Join us for the 14th Annual Women in Non-Traditional Occupations (WINTO) Conference at St. Philip’s College – Southwest Campus on Friday, March 22, 2024, from 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM. The conference will cater to high school females seeking education and job exploration in career technical education fields.

We are excited to announce that our WINTO Conference Keynote Speaker will be Diva Q, BBQ Pit Master. The conference will also include CTE Program Demos, Presentations, and Photoshoots for students.

The Importance of Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter was the star of a campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for defense industries during World War II, and she became perhaps the most iconic image of working women. In movies, newspapers, propaganda posters, photographs and articles, the Rosie the Riveter campaign stressed the patriotic need for women to enter the workforce. Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home.

The call for women to join the workforce during World War II was meant to be temporary and women were expected to leave their jobs after the war ended and men came home. The women who did stay in the workforce continued to be paid less than their male peers and were usually demoted. But after their selfless efforts during World War II, men could no longer claim superiority over women. Women had enjoyed and even thrived on a taste of financial and personal freedom—and many wanted more. The impact of World War II on women changed the workplace forever, and women’s roles continued to expand in the postwar era. [https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/rosie-the-riveter]

Danielle Bennett aka Diva Q, BBQ Pit Master - Bio


Danielle Bennett aka Diva Q is a certified barbecue & grilling expert, chef, pitmaster, celebrated TV host, best-selling author and former world pork, bacon, sausage, wings, dessert & grilling champion.

With over 400 BBQ awards to her name since starting in 2006 as well as having taught over 20,000 students worldwide over the last 18 years Diva Q is a respected industry leader and ambassador for all things Grilling & BBQ.

As the first US Visa Resident designated as a BBQ and Grilling Expert she has a proven track record of understanding American and Worldwide BBQ techniques and grilling applications. 

As a motivational speaker, Danielle is passionate about inspiring others to overcome adversity, believing in your goals and working for what you want. 

She has traveled the world visiting, learning and trading ideas with over 500 BBQ restaurant owners and pitmasters.

Her best-selling cookbook Diva Q’s BBQ was nominated as a World Gourmand Best Cookbook in the World. 

As one of the most influential people in BBQ, Diva Q has been an expert BBQ judge on the Food Network, Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, The Travel Channel, & many more.  For 3 years her own show BBQ Crawl on the Travel channel was featured in over 150 countries. 

She celebrates BBQ Everywhere she goes.

Her recipes & expertise have been featured on the Today Show, Maxim, Southern Living, Forbes, as well as in countless additional articles online and in print. 

As the Worldwide ambassador & culinary instructor for Traeger Grills she continues to travel the world making appearances to teach classes about BBQ & Grilling techniques and to explore and write about bringing people together through woodfired bbq & grilling. 

She lives by her trademark:

Life is too short for bad BBQ! ®️

  • 9:30 AM – Welcome
    9:50 AM – Keynote Speaker
    10:30 AM – Q/A w/Diva Q
    10:55 AM – Announcements
    11:00 AM – Break-Out Sessions
    Noon – Lunch/Career Fair/Photoshoot w/Diva Q

    Download a Detailed Agenda

Contact Information

Academic Program Specialist:
Rebecca Cortez
SWC Industrial Technology Center (ITC), Building 1, C-207

Program Director:
Manuel Navarro
SWC Industrial Technology Center (ITC), Building 1, C-206