COMPES PD Conference on Sat. May 17th 2014 at Consumers Energy – Registration is Now OPEN!

NSBE Detroit Professionals,
Please join SHPE, NSBE & SWE for the COMPES-Professional Development Conference which is being held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Consumers Energy in Royal Oak.  COMPES stands for Coalition of Minority Professional Engineering Societies.  It is the formation of three minority groups:  National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers.

Registration which includes selection of sessions and payment is required in advance.

Please Register for the COMPES-PDC at  Or by mail registration is to be postmarked including payment no later than Wednesday April 30th, and by online no later than 11:55 pm on Saturday May 3rd.

COMPES (formerly SWE) Professional Development Conference

Where:     Consumers Energy in Royal Oak

When:     Saturday, May 17, 2014

Theme:   “Focus Your Energy: Power Your Personal and Professional Life”

Event details:


Event Benefits:

  • Network with our target attendance of 250+ professionals from various minority engineering societies
  • Listen to executives from Michigan Fortune 500 Companies
  • Opportunity to attend breakout sessions on technical topics
  • Access to resources to aid in career planning and development
  • New!  Bring your resume to meet and great with HR representatives from our host/platinum/gold level sponsors 


Volunteers still needed for the following:

  • Registration Table (10, 6:15 am arrival requested)
  • Speaker Introduction (15, in session you are attending)
  • Set-Up and Clean-Up (4 each, 1 hour before or after)


The award winning SWE-Detroit (SWE-D) Professional Development Conference continues its success and is one of SWE-D’s signature events. This year the conference will be jointly hosted by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) and SWE.  This coalition is referred to as Coalition of Minority Professional Engineering Societies (COMPES).  We believe this will bring additional value to the participant from a networking opportunity.  

Attendees will take advantage of the lessons learned in overcoming the challenges presented to minorities as well as fresh topics central to the theme of Focus Your Energy: Power Your Personal and Professional Life. Challenges to be addressed during
this conference are:

·         Maintain Technical Strength

·         Soft Skill Development

·         Understand Challenges around Personal and Professional Life


Activities for the day (Additional Speakers for the Breakout session can be found on our event website:



7:30-8:30 am Registration/Breakfast/Networking

7:45-8:45 am HR Resume/Kelly Services*

8:45-9:00 am Opening Remarks

9:00-9:50 am Keynote Speaker**

10:00-11:30 pm Motivational Speaker**

11:30-12:30pm Lunch

12:30-1:20 pm Breakout Session #1

1:30-2:20 pm Breakout Session #2

2:40-3:30 pm Breakout Session #3

3:45-4:25 pm Capstone Speaker**

4:25-5:00 pm Closing Remarks



* Resume Critique with Kelly Services and Attendees Bring Resumes to Share with HR of Gold (+) Level Sponsors:


**New** Experienced professionals and students will now have the opportunity to interact with all Gold level, or higher, COMPES PDC 2014 Corporate Sponsors.  Starting in the morning at 7:30 am for one hour there will be human resource representatives accepting resumes from registered paying attendees only.  There will be additional time for the companies to interact with the attendees during the lunch break period.  Corporate sponsors relish this unique opportunity to interact with their target potential employee resource.  We recommend all attendees bring several copies of their resume. Kelly Services is again supporting the COMPES PD conference providing resume critique and one-on-one personal coaching in a fifteen minute slot during specific times day of the event, reference brochure. 



** Keynote, Motivational, and Capstone Speaker Details:

Keynote Speaker: Patricia K. Poppe is vice president of customer experience, rates and regulation for Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy. She was elected to this position in November 2013.  Poppe is responsible for overall customer experience and satisfaction. She also is responsible for budget planning, rates, regulation and the company’s relationship with the Michigan Public Service Commission. Prior to her current role, Poppe served as Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience and operations since 2011.  Before joining Consumers Energy in January 2011, Poppe served as director of regulated marketing for energy optimization at DTE Energy. She also worked as director of DTE Energy’s North Region Power Plants, overseeing five generating facilities.  Prior to working for DTE Energy, Poppe held a variety of plant management positions during her 15-year career at General Motors Co. Poppe earned a master’s degree in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.

Motivational Speaker: We are honored to have Carr Hagerman as our Motivational Speaker for COMPES PDC 2014.  Rather than follow the pa
th of the MBA into the corporate world, Carr Hagerman took his talent to the streets – literally.  Over 30 years ago he began his career as a professional improvisational street performer where he learned first-hand how to focus and fully engage others without scripts, plans or props and distilled these experiences into simple insights and practices that nearly anyone can use to create greater success at work, home or in life.  
For 18 years Carr has been a successful business coach, speaker and lecturer, corporate consultant, media producer and leadership consultant. He is co-author of the book “Top Performer, a bold approach to sales and service”, published in 2008 (Hyperion) and has been translated into 10 languages.  He has given keynote presentations and training for some of the world’s most successful brands, including Home Depot, Hilton Hotels, Proctor and Gamble, Apple, American Express, P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Best Buy and many more.

Capstone Speaker: Finally as the Capstone Speaker we are pleased to have Maureen Zappala is an award winning speaker, author and presentation coach. She is a former NASA propulsion engineer, and founder of High Altitude Strategies, a leadership development service that helps organizations propel their teams to peak performance by discovering where their members can find their fit and get fired up.  A native of NYC, she has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and she spent more than 13 years at NASA’s Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center) conducting jet engine research. She became the first female manager of NASA’s Propulsion Systems Laboratory, a jet engine test facility.  In 2009, she was in the top 10 of 30,000 contestants in the Toastmaster International World Championship of Public Speaking contest. She is the author of 2 books, as is a contributing author in the book “Heart of a Toastmaster.” As a presentation coach, she works with people who want to launch their speaking skills to the next level.

Michelle Larsosa
NSBE Detroit Professionals – Secretary