President's Message: January 2016

SWE's President Colleen Layman updates members on some of the organization's top projects so far this year.
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In this video, SWE's FY16 President Colleen Layman updates members on some of the organization's top projects so far this year.

Hi, I'm Colleen Layman, President of the Society of Women Engineers.

The new year is off to a busy start at SWE. We have a lot of projects we're working on, and I want to make sure you're kept up-to-date.

Our STEM Re-Entry Task Force is up and running.. helping women engineers who have taken a break get back into their technical careers. Two founding organizations are seeking Š—“return-to-workŠ— applicants for their paid internships for returning engineers. IBM's deadline to apply is January 31 and Booz Allen Hamilton's is Feb. 26. Visit reentry dot swe dot org for more details on the program.

It's also time to apply for SWE scholarships. Sophomores through graduate students have until February 15. Freshmen may begin applying on March 1.

SWE is launching a new Association Management System. We sent out a call for volunteers to help test the new AMS and more than 100 of you responded. We plan to have the new system functional this spring, with additional features and capabilities brought online during calendar year 2016.

We also are working on governance changes. There are subgroups made up of members working on seven focus areas. They are bylaws, board composition, committees, the nominating process, regions, sections and the Senate. These subgroups are designed to make sure members participate in the process and multiple viewpoints are represented. We're making governance changes to simplify the organization's structure so that SWE continues to grow and provide meaningful leadership opportunities to our members.

SWE is also conducting two studies. One will look at the workplace experiences of engineers. The other is a readership survey for SWE magazine. Please watch for emails about these studies and take the time to participate. And don't forget to check out the Winter Issue of SWE Magazine mailing this month.

Thanks for watching this video and please contact me if you have any comments or questions.

It's going to be another fantastic year for SWE!

Colleen Layman, P.E.

FY16 President

Society of Women Engineers