COMPES PDC 2019
Coalition of Minority Professional Engineering Societies
Professional Development Conference
May 18, 2019
Limited onsite registration will be available
One Day of Powerful Talks
18 May 2019
COMPES PDC Features a 3-Track Summit That Includes:
Exciting Technical Topics
Soft Skill Development
How to Take Risks in Your Career
Attendees Will Benefit From:
Network with our target attendance of 200+ professionals
Attend breakout sessions on technical and personal growth topics
Access to our resources to aid in career planning and development
COMPES PDC is a one-day conference that will take place on May 18, 2019 from 7:30am to 4pm. The detailed agenda and speakers will be announced as we get closer to the date of the conference.
What is COMPES?
The Coalition of Minority Professional Engineers (COMPES) was formed in 2000 as an initiative between the NSBE, SHPE, and SWE Detroit sections. The goal of this partnership is to strengthen and build each other up to better reach each individual society's goals.
Society Mission Statements
NSBE Mission Statement
To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
SHPE Mission Statement
Changing lives in Detroit by inspiring and motivating young Hispanic students to achieve educational excellence in STEM fields through mentoring and community presence; as well as enhancing career opportunities for Hispanics by providing a strong professional network.
SWE Mission Statement
The Society of Women Engineers stimulates women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expands the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrates the value of diversity.
Last year we had...
7:45 - 9
Welcome and COMPES presentations
Snacks and Networking
Lunch and Networking
Snacks and Networking
Closing Remarks and Group Photo
ZF | Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Active Safety
Breakout Session 1
Thinking in Pictures: Empowering your presentations
Speaker: Christine Cabrera
As engineers, we spend a lot of time creating presentations to describe and status issues, roll-out processes, train new employees, and [insert your reason here]. We are often creating and viewing presentations with very text-heavy content, which hinders our ability to comprehend the message, make a decision, or stay awake! This session will pull in fundamentals from photography, graphic design, and even comic books(!) to help you more effectively translate your message into impactful visuals. No artistic skill needed – we will focus on fundamentals and exercises to train your brain to start thinking in pictures!
Panel: Larry Schester, Elizabeth Griffith, Pramita Mitra | Moderator: Ashwini Balasubramanian
This panel will discuss the journeys of people who are in management positions and still hone their technical edge. Learn how they do it and here them share tips and tricks of the trade.
How to stay technically savvy while in management
Patents: How to navigate your company's process
Speaker: Irina Sullivan
Do you consider yourself an inventor? Do you know your company's invention disclosure submission process? Innovation process can be extraordinarily rewarding and can greatly benefit your career, so if brainstorming solutions is not a part of your daily routine you may be missing out on ways to stand out among your peers. Come and learn about patents and other forms of intellectual property, what they protect and how. Get insider tips on preparing a comprehensive invention disclosure, how to navigate your company's submission process, and what to do if at first you do not succeed. Finally, practice writing your very own patent claim for a common household object!
Breakout Session 2
How to navigate your career towards automation and autonomous vehicles
Panel: Joan Hart, Dan Milot, Vanessa Tillo, Andrew Whydell
Learn the career paths of stalwarts in the fields of automation and autonomous vehicles. Also learn how you can navigate your own careers (entry level to management positions) towards these fields.
Speaker: Jeneen McNally
Business is about perception. We underestimate the power that even the smallest shift can make a HUGE difference in our confidence in speaking, leading, and engaging others. In 45 minutes, you’ll walk away having practiced powerful tools to speak so you’re listened to and understood. It’s efficient and respectful. • Focus your audience with attention centers • Speak using a credible and approachable voice • Manage tough conversations skillfully
Influencing without authority
Work Life Balance
Speaker: Christopher Scott
Learn ways to have a better work life balance; learn how stress can lead to bad health; learn about how different generations perceive work life balance.
Breakout Session 3
Managing Anxiety in anxiety-producing environments
Speaker: Dr. Padmaja Nandigama
Focus will be on how to identify anxiety, triggers, and how anxiety acts as an inhibitor to productivity in the workplace. Participants will walk away with tools that can be used when they are feeling anxious.
Speaker: Will Hill
Learn the field-proven techniques to accelerate your success when transitioning into a new role.
Learning Objectives : 1) Provide mental models which provide a way to analyze your new situation. 2) Provide techniques and tools to use with your manager and teammates. 3) Provide a list of goals to accomplish which accelerate your employers "break even point" and their return-on-investment in hiring you.
How to be successful in a new role
Dale Carnegie: How to connect with people
Speaker: John Kelch
“Be a good person skilled at communicating”. This session will focus on the value of and how to remember people’s names, great listening skills, conversation techniques and leadership
Host & Platinum Sponsor
Interested in Sponsoring or Hosting next year?
contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
$45 COMPES Professional Member (NSBE, SHPE, SWE, IEEE)
$45 Platinum and Gold Sponsor Employees (DTE, Faurecia, Ford, Toyota, Yazaki, ZF)
$60 Professional Non-member
$25 Full-time Students
$35 Retirees / Unemployed
*Limited onsite registration will be available