Register for the WE16 Career Enhancement Series!

These four dynamic workshops with renowned speakers and experts are designed to help you maximize your potential as a professional engineer.
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WE16 - The World's Largest Conference for Women EngineersWE16 will help you work smarter, not harder, with our Career Enhancement Series (CES). These four dynamic workshops are designed to help you maximize your potential as a professional engineer and leader.

Register for CES now to take advantage of hands-on training from renowned speakers and experts. Workshops include:

Life in Balance: A Roadmap for Success

Learn how to handle stress in a healthy way for both professional and personal success.
Stress is a part of our everyday lives and learning to manage it in a healthy way is critical for both personal and professional success. Chronic stress has been linked to increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity and substance abuse. As health professionals, it is important for dental professionals to recognize the symptoms and the effects of stress on physical, psychological and professional well being. This highly informative and engaging presentation will provide participants with a review of the physiology of stress, the relevant scientific evidence, as well as practical tips for coping with chronic stress and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

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

  • Recognize the health consequences of chronic stress and identify strategies for stress reduction.
  • Identify key warning signs of substance abuse and where to go for professional help.
  • Describe the impact of poor sleep on health and performance and measures that can be used to improve sleep.
  • Be familiar with the signs and symptoms of depression and integrative strategies for treatment.
  • Identify the role of diet and exercise in the management of stress and prevention of chronic disease.

Project Management for the Rest of Us

Learn the four phases of project management and how to apply them to your projects.
Most of us are involved in project work in some form in our day to day work, but for the average professional, using formal project management tools and techniques would be like hiring an accounting firm to reconcile your bank statement against your checkbook register. They would do a fine job, but it really isn't necessary. In this workshop you will learn the "just enough" techniques to manage most projects you will encounter on the job.

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

  • Recognize what is and isn't a project
  • Identify and be able to apply the four project phases to projects you are responsible for
  • Learn to anticipate and deal with the risks that will derail most projects.

The workshop will cover the definition of a project and the four phases of project management:

  1. Initiate
  2. Plan
  3. Control
  4. Close

This highly interactive session will include facilitated discussion, group activities, and a comprehensive case study that allows participants to plan a small (fun) project from start to finish.

Participants will also receive a tool kit with reproducible worksheets and templates to use back on the job as they work through projects.

Building Your Value

Learn the five perspective shifts of strategic thinking and how to frame your accomplishments to showcase your skills.
In this workshop, participants move beyond the superficial "fake it ‘til you make it" advice and dig more deeply into understanding themselves and the foundation for building value.  Participants will learn how to frame their accomplishments in ways that showcase the value they bring to the business and build their skills in thinking more strategically. This session is particularly useful for women in engineering to help them transition into a stronger leadership position.

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

  • Learn the five perspectives shifts of strategic thinking (shift self perception, perspective of others, responsibility, leverage, the organization).
  • Practice skills around the five perspectives
  • Plan specific steps participants can take to become more strategic and increase their impact beyond the session

Creating a Culturally-Aligned Strategic Plan

Learn how to conduct strategic planning and assess organizational culture.
This experiential workshop will use a case study format to learn how to conduct strategic planning and to assess organizational culture. Participants will take away the knowledge and tools to create valuable and viable strategic plans and to identify cultural changes that will ensure culture doesn't eat strategy for breakfast. Participants will receive a pre-read package that includes a case study and an overview of tools.

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

  • Define mission, vision, culture and values, strategy, goals, and tactics
  • Describe the steps in developing a strategic plan
  • Be familiar with culture assessment and strategic planning tools and know when/how to apply them

CES workshops are discounted for SWE members. You’ll get additional discounts for purchasing two sessions at a time. Space is limited and workshops will fill up fast, so register now.