The summary this month is for the FY15 BOD 1 meeting that took place Aug. 15-16 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The BOD has an operational goal this year to review the options and develop a path forward for a structure that supports globalization and inclusion. We have decided to get help from an outside consultant who has experience helping organizations with these types of efforts. The effort will kick off in September and last twelve months.
Karen Horting spoke about international initiatives. These include:
- New international affiliates and ambassadors, as well as an update on the international member website.
- Three corporate roundtable discussions regarding Frankfurt, Germany; Pune, India; and Bangalore, India.
- Overall international strategy, specifically the prioritization of SWE countries and FY15 initiatives.
Association Guide to Going Global Book
Globalization: Some concerns have been raised about the need for globalization. Current engineering trends reveal an increase in the number of women engineers around the world. SWE wants to be the go-to resource for women engineers wherever they may be, as stated in our strategic plan. Our current partners have been asking how they can support their women engineers outside of the U.S., while women from around the world have requested SWE begin building communities of support. These are just some of the reasons why we are going global. Doing so will benefit all of our members, keeping SWE relevant as we progress into the future.
SWE Values Discussion
During each meeting in FY15, the BOD will discuss the SWE Values. Here is a synopsis of our discussion at BOD 1:
SWE Values: Inclusive Environment
- We embrace diversity in its broadest interpretation and commit to creating an inclusive environment for all our members and stakeholders. We value the contributions of a diverse membership, which enables SWE to achieve its full potential.
- In order to be an inclusive leader, one must keep five things in mind:
- Take risks (step outside of your comfort zone and try to meet new people from culturally diverse backgrounds).
- Be culturally aware (consciously pay attention to the culture around you).
- Actively listen.
- Separate members from stereotypes (not everyone will fit into the common mold).
- See cultural differences as assets (diversity of thought brings better solutions).
This discussion covered the strategy for new awards. The Strategic Awards Assessment Task Force in 2011 had previously identified some areas in need of improvement. A deeper dive in 2013 identified specific gaps in individual awards. As a result of this, a three-year plan was developed to introduce new awards. The first two, the Prism and Global Leadership awards, have been implemented and will be awarded at WE14. As part of SWE's 65th anniversary, the SWE Hall of Fame will launch in the 2015 spring issue of SWE Magazine. At WE15, SWE will introduce Mentoring and Engineering Advocate (SWE non member) awards. The specifications for the last two awards are currently being developed.
In preparation for the work on the FY16 strategic plan, the BOD reviewed the Strategic Performance Assessment (SPA) Matrix, plans for Annual Strategic Plan Review (ASPR) and the FY15 Scorecard. Colleen Layman led the discussion to ensure that these materials were ready for the SPA, which will be held just before WE14.
Next Steps with Curriculum Gaps
At BOD 4, Jessica Rannow presented the curriculum gaps the Curriculum Committee had identified. This discussion was a followup to those findings. Topics discussed included:
- Adapting current professional excellence content to better fit specific member groups.
- A method to submit potential webinar topics or speakers.
- Improvements in how professional excellence offerings are advertised.
- TEDx SWE presentations.
- Virtual rapid fire presentations, possibly to be held at Region Conferences.
- Utilizing the SWE Youtube channel.
- Conference publications to accompany presentations or other ways to recognize presenters.
- Conferences based on a certain topic, either virtually or in person.
The Outreach and Membership Committees have developed a policy to allow girls (ages 11-18) to affiliate with SWE.
- SWEnext affiliation will be implemented in September/October
- A link will be posted on the SWE website for girls to sign up to participate in SWEnext.
- SWE will provide content for SWEnext (mailings, webinars and club tools).
- SWEnext clubs: SWE has adopted a policy allowing SWEnext groups to form and affiliate with SWE.
- No section or region support or endorsement is required for a club to exist and affiliate as long as they meet the minimum criteria.
Toolkits are being developed to provide support for the SWEnext clubs. The toolkits will be issued in FY15/FY16.