IEEE Foundation


including an IEEE N3XT® Entrepreneur Session
IEEE Future Leaders Forum


by Ryan Fleming

The 2018 FUTURE LEADERS FORUM will take place JULY 26-28 in Austin, TX, USA.


Today’s workforce has different motivators, expects a differently structured workplace, and has new ways of communicating. This one-of-a-kind forum focuses on how to proactively assist workers in navigating and acquiring the tools they need to become more agile and thrive in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.

The forum will be an innovative and engaging experience with insightful and thoughtful content married with fun activities to promote discussions on the issues that matter most to today’s workforce. This year focuses on four themes (Lead, Empower, Adapt, and Design) and will feature exciting speakers, interactive sessions, and opportunities to network through culturally inspired activities.


Although designed for Students, Young Professionals, and Mid-career professionals, the Future Leaders Forum is designed an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to hone their skills and not only survive, but thrive in today’s changing world.

Deciding to lead can be a scary venture. Join the Future Leaders Forum for the LEAD session and dive into a world full of twists and turns that go from large corporations to risky endeavors to brand new ideas and getting your hands dirty from the ground up.

This year’s LEAD session is hosted and organized in collaboration with the IEEE N3XT® Affiliate Event Series. IEEE N3XT® embodies the spirit of future technological development by using the root of the word “next,” and the numeral “3” to represent the three event pillars of ideas, innovation, and inspiration.

Each of the LEAD speakers will bring attendees along on their trek from the beginnings of their spark and go beyond today to explore what the future has in store for trailblazers.

Panelists include 2018 Chair of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee Samantha Snabes, IEEE N3XT® Star Kevin Noertker, Daniella Piper, and Krenar Komoni.

Samantha Snabes is Co-Founder & Catalyst for re:3D, a company built on a community of makers using gigabot to print human-scale objects using recycled materials. Their mission is to create more access to 3D printable solutions worldwide. The re:3D team consists of several former NASA engineers interested in driving social and economic change through open-source engineering-driven innovations.

Kevin Noertker is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ampaire, an aerospace startup based in Los Angeles that’s developing electric airplanes. Kevin spent seven years in aerospace R&D and program management at northrop Grumman, running multi-million dollar programs and developing and fielding advanced aircraft and satellite technologies.

Daniella Piper is the acting Chief of Staff to the President and CEO and Vice President of the Digital Transformation Office at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state electric utility in the nation, where she governs and coordinates innovation and performance improvement.

Krenar Komoni is the founder and CEO of Tive, a Boston-based startup that uses cellular-connected sensors and a cloud-based software platform to give manufacturers real-time visibility into their supply chain.