WE18

WE18 offers hundreds of speakers, sessions, and events to help you break boundaries in your professional and personal life. Check out some of these highlights and get ready for SWE’s Annual Conference, the world’s largest for women in engineering and technology. WE18 is only a few days away and we are looking forward to seeing you there! If you haven't already, register now.

Speed Networking - Collegiate Leadership Institute
The Collegiate Leadership Institute (CLI) needs SWE Professional members for 45 minutes of speed networking! Help our future SWE leaders avoid networking stage fright by building their networking skills in a safe environment. (You may even pick up some networking tips yourself.) CLI provides custom programming to college students selected for their leadership potential. Participants attend sessions on how to engage in the workforce, tips on work/life balance, and best practices for interviewing and job hunting. Meet six CLI students in a facilitated networking experience. If interested, please register to volunteer by October 12. Participants will receive 25% off of WE19 conference registration if they participate.
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Hilton Minneapolis - Marquette III
Saturday, October 20

NEW! Leadership Summit (Pre-registration Required)
The Leadership Summit brings together SWE leaders and SWE members interested in furthering their SWE careers and participation. This event will give you the opportunity to discover ways in which SWE members can enhance their leadership development while providing support to the backbone of the organization. Register now in the Advance Learning Center.
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC), Room 200DE
Wednesday, October 17

Ice Cream Social & Giant Games
Kick off WE18 with our Welcome Ice Cream Social and play giant games including Connect Four, Jenga, Skee Ball, Checkers, and Scrabble. Karaoke will also be available with a DJ for our attendees looking to show off their musical talent, while having fun. This carnival atmosphere will encourage networking andr lively conversation.
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, MCC, Ballroom
Wednesday, October 17

WE18 Keynote Events
Our WE18 Keynote Speakers are: Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin; Kim Underhill, President of Kimberly-Clark Professional; and Cindy Kent, Former President & General Manager for the 3M Infection Prevention Division.

Opening Keynote Speaker Cindy Kent (Breakfast included)
8:30 am – 9:45 am, MCC, Main Auditorium
Thursday, October 18

Keynote Speaker Marillyn Hewson (Breakfast included)
8:30 am – 9:45 am, MCC, Main Auditorium
Friday, October 19

Celebrate SWE! Closing Keynote Speaker Kim Underhill (Ticket Required)
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, MCC, Ballroom (Dinner)
Saturday, October 20

WE18 Career Fair
More than 350 exhibitors from industry, government, academia, and nonprofit organizations will be meeting and interviewing engineering and technology candidates for jobs, educational opportunities, and internships.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (SWE members only)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (All registrants, including Career Fair only)
Thursday, October 18

9:30 am - 10:30 am (Professionals only - members and non-members)
10:30 am - 2:00 pm (SWE members only)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (All registrants, including Career Fair only)
Friday, October 19

WE18 Spark Center
Head to the SWE Spark Center at WE18 to be ignited and get excited about the Society of Women Engineers. Find information about SWE programs, events, and membership. SWE will be hosting live podcast recordings with featured speakers throughout the week. And, you’ll have a chance to leave your mark on WE18 forever by signing SWE’s Graffiti Wall. Stop by and get inspired, or just take a seat and connect with other SWE members. Thanks to our Spark Center sponsor Intel. Manicures are courtesy BASF, and personalized luggage tags are courtesy Chevron and IBM.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm, MCC, 1st Floor Lobby, Near Room 102
Thursday, October 18 - Saturday, October 20

Morning Yoga (Sign up Required)
Start your day off with a rejuvenating hour of yoga. Exercise your mind and body thoroughly at WE18 by participating in an hour-long morning yoga class. The classes are designed for all levels of yoga experience and guided by a certified fitness or yoga instructor. Only WE18 registrants may attend. They are available on a first come first served basis, but you must sign up to attend.  Please wear comfortable clothes, bring water, and plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of class. The entire class is just for us, so come meet other SWE members and start your weekend with a friendly exercise class! Yoga mats will be provided.
7:00 am - 8:00 am, MCC, Room 211AB
Thursday, October 18 - Saturday, October 20

Social Media Lounge
Get social with SWE! The Social Media Lounge was created to showcase and enhance SWE’s social media engagement, giving you the opportunity to plug-in, connect, and socialize. Take photos and videos of yourself and friends while interacting with others on SWE’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat and other social media. The WE18 Social Media Lounge is sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and Make it Happen! MSP
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, MCC, 200 Lobby
Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20

Rainbow Lounge
Access resources about LGBTQ issues and opportunities in science and engineering from organizations including PFLAG Straight for Equality and NOGLSTP in the Rainbow Lounge. Join us here to see an LGBTQ and Allies safe space in action. Pick up an LGBTQ/Ally support ribbon for your badge. Network over light refreshments to learn what other companies and institutions are doing in the LGBTQ inclusion space.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, MCC, Room 209
Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19

Plenary Panel: Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto: The Benefits (and Challenges) of Cognitive Technologies
Artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of cognitive technology continues to be a hot topic and will likely be for years to come. Our panelists will be asked about the current and future state of artificial intelligence and how it will augment, support, drive, and challenge human intelligence and existing economic models.
10:30 am – 11:45 am, MCC, Main Auditorium
Thursday, October 18

Plenary Panel: Start Me Up
How do we incubate and encourage more women entrepreneurs? There is a perpetual dearth of women starting their own companies and numbers seemingly never improve. This panel will consider how to encourage more women to start their own businesses in engineering and technology while also providing insight on how to remove barriers for women entrepreneurs, including funding challenges.
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm, MCC, Main Auditorium
Thursday, October 18

