Did you know that you can build your workplace skills anytime, anywhere, with SWE's Advance Learning Center? SWE on-demand content is available on laptop and mobile, so you can learn at home, at work, with co-workers or on the go!
Access SWE professional development content to learn leadership skills, communication best practices and work-life balance - just to name a few topics. Check out some of the Advance's top on-demand web sessions, made possible with the generous support of our CPC and Heritage Club partners.
Sponsored by UCLA MFE
This experience may be familiar to many women: After witnessing men speaking their minds all day, you offer one firm opinion and it immediately gets perceived as angry, rude, or hostile. As a result, women have often learned to preface their ideas with "I'm sorry, but.." and "Don't you also think..." The language of women speaking in meetings is a delicate balance: being direct without being offensive, being accommodating yet strong, being passionate while not seeming emotional. In this session, we will all share experiences and address the biases that have created this language and ways to overcome them.
Sponsored by Honeywell
This workshop on work-life balance is meant to help analyze how you currently distribute your time and determine if you use it effectively to work toward your main goals. We want to enable you to identify the imbalances in your life and learn some techniques to reorganize and maximize your time to achieve your goals. The tactics that will be covered are: 1) Set specific goals with reminders to stay focused. 2) Organize your work and personal life in one place: plan ahead, keep important notes in a visible place. 3) Build in downtime and personal time. 4) Learn how to say no and establish boundaries for yourself: Most women in SWE tend to be the "Superwoman" type and even we need to be able to say no. 5) Communication is key: be upfront with your boss on your needs. 6) Don't overwork and overstress yourself, sometimes the overtime isn't worth it.
Sponsored by Southern Company
Gender bias falls into four distinct patterns. 1) Prove-it-again!: women have to provide more evidence of competence to be seen as equally competent; 2) Tightrope: Women have to behave in traditionally masculine ways (direct, commanding, ambitious) to be seen as go-getters—but women are expected to be feminine. Often women find themselves walking a tightrope between being seen as too feminine to be competent or too masculine to be likable. 3) Maternal wall: Motherhood triggers strong negative competence and commitment assumptions. 4) Tug of War: Gender bias fuels conflict among women, for example when women receive the message that there's room for only one woman at the top. My interviews with 127 women (over 60 of them in STEM) show how these biases play out in everyday workplace interactions—and the strategies successful women have used to navigate workplaces shaped by subtle bias.
Sponsored by Keysight
As a student of engineering, you have more career opportunities than you realize. The key to advancing in your career is being able to identify and articulate your unique value and problem-solving abilities to diverse decision-makers. In this webinar, we will address the unique skillset that you have mastered simply by pursuing a degree in engineering, and ways to communicate that value to influencers on your career path. We will discuss methods to best market yourself and amplify your brand (your promise of value) and your reputation. Don't ever undervalue and undersell yourself; you are an engineering powerhouse and should communicate as such!
Sponsored by UCLA MFE
Situational leadership is the perfect solution for a new manager or a highly seasoned manager. Techniques are based off the book Situational Leadership, which will enable a leader to gain respect, trust and communication almost immediately. After attending, participants should be able to walk away with examples of how to implement the theory of situational leadership. This talk takes the guessing out of leadership while demonstrating strategies of how to 'troubleshoot' staff. It focuses on productivity as well as fostering teamwork. This presentation is great for a new leader or to breathe new life into an already performing team.
Sponsored by Turner Construction
Research shows that women in STEM fields face some unique career challenges, but it also identifies strategies that can help them succeed. We will examine issues and solutions for managing implicit bias, effective communication and power and influence.