IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society


May 1, 2018
6:00 PM

Women in Photonics Networking Event: Perspectives on Leadership by Liz Gerrish PDF


Location:  Boston University Photonics Center, 9th Floor, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Boston, MA 02215


Description:  We are delighted to invite you to our spring Women in Photonics Networking event on Tuesday evening, May 1, 2018 for an exciting talk on Perspectives on Leadership. This topic will address advancing a career as a female leader in a technology sector. Our speaker,
Liz Gerrish, will cover three issues that have been important in her own career path:

- Effective communication
- Leading confrontational groups
- Self advocacy

Her talk will blend her personal experience as a woman in optics, stories she has gathered from other women in technology sectors, and research from her studies in leadership. Come learn how best to succeed in your own career, ask any questions you may have, and meet other people who share your interests.

The workshop will start promptly at 6pm with check-in at 5.30pm. Dinner will be provided. All are welcome. The event is free but registration is required as there is limited space available.

Online registration:

Liz Gerrish

Liz Gerrish

Liz Gerrish is currently a Senior Optical Engineering and Program Technical Lead at Wilcox Industries and recently won a contract with the Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensor Directorate to develop new fabrication techniques for freeform prism eye pieces.  Prior to Wilcox, she was the Key Account Manager for Zemax, LLC, where she led strategic planning in the expansion of an international sales program and technical development of one of the major pillars of software re-architecture for OpticStudio.  Prior to working for Zemax, Liz was an Optical System Engineer at B.E. Meyers.  Some of her projects included early work in machine learning and UAV imagery, research in helmet mounted heads up displays, and laser speckle reduction techniques.  She taught classes on Optical Design with Zemax at companies around the country.  Liz Gerrish recently completed a Master Degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University.  Her projects included strategic management plans for the League of Women Voters Washington and a NSF funded Photonics Program started at Lake Washington Technical College focused on growth through enrollment to non-traditional learners.  She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from University of Washington.

Check in: 5:30 PM
Workshop: 6:00 PM
Location: Room 901 at the Boston University Photonics Center
Networking & Dinner will be offered after the workshop.

Brought to you by the IEEE Boston Photonics Society, the Optical Society (OSA) and the OSA Foundation, and the Boston University OSA Student Chapter