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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:

Fill out the the team Google form to sign up! 


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!


Now is the time to renew your SWE membership! Join or renew before June 30th and receive a $5 discount with coupon code ‘EBIRD’ and you’ll be entered into a Dallas SWE drawing for $100 gift card! That’s right, the drawing deadline has been extended. The winner will be announced by July 15th!

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June Upcoming Events

work-life-3Join us for this month’s meeting on the topic of Work Life Balance! We’ll be showcasing some of the excellent webinars available to SWE Members through the SWE Advance Learning Center and discussing the content presented in break-out groups.

We’ll show two webinars at this meeting that were a part of SWE’s 2016 Online Event: Success Redefined, Find Your Best Life.For more information and to let us know you’ll join us, click the RSVP button below!

When: Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Coffee House Cafe, 6150 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252
Cost: FREE to Register!
Food and drinks are available from the Coffee House Cafe for purchase by attendees. View their menu here.

Eventbrite - Dallas SWE June Professional Development Meeting

Other Upcoming Events

  • Now is the time to renew your SWE membership! Renew at swe.org before June 30th and receive a $5 discount with coupon code ‘EBIRD’. Renew before June 15th and you’ll be entered into a Dallas SWE drawing for $100 gift card! Winner will be announced on June 21st!
  • Volunteers are requested for Moon Day, Saturday, July 16th at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Please contact us at dallas.swe@gmail.com if you’re interested!
  • Save the Date for a SWE Region C Leadership Summit Saturday, August 27, hosted in the DFW area by our local Leadership Coaching Committee members! 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. Stay tuned to the SWE Region C website for details!

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The Dallas Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is delighted to announce the inaugural recipients of the Annie Colaço Scholarship for local college students.

The scholarship is named in honor of Annie Colaço (1899-1991), the grandmother to SWE lifetime member Nandika D’Souza. Annie Colaço epitomized selfless service and lifelong learning, which is reflected in the SWE mission. Each recipients personal achievements and leadership in SWE are impressive. With this scholarship Dallas SWE wants to encourage each recipient to continue to provide selfless service and leadership to their SWE sections.

  • Naomi Beltrand of Collin College
  • Nadia Rahman of the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Morgan Reiner of Southern Methodist University
  • Liberty Schmidt of the University of Texas at Arlington

The Dallas SWE section hopes that each recipient will join us at the upcoming Region C Leadership Summit that will be held on Saturday, August 27th in the DFW area. Dallas SWE is excited to recognize these outstanding SWE collegiate leaders and will encourage each recipient to continue to be a SWE member upon graduation. The Society of Women Engineers, founded in 1950, is a not-for- profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

There is no greater satisfaction than the feeling of success, of accomplishment, of completion, of having an impact. Dallas SWE hope that each recipient continues to look to the future, about the opportunity offered by success, and the responsibilities that success imposes. Dream! Imagine! Hope! Don’t fall short, because then you’ll never know what might have been.


Naomi Beltrand 

Beltrand Naomi photoNaomi is a sophomore at Collin College and expects to transfer to a four-year university for completion of a B.S. in Software Engineering. Naomi was the President of the Collin College SWE Section last year. She is recognized for creating lasting relationships with corporate sponsors and implementing expanded outreach and professional development programs for her section.



Nadia Rahman
Nadia Rahman 1Nadia is a freshman at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Nadia found a welcoming community in UTD SWE and became an officer during her second semester on campus! She’s being recognized for her volunteer efforts and enthusiasm to make her section the best that it can be!




Morgan Reiner
Morgan ReinerMorgan is a junior at Southern Methodist University where she expects to graduate with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Operations Research through the university’s (4+1) program in May 2017. Morgan was the Vice President of External Affairs of the SMU SWE section last year. She is being recognized for expanding SMU SWE’s outreach programs, specifically she applied for a SWE Program Development Grant to fund their partnership with Girls Inc.





Liberty Schmidt
Liberty SchmidtLiberty is a junior at the University of Texas at Arlington pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Liberty is being recognized for sustained service to SWE in the following leadership positions, President of the UTA SWE Section, SWE Future Leader and Region Collegiate Representative for Region C. Further, Liberty was elected to be the Region Collegiate Senator for Region C for next year.

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Voting concluded earlier this week and the Dallas SWE Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the FY17 Dallas SWE Executive Board! All elected officers will serve a one year term from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, except for our new Financial Advisory Committee member who will serve a three-year term ending June 30, 2019.

