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Empowering e-Motion


Coalition of Minority Professional Engineering Societies 

Professional Development Conference

Northville, MI
May 18, 2019

Limited onsite registration will be available

The Conference

One Day of Powerful Talks
18 May 2019
08:00 am

COMPES PDC Features a 3-Track Summit That Includes:

  • Exciting Technical Topics

  • Soft Skill Development

  • How to Take Risks in Your Career


Attendees Will Benefit From:

  • Network with our target attendance of 200+ professionals

  • Attend breakout sessions on technical and personal growth topics

  • Access to our resources to aid in career planning and development

COMPES PDC is a one-day conference that will take place on May 18, 2019 from 7:30am to 4pm. The detailed agenda and speakers will be announced as we get closer to the date of the conference.

The Conference


What is COMPES?

The Coalition of Minority Professional Engineers (COMPES) was formed in 2000 as an initiative between the NSBE, SHPE, and SWE Detroit sections. The goal of this partnership is to strengthen and build each other up to better reach each individual society's goals.

Society Mission Statements


NSBE Mission Statement

To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

SHPE Mission Statement 

Changing lives in Detroit by inspiring and motivating young Hispanic students to achieve educational excellence in STEM fields through mentoring and community presence; as well as enhancing career opportunities for Hispanics by providing a strong professional network.

SWE Mission Statement

The Society of Women Engineers stimulates women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expands the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrates the value of diversity.

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Last year we had...











7:45 - 9



Welcome and COMPES presentations




Keynote Speaker


Snacks and Networking


Motivational Speaker


Lunch and Networking









Snacks and Networking

Closing Remarks and Group Photo


Mary Neaton

Keynote Speaker

ZF | Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Active Safety

Breakout Session  1

Thinking in Pictures: Empowering your presentations

Speaker: Christine Cabrera

As engineers, we spend a lot of time creating presentations to describe and status issues, roll-out processes, train new employees, and [insert your reason here]. We are often creating and viewing presentations with very text-heavy content, which hinders our ability to comprehend the message, make a decision, or stay awake! This session will pull in fundamentals from photography, graphic design, and even comic books(!) to help you more effectively translate your message into impactful visuals. No artistic skill needed – we will focus on fundamentals and exercises to train your brain to start thinking in pictures!

Panel: Larry Schester, Elizabeth Griffith, Pramita Mitra | Moderator: Ashwini Balasubramanian

This panel will discuss the journeys of people who are in management positions and still hone their technical edge. Learn how they do it and here them share tips and tricks of the trade.

How to stay technically savvy while in management

Patents: How to navigate your company's process

Speaker: Irina Sullivan

Do you consider yourself an inventor? Do you know your company's invention disclosure submission process? Innovation process can be extraordinarily rewarding and can greatly benefit your career, so if brainstorming solutions is not a part of your daily routine you may be missing out on ways to stand out among your peers. Come and learn about patents and other forms of intellectual property, what they protect and how. Get insider tips on preparing a comprehensive invention disclosure, how to navigate your company's submission process, and what to do if at first you do not succeed. Finally, practice writing your very own patent claim for a common household object!

Breakout Session 2

How to navigate your career towards automation and autonomous vehicles

Panel: Joan Hart, Dan Milot, Vanessa Tillo, Andrew Whydell

Learn the career paths of stalwarts in the fields of automation and autonomous vehicles. Also learn how you can navigate your own careers (entry level to management positions) towards these fields.

Speaker: Jeneen McNally

Business is about perception. We underestimate the power that even the smallest shift can make a HUGE difference in our confidence in speaking, leading, and engaging others. In 45 minutes, you’ll walk away having practiced powerful tools to speak so you’re listened to and understood. It’s efficient and respectful. • Focus your audience with attention centers • Speak using a credible and approachable voice • Manage tough conversations skillfully

Influencing without authority

Work Life Balance

Speaker: Christopher Scott

Learn ways to have a better work life balance; learn how stress can lead to bad health; learn about how different generations perceive work life balance.

Breakout Session 3

Managing Anxiety in anxiety-producing environments

Speaker: Dr. Padmaja Nandigama

Focus will be on how to identify anxiety, triggers, and how anxiety acts as an inhibitor to productivity in the workplace. Participants will walk away with tools that can be used when they are feeling anxious.

Speaker: Will Hill

Learn the field-proven techniques to accelerate your success when transitioning into a new role.
Learning Objectives : 1) Provide mental models which provide a way to analyze your new situation.  2) Provide techniques and tools to use with your manager and teammates.  3) Provide a list of goals to accomplish which accelerate your employers "break even point" and their return-on-investment in hiring you.

How to be successful in a new role

Dale Carnegie: How to connect with people

Speaker: John Kelch

“Be a good person skilled at communicating”. This session will focus on the value of and how to remember people’s names, great listening skills, conversation techniques and leadership

Breakout Session 1
Breakout Session 2
Breakout Session 3


Host & Platinum Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Interested in Sponsoring or Hosting next year?

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$45 COMPES Professional Member (NSBE, SHPE, SWE, IEEE)

$45 Platinum and Gold Sponsor Employees (DTE, Faurecia, Ford, Toyota, Yazaki, ZF)

$60 Professional Non-member

$25 Full-time Students

$35 Retirees / Unemployed

*Limited onsite registration will be available

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