SWE Announces WE Local Awards for FY19

WE Local Awards will include professional, collegiate, and group awards to recognize our SWE members, women engineers, and advocates.
FY19 WE Local Keynote Speaker Nominations Are Open

SWE Announces WE Local Awards for FY19In an effort to continue to recognize our SWE members, women engineers, advocates, and groups in conjunction with the new governance structure, SWE will be rolling out a new WE Local Awards program run the Society's Awards Committee in FY19.  This will include professional, collegiate, group, and optional awards, and will incorporate much of the flavor of the Society-level awards program.  The application period will open on August 1 and run until September 30. Recipients will then have the ability to choose at which WE Local they accept their award.

The professional award category includes five different awards ranging in experience level from early career through senior level, and the collegiate award category includes two different awards split between less than two years of SWE membership and more than two years. Similar to the mission awards, the group awards will be open to recognizing any group of Collegiate or Professional SWE members that support the mission of SWE.  This can include a SWE Section, SWE Affiliate (including community college affiliate groups and sections), Members at Large, Affinity Group, Corporate Employee Resource Group (ERG), or other group of SWE members.

There are a variety of WE Local optional awards as well, which will be up to the discretion of the Local Host Committee.  Many of these will not require any advance application, and some also include voting on-site by attendees! During the WE Achieve banquet at WE Local conferences, various milestones will be recognized as well, such as section and membership anniversaries.

A new WE Local Awards packet explaining the nomination process is available for download, and a training webinar for this new awards program will be held on August 9, register now.  An email will go out at the end of July with details to sign up for training.  Questions can be directed to awards-chair@swe.org.

Professional Awards

WE Local Legacy Award
The WE Local Legacy Award recognizes SWE members who have made a significant contribution(s) to the Society of Women Engineers at all levels of the Society and the engineering profession for at least fifteen (15) years.  A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually.  Only SWE Members are eligible for this award.

WE Local ELiTE (Emerging Leader in Technology & Engineering) Award
The WE Local ELiTE Award honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession and have ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of cumulative engineering experience.  A maximum of fifteen (15) awards may be presented annually.  Only SWE Members are eligible for this award.

WE Local New ELiTE (Emerging Leader in Technology & Engineering) Award
The WE Local New ELiTE Award honorswomen who have demonstrated outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in SWE and the community, in the first ten (10) years of their career.  A maximum of fifteen (15) awards may be presented annually.  Only SWE Members are eligible for this award.

WE Local Integrator Award
The WE Local Integrator Award honors individuals who have been instrumental in establishing a program for his or her organization to improve the ability of women engineers and other employees to integrate or balance work and family responsibilities.  In so doing, he or she has demonstrated recognition of the need for employees to integrate work, family and personal interests.  A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually.

Engaged Advocate Award
The Engaged Advocate Award honors individuals within the following categories who have contributed to the advancement or acceptance of women in engineering: K-12 Educator; Collegiate Educator/SWE Faculty Advisor/SWE Counselor; Entrepreneur; or STEM Professional. A maximum of twelve (12) awards may be presented annually.

Collegiate Awards

Guiding Star Award
The Guiding Star Award recognizes exceptional collegiate leaders with at least two (2) years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community.   A maximum of fifteen (15) awards will be presented annually.  Only SWE Collegiate Members are eligible for this award. 

Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award recognizes SWE collegiate members with less than 2 years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community.  A maximum of fifteen (15) awards will be presented annually.  Only SWE Collegiate Members are eligible for this award.

Group Awards

For the purpose of these awards, the term “SWE Group” as used in this packet is defined as any group of Collegiate or Professional SWE members that supports the SWE mission.  This can include a SWE Section, SWE Affiliate (including community college affiliate groups and sections), Members At Large, Affinity Group, Corporate Employee Resource Group (ERG), or other group of SWE members.

Outstanding Outreach Event Award
The Outstanding Outreach Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high quality outreach event to inspire future engineers.  A maximum of twelve (12) awards will be presented annually, two each to small, medium, and large professional sections or groups and two each to small, medium, and large collegiate sections or groups.

Outstanding Professional Development Event Award
The Outstanding Professional Development Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high quality professional development event to help women achieve their professional goals.  A maximum of twelve (12) awards will be presented annually, two each to small, medium, and large professional sections or groups and two each to small, medium, and large collegiate sections or groups.

Joint Professional/Collegiate Event Award
The Joint Professional/Collegiate Event Award is jointly bestowed upon a professional SWE Group and a Collegiate SWE group who have planned and implemented a joint SWE event between the two groups.  A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually.

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Partner Award
The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Partner Award recognizes groups that promote diversity and inclusion and shows commitment to SWE’s mission and goals. Nominees must fit one of the following categories: Diversity partner group (such as AISES, NSBE, SHPE, etc.); Employee Resource Group; and Small Company.  A maximum of twelve (12) awards may be presented annually.

Sustaining Benefactor Award
The Sustaining Benefactor Award recognizes organizations that have provided significant support to SWE members and/or a SWE group through either financial methods or through volunteerism.  A maximum of ten (10) awards may be presented annually.

Group Growth Award
The Group Growth Award recognizes SWE groups that have demonstrated exceptional membership growth over the past year.  No application process is necessary, as this award is determined based on SWE membership data.  This award only recognizes SWE Sections, Affiliates, and MAL groups.

Group Retention Award
The Group Retention Award recognizes SWE groups that have demonstrated exceptional membership retention over the past year.  No application process is necessary, as this award is determined based on SWE membership data.  This award only recognizes SWE Sections, Affiliates, and MAL groups.