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Carroll Thomas of NIST MEP to Keynote 2018 Women & Tech Conference

The opening Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Women & Technology Conference will be Ms. Carroll A. Thomas, Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership at the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Carroll A. Thomas, Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership at the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce

The event, hosted by TechConnect West Virginia and featuring inspiring speakers, value-added breakout sessions and quality networking, will take place on Monday, September 10 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, WV.  For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

As the director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Ms. Thomas leads a nationwide network of centers focused on helping U.S. manufacturers strengthen their supply chain integration and access new technology thereby helping them to compete globally.

Prior to joining the MEP, Ms. Thomas served as the Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Small Business Development Centers.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Thomas was a small manufacturer/retail franchise owner, and she negotiated product deals with over 23,000 U.S. inventors and small manufacturers for electronic retailer QVC and directed marketing efforts for the National Gallery of Art’s vast reproduction portfolio.

With more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and small business development experience, her accomplished public/ private sector career demonstrates her leadership expertise as a catalyst for creating innovative partnerships and advocating economic development by supporting dynamic innovative ecosystems.

Ms. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Design and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University in International Business.

Technology touches all aspects of life, and the information shared at the 2018 Women & Technology Conference will be relevant to all industry sectors and educational institutions.

Who should attend?  Women working in technology fields as well as those interested in pursuing, or migrating to, a technology-focused career.  In addition, anyone interested in exploring ways to bridge the tech gender gap and inspire future generations of girls to pursue STEM fields are encouraged to attend.

For additional information on the conference or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Anne Barth at anne@techconnectwv.org.