SWE's 2016 Online Event: April 15

Register now for SWE's Online Event: Success Redefined, Find Your Best Life and explore what it means to be a leader who is present in every situation.
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Register Now for SWE's 2016 Online Event: Success Redefined, Find Your Best Life

Jim Dethmer
Jim Dethmer

Keynote: Conscious Leadership with Jim Dethmer

We will explore what it means to be a leader who is present in every situation without being reactive. Participants will learn how to identify when they are triggered and reactive, see the costs of leading from fear and threat, and learn how to shift to leading from trust.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a personal understanding of their reactive pattern
  • Identify what leading from above and below the line look like
  • Recognize a shift from reactivity into presence

Jim Dethmer coaches leaders and helps individuals, groups, and organizations optimize their effectiveness. Potent and practical, he sees issues clearly and communicates next steps crisply. Jim works with Fortune 200 CEOs across all industries, and co-authored the book 'High Performing Investment Teams' to support his work with leading asset management organizations around the world.


Samantha Walravens
Samantha Walravens

Get a Life! Strategies for Achieving Healthier Work-life Integration with Samantha Walravens

Women today are admitting that the "have it all" mantra is making them feel overwhelmed, anxious and depressed. While there is no magic pill you can take to achieve the elusive "work-life balance," there are strategies that will help you actually enjoy the daily juggle of motherhood, marriage and career. This webinar will walk you through these strategies and offer inspiration and insights on what it means to be "successful" today--- a definition that doesn't include the words superwoman, supermom, or doing it all.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Access tools to achieve a healthier work-life balance
  • Recognize how to ask for what they need -- at home and at work.
  • Redefine what it means to be a "success" both personally and professionally-- and learn to live life on their own terms.

Samantha Walravens is a journalist and author who writes about women, career and work-life integration. She is the author of the NY Times acclaimed book, "TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood." She is working on a new book about women who are changing the face of technology called "Geek Girl Rising."


Nadia Bess
Nadia Bess

Feeling Over Scheduled and Overworked? Use These Tools to Manage Your Time with Nadia Bess

You want it all. Career. Family. Friends. SWE. With so many demands and so little time, it's hard to feel in control among the chaos. During this webinar, you will learn how to use a variety of new tools, programs, and apps to gain control of your time. We will teach you how to manage your daunting inbox and optimize your schedule using a variety of new services. Watch how your happiness increases as you begin to achieve the important goals in your life!

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify tools that will make you more effective at managing your time
  • Master how to use these tools to allow more success in your professional and personal life

Nadia Bess works for the Southern California Gas Company as a Senior Account Executive, helping large gas customers become more energy-efficient. She graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. She has served in a variety of positions within SWE, including Region Conference Co-Chair, Region Nominating Chair, Section President and Section Representative.


Work Life Balance for Everyone with Shannon Vittur

Work-Life Balance? Work-Life Integration? Work-Life Effectiveness? No matter what you call it, the topic is everywhere Š—– in the media, in professional books, and in any article on women in the workplace. Most of the focus outside of work centers on family demands, particularly as it relates to raising children. This leaves a Š—“forgottenŠ— segmentŠ—_the millions of people in the workforce who do not not have the daily demands of managing a family. However, work-life balance is just as important for individuals in this group Š—– it just may look a little different. In this session, we will discuss strategies and tactics to effectively manage your work and home life to make sure you achieve the balance that is appropriate for youŠ—_no matter what your situation.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Deploy tools and ideas to achieve greater work life satisfaction

Shannon M. Vittur is a Senior Program Manager at Medtronic in Memphis, TN, with 13 years of experience in product development and program management in the orthopaedic and spinal medical device industries. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has a passion for travel and photography with stops in 33 countries and counting.


Personal Strategic Planning: Applying Business Tools to your Personal Life with Denise Gray

Strategic planning tools are critical to long-term business success, but these same tools can be used to create personal success. In this session, you will discover how fundamental strategic business practices can become the perfect tools to achieve boundless success in your career and in your personal life. The experiences shared throughout this session will also serve as a reminder to enjoy the journey.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize the tools provided to clarify values, identify goals, and begin developing their personal and career plan
  • Evaluate, and track their progress

Denise Gray has more than 17 years of experience in project management. Her educational accomplishments include: ME in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, MBA focus in Agribusiness, BBA in Management Information Systems and a BS in Ag Business. Denise also holds a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.


Panel Discussion on Work-Life Balance

Early, mid and late career engineering women discuss what work-life balance means to them.