StudENT DAY Countdown! ~ January 20th, 2023








Women Offshore STUDENT DAY 2023

Agenda, January 20th 

In collaboration with SUNY Maritime’s Women on the Water Club, the Women Offshore Foundation will host a 1-day conference for cadets and students. The event will be held at SUNY Maritime’s MAC Center. Attendees will learn from experienced maritime professionals, speak to company representatives about opportunities in the industry, and leave inspired to go after their career dreams!

Join Women Offshore for this career-propelling event to empower the next generation in the maritime industry! Contact Cassi Laskowski to pledge your support,

Below is the tentative agenda and all times are in Eastern Time (New York).

Thursday, January 19th

For those arriving early for the event, the following opportunities are available for you to attend on Thursday, January 19th:

1500-1700 Tour of SUNY Maritime Campus

1700-1900 Happy Hour, Sponsored by Terradepth, Location, Barrio BX, 3764 E Tremont Ave, The Bronx, NY 10465


Friday, January 20th

0800-0900 Registration & Light Breakfast Buffet sponsored by Foss Maritime 

0900-1000 Welcome & Opening Keynote Speaker, Captain Zeita Merchant, USCG

Captain Zeita Merchant assumed command in May 2021 and directs all Coast Guard missions in the Port of New York and New Jersey. She is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of one of the Nation’s busiest and most economically important port complexes. Sector New York’s area of responsibility spans over 6,000 square miles from 200 miles offshore and inland to Albany, NY, and includes facilities and waterways moving hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo and tens of millions of passengers annually. Prior to joining Sector New York as Deputy Sector Commander in 2020, Captain Merchant was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Enjoying over 24 years of active-duty service, Captain Merchant is a recognized authority in maritime safety and security, and crisis management. She has served in a variety of assignments at the operational and executive levels and has been certified as one of the Coast Guard’s top Emergency Managers leading large-scale, multi-jurisdictional incident responses across the Nation.

1000-1030 30-Minute Break! Visit the Coffee Bar sponsored by AMO

1030-1130 Panel Discussion: Digitalization of the Maritime Industry

The maritime industry is being digitized in many ways, connecting the physical world to the digital world. Physical systems are now online, improving how ships are operated. Vessel tracking, emissions control, predictive maintenance, supply chain visibility, and safety and welfare are just some examples. On this panel, learn from industry experts to see how they harness digitalization in their sectors for success.

  • Moderator: Raina Barnes, Instructor, Marine Transportation Department, SUNY Maritime College
  • Panelist: Jason Johnson, Voyage Operations Manager, BP
  • Panelist: Captain Lindsay Price, Director, Advocacy, Women Offshore

1130-1300 Networking Lunch (Lunch & Learn Meeting for WOW Leadership) sponsored by BP

1300-1400 Panel Discussion: Finding Your Niche in the Maritime Industry

There are so many different paths in the maritime industry that it can be overwhelming and hard to choose what you want to do upon graduating from a maritime academy. You may be inclined to plan out your entire career at this stage of your life and wonder if you will thrive in the niche that you choose. On this panel, learn from industry experts about how they chose their sectors. Be inspired by their lessons learned and capture their wisdom to find your own niche in the maritime industry.

  • Moderator: Cassi Laskowski, Executive Director, Women Offshore
  • Panelist: Tami Francksen, Product Management, Terradepth
  • Panelist: Brooke Baldassari, Senior Products Scheduler, BP
  • Panelist: Raina Barnes, Instructor, Marine Transportation Department, SUNY Maritime College
  • Panelist: Captain Kaitlin McHattie, Pilot, Port Everglades Pilot Association

1400-1430 30-Minute Break! Visit the Coffee Bar sponsored by AMO

1430-1530 Panel Discussion: Reporting & Response to Sexual Misconduct

Working on the water is a challenging experience, for anyone. Unfortunately, it is no secret sexual misconduct, from harassment to assault, has occurred on many vessels. However, together we can remove barriers for reporting, seek justice for victims, demand accountability for those who commit sexual misconduct, support bystander intervention and focus on culture change. Women Offshore aligned with the USCG and Coast Guard Investigative Services (CGIS) in its Sexual Assault and Violence Eradication Program, known as S.A.V.E. Hear from representatives at the upper echelons at the USCG and CGIS, as well as Maersk Line Limited on how their organizations are changing the maritime industry for the better.

  • Moderator: Ally Cedeno, Founder & President, Women Offshore Foundation
  • Panelist: Admiral Wayne Arguin, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Panelist: Jeremy Gauthier, Director, Coast Guard Investigative Services (CGIS)
  • Panelist: Marley Rakow, Maritime Cultural Transformation Superintendent, Maersk Line Limited

1530-1700 Career Fair

Attend the career fair to meet company representatives from the following organizations: Women Offshore Foundation, Transocean, Maersk Line Limited, BP, Foss, Terradepth, AMO, Crowley, and Edison Chouest Offshore.

1700-2100 Happy Hour & Dinner at MAC Center Sponsored Crowley, Edison Chouest Offshore, and Women Offshore Foundation. Dinner Keynote: Admiral Ann Phillips, Maritime Administrator, US MARAD

Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, US Navy (Ret.) was sworn in as the 20th Administrator for the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration on May 16, 2022. As head of the Maritime Administration, Phillips advises and assists the Secretary of Transportation on commercial maritime matters, to include the movement of goods, supply chain, as well as the U.S. maritime industry, environment and compliance, ports and waterways infrastructure, and strategic sealift.

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