New! WE18 Apparel Store
For the first time in WE conference history, SWE will be making custom WE18 apparel available for purchase at the WE18 Apparel Store. Stop by to snag a T-shirt or hoodie with custom imagery representing WE18 and Minneapolis. Apparel will be printed and available on-demand and able to be worn immediately to your favorite WE18 event! The WE18 Apparel Store is located online and on the second floor of the convention center across from the social media lounge.
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, MCC, 2nd Floor Lobby, Near Room 203
Thursday, October 18 -  Saturday, October 20

Thursday Evening Company-Sponsored Hospitality Suites
(Open to all registrants, except where noted on WE18 mobile app)
Don’t miss this valuable and unique opportunity for job seekers to connect with companies outside of the WE18 Career Fair. Attendees can visit all suites, located throughout the Minneapolis Convention Center. Suites will have refreshments and fun. Be sure to introduce yourself and network at each suite. Access to hospitality suites is included with all full registrations.
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, MCC, Various locations on all levels
Thursday, October 18

Pathfinders Lounge
The Pathfinders Lounge is a place for seasoned engineers and retired members to socialize, network, renew old friendships, and discuss topics of general interest in an informal setting throughout the day. A message board will be provided for people to leave notes, and resource swaps are encouraged, such as books, tapes, seminar ideas, coaches, and more! First-time attendees and all members are encouraged to visit this lounge to meet with the seasoned leaders of SWE. And check out the special “Meet the SWE VIPs” event on Thursday. Programming will take place on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, and are geared to high-quality content appropriate for late-career and retired members. To view the individual sessions and speakers, please look for sessions labeled PATHFINDERS SESSIONS on the mobile app, pocket guide, and program book. A special thanks to Susan Best, P.E., F.SWE, retired transportation engineer, and Nora Lin, F.SWE, SWE past president, Northrop Grumman Corporation, for launching and leading the Pathfinders Program.
10:45 am – 5:00 pm MCC, Room 101E and 101FG
Thursday, October 18 – Friday, October 19

Plenary Panel: Staying AgileDeveloping Dynamic Teams
The concept of Agile methods first emerged in IT and many organizations currently use an Agile approach to software development. Within the last 5 years these methods have spread to other functional areas like product development, marketing, and learning and development. Some organizations were born agile, while more established organizations can struggle to transition from more traditional hierarchies to a more agile organizational model. This panel will focus on strategies for forming multidisciplinary agile teams that can spur greater innovation within engineering and technology.
10:30 am – 11:45 am, MCC, Main Auditorium
Friday, October 19

State of Women in Engineering
Join us for this comprehensive presentation to learn more about current research trends on the state of women in engineering. During this special event, you will hear from the SWE Literature Review authors as they frame the discussion and point to the current research landscape regarding data on women in engineering, gender bias, workplace culture, and more. We’ll examine SWE’s own research, including an overview of SWE’s latest study on gender bias in the engineering workplace in India. Laura Ettinger, Ph.D., will share findings from her research on the experiences of women engineers who graduated from college in the 1970s - a study that involved a number of SWE members. The recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,” will be discussed by the report’s co-author, Alice Merner Agogino, Ph.D. Speakers also include Peggy Layne, Peter Meiksins, and Roberta Rincon.
3:00 pm  – 4:30 pm, MCC, Main Auditorium
Friday, October 19

SWE Awards Reception and Banquet (Ticket Required)
This evening of networking and inspiration includes a vibrant reception, followed by a formal and elegant dinner. During the dinner, we will recognize the many achievements and contributions made by the recipients of the Society’s individual awards, including SWE’s highest honor, the Achievement Award, as well as the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award, the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award, the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, and others.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, MCC Seasons (reception), Ballroom AB (banquet)
Friday, October 19

Office Yoga
Taking a break to move and stretch helps to clear your mind and leaves you feeling ready to tackle the second half of your work day. Learn how to incorporate yoga throughout your work day as well as learning a short practice you can do in 20 min during a lunch break, in your work clothes.
10:15 am - 11:15 am, MCC, Room 101AB
Saturday, October 20

Plenary Panel: Breaking Boundaries
WE18’s theme, Let’s Break Boundaries, is about all women engineers, young and old, veterans, those in the early stages of their career or still in school, are breaking boundaries both personally and for women across the globe. To illustrate the power of this theme, we’ll hear from a distinguished panel of women who have blazed a trail within engineering and broken a few boundaries during their career.
8:30 am - 9:45 am, MCC, Main Auditorium
Saturday, October 20

Collegiate Welcome Lunch (No charge to Collegiates; pre-registration required)
Join this welcoming event, graciously sponsored by United Airlines. A warm and friendly family-style luncheon filled with fun and inspiration. Tickets are required for the lunch. To obtain a ticket, you must pre-register for the event. Tickets are usually not available on-site.
11:30 am – 12:45 pm, MCC, Ballroom AB
Thursday, October 18

Invent it. Build it.
This is a one-day event where girls are able to meet with women engineers, participate in hands-on engineering activities, and learn how they can pursue a future in engineering! Parents and teachers are also welcome. All attendees will spend the morning at the STEM EXPO, where they can learn about local engineering clubs, engineering camps, competitions, after-school programs, scholarships and more! In the afternoon they will divide up into three groups; the Middle School Girls Program, the Parent/Educator Program, and the High School Girls Program. Each program is designed to engage the audience in STEM activities and provide them with resources for girls who want to pursue a path in engineering and technology. Register before October 19.
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, MCC Lobby B, L100
Saturday, October 20