(March 16, 2018) The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) at Virginia Tech hosted the annual Torgersen Leadership Summit in February 2018.  This year, the theme was “Be Bold” for this half-day leadership conference.  Reaching over 90 students from a diverse set of majors including ISE, the summit gave attendees access to two keynote speakers renowned for their industry success, three breakout sessions, and a catered networking reception. Highlights include a Young Professionals Panel, as well as the keynote addresses from Dr. Betty Chao (CEO and Founder of Westech International Inc.) and Michael Foss (head of Logistics Optimization, Compliance & Controls for Amazon Transportation Services). 

The Torgersen Leadership Summit received incredibly high praise for the success of the day. Here are some quotes gathered from the student feedback survey:

LOVED Mike Foss and Betty Chao for keynotes! They were so interactive and great for this theme!

I liked the breakout sessions. All of the company representatives were friendly and informative.

Chris from Booz Allen Hamilton gave the most incredible presentation. His use of personal experience along with his main themes really drove those points home and made them more meaningful than what any other presenter did.

Overall, I thought it was a very good event and I will definitely come back next year.

One of the best parts for me was hearing Dr. [G. Don] Taylor speak about Dr. Torgersen and provide some of his reflections. At this point, the vast majority of students never had the chance to meet Dr. Torgersen and it is very valuable to understand some of his history.

One of the panelists from the Young Professional Panel also provided a positive review to VT IISE as the event organizer:

What a great event! You all did a fantastic job – high attendance, professional feel, informative sessions, all of it was very well done. As someone who was involved in the first few, I am very encouraged by the growth / improvements that each year adds – I’m looking forward to what the future will bring!