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Leadership Coaching Committee Webinars Announced

SWE’s Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) is hosting a series of webinars to help leaders prepare for the new fiscal year.

Published On: June 2017

Plan for the New Fiscal Year With a Series of Webinars From the LCC
The Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) is hosting a series of webinars to help leaders prep for the new fiscal year. These summer webinars will cover the tools and skills you need to succeed in your role. Whether you are a Societal, Region, or Section leader or you hope to become one in the future,  we encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn from our Leadership Coaches.

Learn more about the webinars and how to register below.

Society Committee Chair Training
Date: July 18, 2017
Time: 8:30 pm Eastern/5:30 pm Pacific

Description:
Society Committee Chair Training is for Society committee chairs including taskforce chairs and coordinators; however all SWE members are encouraged to join and learn about these leadership roles and responsibilities. This training includes a brief, top level discussion on successfully leading a societal level group including SWE essentials, leader transitions, expectations, and resources. This training provides a forum for discussion regarding the Governance Update and how it affects committee chairs, coordinators, and taskforce chairs in FY18.

Please watch the FY17 Society Committee Chair Training webinar prior to participating in the training webinar this year! Penny Wirsing will be opening the webinar up for a Q&A session to ensure that all committee chairs, coordinators, and taskforce chairs fully understand the Governance Update and what it means for their respective groups.  If you have any questions regarding the Governance Update, the FY17 Society Committee Chair Training, or anything else SWE related, please email those to Penny Wirsing prior by July 15 to be included in the training discussion.

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Speaker: Penny Wirsing

Bio:
Penny Wirsing is currently an Environmental Manager for a refinery in Southern California and has been in the oil and gas industry for almost 30 years, holding a number of positions related to engineering and the environment around the country.  She earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, and MBA from the University of Washington.

Throughout her career, Penny has mentored young women within her company, in the local community, and at colleges and universities.  She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University College of Civil Engineering in 2015, and was honored as a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers in 2007.  She is SWE’s FY18 President-Elect and is also active in her community, serving on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards for several non-profit organizations.


Region Leadership Training
Date: July 20, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm Pacific/8:30 pm Eastern

Description: 
Region Leadership Training covers SWE essentials, governance, and the Region Council as well as Region leadership roles, expectations and resources. This presentation is geared towards Region Council Members, Section Representatives, the Region Collegiate Team, and volunteers at the Region level including Region committee members. This year’s training will dive deeper into the Governance Update and what it means for Region leaders in FY18!

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Speaker: Olivia LeBlanc

Bio:
Olivia LeBlanc works as a Technology Engineer at BASF Geismar, LA.  She is currently serving as the Senate Secretary and a Leadership Coach for Region C.  Olivia graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.  During her time at LSU, she held several section officer positions and was a member of the Region C Collegiate Team.  She joined LCC as a collegiate focused coach, working with various sections in Region C, and became a joint focused coach in FY17.  Olivia has been a SWE Senator, Strategic Initiatives Committee Chair, and Region C Secretary.  Olivia lives in Baton Rouge, LA and enjoys time with family, as well as fishing and playing sports.

Speaker: Andrea Clewley

Bio:
Andrea Clewley is currently the Region D governor and has served in a variety of positions in both Region D and sections.  She also is a member of the FY17 Governance Task Force and has been involved in governance work over the last two years.  Outside of SWE, Andrea is a Product Approval Manager for Tempur-Sealy.


GradSWE Information Session
Date: July 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm Pacific/8:30 pm Eastern

Description:
The GradSWE information session covers many different aspects of graduate student involvement in SWE sections. Topics include development and growth of graduate groups within SWE sections, how to attract and best utilize graduate students’ skills, and how to connect to the greater SWE community. This session provides the basic logistical information on being a graduate student in SWE and includes best practice sharing.

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Speaker: Heather Wiest

Bio:
Heather Wiest is currently an engineer for Blue Origin, a private rocket company, where she designs launch pad fluid systems.  Heather recently graduated from Purdue University with her PhD in Aerospace Engineering.  She also has a Master of Science in Engineering from Purdue and a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where she first joined SWE in 2007.  Heather has been a member of the Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) since FY12, served as Team Lead for the Region H leadership coaches from FY13 to FY16, and is currently the FY18 LCC Chair.

Speaker: Elizabeth Dryer

Bio:
Liz Dreyer is a PhD Student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI studying Electrical Engineering. Her research explores a novel class of optical phenomena called magneto-electric scattering. She seeks to determine and identify trends in magneto-electric scattering response in various materials for potential application in energy-conversion and integrated photonic devices. Liz graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2012. She has been actively involved in SWE since her freshman year in 2008 and most recently served as the FY17 Graduate Member Coordinator. When not involved in academic activities, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband, playing board games, and exploring the state of Michigan.


