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Women’s Leadership Seminar 2015

Spring/Summer 2015

TU and PEPSICO presented the 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Seminar in March. Over 200 attendees participated in the seminar which was a three-hour program focusing on inspiring females to aspire for higher levels of achievement in their personal and professional lives. Included was a reception, keynote address, and a workshop facilitated by an expert from Alden & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm for higher education.

Interest in this type of program is extremely appealing to professional women who embrace life-long learning and to female students who are ambitious and realize the opportunity for creating networks in their college community.

This year’s keynote was given by Rylynn Stoner – a trained, certified Nuclear and Aerospace Engineer in Washington D.C. Rylynn is employed by the U.S. Naval Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers as a Deputy Program Assistant Manager for the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON.

Stoner spoke of her professional leadership journey in the field of engineering. After com pleting her degree at The Ohio State University, she began her career as a nuclear engineer in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Since that first leap, Stoner has moved to Hawaii, San Diego, Japan and Washington D.C. rising through the ranks of engineering and management of nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. She is now the Deputy Assistant Manager at the refueling complex overhaul program for the USS George Washington. Stoner continues to further her education that will allow her to fulfill more duties within her department.

In addition to her career, Rylynn has travelled and completed physical endurance goals including mountain biking in the Amazon rainforest, climbing Machu Picchu and Mount Kilimanjaro, surfing in Bali, and sailing and scuba diving around the islands of Fiji.

Workshop topics focused on personal attributes of situational leadership and strategies to address the leadership ambition gap. The workshop was led by Alfreeda Goff, Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief of Staff at Horizon League.