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Upcoming: SWEet Summit hosted by RIT

The SWE Section at the Rochester Institute of Technology will be hosting a SWEet Summit on Saturday, March 3 from 10AM – 4PM! This is a unique leadership opportunity to network with other officers from various collegiate sections within Region E, share your best practices and to get new ideas. The Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) will also be attending and will share a module based off of the interest of attendees. Options include Building TeamsCreative Problem SolvingLeadership and Raising SWE Awareness.

Louise Slaughter Hall, Room 2220/2210
Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Get to know other collegiate sections and leaders by registering now! Kindly RSVP (including your preference for the LCC module) via the Google Form found hereRegistration is free and lunch is provided!

Hope to see you there!


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2018 WE Local Conferences

WE Local is here!! Check out the upcoming conferences for registration and additional information. Be reminded that WE Locals are replacing Regional Conferences and SWE members are encouraged to attend any conferences, even if it is beyond their Region territory.

WE Local Phoenix
Sheraton Grand Downtown Phoenix
February 23-25, 2018

WE Local Milwaukee*
Wisconsin Center (Conference venue)
Hilton Milwaukee City Center (Conference hotel)
March 9-11, 2018

WE Local Portland
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
April 6-8, 2018

WE Local Providence (closest to Region E attendees)
Rhode Island Convention Center (Conference venue)
Omni Providence (Conference hotel)
April 20-22, 2018

Premier registration (includes: two-day career fair, two Keynote presentations, 30+ breakout sessions, two plenary panels and 5 meals) deadlines are March 23 for early bird and April 6 for regular registration. Early registration is $85 (SWE member) / $105 (non-SWE member) and fees will go up to $95 / $115 during regular registration. There is the two-day Career Fair only registration option for $30 (SWE Member) / $40 (non-SWE member). The WE Achieve Awards Ceremony is $25 for admission and is not included in registration fee cost.

In addition to these US locations, there are international conferences:

WE Local India
Hyatt Regency Pune
March 21-23, 2018

WE Local Europe
Prague, Czech Republic
May 16-18

Hope to see you at WE Local this year!

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Utilizing Counselors and Faculty Advisors

As we get deeper into FY18, you may have some questions or are seeking advice regarding your collegiate section. The Region Collegiate Team is always here to help, but be sure to also utilize your counselor or faculty advisor. What’s the difference between the two?


  • Required for all collegiate sections to be in good standing with the society
  • Elected annually
  • Must be a paid SWE member
  • Member of professional section or Region member-at-large (MAL)
  • Non-voting member of collegiate section

Faculty Advisor

  • Recommended, but not required by SWE
  • Often are required by universities to oversee student organizations
  • Do not have to be a paid SWE member

Both counselors and faculty advisors are wonderful resources for developing your collegiate section as they can provide valuable insight and guidance and ensure you are successful. For additional training, check out this webinar!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Upcoming: SWEet Summit hosted by Lafayette College

The SWE Section at Lafayette College will be hosting a SWEet Summit on Saturday, November 11 from 10AM – 4PM. Activities will include:

  • Kick off and introductions
  • Ice breaker
  • Networking Lunch
  • LCC Module
  • Best Practice Sharing / Lessons Learned
  • and more!

This is a unique leadership opportunity to network with other officers from various collegiate sections within Region E and to share your best practices! The Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) will also be attending and sharing modules to better improve attendees’ skills.

Get to know other collegiate sections and leaders by registering now! Kindly RSVP by November 4th via the Eventbrite found here

Lafayette College
730 High Street, Easton, PA 18042

Visitor parking is available at the above address. The event will take place in Marquis Hall in the Clay Ketcham room (see map).

Map of Visitor Parking and Marquis.png

Hope to see you there!

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Networking at WE17

We are only 11 days away from the start of WE17, the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology!

Planning ahead? 

Check out the Conference Planner for the complete schedule of events at WE17. The planner can be used whether you’re logged in or not, however, it is recommended you log in with your confirmation registration ID to save your events. If you are interested in a particular type of event, check out the “tracks” under the Agenda section. Here, you can find Strategic Leadership specific events, Lightning Talks, and much more. Download the WE17 app (available on iPhone/Android) and pull up the full schedule and your saved events during the conference whenever you need!

Looking for guidance via webinars?

There are numerous webinars available for SWE members, but here are a few that can prepare you for WE17 in particular:

  • SWE Conference Networking for Newbies: Networking is one of the most critical skills to develop and maintain in order to have a successful career. Networking provides the most productive, most proficient and most enduring tactic to build relationships. It is identified as THE takeaway to have from internships, research, and first jobs. However, as an emerging young professional, the real question is where to start. How can you get involved and develop your network? How do you create diversity within your network that will promote your own career aspirations? To succeed you must continually connect with new people, cultivate emerging relationships and leverage your network.
  • Hot Trends in Networking Know-How for 2017: If you’re stuck in a rut or confused about next steps for getting ahead, sign up for this “Networking Make-Over.” Update your ideas – and your skills – about how face-to-face networking really works in the real world. Even if you think of yourself as shy, you’ll be surprised how easy it is when you have these tools for connecting and conversing at your command. You can learn  how to  adopt a robust and positive mindset about your ability to build relationships. You can learn how to make the most of workplace and social opportunities to ask good questions and make conversation flow. And we’ll  look at how to avoid asking for too much too soon… or too little too late as you build relationships, extend and diversify your network and explore new opportunities.

