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Join us for an exciting line-up of speakers including astronauts, inventors, CEOs, influencers, and more!


Thursday – Saturday
Convention Center, Main Stage, Room W208
Sponsored by Rockwell Automation

Curated by the SHPE CEO Chris Wilkie, this new 8-session series will inspire us to take risks when we normally would not, conquer the fears that get in our own way, and lead a fulfilling life of clear purpose, defined intent, and maximum impact.

Speakers include STEM influencers, astronauts, CEOs, and leading experts on topics such as leadership, diversity and inclusion, technology, equity in the workspace, and more.


Thursday, November 3

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Presents Speaker Kat Echazerreta

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Who’s Your Caddie? presented by Fernando Rosario

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM     
Fireside Chat with Nike’s Jorge Casimiro

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM     
STEM Influencers Panel – Fearlessly Building a Brand  

Friday, November 4

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Community Panel – Fearlessly Driving Your Own Career

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Rockwell Automation CEO Blake Moret          

Saturday, November 5

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Fireside Chat with Alba Colon

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Presents Jay Flores – Beat That Wall


These are tentative and are subject to change.

Are you a professional looking to make a career move, or simply want to take the next step in your career journey? Then this session is for you! Join us as a career coach highlights the best strategies to align both your personal and professional goals towards success. The session will be followed by a group coaching engagement and opportunities for potential one-on-one coaching sessions. Speaker: Gina Covarrubias, Career Coach and Engineer, Deliberate Doing LLC

Networking is something we should be engaging in constantly. Whether it’s staying in touch with old colleagues and bosses or going out of your way to meet new people and companies, networking may require getting out of our comfort zones. Learn new and fun ways of breaking the ice, making meaningful connections, and leaving a lasting impression so you can build and maintain your professional network.

At nearly every point of our career we catch ourselves thinking: “What’s next?” Discussing with and leaning on our community is both healthy and beneficial to all parties. Join SHPEtinas and Professionals in STEM as we discuss the importance of community in the workplace, and the impact coaches, sponsors, and mentors can have over the course of your career.

Employee Networking Groups are an excellent way to become involved in Leadership within your company, gain visibility, and advance your career. Learn about what other ERG leaders are doing successfully, what have been their biggest challenges, and how they’ve overcome obstacles along the way to avoid crashing in “The Big One.”

Meet the Speakers


Rockwell Automation

Chairman & CEO

Blake Moret is Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation. Joining Rockwell Automation in 1985 as a sales trainee, Blake has built his career with the company and has held leadership positions in many areas of the business. He is passionate about creating a diverse worldwide team of employees that can and want to do their best work. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering and serves on multiple boards and executive committees.


Hendrick Motorsports

Director Competition Systems & Technical Partnerships

In 2018, Alba Colón joined Hendrick Motorsports as director of competition systems. She works to enhance capabilities that directly support at-track competition with responsibility on data analytics and communication technologies. Alba has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.


Ford Motor Company

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Lori Costew is Ford Motor Company’s Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer. In this role, she oversees the company’s DEI efforts to cultivate a culture of belonging and advance the organization’s mission and business objectives. Lori has a master’s degree in human resources from The Ohio State University.



Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer

As Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer for Honeywell, Cheya Dunlap leads efforts to foster an environment in which everyone can contribute at their full potential. A Tuskegee University and Drucker MBA alumna, her career spans two decades with GE, Baker Hughes, Nestle, and Lieberman Research. Cheya is based in Charlotte, NC.


Electrical Engineer, Science Communicator, & STEM Influencer

Katya Echazarreta is a Mexican-born American electrical engineer, science communicator, and civilian astronaut. In June 2022, she became the first Mexican-born woman to go to space as part of Space for Humanity’s Citizen Astronaut Program. Katya is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at Johns Hopkins University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Bechtel Global Corporation


Kevin is responsible for developing a visionary, strategic Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) roadmap and enterprise plan to implement key region-specific program actions at Bechtel. This includes advancing diverse talent within leadership roles; opportunities for diverse talent hires; and cultivating a work culture where everyone has a feeling of belonging and inclusion.


Invent The Change

Founder & CEO

Jay Flores is founder of Invent The Change and a star on American Ninja Warrior! He hosts PBS’s innovation show Make48 and starred in Telemundo and ESPN shows. Jay is the most influential Hispanic voice in K-12 STEM reaching millions of students monthly as a member of Discovery Education’s Mystery Science Team.


STEM Influencer


Gina Moreno is a First-Gen Mexican American. She holds an Industrial Engineering BS & Systems Engineering MS from University of Texas at El Paso. She gave a TEDx talk in 2019- Empowering Women through STEM & Leadership.




Elio Morillo is a SHPE Lifetime member and space systems engineer. Born in Ecuador and raised in Puerto Rico and New York, Elio graduated from the University of Michigan with a mechanical engineering degree and a master’s in systems engineering.


Exeqpath LLC

President & Founder

Fernando Rosario’s career trajectory includes 20+ years of consulting experience as an executive with Accenture, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for a commercial real estate company, leading the North America Diversity recruiting efforts for a Fortune 500 management consulting firm, founder of Exeqpath, and SHPE Lifetime member.


STEM Influencer


Fernanda Sulantay Vargas is a chemical engineer, Ph.D. student at Yale University and winner of the prestigious NSF GRFP fellowship and GEM fellowship. She was born and raised in El Salvador and moved to the US at 19 years old.



President & CEO

Cid Wilson was named President & CEO of HACR in July 2014. He leverages more than 30 years of corporate finance and Wall Street equity research experience to work closely with corporations, their CEOs and board directors, and chief diversity officers to increase the representation of Hispanics in Corporate America.

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