This March, SWE is celebrating Women’s History Month! We will be sharing content each week under a different theme throughout March, including outreach, history, community and reflection. This week we have compiled a list of blog posts from All Together that celebrate and highlight how SWE members perform outreach in their communities and SWE programs.
There’s no denying that mentorship can offer plenty of benefits to both mentees and mentors and can be a transformative experience for both parties. However, how can women in STEM become mentors, and how can women just starting in STEM find a viable mentor? Let’s explore more about what mentorship in STEM means, the potential benefits of mentoring young women interested in STEM fields, and how female professionals in STEM fields can incorporate mentorship into their careers.
What are the challenges of being a woman in the engineering field? Well, the “most challenging part of being a woman engineer has always been feeling like I don’t necessarily belong,” says Laura Angell, the group lead (people manager) for the Quality and Continuous Improvement team at ASML, the world’s leading supplier and manufacturer of complex lithography machines. “I have spent years of my career being the only woman on the team, the only woman in the meeting and often not interacting with any women in any professional capacity.”
SWE’s Early Career Professionals Affinity Group (ECP AG) took over this special episode of Diverse, a SWE podcast, to celebrate National Mentoring Month. Former and current ECP AG Co-Leads, Amber Kreceman (she/her), Mahati Vavilala (she/her), and Marie-Pierre (MP) Delisle (she/her) sat down to chat about mentorship, sponsorship and creating an authentic and intentional personal Board of Directors.
On this episode of Diverse, guest host Lynda Grindstaff, Vice President at McAfee and active SWE member, sits down with Julie Castro Abrams, founder and CEO of How Women Lead! They have a conversation about How Women Lead, the meaning behind its credo and how SWE members can join.
Through SWE and with the help of Tapas Foundation, SWE Delhi Affiliate, India visited Government Sarvodya Bal Vidyala’ a public school in Matiala, New Delhi. The members from different corporate organizations, i.e. Ramboll, Bechtel, Keysight and Fluor, were greeted by 500+ girls students from 6,7,8th standards and had a mesmerizing interaction with them. When asked about their aspirations, many girls revealed they wanted to become engineers, teachers, and IAS officers and contribute to society.
Join us in commemorating all things outreach with the third annual issue of Celebrate SWE Outreach! For the FY22 fiscal year, the Special Publications Work Group revamped the Outreach and SWENext Committee pages to share everything our volunteers have been working on. You will find challenge winners, youth protection policy information, an Invent it. Build it. recap, SWENext initiatives, new webinars, event highlights, and more all in one place. On page 27, we interviewed Ritu Chakrawarty who is an exceptional role model. We hope you enjoy reading her story as much as we enjoyed writing it.
On June 29th, 2019, Philadelphia SWE held a joint outreach event with Drexel University SWE titled “Transition to College with Confidence.” Young women from grade 9 through incoming college freshman traveled to Pennoni’s Headquarters in Center City, Philadelphia for this day-long event. After an introduction from Dani Schroeder (Philadelphia VP of Outreach) and a “What is SWE?” Presentation from Maria Legato (Philadelphia SWE section president), attendees split for two separate programs: a student program and a parent educational program.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Affinity Groups (AG) are communities of individuals who share an identity, interests, and goals. These groups help build community, provide professional development opportunities, and empower and celebrate women from different paths of life.
The Mid-Career Professionals Affinity Group (AG) was formed to bridge the gap between the already established Early Career Professionals and Late Career and Retiree AGs for members in the 10-25 year range of career experience. The Mid-Career Professionals AG supports those who are established in their career and looking for support during transitions typically experienced at this stage of their career.
On March 22-23, 2023, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host a Congressional Outreach Event for paid FY23 SWE members to engage with United States elected officials and their staff in Washington, DC. This event will be held in-person and is limited to 150 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no virtual option to participate in the Spring 2023 Congressional Outreach Days. Interaction with elected officials at the United States Capitol and surrounding buildings is subject to congressionally mandated health and safety guidelines.
The purpose of the event was to inspire young girls and show the importance of STEM within their educational and professional life. By the end of the event, participants were able to gain a better understanding of different types of engineering and how it is all around us. They were also able to ask the college volunteers why they chose to be an engineer. The participants were so excited to show off their creations to each other and their parents. They wanted to show their friends how they made it and what else they could possibly do. They were able to see themselves in our shoes.
The Amateur Radio Digital Communications Foundation (ARDC) awarded SWE a $318,000 grant to provide scholarships, support leadership programming, and women of color research. ARDC’s aspirational goals are to broaden reach amongst underrepresented groups. In a historically male-dominated field of radio and digital communications technology, SWE and ARDC will help advance and raise the profile of diverse women in those fields. Ultimately, the goal is to inspire and attract women and girls to future careers in STEM fields and retain them in the profession.