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Women’s Career Conversations

The biannual Women’s Career Conversations (WCC) luncheon provides an opportunity for women students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to listen to women professionals from academia and industry as they share what they love about their careers and what challenges and opportunities are available in their professions. The event includes lunch and a panel discussion featuring women from varying professional backgrounds.

The Fall 2017 event will take place on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM in the Garden Court of the BYU Wilkinson Student Center.

Space is limited for this event. RSVP here by Friday, September 15, to reserve your seat.

For more information, contact your college representative:

Fall 2017 Panel Members

Emily Lazalde graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Although she originally planned to work in the aerospace engineering industry, at graduation she chose to take an offer to work for Ford Motor Company in Michigan. She joined the Ford College Graduate program, which allows her to rotate between various teams for 2.5 years. She has worked on the following teams: Transmission Subsystem Software, debugging and building software for the powertrain control module; Transmission Calibration, serving as lead calibrator for a new technology Ford will be releasing next year; Transmission Actuator Controls, focusing on torque management; and Engine Calibration, working on engine diagnostics. Lazalde will become a permanent member of the calibration team.

Dr. Julianne Grose earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and her PhD in Biology at the University of Utah where her research focused on the study of metabolism in Salmonella.  As a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Utah Biochemistry Department and Huntsman Cancer Institute, she continued her study of metabolism with a focus on the protein PAS kinase and its connections to diabetes and obesity.  From 2006 to 2008, Julianne served as the lead scientist for the pharmaceutical company BioEnergenix. There, she aided in developing an inhibitor of PAS kinase that is expected to enter clinical trials this year. She joined the faculty of the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department at BYU in 2008 where she enjoys teaching Phage Hunters, a program developed by herself, Don Breakwell, and Sandra Hope through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She continues phage research in her laboratory along with her study of PAS kinase.  She also loves spending time outdoors—particularly Southern Utah—with her husband and three children.

Candace Penrod currently serves as the District Science Administrator for Salt Lake City School District.  After obtaining a bachelor’s degree at BYU in Elementary Education, she began her teaching career in California.  Candace continued her career in Utah in 2002, as a secondary science educator.  In 2007, she received the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Western Division Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Candace has obtained two graduate degrees from the University of Utah, including, Master of Education (2010) and Master of Earth Science Teaching (2016).   Candace works tirelessly to improve science education at all levels, currently working on implementing the Framework for K-12 Science Education at a district and state level. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and interpreting local geology.

Heidi Larsen graduated from BYU in information systems in 2010. During her time at BYU, she completed an internship with EXxonMobil and later accepted a full-time position there. After seen years of various positions and responsibilities, Larsen recently was a team lead over a 13-member international team. She was recently assigned to her sixth assignment to work a special IT data strategy effort on behalf of the IT Data & Analytics Manager. One of Larsen’s favorite assignments has been working on the High Performance Computing team. There, she and another employee supported ExxonMobil’s super computer by managing several petabytes of data and hundreds of projects. Larsen is the proud wife and mother of two boys, with a third son due early next year. Although it has not been easy, Larsen has been able to balance her career with family life, church, and civic responsibilities.