The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) headed to Malaysia earlier this month as part of our global efforts to remain a resource for women in engineering wherever they are. We met with Keysight Technologies in Penang to talk about the company's employee resource group called KSWEEP or Keysight SWE Enterprise Program. Employee resource groups (ERGs) are an essential way to support the advancement of women in engineering. SWE works with many corporate partners to plan and execute ERGs.
SWE spent the afternoon hosting a workshop on unconscious bias featuring a panel discussion about how to be aware of our own biases and their influence. One element that impacts an organization’s ability to be inclusive is the pervasiveness of unconscious bias. It is so important for organizations and individuals to understand that unconscious bias exists and how it affects the decision-making process.
One of the fun things about being in Malaysia was seeing our name in the local press! Here is summary of how the day was covered and links to the news stories:
The article begins by emphasizing the need for the development of more women engineers in the world and the importances of partnering with SWE to strengthen the global network and bring more opportunities for development. It quotes SWE's Director of Fund Development Jennifer Scott as well as SWE members. It also discusses how the organization is an advocate for women, providing a platform for women to advance, especially in engineering. It ends with a summary of the event – how it is SWE’s first event in the Asian region and was attended by 100 participants from some of Malaysia’s well-established multinational corporations like Motorola Solutions, Intel, Dell, B.Braun, HP, Plexus, Jabil and others.
This article reports that SWE held its first event in Malaysia to share about the topic of unconscious bias and to recruit members. It highlights the benefits of diverse perspectives, skills and abilities to meet the world’s needs in the face of the rapid advancement of technology.