Innovation and Inspiration at SWE Boutique
One of the most incredible things about the Society of Women Engineers is the comradery within the society. At WE15, everywhere you looked there were people helping people. Lifetime members mentoring young engineers; career fair exhibitors lending a helpful pathway for collegiates; professionals wealthy in their professions offering insight and advice.
One of our favorite hallways to walk down at WE15 was the SWE boutique where you’d find several SWE members selling branded merchandise and apparel. But, those profits weren’t going back into their pockets. They were being used to support growth within their sections and scholarships for future engineering leaders.
SWE Board of Trustees member Marge Inden says she’s worked for the past five years to support her SWE section, Region E, by fundraising with apparel and gift items donning the SWE logo. “The SWE conference is the best opportunity to sell these items,” Inden says. “We instilled this program to endow scholarships and every year we are successful in raising funds.”
The funds raised at their booth fund travel to conferences including WE15, local chapter events and outreach initiatives.
Also present at the SWE boutique was Sci Chic, a small business created by classmates and friends Emily Huber and Erin Winick of the University of Florida. The ladies were selling science inspired jewelry – each piece a reflection of a scientific topic such as the trajectory of the Apollo II mission and the phases of the moon. A portion of sales of the unique pieces were donated to SWE’s national scholarships program as well as their own personal outreach initiatives to educate future engineers on 3D printing.
Every year it’s refreshing to see the entire SWE community banding together to help one another out. We look forward to the creativity and charity we are sure to see next year!