Women on the Water Schedule

(subject to change)

Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:30 am - 4 pmBookstore open, Curtis Hall
12:30 – 5:30 pmConference Check-In desk open, lobby of Alfond Student Center
3 -4:30 pm
  • Afternoon sail on the Arctic Schooner Bowdoin (reservation required) – report to waterfront by 2:45 pm. All spots are currently filled. Please call 207-326-0120 to be placed on the wait list.
  • Self-guided walking tour of Castine historical sites – get map at check-in

5:30 pmOpening Reception - 2nd floor Lounge, ABS Building
6:15 pm
  • Opening Dinner - Harborview Dining Room, Alfond Student Center
  • Opening Speaker - The Honorable Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret.), Maritime Administrator
8 pmEvening social time – Waypoint lounge and TS State of Maine
11 pmCadets report aboard TS State of Maine
Friday, November 2, 2018
7:15 amCadets join MMA’s Regiment of Midshipmen for Morning Formation – Field House
7:30 am – 5:30 pmConference Check-In desk open, lobby of Alfond Student Center
7:45 - 8:45 amBreakfast with Featured Speaker Capt. Elisabeth Pepper (U.S. Coast Guard retired), former commanding officer U.S. Coast Guard Legal Service Command
7:30 am - 4 pmBookstore open, Curtis Hall
9 - 9:45 amWorkshop Session One
10 - 10:45 amWorkshop Session Two
11 - 11:45 amWorkshop Session Three
12 - 1:15 pmLunch with Featured Speaker Ally Cedeno from Women Offshore
1:30 – 2:15 pmWorkshop Session Four
2:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Exhibit Hall Open - Waypoint, Alfond Student Center
  • Mock Interview Sessions

4:30 – 6 pmBreak
6 – 7 pmNetworking Reception – ABS 2nd Floor
7 pmBanquet and Keynote Speaker Captain Deborah Dempsey, first female graduate of a maritime academy, author, ground-breaking master mariner, and retired Columbia River Bar pilot.
8:30 - 10 pmSocial Hour in Waypoint
11 pmCadets report aboard TS State of Maine
Saturday, November 3, 2018
7:30 - 9 amClosing Breakfast with featured speaker Rita Hausken Barkhodaee, Leadership Strategist and Coach for Women in Energy, discussing “Leading with Self-Confidence”
9:30 amDepart for Optional Acadia National Park Excursion
4 pmDepart Bar Harbor for Castine
5:45 pmDinner on your own in Castine
11 pmCadets report aboard TS State of Maine


Shuttles will provide transportation between the Bangor International Airport and Maine Maritime and between Castine and the Bucksport hotels.

Shuttle Schedule


Cadets are encouraged to wear dress uniforms for the conference beginning with the reception on Thursday and ending with the keynote banquet on Friday.  Non-regimental students should wear business attire.  Casual wear is suggested for the closing speaker as participants will be heading to Bar Harbor or departing immediately following the closing remarks.

Concurrent Workshops planned

Session 1 | 9-9:45 am

  • Bringing Your Career Ashore
  • Knowing Your Options – Union, Non-Union, Government Jobs
  • Waterfront Tour

Session 2 | 10-10:45 am

  • Achieving Work/Life Balance
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Careers
  • Waterfront Tour

Session 3 | 11-11:45

  • Engineers’ Panel
  • Pilots’ Panel
  • Limited License Captains’ Panel

Session 4 | 1-2 pm

  • Change Vs. Transition – Ship to Shore to Ship

Workshop Descriptions:

Bringing Your Career Ashore – How do we transition to a career ashore?  What navigational aids do we need to take the steps to make this transition?   What support do we need?  What do we gain and lose in the transition?  Our diverse panel will share their experiences and advice.

