In FY18, a task force was chartered by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to provide a recommendation for the path forward of Region Leadership Summits in anticipation of permanent geographic boundary dissolution in alignment with the Governance Structure Implementation Plan. Benchmarking 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 four models for executing the summits in FY19. Two solutions integrate summits into our existing Annual Society Conference and WE Local Conferences. A third 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 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.
We are seeking SWE members to be part of that team – ideally members who have helped plan previous leadership summits or region conferences and do not have a leadership role in FY19. If you are interested, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31, 2018.
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.