is director of quality for the Americas Manufacturing Solutions business unit of Plexus. In this role, she provides quality leadership for the contract manufacturing services of electronics assemblies for healthcare/life sciences, aerospace/defense, communications and industrial markets across seven facilities in the US and Mexico. Key accountabilities of the role are quality strategy deployment, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and quality execution.

Nancy Lange:
Quality Requirements Across Industries – More the Same than Different

Nancy Lange has worked in the consumer product, cosmetic, pesticide, food, drug, medical device, and aerospace industries and in multiple points in the supply chain, including specification owner, contractor manufacturer, and material supplier. This presentation will take a view across those industries and share the common themes. Lange is director of quality for the Americas Manufacturing Solutions business unit of Plexus. In this role, she provides quality leadership for the contract manufacturing services of electronics assemblies for healthcare/life sciences, aerospace/defense, communications and industrial markets across seven facilities in the US and Mexico. Key accountabilities of the role are quality strategy deployment, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and quality execution.

She has worked for Plexus for two years and has prior experience with Bemis (now Amcor), Tufco Technologies, and Kimberly-Clark. She holds three patents. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering.

Nancy Lange
Nancy Lange

She has worked for Plexus for two years and has prior experience with Bemis (now Amcor), Tufco Technologies, and Kimberly-Clark. She holds three patents. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering.

“Fuel Stop” speed chat hosts
  • Martin Anselm, Ph.D., associate professor, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
  • Elizabeth Benedetto, distinguished technologist, HP Inc.
  • Srinivas Chada, Ph.D., senior principal engineer, Stryker
  • Debbie Carboni, global product manager, Kyzen
  • Chrys Shea, president, Shea Engineering Services
  • Brian Toleno, advanced materials team leader, Facebook
Priyanka Dobriyal, Ph.D., is technical program manager, Datacenter at Intel (intel.com) and co-chair of the SMTAI Women’s Leadership Program; priyanka.dobriyal@intel.com.