For Valentine’s Day, SWE members are recognizing their husbands and other loved ones for all of the support they give to help women engineers succeed. If you have a supportive significant other, please tell us all about it using the hashtag #VDay2017 and tag us @SWEtalk.
By Wendy Landwehr
My husband Marty Landwehr is a super SWE husband! He has supported my work with SWE since I became a member. Early on, he understood the importance of SWE K-12 Outreach programs because he knew what a long road it was for me to finally become an engineer. I always have told him he could have been an engineer; however, he spent 40 years working for his family business.
He is passionate about spreading the word about STEM, and we both support many activities. He is willing to help wherever he can. Several years ago we both attended SWE Congressional Visits in Washington DC and talked about STEM’s importance. As a Rotarian, he organized a STEM event for high school girls where I was one of the speakers.
Marty started attending SWE events when I became president of the Chicago Regional Section. He likes meeting all of the great people at our events and has found some good friendships over the years. Because of that, attending the society and regional conference has been important to him. He also enjoys participating in many of the sessions and tours.
The company I worked for has an annual luncheon for collegiates at the Society’s annual conference. The members of the women engineers ERG volunteer and talk about our company to the students during lunch. It is always so much fun. Marty is considered an honorary attendee and joins right in the conversation.
He always wants to travel with me when I have a SWE event out of town. Many times we are traveling to a part of the country we have not been to and turn that trip into a vacation. I like to think that part of the fun of going to a SWE event is the journey there. We try to make the most of it. It has been so rewarding to share my SWE journey with him.