  • Grace Connolly, Mechanical Engineer, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Capt. Catie Hanft
  • Molly Marcotte, Naval Architect, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
  • Beth Smith, Director of Marine Assurance and DPA, Foss
  • Allison Tunick, Adjunct Faculty at Maine Maritime Academy
  • Gabrielle Wells, Marine Coordinator, Exxon Mobil

Moderator:  Sydney Knowlton


Knowing your options  – Union/Non-Union/ Government – As you begin your job search, should you consider working for a union?  What are the pros and cons of versus working on a non-union crew?  What is it like working on government contracts?  What options are available for those in the Strategic Sealift Officer program?  What can you expect from the different types of work environment?

  • Erin Bertram
  • Marissa C. Cap, First Assistant Engineer, Crowley Petroleum
  • Fionna Boyle, Third Officer, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.
  • Coronado Hickman, Third Mate, Crowley Maritime Corporation
  • Kate Siepert, Mechanical Engineer, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Eliza Pingree, Military Sealift Command

Moderator:  Kristen Gier


Waterfront Tour – Take a guided tour of the Maine Maritime waterfront campus, including a visit to the bridge simulator, Arctic Schooner Bowdoin, and the Ocean Studies wet lab.


Achieving Work/Life Balance with a Maritime Career –  A maritime career presents unique challenges to women who want to achieve work/life balance between the demands of career, home, family and interests.  Our panelists will share insight about their choices and career path as well as offer advice to new professionals in the field.

  • Grace Connolly, Mechanical Engineer, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Captain Molly Eddy, Saltwater Maritime
  • Coronado Hickman, Third Mate, Crowley Maritime Corporation
  • Captain Sherri Hickman, Houston Pilot
  • Captain Joy Manthey, Kirby Inland Marine
  • Cynthia Prosser, Trustee, Maine Ocean School
  • Alaina Scheuchzer, Assistant Professor of Business and Logistics, Maine Maritime Academy

Moderator:  Katelyn Smith


Offshore Oil and Gas careers – What is life like offshore?  What makes it different from a traditional at sea career? What are the opportunities?  Our panelists will share their experiences working on oil rigs and with multiple crews.

  • Capt. Jennifer Norwood
  • Karoline Bowen, Senior Analyst Talent Management, Ensco
  • Ally Cedeno, Senior Dynamic Positioning Operator and MBA intern, Transocean
  • Seadrill representative

Moderator:  Bethany Pare


Engineer Panel – What are the career options for maritime engineers?  What are the options for those choosing not to go to sea?  Our panel of professional engineers describes the opportunities and challenges to those with a degree in maritime engineering.

  • Marissa Cap, First Assistant Engineer, Crowley Petroleum
  • Mary Frances Culnane, Culnane Maritime Consulting LLC
  • Jais Curry, Assistant to the Operations Manager for Ensco North and South America
  • Molly Marcotte, Naval Architect, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
  • Kate Siepert, Mechanical Engineer, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Lindsay Smith, Chief Engineer, Norwegian Cruise Lines

Moderator:  Mary Shea


So you want to be a harbor pilot? – What is it like to climb up a rope ladder to the main deck of a larger ship?  What does it feel like to provide ships’ captains your local expert knowledge in your harbor or channel?  Our panel of pilots in various stages of their careers will share their stories and advice if you aspire to this exciting career.

  • Captain Sandra Bendixen – Puget Sound pilot
  • Captain Deborah Dempsey – Columbia River Bar pilot, retired
  • Captain Sherri Hickman – Houston pilot
  • Captain Wendy Morrison – Galveston and Texas City pilot
  • Captain Lindsay M Price, G&H Towing Company
  • Sheri Tonn – Chair, Board of Pilotage Commissioners
  • State of Washington

Moderator:  Gretel Williams


Captains’ Panel (limited license) – What is it like to be a Captain onboard a small tonnage vessel?   Our panelists have served as captains on a variety of vessels and will talk about their responsibilities and experiences.

  • Captain Molly Eddy
  • Captain Kate Kana
  • Captain Katie McKinlay
  • Captain Allison Tunick
  • Moderator:  Rebecca Rankin


Change Versus Transition – Euna Rhodes, President of AMI Advisors, will share her insights on managing change and transition in moving from ship to shore in your career.  Her presentation explores the difference between change and transition.  Her goal is to help participants find ways to feel more grounded as they move through change.