WE Local Conferences are approaching and first up is WE Local Baltimore!
Renee Oats, PhD, Civil Engineer & Educator, Baltimore-Washington Section and WE Local Baltimore, Marketing Subcommittee Liaison
Why are you attending WE Local Baltimore this year?
To network, network, network! I’m looking forward to obtaining great insight from engaging sessions and inspiring speakers along with continuous skill building.
Did you attend a WE Local last year? If so, why are you attending again this year and/or chose to serve on the LHC?
I attended WE Local in 2017. This year I wanted to give back and assist. I was excited about the opportunity to join in the LHC. I am also attending to connect with peers and enjoy the best of SWE in a more personalized small-scale setting.
Why did you want to get involved with the LHC? What has been the biggest impact so far?
I was excited about assisting in bringing students/professionals to WE Local Baltimore to experience a WE Local conference and the local host city – in this case Baltimore. I think one of the greatest impacts was to provide feedback on conference ideas and organization with SWE peers and staff. It's great being able to help behind the scenes to support a successful experience for all who plans to attend.
What are your tips for preparing for WE Local?
Be ready and/or open to meet new people. Prepare for the conference sessions/speakers/exhibitors by taking a look at the agenda and having your questions/discussion points ready to go during the limited conference time. And, enjoy the conference and all it has to offer including the city itself! Downtown Baltimore has great features to explore.
WE Local is a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) program that brings together participants in all stages of their collegiate and professional journey. WE Local offers networking, learning and outreach activities with businesses and fellow technical women who live or work in the area. This year SWE will host WE Local Baltimore in February 8-9, 2019. WE Local Baltimore will consist of educational workshops and engaging sessions to provide professional development opportunities designed specifically for women in engineering and technology.
WE Local Baltimore will include a DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge for High School Students, Collegiate Research Competitions, and Plenary Panels with Industry Leaders. Attendees will also have opportunities to meet with potential employers and connect with colleagues while honing their professional skills. There will be no shortage of professional development opportunities at WE Local Baltimore for engineers and technologists at all stages of their careers.
True to the WE Local motto "Meet Locally. Learn Socially," WE Local Baltimore aims to encourage you to reach your fullest potential as a woman engineer while having fun with friends and new professional connections. Known as the “City of Neighborhoods,” Baltimore offers a variety of lively pockets for people to explore, see and taste. Join in for the exciting event and register for WE Local Baltimore today!
For more than six decades, SWE has provided women engineers a unique place and voice within the industry. Our mission is to empower women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, influence the engineering professional image as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.
You do not want to miss this series of conferences as SWE aims to connect engineers around the globe through professional development workshops, inspirational speakers, career advancement sessions, networking opportunities, achievement recognition and outreach activities. Join us at WE Local Baltimore in February! Be sure to register and book your housing today. We look forward to seeing you there!