Chat with the Expert Discussions

2020 SAE International Chat with the Expert Discussions 
What is a chat? It's a two-day session in Member Connection with an SAE Subject Matter Expert on a variety of technical topics, soft skill development, leadership, and workforce development. Add your voice to this dialogue—ask questions, provide answers, and ultimately, gain insights from SAE and its members from around the globe on exciting—yet challenging—technology areas.

March 19 and 20: Women in Leadership Chat (experts include authors from the book "The Road to the Top is Not on the Map: Conversations with Top Women of the Automotive Industry" as well as other women leaders involved with SAE). Join the chat here.

Experts to date include: 
Elizabeth Griffith, Director of Engineering and Program Quality—GM Interior Systems 
Elizabeth Champion, Director of Engineering, PTI
Amalia Batori, Director Sales, Robert Bosch LLC 
Kinsey Olson Sovern, Chair, SAE Dayton Section

Starter Questions to Date for Chat (start to think about how you'd answer these!)

  1. What makes a good mentor and why is it important to have one?
  2. How can women support each other better in your company?
  3. What has your company done to ensure a level playing field for progression?
  4. What are the current challenges faced by women in the automotive industry to achieve their full potential?
  5. What inspires women to keep pushing forward to advance their careers against obstacles?
  6. How to find mentors and sponsors?

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2019 Chats (you can click into each link to see what everyone had to say!)

February 7 & 8: Shared Mobility and Micromobility; Annie Chang, Project Manager, Emerging Mobility, Global Ground Vehicle Standards, SAE International. View the chat here.

April 2 & 3: High Efficiency Internal Combustion Engine Technologies; SAE Member Jim Szybist, Senior Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab. View the chat here. 

June 26 and 27:  Workforce Development: Sue Bruin, Consultant/Site Leader, Diversity and Inclusion Regional Engagement, Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America. View the chat here. 

August 20 and 21: Autonomous and Connected Technologies: Jill Leonard, SAE Product Manager, Ground Vehicles, Patti Kreh, Program Development Specialist, SAE-ITC, and Marcie Hineman, SAE Strategic Marketing Manager, Partnerships. View the chat here.

October 23: Cybersecurity with Patti Kreh, Program Development Specialist, SAE-ITC. View the chat here.



2018 Chats (you can click into each link to see what everyone had to say!)


May 23 and 24: Automated and Connected Technologies
Jill Leonard, SAE Product Manager, Ground Vehicles

June 12 and 13: Workforce Development
SAE Human Resources Department: 
Melinda Rombold, Chief HR Officer
Heather DeCarbo, HR Manager, Performance, Compensation, and Succession Management
Donna Anglemyer, HR Manager, Benefits, Training, and HR Technology 

July 10 and 11: Electrification
James Sherman, SAE Technical Program Developer

August 8 and 9: Advanced Materials
Laurie Strom, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, SAE ITC
Laura Feix, Standards Specialist Engineer, Aerospace
John Clatworthy, Aerospace Standards Engineer Team Lead

September 18 and 19: Advanced Propulsion
Robert Makowski, SAE Product Manager, Electronic Publications, Ground Vehicles

October 16 and 17: Cybersecurity
Patti Kreh, New Business Development Manager, SAE International

November 6 and 7: Workforce Development
Chris Ciuca, Pre-Professional Programs Director

December 11 and 12: End of Year Chat Wrap Up Session

Join the following experts in a discussion surrounding these topics from this year (in case you missed them last time, we're going to re-open these discussion threads!)

Advanced Manufacturing
Rich Polinski, SAE Technical Program Developer 

Automated and Connected Technologies
Jill Leonard, SAE Product Manager, Ground Vehicles

Advanced Materials
John Clatworthy, SAE Aerospace Standards Engineer Team Lead

Advanced Propulsion
Robert Makowski, SAE Product Manager, Electronic Publications, Ground Vehicles
Courtney E. Howard, SAE Content Strategist & Editorial Director