SWE Staff Spotlight: Sinead Gaffney

Each month, the Society of Women Engineers puts the spotlight on one of our valued staff members. For April, we feature Sinead Gaffney.
SWE Staff Spotlight: Sinead Gaffney
SWE Staff Spotlight: Sinead Gaffney
Sinead Gaffney

Sinead Gaffney is a Specialist in Strategic Partnerships for the Society of Women Engineers. Prior to her start with SWE in September 2016, Sinead graduated from Creighton University in May 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in Legal Studies. During her time at Creighton, she held two internships: Client Relations Intern at an Omaha-based online matchmaking company and Administration Intern at the Omaha Congressional Office of Representative Brad Ashford.

Fun Facts about Sinead

Favorite sports team?
Born and raised a Manchester United fan, of course! Growing up, my family even named our dog after the team’s manager from 1986 – 2013, Sir Alex “Fergie” Ferguson.

Who is your role model and why?
This may be cliché (and more than one), but my parents are definitely my role models. Both Mom and Dad have out-of-this-world work ethics, and they have always emphasized the importance of passion and confidence in my work while maintaining a healthy balance with my life outside work. They have made numerous sacrifices to provide the best life for me and my three brothers and I find that incredibly admirable.

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve received?
Never stop being curious!

If you could sum up SWE in one word, what would it be?
Resourceful. It doesn’t matter at what stage of your career you may be at, there is always a resource to access and use to advance yourself.  

Favorite TV show?
If I need a funny and feel-good show, my go-to is Bob’s Burgers!  If I’m feeling ANY other mood, you can find me re-watching every season of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit for the millionth time. Olivia Benson is iconic.

Do you have any interesting or little-known facts about yourself?
It could probably be guessed by my name, but I’m first generation Irish!

Favorite band or type of music?
While my favorite artist is Van Morrison, my favorite genre of music is disco! Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, anyone??

If you could eat one thing the rest of your life what would it be?
I’m really putting myself out here for this – but DEFINITELY a chicken quesadilla from Taco Bell. There’s something about that quesadilla sauce that I have not been able to find in another similar food  joint.

Where can we find you on the weekends?
One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is drive around neighborhoods to look at the architecture and design of houses. Not that we have any experience in the field, but my boyfriend and I like to share our critiques like we are the HGTV experts.

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