Professional Section Officer Training
Date: August 1, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm Pacific/8:30 pm Eastern

Description:
Professional Section Officer Training provides a timeline for the fiscal year and a SWE management overview in addition to discussing governance documents and procedures for the section, leadership roles, and responsibilities for section leaders. This module includes section best practices and information on where to access additional resources. This presentation is recommended for Professional Section Officers.

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Speaker: Elizabeth Hurley

Bio: 
Elizabeth Hurley is a Senior member of SWE. Elizabeth has had many leadership positions within the Society since joining as a professional member over 10 years ago. She has served as Region A Secretary, Region A Governor, and Deputy Director of Regions, amongst various other roles. Elizabeth has been an active member of several different Society committees including Awards, Curriculum, Membership, Teller’s, and the Leadership Coaching Committee. She has presented technical and professional development workshops and LCC modules at region conferences across the country and Annual Conferences.

Elizabeth has worked in the technology industry for over 15 years, excelling in numerous diverse roles. She has worked as a quality engineer, solutions engineer, tester, consultant, and technical trainer. She holds degrees in computer science, psychology, and communication from Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and attended graduate school at Penn State University.

Elizabeth lives in Rocklin, CA with her husband, Christian, and their Samoyed dog, Riley. In her free time, she enjoys reading, solving word puzzles, hiking, and exploring cities.


Collegiate Section Officer Training
Date: August 3, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm Pacific/8:30 pm Eastern

Description:
Collegiate Section Officer Training helps to introduce new officers or potential officers to the roles and responsibilities of the SWE officer positions in collegiate sections. It includes required report information, as well as resources for section officers at both the region and society levels. This module is also recommended to returning collegiate officers as a refresher of SWE requirements and the resources available to you.

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Speaker: Ishita Mandhan

Bio: Ishita Mandhan graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a BS in Computer Engineering and has been working as a Software Engineer since then. She has been actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers for 6+ years and currently serves as a treasurer, leadership coach and counselor. In her spare time, she likes to work on art projects and solve jigsaw puzzles.


Knowledge of SWE
Date: August 8, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm Pacific/8:30 pm Eastern

Description:
Knowledge of SWE provides an overview of the Society. It covers SWE’s mission and goals, history, organizational structure, governance, and membership benefits and opportunities. This presentation is geared towards both professional and collegiate members including SWE region and section leaders as well as SWE members who are interested in learning more about SWE at the society and region levels.

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Speaker: Sue Parsons

Bio:
Sue is a contracts director at CGI Federal Inc., where she manages contracts for the Defense Programs Business Unit in Fairfax, VA. She began her career in aerospace engineering, working for Douglas Aircraft Company and Northrop Grumman, and has spent the last 12 years in contracts management. She has a BS in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota and earned her MBA from California State University, Long Beach.

Sue is a Fellow and Life member of SWE. Since joining SWE in 1983, she has served in almost all officer positions at the local level, as secretary and deputy director at the region level, and was on the Editorial Board for the SWE magazine for seven years, three of them as chair.  She is a member of the Baltimore-Washington Section and serves as a Leadership Coach for Region E.

Speaker: Cassandra Zook

Bio:
Cassie graduated from Drexel University in 2011 with a bachelor’s in computer engineering and Penn State in 2014 with a master’s in systems engineering.  She is a systems engineer working for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division designing, installing, and maintaining steering control and navigation data distribution systems for naval vessels, primarily aircraft carriers.  Cassie has been active in SWE since her sophomore year in college and is currently a Section Representative and the Science Fair Coordinator for the Philadelphia Professional Section.


Personal Communication and Managing Effective Meetings
Date: August 15, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm Pacific/8:30 pm Eastern

Description:
Personal Communication and Managing Effective Meetings covers tactics for managing meetings, roles and responsibilities of meeting leaders and attendees, various methods of communication, and communication etiquette. The target audience includes both collegiate and professional members as well as section and Region leaders.

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Speaker: Leslie Griffiths

Bio:
Leslie Griffiths is a Senior Engineer at GLOBALFOUNDRIES in Essex Junction, Vermont. She has experience in Division Quality Management Systems, and currently works as a Quality Engineer in the Mask House, making reticles supporting semiconductor technologies. She is an officer in SWE North Country, as well as Region F Leadership Coaching Committee Lead and team member. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, exploring in their convertible and visiting family.

Speaker: Amanda Smith

Bio:
Amanda Smith is an Exploratory Research and Development Engineer at Boston Scientific. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. While at Iowa she was volunteer chair, conference chair, and Vice President of the UIowa section. She also participated in the SWE Collegiate Leadership Institute at WE15 in Nashville and attended all four Region H conferences during her undergrad. She is now a member of SWE Boston and serves as a SWE Region F Leadership Coach.

Sponsored by:
Brown – Executive Master