CEO of medical diagnostics firm leads talk on women in science, technology and engineering

First female leader of Welch Allyn discusses success in high-tech careers

Julie Shimer

When Julie Shimer became chief executive officer and president of Welch Allyn in 2007, she became the first woman in the company’s 95-year history to hold the position.

Shimer will discuss her role with Welch Allyn, a global manufacturer of medical diagnostic equipment based in Skaneateles, N.Y., and how to be successful in today’s high-tech organizations when she visits RIT on March 20. She will lead a seminar, “Women in STEM: Two Perspectives,” from 11 a.m. to noon in Xerox Auditorium in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Prior to 2002, when she first came to Welch Allyn, Shimer served as president and CEO of Vocera Communications, a wireless communications company based in Cupertino, Calif. She led the company in securing more than $29 million in capital funding and shipped the first Vocera Communications Systems, technology that is now deployed in leading hospitals throughout the United States and Europe.

Shimer also held executive positions at 3Com Corp., Motorola, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bethlehem Steel Co. She holds board positions with Welch Allyn, Netgear and CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity. She is actively involved in programs that encourage women to enter engineering fields and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Society for Women Engineers.

The presentation is co-sponsored by RIT’s Women in Technology, WE@RIT, Women in Computing and Women in Science, as well as the Office of Research Relations.

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