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SWE President’s Message for May

SWE FY16 President Colleen Layman has an update on activities and initiatives for members of the Society of Women Engineers.
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WE Europe

Earlier this month, SWE hosted another successful WE Europe in Madrid. Attendance this year was double last year’s conference, and feedback about the content has been very positive.

Keren Elazari

Attendees especially liked keynote speaker Keren Elazari’s presentation. She is a former hacker turned cyber security expert who just released a book with seven co-authors about women in tech. We’ll be posting a video of her keynote speech on our blog, All Together, so you can see it as well.

WE India

Our inaugural WE India conference last month in Pune was also quite a success with more than 350 attendees.


Philadelphia is the site of WE16. More than two thousand of you asked to be notified when it’s time to sign up for the world’s largest conference of women engineers. Registration is open as of May 25. Go to to find all the information you need to know about housing, travel, events, exhibitors, and more. Register here.

WE Local

Starting next year, SWE will begin to host WE Local conferences. These events will have many of the same elements of our annual conference while retaining the local flavor of the area and introducing some new activities.

The two inaugural WE Local conferences are:

  • WE Local Pittsburgh February 17-19, 2017
  • WE Local San Jose February 24-26, 2017

Governance Update

We are also moving forward on SWE’s governance update. Several sub-groups have been working on the changes this year, and starting in FY17, a smaller group will be meeting to continue the work. You can visit to view videos and frequently-asked questions about this ongoing initiative.

Gold Circle Award

I’m also pleased to announce that SWE received a Gold Circle Award for Excellence in Global Rebranding from ASAE, the American Society of Association Executives. Our rebranding project took several years and involved many of you. We should all be proud of our new global identity including our new logo, which reflects SWE’s heritage but also has a modern look and feel.

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