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Women in Security SIG November 2017 Webinar

ISSA's Women in Security SIG Monthly Webinar for November 2017 - Mentoring Success Around the Globe Series - Part IV: Gretchen McLain

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When: November 13, 2017
4-5 PM Eastern
Where: Online Webinar
United States
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Women in Security Special Interest Group Monthly Webinar Series

Mentoring Success Around the Globe Series - Part IV

Gretchen McLain, Principal, GW McClain Advisory Services


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Monday, November 13, 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern

Extraordinary Goals Inspire Exceptional Talent

In today’s complex and challenging times, the opportunities for bold and talented engineers and technology professionals and leaders… for discovery… to advance cutting edge technology… to make the complex simple… and to find solutions is extraordinary.  History shows us that achieving the greatest transforming impact of our innovation and technology advances requires a strong foundation set by an inspiring, shared, and focused vision.  Business and thought leader Gretchen McClain shares her insights having had the fortunate opportunity to work in fields that inspired and challenged her each and every day, specifically her time at NASA exploring the unknown and working on one of the biggest challenges of our time, Water.  She will share the value of leading with a vision and how it sets the stage for excellence.  Simply said, extraordinary goals inspire and unite exceptional talent.   

Gretchen W. McClain, is an accomplished business leader who thrives on energizing organizations and building businesses by enhancing innovation and developing exceptional leadership talent. With more than 25 years of global experience in both Fortune 500 corporations and government service, including serving as founding CEO of an S&P 500 global water technology company, Xylem Inc., and NASA’s Chief Director of the International Space Station, McClain brings extensive business, developmental, strategic and technical expertise. 

McClain serves as a Board of Director for three publicly traded companies: AMETEK, Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation, and Boart Longyear Limited; a private family owned business, J.M. Huber Corp; and serves as an Advisor to EPIC Ventures, an early stage venture firm. Through her consulting practice, GWMcClain Advisory Services, McClain provides leadership coaching and business services to CEOs and executives, frequently working with start-up businesses and private equity firms. Her distinctive leadership approach – focused on helping companies break down internal barriers to identify new ways to create value and integrate technologies – enables organizations to unlock growth and gain critical competitive advantage.  She is also a thought leader, mentor, and speaker on connecting your work to your higher purpose, becoming a stand-out leader, and the adventurous paths available to engineers and technologists in the 21st Century. 

Previously, McClain served in numerous senior executive positions in both the government and industry starting from a systems engineer. As the founding President and CEO of Xylem, an S&P 500 company and global water technology company with revenues of $3.8B, she oversaw the successful creation and spin-off of the company from ITT Corporation. At ITT, she served as President of ITT Fluid Motion and Control, a $4.5B diversified leading manufacturing company of highly engineered technology and equipment, where she led the organization to double-digit revenue growth. Prior to ITT, McClain held a number of executive positions at Honeywell Aerospace (formerly AlliedSignal), including Vice President and General Manager of the Business, General Aviation, and Helicopters Electronics Systems Division and Chief Technology Officer of Aerospace Engines and Systems. Earlier in her career, McClain spent nine years with NASA, including serving as Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Development, the top management position responsible for NASA’s International Space Station (ISS). In this capacity, she played a pivotal leadership role in the successful development and launch of the ISS program and Shuttle/Mir missions. McClain received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for her service.

McClain is actively involved in advocating for, and shaping the debate within, the technology, water and environmental spheres, and women in STEM. She serves as a member of United Technologies Corporation Innovation Advisory Council; University of Utah College of Engineering National Advisory Council; and the America’s Water Steering committee at the Columbia Water Center, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.  She was also a member of the Environment and Water Technologies International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s Public Utilities Board through 2015.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees, Intermountain Healthcare Central Region.  

She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and received the University’s prestigious Founders Award in 2015. McClain was inducted into the Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame and is the first woman to receive this honor.

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