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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.

Thanks to all of the volunteers that made this event possible!MoonDay2016_Group

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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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wattlogoThis month, our usual meeting with be a collaboration with Women Advancing Technology Together (WATT), Cisco, and Ericsson. Please join us!

The guest speaker will be Vidya Krishnan, Head of Learning Services Ericsson on the topic of workforce innovation and the up-and-coming “Generation Z.” See this Watt event flyer for more details.

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Networking starts at 5:30pmericssonlogo
Presentation will run 6pm – 7pm

Where: Cisco Systems
2300 East George Bush Hwy – Building 6 Richardson, TX, 75082ciscologo

Cost: FREE!

RSVP: Please register online through WATT’s Meetup link by Friday, July 15 so they can get an accurate head-count for room size and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

 


Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 16 – Moon Day at the Frontiers of Flight Museum: Dallas SWE will be at this celebration of the moon landing anniversary doing a circuit-building activity with attendees and their families. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email dallas.swe@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 30 – Girl Scout NETX Intellectual Property Day: Dallas SWE will attend this expo at the US Patent & Trademark Office in Dallas to introduce girls to some inspiring women engineers and advertise SWE’s K-12 program, SWE Next! We only need a few volunteers for this, so email us at dallas.swe@gmail.com if you’d like represent Dallas SWE.

Saturday, August 27 – SWE Region C Leadership Summit: If you’re interested in learning more about SWE leadership opportunities, please plan to join us at this year’s annual Region C Leadership Summit in Grapevine, TX. Stay tuned to the Region C website for details and a link to register, coming soon!

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On July 21, Dallas SWE members and friends met at the Coffee House Cafe to view some of the fantastic webinars available through SWE’s Advance Learning Center and discuss what we learned as a group!

We showed two webinars at this meeting that were originally a part of SWE’s 2016 Online Event: Success Redefined, Find Your Best Life. The first webinar highlighted strategies to identify and maximize activities that are life necessities and passions, while minimizing or outsourcing demotivating tasks. The second introduced some practical tools to organize and prioritize your emails, task lists, and projects.

“Work Life Balance for Everyone” with Shannon Vittur

Work-Life Balance? Work-Life Integration? Work-Life Effectiveness?  No matter what you call it, the topic is everywhere – in the media, in professional books, and in any article on women in the workplace.  Most of the focus outside of work centers on family demands, particularly as it relates to raising children.  This leaves a “forgotten” segment…the millions of people in the workforce who do not not have the daily demands of managing a family. However, work-life balance is just as important for individuals in this group – it just may look a little different.  In this session, we will discuss strategies and tactics to effectively manage your work and home life to make sure you achieve the balance that is appropriate for you…no matter what your situation. By the end of the session, participants will be able to deploy tools and ideas to achieve greater work life satisfaction.

“Feeling Over Scheduled and Overworked? Use These Tools to Manage Your Time” with Nadia Bess

You want it all. Career. Family. Friends. SWE. With so many demands and so little time, it’s hard to feel in control among the chaos.  During this webinar, you will learn how to use a variety of new tools, programs, and apps to gain control of your time.  We will teach you how to manage your daunting inbox and optimize your schedule using a variety of new services. Watch how your happiness increases as you begin to achieve the important goals in your life!By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify tools that will make you more effective at managing your time and master how to use these tools to allow more success in your professional and personal life.

In addition to some great small-group discussions on how we plan to implement new strategies in our own lives, each attendee was encourage to fill out a Values Assessment Worksheet to better focus their priorities and passions. The SWE Advance Learning Center has hundreds of live and recorded webinars on file, most of which are FREE to SWE Members! Visit www.swe.org to renew your membership for FY17 and check out these benefits and more while you’re there! If you renew by June 30 you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card!

At the end of our meeting, FY16 Dallas SWE President took a moment to thank the outgoing officers for our FY16 fiscal year and introduce the members of our FY17 leadership team in attendance.  She also reminded us to take the Dallas SWE FY16 feedback survey: we want to hear how we can serve our members better in the greater Dallas area! If you weren’t able to join us, you can view the meeting agenda here.

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Lockickballal NSBE and SHPE  leaders have invited Dallas SWE to join in on a kickball team for a tournament in Carrollton! This is a great easy chance to offer our members an opportunity to gather in a less formal environment and provide a family friendly, fun, adult sports team. Read below for details and instructions on how to join.

The Tournament runs from July 1 – July 16 and is $29.00 per player.
Format: 10 players on the field at a time, at least 4 of them must be women. Each team plays 3 games. The top team(s) out of each group advance to a single elimination playoff. The number of teams to advance depends on the number that enter the tournament.

Registration is open through June 30. Minimum age of 21 is required to play.

Please see the following link for more information:
http://lonestarssc.com/kickball-tournament

Fill out the the team Google form to sign up! 

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Your Dallas SWE Leadership team needs YOUR feedback on your experiences with us in the past fiscal year (July 2015 – June 2016). Please take a few short minutes to help us serve you better! In return, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free SWE polo shirt! Refer a friend to the survey for extra chances to win.

Click here to take the FY16 Dallas SWE Survey!

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