Women in Manufacturing


MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
United States

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 6:00pm

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March is Women’s History Month! To honor it, we’re partnering with the Women in Manufacturing Massachusetts chapter and the Massachusetts chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association to host a panel on March 21st, the National Rosie The Riveter Day. The CEO of Bantam Tools, a Managing Partner at Deloitte, the GM of Keurig Connect and an Assistant Professor from MIT will have a panel discussion moderated by a VP of IDC Manufacturing Insights, discussing the role of women in manufacturing and how to increase diversity in the Industry. Join us in conversation with some of the women leading the way.

As always, there will be free refreshments along with the opportunity to network with other manufacturing leaders in the region.

6-6.30: Mingle
6.30-7.30: Panel
7.30-8.30: Networking + Snacks + Drinks

About the speakers:

Danielle Applestone is the CEO of Bantam Tools, a Berkeley-based manufacturer of desktop CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines. Formerly, Danielle ran a U.S. Government Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project to develop digital design software and manufacturing tools for the classroom. Danielle is passionate about education, especially science and math for women and girls, fostering work-based apprenticeship programs, and encouraging the development of businesses that provide relevant and meaningful mentorship for the future workforce in both urban and rural areas.

Stefanie Mueller is an assistant professor in the MIT EECS department, joint with MIT MechE, and a member of MIT CSAIL. In her research, she develops novel hardware and software systems that advance personal fabrication technologies. Stefanie’s work has been published at the premier venues for Human-Computer Interaction ACM CHI and ACM UIST and has received several Best Paper and Honorable Mention Awards. She’s also a Forbes 30 under 30 in Science and a recipient of the ACM SIGCHI Best Dissertation Award.

Joann Michalik is Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP and leads the Smart Building Practice. Over her 30-year career, she has helped manufacturers deploy innovative solutions, advanced technologies and process improvement to transform business performance and results. Joann has been on the forefront of the latest business practices, including beta site for Flow Manufacturing, creation and training of GE in Lean Six Sigma, and early implementation of the Business Process Reengineering and Stage Gate product development approaches.

About the moderator:

Kimberly Knickle is the research vice president at IDC Manufacturing Insights. She leads the IT Priorities & Strategies program, which focuses on hot topics and technologies that are changing the way manufacturers buy and use IT, such as digital transformation, big data and analytics, cloud, IoT, mobility, and 3D printing. Knickle has been an analyst for more than 20 years, but she started her career as a product safety engineer for UL and working in the early days of IT services.