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2024 Women in ASHRAE Leadership Symposium

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2024 Women in ASHRAE
Leadership Symposium 

The Westin Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

September 26-27, 2024


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Get Ready to Ignite Your Career!

Join us for the inaugural Women in ASHRAE Leadership Symposium, a groundbreaking event that’s not just a conference, but a career-changing experience! Set in the vibrant city of Chicago on the “Magnificent Mile” on September 26-27, 2024, this symposium is the place to be for aspiring and current leaders in the HVACR industry.

Empower, Connect, Innovate!

Dive into engaging discussions, draw inspiration from seasoned professionals, and discover powerful strategies to champion inclusivity for women in our field. This isn’t just another industry event; it’s a launchpad for your future!

Highlights Include:

  1. Real Talk: Engage in candid conversations about the challenges and triumphs unique to women in HVACR.
  2. Empowerment Toolkit: Gain valuable insights with actionable tools, guidelines, and lessons for success.
  3. Mentor Magic: Connect with mentors who can guide your journey and amplify your impact.
  4. Allyship in Action: Learn how to be an effective ally and sponsor, turning advocacy into action.
  5. Emotional Intelligence: Master strategies for handling tough situations with grace and confidence.
  6. Networking: Forge lasting connections that will propel your career to new heights.

The Women in ASHRAE Leadership Symposium is a platform for attendees to learn from women leaders in HVAC&R, to foster encouragement and connectivity, and to help navigate an industry where we are still, all too often, the only woman in the room,” said Nancy Kohout, symposium chair. A pivotal way for engineering culture to help close its well-documented gender gap is for more women to emerge as organizational leaders and as mentors for the next generation of engineering professionals, she said. “This symposium will explore meaningful actions and tangible initiatives we can undertake to expand and grow leadership roles for women in engineering, to improve the experience of women interns and entry-level professionals, to strengthen retention rates over the course of a career, and to provide a needed voice and perspective for how engineers can help drive organizational and cultural change.

The Adventure Begins

Kick off Thursday afternoon, September 26, with a keynote that will set the stage for an unforgettable symposium. Then, gear up for a full day of transformative sessions on Friday, September 27.

  • Registration

    Early Bird Registration: (Ends July 31st)
    Member  $  460.00
    Non Member $  500.00
    Regular Registration: (Starts August 1st) Rate
    Member $  500.00
    Non Member $  540.00
    Other Registration:  Rate
    Speaker  $  250.00
    Student Member and Non Members $  200.00
    One Day (Only Available Onsite) $  250.00

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    In-Person Attendees will receive the following:

    • On-site Access to Conference Program from September 26-27, 2024
    • Interactive Conference App: ASHRAE 365.
    • Welcome Reception on Thursday evening, September 26, 2024.
    • Architecture Boat Tour on the Chicago River, Thursday evening, September 26, 2024.
    • Coffee Breaks and Welcome Reception, Thursday, September 26, 2024.
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee Breaks, Friday, September 27, 2024.
  • Keynote Speakers

    Abstract: This is the most crucial decade of action for engineers who want to make a difference.  What lies before us is the big, hairy, audacious goal of ensuring a sustainable future for all people on a planet pummeled by a changing climate. We who work in the built environment are called upon to mobilize our best, most creative, most dynamic leaders to solve the wicked problem of fast decarbonization. Yes, that would be you!.  Join with Erin to reflect on how to build from personal strengths to powerful leadership, from technical insight to trusted influence, and from “ how we’ve done it before” to pivoting our practices to fortify our future.  Through a mix of story-telling and invitation, this session will prepare us all to find inspiration and solidify purpose during the rest of the conference.

    Bio: Erin has degrees in both mechanical and structural engineering and has experiencing working on projects ranging from museums to airports, schools to laboratories. As a Principal in Arup’s Los Angeles office, she has been responsible for the design leadership of many of the firm’s most significant projects.

    Erin’s extensive technical knowledge of innovative and energy saving solutions is coupled with her commitment to sustainable designs that address the whole life cycle of buildings. She brings a sophisticated understanding of balancing mechanical system and façade options in order to predict and maximize energy savings at early phases in a project. Erin recently attained the rare distinction of ASHRAE Fellow in recognition of her significant contributions to the industry. Erin is an Arup Fellow.

    Abstract: In this engaging keynote, our speaker explores the nuanced dynamics of leadership across two distinct realms: the structured world of business and the collaborative space of volunteer organizations. With a rich background as a business owner and as the President of the ASHRAE Society, our speaker offers unique insights into the leadership strategies that drive success in each setting.

    Leading employees in a corporate environment involves clear hierarchies, financial incentives, and performance evaluations. The speaker will discuss how these elements shape decision-making and goal-setting in the business world, emphasizing the importance of vision, communication, and organizational culture.

    Conversely, leading volunteers, especially in technical fields like HVAC engineering, presents unique challenges and opportunities. Volunteers are driven by passion, commitment to a cause, and the desire for professional growth. The speaker will share effective strategies for motivating and managing volunteers, focusing on empathy, respect, and community building.

    The presentation will conclude with actionable advice on how leaders can adapt their style to inspire both paid employees and volunteers, ultimately enhancing their effectiveness and impact in both arenas. Through real-life examples and practical tips, attendees will leave better equipped to lead diverse teams in any environment.

    Bio:  Ginger Scoggins, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE is ASHRAE’s President for the 2023-24 term. Scoggins previously served on the ASHRAE Board of Directors as president-elect, treasurer, vice president and director and regional chair. For her time and dedication to ASHRAE and the industry, she is the recipient of the Exceptional Service Award and Distinguished Service Award. She chaired the ASHRAE Building Headquarters Ad Hoc committee, leading the Society’s $20 million fully net-zero-energy building renovation project. Scoggins has 35 years of experience as a licensed mechanical engineer and is a certified commissioning agent and certified energy manager. She is the president and owner of Engineered Designs, Inc. in Cary, N.C. – a full-service consulting engineering firm – where she works on the design and commissioning of projects ranging from $4 to $90 million in construction cost. Her focus is on designing high-performing buildings across a wide variety of markets.

    Scoggins is a 1986 graduate of Tennessee Technological University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Steering Committee

    2024 Women in ASHRAE Symposium Steering Committee
    • Nancy Kohout, Chair
    • Karine Leblanc, Co-Chair
    • Tiffany Bates Abruzzo
    • Cherish Samuels
    • Kellie Huff
    • Hetal Lee
    • Fiona Martin
    • Louise McKenzie
    • Filza Walters
    • Davide Ziviani, CEC Representative
  • Hotel + Travel

    Hotel reservations can be made at the conference hotel the Westin Michigan Avenue

    ASHRAE has a block of rooms available at the negotiated group rate of $274 + tax per night

    To make reservations at the group rate, click this link:

    Room reservations must be made by Wednesday, September 11, 2024, to guarantee availability and the negotiated room rate.  We advise to book your hotel as soon as possible.

  • Sponsorship

    The conference organizers are pleased to offer several sponsorship opportunities to engage industry participation. All sponsors will have their company logo on the conference web site and recognition during the conference. A summary of the specific benefits of each sponsorship level is included. If you have questions or are interesting in being a sponsor, please contact Staci Loeffler

    Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Thank you to our Sponsors

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