Success at WE12!

20,108, 6,400, 582, 266, and 66 Add Up to Success at WE12!

WE12 in Houston ended just a number of days ago, and we finished with some exciting, record-setting numbers! What did “3 days of energy and a lifetime of opportunity” deliver? Here are the digits:

20,108: Represents the number of SWE members as of October 31, 2012.  That’s a 25 percent increase over this same time last year.

6,400: Represents the total number of attendees at the WE12 Annual Conference, November 8-10, 2012 in Houston, TX. The previous record was 5,995 set back in 2008.

582: Includes the number of students, parents and volunteers participating in the Invent it. Build it. event at the WE12 conference.   Invent It. Build It. is a hands-on engineering experience for middle school girls with a parallel program for parents and educators.

266: A record number of exhibitors participated in the WE12 Career Fair.  Thousands of students and professionals attended the career fair to learn about leading companies, government agencies and universities and career opportunities in all disciplines related to engineering.

66: SWE’s Corporate Partnership Council (CPC) expanded to its 66th member.  The CPC focuses on sharing best practices, addressing retention and advancement issues and partnering on diversity initiatives.

Throughout the three-day WE12 event which was pulsing with energy and high expectations, educational highlights included more than 295 world-class professional development presentations.  A new aspect for WE12 included more than 50 popular Lightning Talks, TED-style presentations whose objective was to give the audience a succinct 15 minute overview of an exciting project or research.

“We are thrilled with the amount of positive feedback we have received from attendees, sponsors and exhibitors alike,” said Betty Shanahan, SWE Executive Director and CEO.  “WE12 really exceeded our expectations. The professional development sessions were very well attended, the Career Fair was buzzing with energy, and the overall feeling of being a part of this unique community was overwhelmingly supportive.”

To see photos from WE12, visit our gallery and to submit your own photos that you snapped in Houston, go here.

Missed WE12? We missed you, too. But don’t miss WE13 which will be held October 24-26, 2013, in Baltimore, MD.