LGO Conference in Chicago — May 18th and 19th


Dear LGO alumni,

Early Registration for the 2017 Alumni Conference is now open!

Secure your spot to reunite with classmates, Thomas Roemer and Don Rosenfield in Chicago, Illinois, on May 18th and 19th. We have an exciting agenda and expect a great turnout! Our theme is Digital Manufacturing, and there is no location more appropriate to explore that theme than the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII).

Our agenda is designed to be both engaging and immersive. In addition to a more socially-focused plant tour, this year you will get to experience a Digital Journey Showcase, including over 10-15 startups that are changing the world of manufacturing one innovation at a time. Come see the latest in Augmented Reality (AR), Robotics, CNC optimization, Advanced Analytics, 3D printing, Cloud Services, Internet of Things (IOT), Drones and more.

A detailed schedule can be found here; more information regarding the plant tour will be added soon as it gets finalized – stay tuned!


  • Thomas Roemer, MIT LGO Executive Director
  • Tom McDermott: Chief Program Officer at UI Labs
  • Lou Rassey (03): Founder, CEO at Two Roads Group
  • Rick Smith: Co-Founder and CEO at Fast Radius, Author of The Great Disruption
  • Jim Lawton (90): Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Rethink Robotics
  • Denise Johnson (97): Group President at Caterpillar Inc.
  • Rod Copes (93): President at Royal Enfield North America
  • Tim Copes (92): Former Vice President at The Boeing Company
  • Don Rosenfield, Founder and former Director, MIT LGO Program

Learn more about our speakers here.

Register before April 15 to take advantage of discounted “Early Bird” rates. Regular rates will be available until May 17th. As always, current LGO students will be able to attend free of charge. Click here to complete registration.

Ticket Type Dates Rate
Early Registration Through April 15 $100
Regular April 16 – May 17 $150
Recent graduates and current students Free



1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Out-of-town participants can fly into O’Hare or Midway airports.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
The Alumni Conference organizing committee

As we prepare for the next decade, we wish to gather inputs from across the network. The Steering Committee will be hosting focus groups to collect inputs on the purpose, vison, and mission of our group and the methods and technology used to serve our community. We invite you to engage in creating the future of WLGO. To join WLGO or participate in one of the focus groups, please contact Michele Parrish at michele@parrishparters.com.

WLGO Webinar Mar 24



Please join us for a special webinar hosted by Rachel Sheinbein, Co Founder and Director of Makeda Capital.  Makeda is investing in public companies with female CEOs. Rachel is also an active angel investor in companies such as Goldieblox, Social Imprints and PV Evolution Labs (recently acquired).   Before starting Makeda, Rachel was a Partner at CMEA Capital, a private equity firm with over $1.2 billion under management. She was formerly a board member for Arcadia Biosciences and Solaria.  


Before CMEA, Ms. Sheinbein was a consultant for start-ups in the areas of bio-plastics, solar and water. For nine years prior, Ms. Sheinbein worked at Intel, in wastewater systems, environmental health & safety, and supply chain IT. Rachel is the President of the board of Expanding Your Horizons Network, a non-profit that encourages girls in math, science, engineering and technology. In addition, Ms. Sheinbein is on the board of the Hadassah Foundation. Ms. Sheinbein holds a Chemical Engineering degree with a concentration in Environmental Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She was also a sponsored fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she received an MBA and a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a focus on operations and supply chain.


– WLGO Team

Webinar Details

WLGO Presents: Rachel Scheinbein
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
12:00 pm  |  Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)  |  1 hr


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Meeting number: 643 309 356
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“What’s Your Brilliance? A Framework for Fulfilling Work”

NOV 12TH:  “What’s Your Brilliance?  A Framework for Fulfilling Work”

Debra WoogPresented by Debra Woog. November 12th  1PDT/4pm EDT. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what makes you unique and how to stand out from others.  Feel free to Invite a friend.  This session is open to all professional women who wish to make a difference with their life’s work.

Leadership on Boards Panel: May 22 Noon PDT/3pm PDT

Women Leaders of Global Operations (WLGO) PRESENTS:

Leadership on Boards

Improved Performance though Director Diversity 

May 22nd Noon PDT/3pm EDT via WebEx

What do boards really do?

Why would you want to be on a board?

 How does one become a director?

How does one become a true leader on a board? 

How does board leadership improve organizational performance?

These questions and more will be answered in this WLGO sponsored webinar with special guests (bios below): 

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, Author of The Board Game, Retained Executive Search

Denise Johnson, VP Caterpillar, Sloan Alumna, LGO Operating Committee Member

Mark Parrish, President & CEO Stuart Dean Company  

Stephanie Sonnabend, Public Company CEO, President and Director, Co-Founder and Chair at 2020 Women on Boards, Sloan Alumna


To Register Go To:

1. Go to https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=269385057&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

2. Register for the meeting.  Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.  To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=269385057&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

3. Complete the 30sec pre-panel survey; Go to:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2RK68DK

Promise-based Management and Living



Amiel Handelsman Presents:  Promise-based Management and Living

This recording is now available on the WebEx service site. Click the link below to play it: 


 Small changes in how you speak and listen can make a big difference in your leadership and career. Whether you are leading execution of critical projects or navigating the challenges of work/life balance, the ability to make and keep promises—and guide others to do the same—is crucial for success. What is the difference between a fuzzy promise and a solid promise? What are the attributes of an effective request? What are the four legitimate responses to a request? How do you negotiate when you or someone else cannot fulfill a promise on time? Who is responsible for reporting completion, and what happens if they don’t?  We’ll use these questions as a guide for exploring the common breakdowns you experience in work and the rest of life—and how to resolve them with skill and power. 


Amiel Handelsman is an executive coach and change consultant based in Portland, Oregon. He has coached many women leaders, from front-line managers to executives developing billion-dollar businesses. He is the author of Practice Greatness: Escape Small Thinking, Listen Like A Master, And Lead With Your Best (forthcoming, 2014). He is the proud husband of LGO grad, Julie Endress.

Topic: WLGO Presents: Amiel Handelsman 
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 
Time: 12:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00) 

To register
1. Go to https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=51657393&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiM0 
2. Register for the meeting. 
3. Check for confirmation email with instructions on how to join