By Libby Taylor, FY19 SWE Deputy Director of Regions
In FY18, a task force was chartered to provide a recommendation for path forward of Region Leadership Summits in anticipation of permanent geographic boundary dissolution in alignment with the Governance Structure Implementation Plan <governance.swe.org>. Bench-marking was conducted during 2017 across all summits currently hosted by the Regions and feedback was collected to determine how to best meet the needs of SWE’s members, as well as current and future leaders.
Leadership Summit events will bring together both collegiate and professional SWE leaders to learn about SWE leadership roles and responsibilities, participate in a variety of professional development workshops, obtain networking opportunities and hear inspirational speakers.
The objectives of the summits include:
- Support, expand, and diversify the SWE leadership pipeline
- Increase training, involvement and engagement of volunteer leaders
- Develop SWE leaders using the SWE Leadership Competency Model
- Track member development through the Advance Learning Center 2.0
The task force developed three models for executing the summits in FY19. One solution integrates summits into our existing Annual Society Conference. A second solution is interactive virtual summits, where members will be encouraged to view as a team with their section/affiliate/MAL members (and gathering together locally). The final solution closely mirrors most of the current leadership summit models and is called a “Pop-Up” summit. This would be planned by a local host section and is the most flexible of all the models.
The proposal of the task force was approved by the Board of Directors on April 18. A sub-committee will be formed underneath the Society’s Curriculum Committee < https://alltogether.swe.org/2018/03/listen-and-learn-about-swe-committees/ > to execute the summits in FY19. The team will be launched in July 2018 and begin planning and developing a Fall Virtual Conference immediately, as well as planning for the WE18 Leadership Summit. The team will also liaise with the Leadership Coaching Committee to identify candidates to host pop-up summits throughout FY19.
An update has been made to the implementation of Leadership Summits in FY19. For FY19, the leadership summit sub-committee will focus on the efforts with planning the summits at WE18, Pop-up summits & virtual summits. WE Local Summits were removed from the model as WE Local’s model fulfills the same purpose & intent as the Leadership Summits. Our goal with the governance changes is to improve the volunteer experience, in this case we’d be creating a redundant process which could impact our volunteer pipeline and cause frustration.
Recognition goes to the task force team: Carol Bachman (LCC, Former Region C Governor), Valerie Bland (SWE Senior Manager of Professional Programs), Jenna Harpole (Former Region i Governor), Elisabeth Lahrman (Section President, Former Region G Senator), Melissa Plourde (LCC), Vanessa Velasco (SWE Manager, WE Local, Events & Marketing), Nicole Woon (Former Collegiate Director, WE Local LAB), Stephanie Yum (Region F Senator). Libby Taylor, Deputy Director of Regions, provided guidance and mentored the team through the process.
Nominations for this sub-committee are now closed. Thank to those members who have reached out with interest in serving in FY19. The Curriculum Committee leadership in collaboration with the Director of Professional Excellence and Director of Local Engagement will be selecting the team by June 30, 2018.