Atg Logo Vector

SWE Event Recap: Surviving and Thriving as a Woman Engineer

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, SWE hosted a truly inspirational event for women in engineering.
Swe Event Recap: Surviving And Thriving As A Woman Engineer

Thank you to SWE Member Christina Liu for providing this recap of SWE’s event “Surviving and Thriving as a Woman Engineer: Advocating for Yourself and Others.”

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted a truly inspirational women-in-engineering event, “Surviving and Thriving as a Woman Engineer: Advocating for Yourself and Others,” on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Vantage Venues in Toronto, Canada. The keynote speaker was Gail Golden, whose presentation was followed by a panel discussion featuring various industry professionals.

The female contribution is different than the male contribution; this difference should be embraced instead of shamed. For example, the meticulous attention to detail was apparent at this event: organized sign in, prepared materials, healthy snacks and lunch (even green smoothies!). The differences between male and female cognitive processes is especially evident in the male-dominated field of engineering.

The main discussion topics that were covered during this event included common difficult situations for women, stereotypes and unconscious biases, the value of mentorship and the strategy of managing energy instead of managing time. This workshop was pretty eye-opening to the various issues that women still face in this male-dominated field.

I walked away from this event with some new perspectives and a network of support and encouragement. Here are some helpful tips that I learned on how to promote powerful gestures:

  • Have a positive perspective of your own abilities
  • Practice emotional composure and respond calmly
  • Don’t verbalize statements as questions
  • Surround yourself with people who empower and inspire you
  • Keep your head the same height as everyone else (raise your seat at the meeting table, even if your feet dangle!)
References made during the presentation:
About the Author:

Swe Event Recap: Surviving And Thriving As A Woman EngineerChristina Liu, EIT, is a civil engineering graduate from the Western University currently working as an engineer-in-training at the City of London.



Related content:


  • SWE Blog

    SWE Blog provides up-to-date information and news about the Society and how our members are making a difference every day. You’ll find stories about SWE members, engineering, technology, and other STEM-related topics.