Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering Chicago Chapter

The Women in Engineering (WIE), Chicago Affiliate of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) serves women engineering and computer professionals in the twelve counties of the greater Chicago area. As part of the Chicago Section, the WIE Chapter provides a local interface to the worldwide network of the IEEE. In addition, the WIE organizes technical presentations, social events, and networking opportunities of interest to women engineering professionals.


IEEE Women in Engineering



Date: March 28, 2017 (Tuesday), 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Jenner & Block LLP’s conference center located on the 45th Floor of 353 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Partners: Northwestern’s Master of Engineering Management Program, Northwestern’s Master of Law Program, and Jenner & Block LLP


  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Networking
  • 6:30-6:45 pm: Introductions
  • 6:45-7:30 pm: Presentation by Donna Karlin
  • 7:30-8:30 pm: Workshop facilitated by Donna Karlin


Donna Karlin is the Founder and Principal of the No Ceiling, Just Sky™ Institute, has been called a pot-stirrer, thought-shifter, “partner-in-crime” and reality-checker. She’s an international speaker, lecturer, author and world-renowned leadership coach (better known as “The Shadow Coach”). You can find out more about Donna on her webpage: DonnaKarlin.com.

At our meeting, Donna will be discussing and then coach you on discovering your point of distinction to attract a sponsor. Below is an abstract of Donna’s presentation.

What’s your Edge? How Will You Attract a Sponsor?
Discover your Point of Distinction and Become More of Who You Are

If you can’t get people’s attention, you’re never going to get their support. If you want a sponsor to recognize your talent, push you to evolve into your full potential and advocate for you, you have to intrigue them enough to engage.

There’s this thing that happens when you take an idea and release it into the world. People interact with it. They interact with you. And you know what happens because of that? People will remember who you are, want to support you, and come back to you again and again.

We’re going to explore your edge, your offerings, and your “asks”. It’s time to shift your thinking and to let go of the paradigms and “programs” that not only don’t serve you but stand in the way of your success.


The meeting is free, but you must pre-register due to the building’s security.

Register Here



My name is Lisa Schoedel and I am the Chair of Women in Engineering Chicago Chapter. After working as an electronics engineer for McDonnell Douglas and as an environmental engineer for Shell Oil Company, I became an attorney, now working at the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP.

I am energized and motivated to bring quality programs to our membership. Since my appointment, I have organized meetings discussing innovation, the importance of a Professional Engineering license, promoting women in the work place, and other programs focused on careers of female engineers. Please check this webpage and the IEEE Chicago Section Calendar for future meeting details.

I am always looking for new meeting ideas and would love to hear from you. I can be reached at Lisa.Schoedel.US@ieee.org.