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Take Advantage of Our Career Enhancement Series Before WE17

CES workshops before WE17 are designed for: Emerging technical leaders; executives in industry, academia, or government; experienced technical professionals; seasoned technical leaders and managers.

Published On: September 2017

The Career Enhancement Series (CES) offers four high-quality, interactive professional sessions. They are taught by subject matter experts and designed to help participants develop expertise and hone their skillsets in a variety of subject areas. All four workshops are Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Austin, TX, the day before WE17 begins. WE17, the annual conference of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), is October 26-28 at the Austin Convention Center (ACC).

CES workshops are designed for: Emerging technical leaders; executives in industry, academia, or government; experienced technical professionals; seasoned technical leaders and managers. These four-hour sessions will cover management strategy, leadership development, work/life balance, communication skills, and more. CES Sessions require an extra fee and attendance is limited, so register now.

Earn .4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with each CES workshop. SWE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  SWE complies with the ANSI IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices.  Because of this accreditation, SWE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

CES Workshops

Facing the Leadership Challenge: How to Unlock the Door to Opportunities, Influence, and Income

Date:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: ACC, Room 13
Speaker:  Lisa Marie Platske, CEO, Upside Thinking, Inc. (
Leadership is influence; nothing more and nothing less.  If you want to be successful, you’ve got to be a leader in your field — and you do that by increasing your influence.

By the end of the interactive workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Discover 7 powerful steps delivered with practical strategies (and a lot of humor) to be a recognized expert.
  • Leverage bigger opportunities by creating powerful partnerships (or risk failings);
  • Recognize how your personality can help and hinder your success (and what to do about it).
  • Identify how to position yourself (and how you better do it fast).

Speaker Bio:  Lisa Marie Platske creates high-performing, leaders, coaching women in business around the globe. An award-winning leadership expert and #1 international best-selling author, she uses her law enforcement journey to share what exceptional leaders do differently to seize untapped opportunities, why connection is the new currency, and how to position yourself as an expert in your industry. The founder of Design Your Destiny LIVE, she lives in Alexandria, VA with her loving and supportive husband, Jim and their two pet foxes.

Foundations of Public Speaking and Effective Presentations

Date:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: ACC, Room 14
Speaker:  Abigail Walsh, The Leader’s Institute LLC®

Are you satisfied with your public speaking skills and style? Do you know how to write a compelling presentation or speech? If you answered no to either of these questions, this CES is for you!  Learn techniques to help with public speaking nervousness (shaky hands, shaky voice, etc.) and become a poised and self-confident presenter. In addition, this CES will identify best practices for delivering focused world-class presentations in a memorable structure. And because we learn best by doing, this session provides the opportunity to write a short presentation and break into groups to practice your new skills.

By the end of the interactive workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize how to use the power of stories to make presentations more interesting
  • Identify how to be persuasive- A Simple Process to Help Persuade Any Audience
  • Explain how to write a world-class, compelling, speech in Minutes (Versus Days or Weeks).
  • Recognize how to use PowerPoint and visual aids (Lecture only)

Speaker Bio:  Abigail Walsh has a degree in Hospitality and spent 20 years in corporate leadership.  In each of her management roles, she built a reputation for being a turnaround specialist.  At Baylor Hospital, Abbie took her department from an under 20% patient satisfaction score to over 95% within her first year. As a result, she was appointed to the Patient Satisfaction Improvement Team for the hospital and awarded the Rose Award for service and excellence. Abbie is also the first franchise owner for The Leaders Institute and her energy and humor makes her an audience favorite.

Pivot Your Career:  Strategies for Planning, Designing, and Facilitating Your Own Second Act Success, Professionally and Personally.

Date:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:  1:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: ACC, Room 13
Speaker:  Alaina G. Levine

As a professional, you may have likely considered a career change at some point. Examples of potential pivots include transferring to upper management, pursuing a position in a new department, different organization, or new industry altogether, moving to a new location, or jumping into entrepreneurship. Whatever is your calling, if you want to pivot your professional life, how do you do so? In this workshop, we will delve into the techniques and strategies to identify the what, why, how, when, and where for pivoting your career and your life in a direction that make sense for you. Please note that this workshop will encourage confidentiality among participants, so we can be honest about our goals, needs, wants, opportunities, and choices, to pivot ourselves towards a path of true joy and success. Here’s to your triumphant Second Act!

By the end of the interactive workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize how to determine whether you want to pivot your career and where you want (and need!) to go next.
  • Identify how to design, launch, and facilitate your pivot plan, including a careful exit strategy from your current job.
  • Gain insight into your true goals, passions, needs, wants, and previously untapped talents, and identify, assess, and access the matching opportunities.

Speaker Bio:  Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur, career consultant, science journalist, professional speaker and corporate comedian. Her first book, Networking for Nerds, was published by Wiley in July 2015, and beat out Einstein (really!) for the honor of being named one of the Top 5 Books of 2015 by Physics Today Magazine. A prolific speaker and writer on career development and professional advancement for engineers and scientists and a currently career columnist for Physics Today and the American Physical Society’s APS News, and a regular contributor to

Caught Between a Rock and a Workplace

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: ACC, Room 14
Speaker:  Mary Miscisin, “Positively Mary”

Whether you are thriving at work and enjoy your job, or barely surviving and frustrated (or somewhere in between), there will always be a few rocks in your path, maybe even boulders. Instead of wishing they didn’t exist, learn to adjust your shock absorbers and realign your steering. So instead of spinning your wheels—stuck in a ditch of frustration, you can focus your energy towards more positive results. This upbeat, entertaining workshop provides immediately useful techniques to deal more effectively with everyday challenges wherever your road may lead.

By the end of the interactive workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify negative pressures at work and in life in general and compare or contrast them with positive producing conditions.
  • Assess your “hurriedness index” and discuss implications for your health, safety, and wellness.
  • Demonstrate communication skills for resolving disagreements and managing your emotions when you are upset.

Speaker:  Mary Miscisin “Positively Mary” is best known for her high energy and engaging style that makes learning easy and fun. Bundled with all that energy is an extensive background in health and wellness education, from her Master’s degree —combining psychology, communication and health education—to University instructor, certified practitioner of Neuro-linguistics, and over 28 years of facilitating employee wellness programs. Prepare yourself for an action-packed, get-involved adventure where you’ll discover successful ways to reduce stress and frustration—and increase your personal effectiveness.

CES Sessions require an extra fee and attendance is limited, so register now.

Price Per Class
Member:  $225 Early (before 9/25) or $250 Late (before 10/20)
Non-Member:  $340 Early (before 9/25)      $365 Late (before 10/20)

Special Discount for 2 Classes, Any Combination
Member:  $400 Early (before 9/25) or $450 Late (before 10/20)
Non-Member:  $630 Early (before 9/25) or $680 Late (before 10/20)

Sponsored by:
BP – My Achievements
Brown – Executive Master
SWE – Diverse Podcast