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Women in Manufacturing Event

March is Women’s History Month! To honor it, we’re partnering with the Women in Manufacturing organization, the New England Rosie The Riveter Chapter, and IDC to host a panel on March 21st, the National Rosie The Riveter Day. Join us in conversation with some of the women leading the way, discussing the role of women in manufacturing and how to increase diversity in the industry.

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

Women in Manufacturing Meetup


March 21, 2018

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Greentown Labs

444 Somerville Ave

Somerville, MA

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.

Rachael Schwartz is the GM of Keurig Connect, Keurig’s Internet-of-Things platform. In this role, Rachael is leading a large cross-functional team to design and build the physical (brewer) and digital (app) products, develop Keurig’s capabilities in leveraging Big Data for business results, and building Keurig’s capabilities in personalized 1:1 marketing. Rachael has developed new businesses and managed Innovation for Keurig for the past 7 years following 12 years of strategy consulting. She holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA from UPenn.

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.

Micaelah Morrill is the Acting Executive Director of Greentown Learn, the non-profit arm of Greentown Labs. During her time at Greentown Labs, she has developed a unique program to connect startups and manufacturers to help promote local commercialization and relationship building and to ensure the great ideas that are hatched locally get made locally. Micaelah’s prior positions include staff at Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, the offices of State Senator Robert O’Leary and State Senator Dan Wolf where she held roles ranging from Scheduler to Chief of Staff, and as a consultant for Berkshire Health Systems.

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.

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