SWE Member Irena Jovanovska is Always Engineering …Always Connecting
This year’s theme for WE17 is Always Connecting … Always Engineering. You cannot attend a WE conference without forming connections, and we know that engineering is more than just a profession … it’s a mindset and outlook that defines who you are and how you think.
So, in anticipation of the largest conference for women engineers, we’re asking our members how they’re Always Connecting and Always Engineering in their lives.
Concord, Electrical Engineering
“Practicing yoga doesn't only bring peace to my body and soul, but nourishes my brain as well. I practice yoga 3-5 times a week and when I do so, I often think about the energies that make yoga possible. Not only that, but the momentum and force which we embody through movement and breath as well. All this is studied in physics, which is the core for engineering, as yoga is the core to "engineering" yourself.”
More than 10,000 women engineers from all over the world will gather in Austin, Texas Oct. 26-28 to empower each other, learn and get inspired at WE17. Hosted by The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), WE17 is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering.
The gender gap in STEM fields remains wide across all specialties, and more females than males leave the engineering profession as their career grows. In fact, 30 percent of women leaving STEM fields cite workplace climate as the reason. Corporate culture, perception and other conscious and unconscious biases are preventing the gender gap from closing and are discouraging women from pursuing a successful future in STEM.