The WE16 Opening Keynote with Luann Pendy is also available online. Dr. Luann Pendy, Senior Vice President of Global Quality at Medtronic, was the opening keynote speaker at WE16, SWE’s annual conference. In this podcast brought to you by SWE Advance, Dr. Pendy talks about her education, career, and how she strives to encourage other women to pursue careers in STEM. Dr. Pendy is the executive sponsor of Medtronic’s Women’s Network, which is a resource group creating and promoting opportunities for women in the workforce. She is also a member of the Leadership Council on Advancing Women at the Conference Board. In 2015, she was named one of the Top 50 Women of Influence in Technology by the National Diversity Council.

Finally, please be reminded that the Region E Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 26 at 12:45PM. All are welcome to attend!

See you all at WE17!

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SWE Region E Leadership Summit Recap

On September 23-24, 2017 SWE leaders from around Region E gathered in Allentown, PA for the annual Leadership Summit. Saturday morning began with an ice breaker activity where attendees played a Bingo-style game and the boxes were marked were engineering and SWE related characteristics (mechanical engineer, SWE lifetime member, section president, etc.). An overview of SWE’s Operations and Leadership were presented by Amanda Weissman, the Region Governor, before splitting into breakout groups. Section Presidents, Treasurers, Representatives and the Region Collegiate Team gathered separately to discuss matters specific to their roles before rejoining for lunch.

The afternoon included a series of updates from the Senate and Governance. Society Secretary and former Region E Governor (FY15), Alexis McKittrick, highlighted this year’s theme of “Always Connecting, Always Engineering” and discussed SWE’s strategic goals. Some information presented by our Region Senators, Gail Dyer, Alexis Wasserman and Dhanu Thiyagarajan, are summarized below:

  • There is a motion for senate to vote at WE17 for all collegiate members to become voting members of SWE. This means that we will now have a say regarding SWE elections and our leaders. This will come into effect immediately, so you may be voting as soon as this spring. More information will be conveyed from headquarters [HQ] about the election candidates and process as it approaches if the motion is passed through senate.
  • Regions will be dissolved at the end of this fiscal year. This means you will no longer have region collegiate representatives, senators or governors. Your section president’s main form of communication with SWE will be HQ and the leadership coaching committee [LCC]. Your day to day communication will not be changed and will remain with your specific collegiate section. There are still adjustments being made to this process, but more detailed information will be sent out later in the year with specific changes of HQ vs. LCC taking over specific responsibilities to cover section support exactly the same, if not more than currently existing. You can already contact them for support at This will also change the leadership pipeline, since region leadership will not be a gateway that collegiate can use to become more involved with societal SWE. SWE’s nominating committee will take into account collegiate experience to ensure all voices are heard within each committee. More information will also be conveyed regarding further leadership opportunities within SWE as a senator, part of a committee, etc. This will allow you get involved with societal SWE in a more direct manner and learn about the organization past your specific section. Region conferences will no longer exist and will be replaced by WE Locals.
  • If interested, please check out more information about the governance changes at Please email Region E Collegiate Senator, Dhanu Thiyagarajan at for more information or questions.”

Sunday morning wrapped up the Summit with Outreach updates, a Financial Report and Policies update from the Region Treasurer, Susan Best, and a Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) Module on Conflict Resolution, presented by Jayne Peterson and Cathleen Saunders.

Thank you to everyone who attended! We look forward to seeing everyone from the Region at WE17.


Group photo on Sunday


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WE17: Always Connecting, Always Engineering

We are only 41 days from the start of WE17, the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology! WE16 had 308 exhibitors and a record number of 11,724 attendees gather in Philadelphia, PA – let’s break this record!


Early bird registration ends Sunday, September 24, 2017! Registration is broken down into the following categories: exhibitor, professional, collegiate and virtual. Professional and collegiate members- be sure your FY18 membership is renewed for additional savings on registration. The full breakdown of fees can be found HERE and the link for online registration can be found HERE.

Travel and Housing

This year’s WE Conference will be held in Austin, TX. Check out the provided travel information and housing affiliated with WE17. There are plenty of hotels in the downtown Austin area that provide shuttle service to the Austin Convention Center as well as Uber and Lyft services.

Career Fair, Exhibitors and Events

This year, the career fair will be open longer than ever before. The full list of exhibitors can be found HERE and the schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Oct 26:

  • 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m (Opening Reception + Career Fair)

Friday, Oct 27:

  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Professionals Only)
  • 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Open to both Collegiates and Professionals)

Hospitality suites will take place after 8PM on Thursday and are hosted by companies such as Accenture, Dell and Boeing! All events (including workshops and talks) can be found on the conference planner online; a mobile app is also available for iPhone and Android and logging in with your Registration ID can allow synchronization of events (and their times/locations) you save online.

The Region E Meeting will be taking place on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 12:45-1:45PM in the Convention Center, Room 16A. Please join us as we will be discussing region governance updates!

In addition, there are many on site services available for conference attendees, such as child care and the resource center.


There are a number of volunteer opportunities available at WE17 to help with logistics, the career fair, registration and more! Spots are limited and are done on a first come, first serve basis. Volunteers may receive 50% off registration fees. For more details, click HERE.

Still have questions?

Check out the frequently asked questions and these SWE webinars for making the best out of your WE experience:

Hope to see you all in Austin!