The IEEE St. Joseph’s College of Engineering Student Branch organized the “Changemakers Unite” event, an international webinar session held from August 16th to September 6th, 2023, with a primary focus on empowering women worldwide. This event featured esteemed speakers from the IEEE community who shared their expertise on topics related to women’s empowerment, innovation, and skill development.

Key Speakers and Topics:

1. Ms. Denise Griffin (IEEE Region 1 WIE Coordinator)
View Recording: “My IEEE Journey
Date: August 16, 2023
Ms. Griffin initiated the event by sharing her inspiring journey within IEEE, emphasizing its pivotal role in personal and professional growth.

2. Ms. Sree Sharmila (Chair, IEEE WIE Madras Section)
Topic: “My IEEE Journey
Date: August 18, 2023
Ms. Sharmila recounted her own IEEE journey, underscoring the significance of networking and active involvement in IEEE activities.

3. Ms. Jennifer Castillo (IEEE Region 9 Director-Elect)
View Recording: “IEEE WIE Opportunities and the Importance of Skill Development at an Early Age
Date: August 21, 2023
Ms. Castillo addressed the importance of IEEE WIE programs and the early cultivation of skills in young women.

4. Ms. Rushali Thakkar (Vice Chair, IEEE WIE AG Bombay Section)
View Recording: “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Energy
Date: August 21, 2023
Ms. Thakkar delved into the realms of innovation and entrepreneurship within sustainable energy, inspiring women to actively participate in this critical field.

5.Ms. Celia Shahnaz (Chair, IEEE WIE Committee)
View Recording: “Research and Innovation for Women Empowerment
Date: August 28, 2023
Ms. Shahnaz emphasized the role of research and innovation as catalysts for women’s empowerment, highlighting their potential to drive positive change.

Ms. Kathleen Kramer (Secretary of IEEE AESS Society – 2023)
Topic: “IEEE Programs and Opportunities for Students
Date: September 6, 2023
Ms. Kramer concluded the event by providing insights into IEEE’s diverse programs and opportunities available for students, encouraging them to excel in their respective fields.

This event provided a remarkable platform for participants to gain invaluable insights from accomplished women leaders in the IEEE community. Beyond celebrating the achievements of women in STEM, it ignited a spirit of empowerment and inspiration among the next generation, urging them to actively engage in research, innovation, and skill development, thereby contributing to the global cause of women’s empowerment. The collaborative efforts of the organising committee and the dedication of the speakers made this event a beacon of motivation and change.