Women’s Career Conversations

Female students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical sciences (STEM) are invited to attend the biannual Women’s Career Conversations Luncheon.

The luncheon will take place on Tuesday, September 22 at 12:00 p.m. in the Hinckley Center Assembly Hall. The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (CPMS), Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering, College of Life Sciences, and Department of Information Systems will be co-hosting the event.

The luncheon coincides with the fall STEM Career Fair (Thursday, September 24) and will feature a panel of four women from varying industries and backgrounds. Students who are pursuing STEM careers will be able to hear from successful women working in those fields themselves. Attendees should come prepared with questions to discuss, as the four speakers will be sharing their experiences and opinions on the opportunities, challenges, and rewards within STEM careers.

Space is limited for this event. RSVP here by Monday, September 14 to reserve your seat.

CPMS—For more information, contact Lynn Patten.

Engineering—For more information, contact Lisa Barrager.

Information Systems—For more information, contact Bonnie Anderson.

Life Sciences—For more information, contact Lisa Christensen.
Catalina Johnson PhotoCatalina Johnson is the Seat Foam Product Development Engineer at Ford. She recently aided in launching the 2015 Ford F-150 and helped to solve the Ford Edge recall in China. After earning her BYU bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2012, Johnson began her career working in Dearborn, MI. She completed rotations within different areas of the company and eventually settled in a position within Seat Engineering. Although she doesn’t know how to change a tire and doesn’t consider herself a “gear head,” Johnson loves being in the automotive industry.

In her spare time, Johnson enjoys building furniture, painting, party planning, and visiting family.




CL SnowCindy L. Snow is one of the first female computer science graduates at BYU, earning her bachelor’s in 1971 and her master’s in 1996. She began her career working as a programmer, then senior engineer at Hughes Aircraft in Fullerton, CA. As a software engineering manager at the Intel Corporation in Riverton, Utah, Snow hired and led the software team that designed, developed, and delivered an enterprise antivirus software product that won top honors in PC Magazine and Windows Magazine in 1998. This product was purchased by Symantec and shipped as Norton Antivirus. In 2009, Snow was awarded the “Technology Trailblazer” award by the Women Tech Council, which is an advocate for women working in the technology field

Snow and her husband, Bruce, are the parents of four children and eight grandchildren. The couple served together as President and Sister Snow in the Korea Seoul West Mission from 1989 to 1992.



Emily Judd PhotoEmily Judd is a BYU graduate from the Department of Food Sciences, and she has worked in regulatory affairs for the past three years. She is currently the Senior Manager of Global Regulatory Affairs at dōTERRA International, LLC. Judd also worked as a product development scientist in the Cereal Division of Kerry Ingredients & Flavours in Beloit, WI. She is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS).

Judd is an “army brat,” which gave her the opportunity to live in Germany for 15 years. She credits this as the reason she loves to travel. Judd also enjoys cooking, reading, and kickboxing.





Heidi LarsenHeidi Larsen graduated in 2010 from BYU in Information Systems. During her time at BYU, she completed an internship with ExxonMobil and later accepted a full-time position there. After five years of various positions and responsibilities, Larsen is currently on her fifth assignment as a team lead over a 13-member international team. One of Larsen’s favorite assignments has been working on the High Performance Computing team. There, she and another employee supported ExxonMobil’s super computer by managing several petabytes of data and hundreds of projects.

Larsen is the proud wife and mother of 1.75 boys. Her oldest, Wyatt, recently turned two years old, and her second son is due to arrive in November. Although it has been far from easy, Larsen has been able to successfully balance her career with family life while staying involved with her three church callings.


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