It is time to identify and nominate potential candidates for FY20 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) officer positions, board of directors, senate leadership, board of trustees, senators, and chair-elects for the five standing committees. Please take some time to consider who you feel has the skills and qualifications to best lead the Society. You may submit a nomination for someone else or for yourself.
The Society nominating committee is charged with the responsibility for slating at least one qualified candidate for FY20 in each of the following positions:
- Director (2 positions)
- Trustee (3 positions, 3-year term)
- Speaker of the Senate
- Deputy Speaker of the Senate, 1-year term
- Senate Secretary, 1-year term
- Senators (7 positions, 3-year term)
- Collegiate Director
- Audit Committee Chair-Elect
- Bylaws Committee Chair-Elect
- Ethics Committee Chair-Elect
- Finance Committee Chair-Elect
- Nominating Committee Chair-Elect
All positions are for one nominee and for a 2-year commitment, except where noted.
At SWE, we acknowledge and respect the value of a diverse community. We recognize that the scope of diversity includes race/ethnicity, religion, family status, age, physical abilities, sexual and affectional orientation, actual or perceived gender, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status and occupational focus. Our society will maintain an environment that is supportive of these elements, and we will promote inclusion within our organization and the engineering community.
Nominated candidates are to reflect and embrace SWE’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values. The nominated candidates will be leading the Society to accomplish our Strategic Goals (Professional Excellence, Globalization, Advocacy, and Diversity & Inclusion). Nominated candidates should possess the five SWE leadership competencies:
- Self-Management and Development
- Business Acumen
- Coaching, Mentorship and Sponsorship
- Leadership Abilities
Visit here for a full description of the SWE Leadership Competency Model. The eligibility requirements and responsibilities for each of the SWE leadership positions that are being slated for FY20 can be found within the candidate consent and eligibility form.
In addition to the SWE leadership competencies, the FY20 candidates for the Officer and Board of Director positions should possess skills and experiences in the following areas:
- D&I: Promote diversity and demonstrate inclusive behavior
- Change management
- Financial reporting
- Team building and conflict resolution
- Communication and socialization skills
In addition to the SWE leadership competencies, the FY20 candidates for Trustee positions should possess skills and experiences in the following areas:
- Global economies and financial markets
- Evaluation of an investment portfolio
- Accounting and financial reporting
In addition to the SWE leadership competencies, the FY20 candidates for Senate positions should possess skills and experiences in the following areas:
- Strong and consistent verbal communication skills
- Ability to listen and distill large amounts of information
- Availability for the long-term commitment (3 year-term)
- Strategic planning experience and/or strategic thinking skills
- Leadership and change management
For the five standing committees (audit, bylaws, ethics, finance and nominating), the job description and skills desired for these chair-elect positions are listed under the committee leadership position descriptions.
While the Society Nominating Committee is responsible for ensuring that qualified candidates are slated for each position, it is the responsibility of all members to identify and bring forth qualified candidates for all of these roles to ensure strong leadership for the future of the organization. I look forward to receiving your recommendations.
Instructions for Nominations
- The deadline for submitting nominations is September 17, 2018 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
- A nomination form and candidate consent and eligibility form should be completed in full for each candidate nominated. Forms must be submitted online prior to the nomination deadline in order for the candidate to be considered. Instructions for completion of each form are provided within each document.
- If nominating more than one candidate, separate nomination forms and candidate consent and eligibility forms must be submitted for each candidate.
Additional Information for Nominators
- Information on candidate eligibility, duties of office and the Society nominating process can be found within the FY20 Candidate Consent Form Appendix or by contacting the Society nominating committee chair or one of the nominating committee members. The listing of the nominating committee members can be found at the bottom of this email.
- The information gathered during the Society nomination process is considered to be and is handled as highly confidential information and is not shared by committee members outside the committee. In order to preserve the integrity of the process, any questions or concerns about individual candidates that arise outside of the normal feedback process must be directed to the Society nominating committee chair. Please respect that committee members are duty-bound not to discuss with others information related to individual candidates.
- SWE members may not serve in more than one Society leadership position in a given fiscal year. The definition of a Society leadership position includes Society officers, board of directors, senate leadership, board of trustees, senator positions or standing committee positions.
- The nominator can submit the nomination form through the Smarter Select tool and will have to notify the nominee to complete the Consent and Eligibility form to fully complete the nomination.
- The nominator will receive an automated email notification when nomination is complete.
Additional Information for Nominees
- Once nominations close, eligibility will be verified and the nominee list will be submitted to the nominating committee.
- An email will be sent to each nominee to select a first and second choice time slot for a virtual interview with the nominating committee chair due by September 28. The interviews will be conducted between the dates of October 1 to October 7.
- A second request will be made to provide a photo, a SWE/ Service Resume and a Professional Resume by October 24.
- There is a specific SWE Policy on Campaigning and Endorsement of Candidates that can be found here.
FY19 Society Nominating Committee
- Andrea Karalus, Chair – Hartford Section
- Inaas Darrat, Chair-Elect – Houston Area Section
- Ashley Pietz – Santa Clara Valley Section
- Jan Williams – Central New Mexico Section
- Shelley Stracener – Dallas Section
- Jude Garzolini – Richmond Area Section
- Heather Bernardin – Philadelphia Section
- Karen Horton – Maine Section
- Jessica Rannow – Central Ohio Section
- Stacey DelVecchio – Central Illinois Section
- Sunita Lavin – Kansas City Section
- Kalyani Mallela – Pacific Northwest Section