Alumni Profile: Beth Anne Willett ’93

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Beth Anne Willett '93

Beth Anne Willett '93

Beth Anne Willett ’93 is the newest co-chair of the Women’s Impact Network (WIN), a women-led philanthropic organization committed to the continuous advancement of women in STEM across WPI's local and global community. WIN, together with the Women of WPI, is hosting an on-campus event on March 18 called SPRING FORWARD: A New, Refreshed You. Below, Beth Anne shares her WPI experience and what keeps her engaged with WPI and WIN today.

Q: Who made an impact on your WPI experience? 

A: I was a Phi Sig Sig and having a bond with women with similar interests and hobbies was beneficial in a very male dominated world. The WPI ski team was a really close group of both men and women. We bonded over long van rides in bad weather and put in a lot of effort to train and race in really cold temperatures. We were the first women’s team to go to Regionals when I was a senior. To this day these folks are still my best friends.

Q: Looking back, what was the most valuable experience or lesson learned at WPI that continues to shape your life today? 

A: I learned that I don't need to be perfect and that hard work pays off. Classes were hard and I didn't get many A’s but I learned a lot and knew I could make a difference in manufacturing. I quickly learned that I was a very valuable Engineer because I knew how to work on a team and complete projects. The WPI plan with the IQP and MQP gave me practical experience that was able to build upon in the manufacturing world.

Q: What inspires you about the Women’s Impact Network? What keeps you engaged with the group?   

A: I really appreciate getting to know the amazing faculty and staff at WPI. They are initiating great projects that really impact the students and community. I am proud to support their energy and to continue to promote Women in STEM. The women who are a part of WIN are inspirational with so many amazing backgrounds and enthusiasm to continue to support WPI in a meaningful way.

Q: Are there any upcoming events or opportunities that you’re currently planning that you’re excited about? 

A: The annual WIN grant award celebration on March 18th is a rewarding event because of being able to come back to campus to see the results of our prior grants during poster sessions plus the interaction with faculty, staff, and students.