Women in Manufacturing 2023
March 2, 2023 at
1:30 pm – 2:10 pm
Panel discussion – Embrace equity to drive success
- Erica Lee Garcia, Owner and CEO, Erica Lee Consulting & Professional Services
- Alexandra Witt, National Service Manager at Endress+Hauser Canada
- Eva Kwan, PhD Candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Western University
- Nour Hachem-Fawaz, President and Founder, Build a Dream
Erica Lee Garcia
Erica is a professional engineer with over 20 years’ experience in automotive manufacturing, mining and non-profit management. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt, professional change agent, innovator and big-picture thinker. She’s been a facilitator with WinSETT (Women in Science Engineering Trades and Technology) since 2017 and has led the Leadership Program since 2021. She’s inspired by building bridges between scientific research and everyday lived experiences, and turning those insights into breakthroughs for women in STEM and beyond. Erica founded Onward Business Mechanics in 2011 to assists companies in improving their performance, reducing their impact and building great culture.
Alexandra Witt (or Alex, as she’s known at Endress+Hauser) graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She joined Endress+Hauser Canada in 2010 on a short-term part-time contract with their Projects department. Once there, it became obvious that Alex had found a home. After moving from contract to full time, to project work in the oil sands of Alberta, to project coordination and various supervisory positions, Alex was promoted to National Service Manager. Since 2019, Alex has been a member of Endress+Hauser’s Women’s Integrated Network (W.I.N.) with the objective of activating the potential of professional women in the manufacturing industry and in the Endress+Hauser Group. She is a mother of two and a passionate advocate within Endress+Hauser for various issues, stemming from gender diversity to women in technology, indigenous rights and mental health awareness.
Eva is a workplace psychology researcher and practitioner who is currently a PhD candidate at Western University. She holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in industrial/organizational psychology from Western University. She has worked with the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing on deep dives into company practices for gender parity and racialized women leaders’ experiences in the Ontario manufacturing sector. Her interest in equity, diversity, and inclusion extend to other sectors, and she has co-authored a diversity report for the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Her goal is to use data-driven results to inform leaders and help improve workers’ experiences in organizations.
Nour Hachem-Fawaz utilizes her 15 years of experience as a workforce advisor, mentor, and influencer to inspire youth to make informed career choices that challenge the status quo. Nour wants to change global perspectives on women’s contribution to society. Inspired by her mother’s perseverance to excel in a male-dominated field, Nour dug deep into the ‘why’ behind the lack of women in skilled trades. She realized that the barriers keeping women out of these rewarding careers were common to other male-dominated paths and created a non-profit to encourage and empower young women to explore careers they may never have considered. Nour’s challenge to listeners is that one must first address internal preconceptions before being capable of making significant strides that transform our work and world. A brilliant connector and facilitator, audiences are drawn to her candour and unique perspective from an extensive career in workforce development and her lived experiences as a woman of colour. She shares energetic stories of what leaders are doing right and offers real-world examples of how embracing diverse workplaces accelerates success. Nour earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor and expanded Build a Dream across Canada while completing her MBA, raising children, and earning many awards and accolades. She spends each day following her passion: creating equity not just in the workplace, but in all of the spaces around us.