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Registration for SWE Region C Leadership Summit closes today!
August 27, 2016 in Grapevine, TX
Deadline to register is Monday, August 22nd

A SWE Leadership Summit is an opportunity for SWE Leaders and those interested in SWE Leadership to get training on how to successfully run sections and manage your SWE career! Led by Region C Leadership Coaches, it will be a great weekend of learning and networking with your fellow SWE leaders. See the Region C website to sign up.



WE16 registration is now open!

SWE’s annual Society conference is an empowering event of over 9,000 attendees, a huge career fair, an outreach event called “Invent It, Build It,” and hundreds of inspirational speakers from every industry, engineering discipline, and career stage. This year’s event is in Philadelphia, PA October 27-29.

Please plan to join us and let us know you’re coming, especially if you’re interested in sharing a hotel room to save on travel costs! You can also volunteer at least 4 hours to get 50% off the cost of registration. Visit the WE16 website for details and to register!



Join Our Leadership Team!

In Dallas SWE, we value our members and offer a number of leadership opportunities for you to give back to SWE, enhance your own leadership skill set, and connect with our  dynamic and diverse section officers.

Our Committees focus on:

  • Professional development program development
  • Fundraising and scholarships
  • Member recruitment
  • Communications (website, social media, etc)

No matter where your passions lie, we have a place for you to use them in our all-volunteer organization!

We’ve updated our Committee Descriptions for FY17 to include some guidance on responsibilities and potential time commitment. We are all busy professionals, so these opportunities are structured to fit busy schedules and our leadership team is empowered to help you succeed. Please consider helping make Dallas SWE a better organization for all our members and our local communities! Email us at dallas.swe@gmail.com to let us know where you can help.



Other Important Dates

  • Thursday, September 15 – High Tech High Heels Friendraiser:  Proceeds will be invested back into local programs including equity training and STEM career workshops for educators, physics camps for high school girls and more. Tickets available here.
  • Tuesday, September 20 – Dallas SWE General Meeting
  • Thursday, September 22 – North Texas Giving Day: Dallas SWE will once again be participating in North Texas Giving Day, see the website for more information and a link to donate. Square_

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We had a great turnout for our first Social Brunch of FY17! On Saturday, Aug 13, twenty-eight Dallas SWE members and friends gathered at Whiskey Cake in Plano for some great networking and delicious food! Whiskey Cake is known for sourcing ingredients locally as much as possible, and the quality definitely comes through in their food.

Attendees from as far away as Wylie, Grand Prairie, and Irving enjoyed getting to know each other better and learning more about what Dallas SWE has to offer. We are always pleased to see how diverse our attendees are in terms of engineering discipline, employer, and culture: there’s something for everyone in Dallas SWE! Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming events throughout the last half of 2016.

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The President of Dallas SWE, that is! Welcome to FY17, everyone. I am looking forward to an exciting year of events and service to our local communities. Our leadership team and I am passionate about communication: if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions for Dallas SWE, please email us at dallas.swe@gmail.com or contact us via Facebook or Twitter. We want to interact with you!

If you’re new to Dallas SWE, we participate in a variety of activities each year, all of which we will post to this blog and our Google calendar (list in the right sidebar). We’ll send out bimonthly emails to highlight upcoming events, so subscribe to our mailing list (to the right) or follow us on social media. Here’s a sample of what we have to offer you this year:

  • Monthly professional development meetings which are generally held on the third Tuesday evening of each month. These include some time for networking and a guest speaker, local industry tour, or SWE webinar about how to make the most of your engineering career. You don’t have to be a SWE member to attend, but members will always attend for free!
  • Social brunches are held every two months and offer a time of additional networking without a formal program or speaker. These are open to all, with food and drink available for purchase by the individual.
  • Joint events with other local diversity organizations including the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
  • We have two large outreach events each year, Design Your World conferences in the fall and spring. We also attend several smaller events throughout the year so keep an eye out for your opportunity to give back to K-12 students in our local communities!
  • We’ll also remind you about events not hosted by Dallas SWE but by other levels of SWE (Region C and Society events) or our local STEM partners. We hope you’ll find those useful!

If you’re not a member of SWE but would like to become one, the cost is an affordable $100 per year. A portion of your dues come back to our not-for-profit Dallas section to support the events and scholarships we sponsor. You’ll also get access to SWE’s extensive library of recorded webinars, their online career center, discounted registration fees for Region and Society conferences, an untold number of leadership opportunities to grow personally and professionally, and you’ll be a part of the largest network of women engineers (over 35,000 members!). Visit the Society of Women Engineers website and click “Membership” to find out more about the benefits and to join.

I have been a SWE member since my sophomore year of college (14 years!) and find the most value in the conferences and in the mentors and friends I’ve met in SWE (my “SWEsters”) from every industry, engineering discipline, ethnicity, and career stage. This is especially true in Dallas where we enjoy an exceptionally diverse membership numbering 250 and growing. Our leadership team is amazing as well! Check out our Officer & Committee Chair page for an introduction to them, and stay tuned for a web posting and email next week about how YOU can help us make Dallas SWE the best it can be this year!

Thanks again for your interest in Dallas SWE, and we hope to see you at an event soon!

