Join SWE Affinity Group Sessions or Meet-ups at WE18

SWE is a welcoming and inclusive organization with a wide variety of different special interest groups to engage our members and partners.

We recognize that diversity and intersectionality comes in many different forms and strive to ensure we provide open, safe, and accessible points of entry for all SWE members. Learn more about our Affinity Groups below along with special sessions that will be hosted during our Annual Conference, WE18, which will take place from October 18 – 20, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

Driving Innovation through Diversity
Thursday, October 18 from 10:15 to 11:15a | MCC L100HI

  • Today, product development teams are more global and diverse. Working with different cultures brings benefits of different points of view and perspectives. Research has found that diverse teams are more innovative. Organizations are becoming more intentional on building a global mindset in product development by building diverse teams. In this panel, we will review the benefits of diversity, how to create a global mindset in teams to build a culturally competent organization

Affinity Group Networking Lunch
Thursday, October 18 from 11:30am – 12:45pm

  • Must participate in Affinity Group events at Conference. For more details and to RSVP, go here. Confirmation with logistical details will be sent to attendees once they have registered. For more information, contact Michele O’Shaughnessy at

The Power of Interest Groups
Thursday, October 18 from 10:15am – 11:15am | MCC-L100HI

  • Self-organizing groups in organizations provide a platform for employees with similar interests to gather and share expertise and experiences. They provide the ‘oil’ in the organizational engine and culture. In this panel, we will review the benefits of interest groups and how organizations can support their efforts. Panelists will feature experiences from the Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Women in Government, and Global Engineers Affinity Groups within SWE.

Morning Networking with Affinity Groups
Special meet-up: Friday, October 19 from 7:15 am – 8:30am | Hen House Eatery, 114 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

  • If you are looking to “find your people”, come and network over yummy breakfast with other SWE Affinity Group members. Affinity Groups (AG) are groups of people linked by a common background, interest or purpose. We focus on creating community and helping provide career development opportunities. AG members are from all backgrounds and are located all over the world. We speak your language. We are excited to meet you Friday 10/19 from 7:15am-8:30am at Hen House Eatery (Just 4 blocks from the conference!). Space is limited to 30 people.
  • Please RSVP here.
  • Visit Hen House Eatery for menu and pricing information (This is a pay-your-own-way event).

What are SWE Affinity Groups?
SWE has various special-interest groups that are open to all who identify with the group or are allies to those within the group. To learn more about each group, you can view their Facebook Communities page below:

SWE African-American
SWE Latinos
SWE Native American
SWE LGBTQ And Allies
SWE Entrepreneurs
SWE Global Women Engineers
SWE Small Business
SWE Women in Government

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