Global Marathon Highlights the Contributions of Women in Engineering and Technology

Global Marathon 2013

Next month, celebrate the critical role women play in our profession by participating in the Global Marathon, for, by and about Women in Engineering and Technology. The Global Marathon, taking place from March 6-8, is a free, virtual forum that enables women engineers from across the world to connect with each other.

This year, the Marathon is being held in conjunction with International Women's Day, and will consist of two components: a Main Forum, featuring daily live, online presentations covering a range of topics that are sure to be of interest to women in the profession, and local satellite events.

During the first of the Main Forum’s presentations, “Leadership: Never Underestimate the Power of Example,” a panel of women leaders in engineering and technology will talk about the people who inspired them as well as the lessons for success that they’ve learned throughout their careers. This online discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 6, from noon-2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

“Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs,” to be held Thursday, March 7 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern, will take a look at women in engineering and technology who are forging new pathways in business and in non-governmental organizations.

A third presentation, “Changing the World: One Woman at a Time,” will take place Friday, March 8, from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. EST. This discussion will highlight how women are changing their local communities for the better through their work and volunteer endeavors.

The global Main Forum presentations, which are hosted by the National Engineers Week Foundation, will be available using the Global Marathon virtual platform at Participants will have an opportunity to talk with speakers during facilitated chats in our Live Chat Lounge. The Forum is free but registration is required.

In addition to the Main Forum discussions, the Marathon’s organizers are encouraging university and professional women around the globe to initiate local discussion opportunities — Marathon satellite events — through their professional associations, employers, universities and community organizations.

To register for the Global Marathon program, visit For questions, comments or more information, contact the Global Marathon organizers by e-mail at