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In the engineering field, evaluations are usually done on technical skills, not other skills, such as project or people management. However, as we enter a new decade, engineers who invest in perfecting their project management skills often find they are given more responsibilities within the business.

Join us for a panel discussion brought to you by Columbia River Section (CRS) Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Project Management Institute (PMI) Portland. You will hear about our panelists’ career choices, journeys and also learn about their project management best known methods (BKM’s), tools and individual engineering project management practices. Bring your questions to this interactive session and network with a professional group of women engineers.

Participants will be able to self-report 1 technical PDU for attending.

The Society of Women Engineers is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. We are glad to bring this opportunity to introduce PMI Portland chapter members and CRS SWE members to each other and help build their prospective professional network. 

This event will be moderated by Sireesha(Siri) Akula, VP of Professional Development at PMI Portland chapter. Panelists include Lisa Perigault, Technical Program Manager at Intel, Brianna LaBarge, Sr. Process Engineer at Nike, and Kathy Faraci-Roberts, Senior Program Manager at Lam Research. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn and network with another local non-profit professional organization! Register now for this exciting event! 

Your panelists:

Lisa Perigault is a Technical Program Manager at Intel and an Innovation champion and cofounder of Patent101 Workshops. She owns developing and optimizing workflow processes across the IP development cycle and IP pathfinding. Her innovation journey started when as a recent college graduate, she filed a patent for a new high-performance package design, all while working full time in VLSI Technology and studying for her MSEE at Santa Clara University.  She completed her graduate studies while working at Rambus and then joined Silicon Graphics (SGI) as a Member of their Technical Staff. Her work has spanned from ASIC qualification and validation of Foundry products, to package and interconnect characterization and development to technical program management in Graphics, USB and Chipset Design. Her 14 year career at Intel has included recruiting at SHPE and SWE conferences as well as presenting in WIN and mentoring aspiring innovators. When she’s not growing the technical pipeline, Lisa enjoys reading, running and spending time with her husband and their three daughters.

Brianna LaBarge is currently a Sr. Process Engineer for Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation. She has worked on many Nike Air products such as Air Max 90, 97, 270, 720, 2017 and Lebron 17. Her work on these products helped her organization win the Global Maxim Award for being on the offense, as well as the Founders Award, Nike’s highest honor. Brianna is currently the President-Elect of the Society of Women Engineers Columbia River Section, has held numerous leadership positions since becoming a member in 2010 and has presented at various conferences for SWE and other organizations. She holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida and has several certifications including Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP and Athletic and Outdoor Product Management. As a true Oregonian, Brianna enjoys hiking, traveling and working out with the Nike Training Club. 

Kathy Faraci-Roberts is a Senior Program Manager at Lam Research in Tualatin Pilot Operations. At Lam, Kathy manages new product introduction programs as they transition through Pilot into high volume manufacturing. Kathy started out as a Design Engineer, then moved into System Engineering before going into Program Management. She has over 20 years’ experience in hardware engineering and previously held positions at Xerox and InFocus. 

Kathy is certified with her DfLSS Black Belt and Systems Green Belt. She received her degrees from Oregon State University in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics. Kathy has been married for 20 years and has 2 middle schoolers, Andrew age 13 and Elizabeth age 11.  

Your moderator:

Sireesha (Siri) Akula is currently an Engineering Manager at Intel Corporation bringing the flagship Ethernet products to market. She is an accomplished leader in validation and customer management with over 15 years of industry experience backed by a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and PMP certification. Her leadership and service spans across many non-profit organizations and are mostly significant with Society of Women Engineers, Project Management Institute, Beaverton School district and Washington County community gardens. In her spare time, Siri loves to cook, garden and spend outdoors with family and friends.

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