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Room 4
Tuesday, October 3, 2017  |  2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Separate Registration Required

Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables

Emily Avant
Senior Counsel, CNN
Ashley Carroll
Partner, Social Capital
Karen DiMeo
UAS Technical Lead, FAA
Lisa Ellman
Global UAS Practice Chair, Hogan Lovells; Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance
Dyan Gibbens
CEO & Founder, Trumbull Unmanned
Lyela Mutisya
CEO, Kenspeco Ltd.
Susan Roberts
Founder/Executive, GE Beyond
Maria Stefanopoulos
Production Manager, ABC News
Kathleen "Kat" Swain
Senior Director, UAS Programs, AOPA - Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Gretchen West
Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells, & Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance


Women are welcome to join us on Tuesday afternoon for a series of roundtable discussions about your experiences, challenges and great successes in this growing market.  


Join us for unique and inspirational conversations and walk out of the meeting ready to expand your network!  


Following introductions, the Women of Commercial Drones program will start with a 20-minute discussion around STEM, mentorship and related topics, moderated by discussion leaders at each table. We’ll focus on how we can inspire younger generations to get into this industry, how we work together to mentor each other and share opportunities, and how we can encourage each other individually to be more successful.


Attendees will then switch tables for the opportunity to interact with even more participants.


The next 20 minutes will focus on a call to action around the broader picture of women in technology. How do we encourage our organizations to be more diverse and more inclusive of women through hiring or women’s groups? How do women work together more publicly to break the glass ceiling and provide support outside of their individual networks? How do women work with organizations to leverage our messages for broader purpose?


Each table host will briefly present the key takeaways from their discussions and participants can continue with less structured networking at a reception immediately following.


Admission to this workshop is included with your Drone World Expo conference pass but you must RSVP to to attend.