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Women and Diversity in Industry Program Unveiled for IOT Solutions World Congress

[BARCELONA – SEPTEMBER 23, 2019] – The Industrial Internet Consortium ® (IIC™) and Fira Barcelona today announced the Women and Diversity in Industry program as part of IoT Solutions World Congress. The program will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, and will feature participants from large, international companies discussing why it’s crucial to attract and support diversity in leadership positions in industry.

“The journey to the boardroom is rarely a straight line for women,” said Sheila Ronning, CEO and Founder, Women in the Boardroom. “At the Women and Diversity in Industry program, I’ll answer participants’ questions about what to expect and how to prepare, and offer tools to help female executives succeed in business and the boardroom.”

“Diversity by itself can create chaos, whereas a culture of inclusion and belonging enables teams to outperform others,” said Dr. Sally Saba, Diversity Consultant. “As a speaker on this program, I look forward to empowering participants with useful information regarding how, and why, to integrate diversity and inclusion into their business practices to improve their employee engagement and business outcomes.”

The program includes two keynote speeches and two panel sessions focused on key issues women face during various aspects of their careers: 

  • Keynote: Serving on a Corporate Board: Uncover if it’s for You & Where to Start: 
    • Sheila Ronning, CEO and Founder, Women in the Boardroom
  • Panel Session: Navigating the Executive Ladder


  • Helena Lisachuk, Global Lead, IoT, Deloitte Consulting
  • Leila Dillon, VP Marketing & Communications, Ameresco
  • Shannon Lucas, EVP, Head of Emerging Business Global Customer Unit, Ericsson
  • Kimberly Kerr, Senior Vice President, Sprint Business Solutions
  • Mandy Chung, Co-Founder, Women in IoT
  • Nicole Bulgarino, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Federal Solutions
  • Sumita Yadav, Vice President, Cardiovascular and Orthopedics Servicelines, Catholic Health Services of Long Island
  • Keynote: Why Diversity & Inclusion Matter to Your Bottom Line
    • Dr. Sally Saba, Diversity Consultant

Panel Session: Moving the needle


  • Dr. Sally Saba, Diversity Consultant


  • Teresa Tung, Managing Director at Accenture Labs
  • Jaishree Subramania, Technology Marketing Executive, Microsoft
  • Brad Surak, Chief Product & Strategy Officer, Hitachi Vantara
  • Egon Hoppe, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Deloitte NL
  • Jenn Mann, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, SAS
  • Maria Schwenger, Vice President, DevSecOps & Strategy, Honeywell

Registration pricing and information, including press passes, can be found here.

About the Industrial Internet Consortium

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