SWE Staff Spotlight: Randy Freedman

Each month, the Society of Women Engineers puts the spotlight on one of our valued staff members. For November, we feature Randy Freedman.
SWE Staff Spotlight: Randy Freedman
SWE Staff Spotlight: Randy Freedman
Randy Freedman

Randy Freedman is the Director of Student Programs for the Society of Women Engineers. He has worked in the education space since 1994. Randy began his career as a public school teacher. He was the Regional Implementation Director for the Discovery Channel in their education division. Randy then served as the K-12 Solutions Director for Sallie Mae with the Upromise Schools fundraising program. In his current role, Randy is responsible for the success of SWE’s global K-12 outreach programs. Working in partnership with SWE leadership, he is responsible for the design and implementation of programs and resources for use by SWE members in K-12 outreach and SWENext programs. Randy is also the relationship manager for SWE’s partnerships with girl-serving organizations, teacher organizations, and other engineering societies.

Fun facts about Randy

I have always been a music fan and since the age of 14, a musician. I play guitar and a little piano and bass. My first job was working at a record store and I have an extensive rock and jazz record collection. So when I’m not playing records, I’m playing guitar. At my first Wow! That’s Engineering! Event in Boston, I watched as a shy middle school student changed from apprehensive to deeply involved in the projects. At the end of the event, she raised her hand and asked, "When is the next event like this?." We didn’t have a great answer, but her interest and continued involvement with SWE inspires my work.

Where do you live…did you grow up in the Chicagoland area?
I live in River Forest, IL….a small village just West of Oak Park.

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve received?
Anticipate the needs of others.

What is your favorite hobby/hobbies?
I love to play guitar, write songs and collect records.

What is your favorite place in the world?
Wherever I am… as long as I’m with family and friends.

Do you have any interesting or little-known facts about yourself?
My aunt is Sara Lee.

Favorite TV show?
Battlestar Galactica

Favorite movie?
Harold and Maude

If you could eat one thing the rest of your life what would it be?
Sushi

If you could sum up SWE in one word, what would it be?
Community

What was the inspiration that made you get into your field?
I have always wanted to make the world a better place so working in education was the path I chose.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
Seeing the direct positive impact our programs have on girls and working with some amazing SWE members.

Where can we find you on the weekends?
In Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, at a garage sale or working on a project with my kids.

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