  • President – Shelley Stracener
  • Executive Vice President – Nandika D’Souza
  • Vice President of Membership – Zaineb Ahmad
  • Vice President of Outreach – Samica Norman
  • Secretary – Amber Scheurer
  • Section Representative (3 positions) – Barbara Read, Pamela Duffy, Amanda Posadas
  • Financial Advisory Committee – Tram Trinh (three year term)

Thank you to all the candidates for volunteering to serve as Dallas SWE leaders! Thank you also to all the outgoing officers, Dallas SWE would not be as enjoyable nor successful without their involvement!  Committee Chairs for FY17 will be appointed in the coming months: if you are interested in being a leader in Dallas SWE, view this list of committee descriptions and let us know where your passion lies at dallas.swe@gmail.com!


WineWe hope you marked your calendars for June 4! We’re going to socialize with our SWEsters in the Fort Worth SWE section and enjoy some wine, tapas, and ice cream!

When: Saturday, June 4 at 6:30pm

Where: Silver Dollar Winery
1937 Bedford Rd Suite C, Bedford TX 76021

Cost: No cost to register! Food and beverages are available for purchase by the individual. View their menu here.

Please RSVP!
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Our Region C turtle mascot, CeCe, loved the custom SWE cake!

Our mascot CeCe loved the custom SWE cake

Dallas SWE members take the cake!

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Dallas SWE members, along with the their friends and family, enjoyed an evening of fun at Main Event in Plano! Dallas SWE had so much to celebrate! While bowling and snacking, we celebrated our amazing membership and their accomplishments and contributions. We had two more successful Design Your World conferences this year, numerous professional development workshops and industry tours, and social events ranging from brunches to a basketball tournament. Special thanks to members and volunteers who make up our wonderful section and help make it great!

Bowling fun at Main Event!

Bowling fun at Main Event

All FY16 officers and committee chairs were recognized for their individual contributions to the success of Dallas SWE outreach, programming, and membership. The following individuals were recognized by Dallas SWE Section President, Barbara Read:

  • Distinguished New Engineer: Zaineb Ahmad
  • Distinguished Service: Barbara Vilbig
  • Outreach Mentor: Nandika DSouza
  • STEM Advocate: Lynn Mortensen

Thanks for another another great year for Dallas SWE!


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Dallas SWE is excited to award scholarships to three extraordinary high school seniors from the Dallas area – Shoshana Zhang, Catherine Gurecky and Ar’yea Nelson. Applicants were evaluated based on need, academics, community involvement, and their plans to become engineers.  Thanks to the Dallas SWE Scholarship Committee for taking the time to review a record number of applications! Congratulations to this year’s recipients: we wish you all the best!

Shoshana Zhang –  Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science

View More: http://dardenproduction.pass.us/shoshanaShoshana Zhang graduated from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) at the University of North Texas, a unique two-year program where high school students complete a rigorous academic curriculum of college coursework. Shoshana will attend Yale University in the fall where she plans to study biomedical engineering, biochemistry or computer engineering. Along with being a 2015 Siemens Regional Finalist and Chinese Institute of Engineering Youth Achiever Award Recipient, Shoshana has also co-authored research publications on chemistry and engineering topics. Outside of the lab, Shoshana served as the President of her school’s Student Council, President of the Artfelt Association and is a counselor at the Community Youth Leadership Camp.



Catherine Gurecky – Colleyville Heritage High School

Gurecky IMG_2623 copy (1)Catherine Gurecky will graduate in June from Colleyville Heritage High School where she has been designated an AP Scholar with Distinction.  Catherine will attend Cornell University where she will major in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Among Catherine’s honors and recognitions are Academic Community Scholar Ambassador, induction into the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.  She is also a 3 year member of the Colleyville Heritage varsity dance team where she has been selected Most Outstanding Junior Dancer and Most Outstanding Senior Dancer. Catherine enjoys volunteering at the local elementary school where she performs chemical demonstrations and raises enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Catherine also volunteers at the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas where she homogenizes, bottles, and pasteurizes donor human milk for premature infants. This volunteer experience solidified Catherine’s interest in chemical and biomolecular engineering.


Ar’yea Nelson – Allen High School

Ar'yea PictureAr’yea Nelson will graduate in June from Allen High School where she is a leader in the Robotics Club.  Ar’yea will attend Tarrant County Community College the following year before transferring to Texas Tech University where she will major in mechanical engineering. Both BEST and FIRST robotics have impacted Ar’yea’s desire to study engineering.  From Robotics Club treasurer to US FIRST qualifier co-event planner, Ar’yea has demonstrated both her leadership and engineering acumen. By volunteering and mentoring her peers and those junior to her, she is impacting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities at Allen High School, the Movement Teen Group at The Harvest Church and her many robotics activities. Ar’yea is hoping to use her engineering degree to develop devices to aide hearing loss and to identify concussions more quickly. She appreciates the many those who have inspired her to be an engineer and is committed to giving back her time to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

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