As the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) continues to adapt its programs and services to reach the widest variety of member demographics, it is important to include the experiences, perspectives and thoughts of all the membership. In support of this, the Senior Member Engagement Task Force has been established to provide recommendations on how the Society can ensure that the perspectives of long-time SWE members are included in Society activities. These women bring a wealth of knowledge, leadership skills, and mentoring capacity that can be utilized for ongoing Society efforts. It is key that this task force understands and evaluates current Society methods for engaging these members and recognizes what is working and what can be improved.
Our task force members will be providing a platform for the effective exchange of and advice on ideas for engaging seasoned professionals and long-time members within SWE. This task force’s objective is to be complete by September 2018, and the FY 2018 and 2019 goals are as follows:
- Finalize a research list and desired outcomes.
- Define senior member engagement.
- Complete research (focus groups and one-on-one conversations).
- Provide recommendations for increasing the number of experienced women professionals who choose to become and continue to be a member of SWE.
- Develop and report recommendations.
Task Force Members
Renée Eddy – Chair
Bernice Brody – Member
Charlotte Wagner – Member
Kathleen Buse – Member
Sue Parsons – LCC Representative
Larissa Schelkin – Membership Committee Representative
Fran Stuart – Senate Representative
Karen Horting – Headquarters Representative
Michele O’Shaughnessy – Board of Directors, Membership Initiatives