Women Leaders in Tech and Engineering

Male-dominated professions have historically included challenges for women who work in them. Once women take the lead, however, can they make a real difference, both for other women and for their companies? In this motivational panel, we highlight women who are not only thriving in tech and engineering, but leading their fields in new and exciting ways. Hear about their challenges, take away applicable advice, be inspired and learn about how tech and engineering are changing our work and our world.


Sarah Urban

Sarah is a CPA who started her career at Ernst & Young in Milwaukee. From Ernst & Young, she went to Morris Material Handling and then to Brady Corporation, where she worked for 13 years. At both companies she worked her way up through various finance and accounting roles with increasing levels of responsibility. While at Brady, Sarah was one of the “founding four” members of the Women’s Leadership Group, an affinity group started to help women in the organization reach their full potential. Before leaving Brady, Sarah branched out from the finance function to hold roles in data and analytics and leading marketing and strategy for her business unit. Sarah went to Charter Steel in 2015 as the vice president in finance and transitioned to leading the IT organization for Charter Manufacturing in 2017. More recently, she added digital to her role as the vice president of digital technology. Sarah received her undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She resides in Germantown, WI, with her husband and three children. Her oldest daughter attends the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and her son is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Holly Baumgart

Holly Baumgart is vice president of strategy at Sargento Foods, Inc. In this position, Holly is responsible for strategic planning, providing strategic direction to all business units and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Holly served as the vice president of information technology and led all aspects of technology, including digital transformation, information security and business intelligence.

Before joining the Sargento family in 2016, Holly worked at the Harley-Davidson Motor Company as director of IT strategy. Previously, she also served as senior manager in technology and security risk services at Ernst & Young.

Holly received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Holly is currently pursuing a master’s in sustainability at Harvard. She’s a certified public accountant and a certified information systems auditor. Holly enjoys being involved in her community and serves as a board member for Chicago Commons, Feeding Mouths Filling Minds, United Way and i.c. Stars.

Holly currently lives in Milwaukee, WI, and enjoys traveling, motorcycling and spending time with her two daughters.

Christine Cheng

Christine Cheng, PhD, is an associate professor of the Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee . Her teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science.

Prior to coming to UWM, Cheng was an industrial postdoctoral associate at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), collaborating with research scientists at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore). She received her PhD from the Mathematical Sciences Department at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Fabiola Corvera-Stimeling

Dr. Corvera-Stimeling has more than 15 years of customer experience, customer retention, value co-creation and service innovation. She has a proven track record and passion in helping Fortune 100 companies improve customer experience when challenged by lack of collaboration and internal silo structures.

As a senior director of client experience for Northwestern Mutual, Fabiola leads the purchase experience for risk and investment products. Before joining Northwestern Mutual, Fabiola served as a customer experience consultant at her own CX consulting firm, where she provided strategic direction to help companies transform complex service delivery models into seamless, simple and sustainable customer experiences.

Fabiola earned her doctorate in business from Georgia State University, with research expertise in customer experience, service innovation and value co-creation. She also earned her Masters of Business Administration in marketing from Illinois Institute of Technology, and her Bachelor of Science in electronics and communications systems from Monterrey Institute of Technology.

Fabiola is the author of “Voiceless Customer: Why Customers Leave,” a bestseller that gives you a look inside service organizations using a customer lens to understand why firms struggle to serve and retain their customers.

Fabiola lives in Milwaukee, WI, with her husband, Doug.


Punita Miller

Punita Miller is a Global Product Manager at Rockwell Automation with a background in Power Control technology. She has 12 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. She has led diverse teams across ethnicities, gender and generations.

Punita was born in Uganda, raised in India, and has lived in the US for over 20 years which has given her a valuable range of experiences and opportunities. Punita’s global perspective has enabled her to become passionate about the success of women in the workplace, especially in the field of STEM.

Punita graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and International Business from Marquette University. After working at a non-profit organization focusing on refugee resettlement, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.