Shelley Stracener
Dallas SWE FY17 President

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On Saturday, July 30 Dallas SWE was invited to have an information booth during the Girls Scouts of North Texas Intellectual Property (IP) Day held at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s Dallas Regional location in downtown Dallas.  Over 30 Girl Scouts from Cadette troops in the Dallas, TX area attended.  The scouts participated in a series of hands-on activities and presentations in order to explore the many ways in which inventors solve problems and use IP to protect their ideas and creations. After the activities and presentations, the scouts visited information booths from local law firms, corporations and organizations to learn how their organizations use IP to support innovation.  The scouts were given a “Passport to IP” with each local organizations logo. Volunteers from the organizations stamped each scout’s passport once she visited their booth.  The scouts were each given an IP patch for participating.  Dallas SWE volunteers provided the scouts with information regarding Engineering, the SWENext program and Design Your World conference.  Volunteers included Samica Norman, Elizabeth Haney and Kim Concillado. photos provided by Kim Concillado.

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Join Dallas SWE Members for networking and a delicious brunch! This is a great opportunity to invite a friend or coworker to get to know SWE and most importantly, have a fun brunch with other women engineers! You do not have to be a member to attend.

Dallas SWE August Social Brunch

When: Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at 10:30am
Where: Whiskey Cake, 3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093
Cost: Food and drink purchased by individual, see brunch menu here.

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Other Upcoming Events:

  • Registration for the SWE Region C Leadership Summit Aug 27, 2016 in Grapevine, TX is NOW OPEN! The deadline to register is Monday, August 22. This seminar is intended for those in or interested in SWE Leadership at the Section, Region, or National level, but all are welcome to attend. See the Region C website for details.
  • If you are interested in becoming a leader in Dallas SWE, view this list of committee descriptions and let us know where your passion lies at dallas.swe@gmail.com!
  • Dallas SWE will once again be participating in North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 22. See the website for more information and a link to donate.

 

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Cisco Systems in Richardson hosted a joint meeting between Dallas SWE, Women Advancing Technology Together (WATT), Cisco, and Ericsson on Tuesday, July 19th. The room was completely full of women from diverse industries and backgrounds leading to excellent networking opportunities and connections.

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After overviews and introductions of the organizations that made this joint event possible, the guest speaker Vidya Krishnan was introduced. Vidya, the head of Learning Services Ericsson, challenged attendees to consider if we have what it takes in takes in 2016 to unleash our full potential to realize our vision for 2020. Her talk, “Mission Z: Rogue Generation; Empowering Yourself with 2020 Vision” provided insightful and thought-provoking observations about the implications of our increasingly connected world and the companies that are breaking the mold. In addition she discussed the skills that we should strive for in ourselves and that we should look for in those we hire to our companies.

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Thank you to Sheri Jenkinson, founder of WATT, Ericsson, and Cisco for their contributions to this successful event. Thank you also to our guest speaker Vidya Krishnan for inspiring and challenging all of us!

 

 

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Moon Day 2016

 

Dallas and Fort Worth SWE sections teamed up to run activities at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for their annual Moon Day program. This annual event celebrates the anniversary of the first Moon landing. Jill Freer and Natalie White from Fort Worth SWE, Vaishnavi Mirapurkar from UTA SWE and Nandika D’Souza, Teri Cate, Terriekka Cardenas, Samica Norman and Zaineb Ahmad from Dallas SWE volunteered. There were over 1500 adults, boys, and girls who came to Moon Day. 40 boys and 52 girls stopped by the Dallas and Fort Worth booth and participated in activities from 10 through 4 pm. They picked between making a doorbell or a light. The doorbell option led to parents quickly calling for the value of a switch. They also worked with alternative switches ranging from magnetic non-contact options and dimmer switches. Girl Scout troop leaders were excited to learn about the Dallas SWE Design Your World Conference and opportunities to earn badges with them.

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Last month Dallas SWE ran two member appreciation drives and we’re excited to announce the results of our prize drawings today!

Wendy Wegner of Dallas won our SWE Polo Shirt drawing for filling out our FY16 Member Feedback Survey! We got a lot of great comments on on what we did well last year and suggestions on what we can improve upon in the future. We discussed those results during our Leadership Transition Meeting July 9 and used your responses to brainstorm about new programs and ways to serve our membership better. Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and congratulations, Wendy!

Tram Trinh of Frisco won the drawing for a $100 Visa gift card for renewing her SWE Membership before June 30! Tram is a relatively new member of SWE but has already contributed her time and effort as a K-12 outreach volunteer, Social Media Committee Chair, and now as a member of our Investment Committee making sure that Dallas SWE will be able to fund exciting programs and reward local students with annual scholarships for years to come. Congratulations Tram, and thank you for your valued service to Dallas SWE!

The prize drawings may be over, but it’s not too late for you to renew your SWE membership for FY17. Visit the Society of Women Engineers website and renew your membership today!

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Amazon Prime Day is today, July 12. We buy so much online, why not use Amazon Smile today and every day to support Dallas SWE while you shop?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Click here to select Dallas SWE
as your supported charity
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As one SWE fiscal year ends and another begins, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate our accomplishments, thank our leadership team for their hard work, and thank our loyal members who make Dallas SWE such a great organization! Check out our FY16 Year in Review Newsletter below!

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