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UML Women’s Conference

May 9, 2019

LOWELL -- An IBM executive who oversees emerging technology partnerships for the multi-billion-dollar company and a business marketing strategist who launched her career in Lowell will anchor the 2019 UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership Conference.

Sophie Vandebroek, vice president of emerging technology partnerships at IBM Corp, is the headliner at “The Power and Potential of Women,” which brings together professionals across all fields to share ways to advance their careers and enhance their time away from work. The conference is expected to draw more than 250 people on Tuesday, June 18 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell.

Vandebroek leads key strategic initiatives to scale IBM’s partnerships and ecosystems. Before serving in her current post, she was chief operating officer for IBM Research, a leader in transformative innovations such as artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and quantum computing. Prior to joining IBM, she was chief technology officer of Xerox Corp., where she also served as president of the company’s Innovation Group and as a corporate officer. Vandebroek is a 2011 inductee of Women in Technology International’s Hall of Fame and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She holds 14 U.S. patents and serves as a director of IDEXX Corp.

“This event has become a highlight of our year, bringing together dynamic women -- from established leaders to entry-level professionals -- for an inspiring day focused on our mutual successes in the workplace and beyond,” said Elizabeth Altman, event co-chair and assistant professor of management in UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business. “We’re particularly excited about this year’s lineup of speakers and look forward to learning from their achievements and challenges, and hearing about their future plans, as we meet and share ideas with each other.”