From March 14-15, 2018, over 160 SWE members and partners gathered in Washington, DC to advocate for a workforce that is diverse and inclusive of women engineers. After engaging in a training and issue briefing, engineers and partners in diversity met with offices of over 35 U.S. Senators and nearly 75 U.S. Members of Congress.
SWE Members who were unable to be present in DC remotely participated by sending letters and emails to their federally elected officials to support SWE’s advocacy in DC. In using the #
SWEAdvocacy hashtag on Twitter SWE members garnered over 40,000 impressions in a 24 hour period.
We are pleased to highlight some of the activities and SWE members who participated in our Congressional Outreach this year. Thank you all for being SWE Advocates!
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D – NJ) pauses with SWE members to take a selfie. Photo credit: Amanda Weissman. Della Cronin of Bose Washington Partners and James Brown of the STEM ED Coalition present on recent public policy issues that impact women in engineering. Honna George, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships, moderates a panel with Joeletta Patrick, Manager, Minority University Research and Education Project at NASA, and Dawn Tilbury, Assistant Director for the Directorate for Engineering at NSF, at SWE’s Congressional Outreach Training. SWE Member Jessica Deters practices a role-play exercise with Russell Armstrong, Assistant Vice President at Bose Washington Partners. SWE’s Senior Manager of Research, Roberta Rincon, provides an overview of recent research as it pertains to women in engineering. FY18 SWE President, Jonna Gerken, welcomes SWE members, guests, and legislative staff to SWE’s Congressional Outreach Reception in the Rayburn House Office Building. Legislative staff from the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) with SWE President-Elect Penny Wirsing and large SWE delegation from California. U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster (R – FL), an engineer, encourages female engineers to consider running for Congress and affirms the need for more women in STEM in his remarks to the SWE Congressional Reception. U.S. Congressman Raja Krisnamoorthi (D – IL) and Paul D. Tonko (D – NY) – both engineers – provide remarks at the Congressional reception and pose for a picture FY18 SWE President Jonna Gerken. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D- OH) with Anne Perusek, Director of Editorial and Publications at SWE, and Past President Jessica Rannow. SWE Members meet with congressional staff for Senator Chris Van Hollen (D- MD). U.S. Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R – IN) meets with SWE members and discusses STEM action items in Indiana. SWE Board of Directors Member, Heathery Doty, and fellow SWE member meet with staff of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (D- CO). FY18 SWE President, Jonna Gerken, with fellow SWE member and legislative staff from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D – CT). United States Capitol Building SWE Board of Directors Member, Karen Roth (left), with fellow SWE members and legislative staff from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). SWE members from SWE CPC Member Caterpillar pose together before departing for Congressional Outreach Visits. SWE Members meet with legislative staff for U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) to highlight the importance of women in engineering. FY18 President Jonna Gerken moderates a panel during SWE’s Congressional Outreach breakfast with representatives of three different Corporate Partnership Council organizations, listed left to right: Katie Hays, Manager, Federal & International Government Affairs Law and Public Policy, Global Government & Corporate Affairs Division, Caterpillar Inc., James S. Gigrich, Sr. Director, Government Relations & National Security Solutions, Keysight Technologies, Inc., and Stella B. Weidner, Director, Regulatory Affairs – Autonomous Systems Engineering, Boeing Commercial Aviation Safety. Della Cronin, SWE’s Washington Representative, with Paula Stenzler (SWE’s GRPP Coordinator), Dayna Johnson (SWE Board of Directors Member), and Linda Freeman (SWE Life Member) at a U.S. House hearing on funding for Space, Science and Technology. Prior to beginning of Congressional Outreach Training, SWE staff members Roberta Rincon, Troy Eller English, and Anne Perusek go with President Elect, Penny Wirsing, to view the SWE sponsored Women’s History Month Exhibit featuring four SWE Achievement Award recipients and NIHF Hall of Fame inductees.