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When:DSWE_WhiskeyCake2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Where:
Meso Maya | Preston Forest
11909 Preston Rd, Suite 1426, Dallas, TX 75230
Food and drink available for purchase by the individual, view brunch menu here.

 

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.

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Our guest speaker for September’s professional development meeting was Alicia Morgan, Dallas SWE member and a 2016 Honoree of Women of Color in STEM K-12 Promotion of Education Award. After some networking and tasty food from Coffee House Cafe, Alicia presented her strategies for recognizing the value of our unique life and work stories and how to share those stories by networking with confidence and purpose. She delineated the differences between physical, human, and social capital we use to build relationships, credibility, and influence in our daily 14409677_1149955915062566_4685098093202471205_ointeractions with others. The session was highly interactive with plenty of opportunities for discussion and practicing extemporaneous story development. One great quote she shared was from comedian Steve Martin: when asked about his success, he said his strategy was to “be so good they can’t ignore you.” If you’ve spent time and effort becoming indispensable, it’s just as important to spend some time on learning how to communicate your value in quantifiable terms so that you’re rewarded for your efforts!

 

Thanks to Alicia and our Program Committee for another great professional development event! You can view the meeting handout here. Stay tuned for details on our October 18 meeting at Ericsson in Plano!

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square_Last year, Dallas SWE participated in North Texas Giving Day for the first time and raised $1,775! those donations helped us fund 3 high school senior scholarships, 4 collegiate SWE leader scholarships, and our award-winning outreach event series, Design Your World STEM Conference for Girls, which has been held twice a year since 2012. See the photo mosaics below highlighting these successes. THANK YOU to last year’s donors!

Dallas SWE also holds monthly professional development events for women engineers in our area, supports multiple outreach events hosted by local museums and schools, and develops mentoring relationships with collegiates at UT Dallas, SMU, UNT, and Collin College. We’re very excited to continue these programs but we want to do more! We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization so your donation is tax deductible.

Please consider donating to Dallas SWE TODAY for North Texas Giving Day! Thank you for your support!

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HTHHlogoOn September 15th, several members of Dallas SWE attended the third annual High Tech High Heels Friendraiser at the George W. Bush Presidential Center! It was an evening of networking and silent auctioning for various donated prizes, ending in an exciting live auction for the larger prize packages including vacations and weekend getaways. Proceeds fund grants to equity training programs for educators and outreach education programs for local girls and young women interested in careers in STEM fields. Generous donors gave tens of thousands of dollars in support of this worthy cause! Click here to learn more about High Tech High Heels.

Left to right: Stephanie Watts Butler (FY16 SWE Achievement Award recipient), Shelley Stracener (Dallas SWE FY17 President), Jennifer Vilbig (Dallas SWE FY13-14 President), Amber Scheurer (Dallas SWE FY17 Secretary), and Lynn Mortensen (Dallas SWE Scholarship Committee Chair).

Left to right: Stephanie Watts Butler (FY16 SWE Achievement Award recipient), Shelley Stracener (Dallas SWE FY17 President), Jennifer Vilbig (Dallas SWE FY13-14 President), Amber Scheurer (Dallas SWE FY17 Secretary), and Lynn Mortensen (Dallas SWE Scholarship Committee Chair).

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Dallas SWE Professional Development Event:

Your Story, Your Voice, Your Power

The presentation “Your Story, Your Voice and Your Power” by Alicia Morgan is all about mastering how to lead with value and attract opportunities with your brilliance.

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 5:30-8:30 PM

Where: Coffee House Cafe, 6150 Frankford Road, Dallas, TX 75252

Eventbrite - Dallas SWE September Professional Development Meeting

 

 

Other Organizations:


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The local Women in ASHRAE group (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) is hosting a networking event Wednesday, Sept 14!

When: September 14, 2016, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Maggiano’s North Park Dallas
Cost: Free

Women in ASHRAE promotes the retention of women in the built environment by encouraging opportunities for professional development, networking, and leadership. No matter your profession within the industry, you are encouraged to attend.

Click here for more info or to RSVP


High Tech High Heels FriendraiserHTHHlogo

The annual flagship event features a fantastic evening of cocktails, silent auction and networking. Proceeds will be invested back into programs that High-Tech High Heels supports, including equity training and STEM career workshops for educators, physics camps for high school girls and more.

When: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:00 pm

Where: George W. Bush Presidential Center

Click here to buy tickets – The deadline to purchase tickets is midnight Central time on Tuesday, September 13.


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When: October 1, 2016, 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Where: Parish Episcopal School, 410 Sigma Road, Dallas, TX 75244

Volunteers: 4-6 volunteers needed

Sign Up: Register at https://self-estem.eventbrite.com and email dallas.swe@gmail.com

Join Illuminate STEM, Women of AT&T, Society of Women Engineers and other corporations for a Saturday of fun activities & mentoring with STEM professionals.  Girls in grades 6th through 12th grade will participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics team projects.  Volunteers will help with checking in students, signing students up for SWENext, facilitating the team projects (training document will be sent before the event) and manning a Dallas SWE Information booth. See the flyer here.


Dallas Professional and Technology Diversity Career Fair

flyer-dallasWhen: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Embassy Suites Dallas Market Center

11:00am – 02:00pm – Open Networking & Recruiting

Casual ‘Open House’ environment with employer representatives recruiting onsite. Candidates are encouraged to bring résumés and search employers’ careers page to pre-apply to jobs of interest.

12:00pm – 02:00pm – NAPW Power Networking Event

Don’t miss this opportunity to make powerful connections that will energize your network! Hosted by Star Jones, President of National Association of Professional Women. This event is free to NAPW Members.

Click here for more info and to register

 

When:
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
5:30-8:30 PM

Where:
Coffee House Cafe
6150 Frankford Road, Dallas, TX 75252
Food and drink available for purchase by the individual

Eventbrite - Dallas SWE September Professional Development Meeting

Your Story, Your Voice, Your Power

Women in STEM face many challenges in having their voices heard and in being better advocates of their professional accomplishments. The confidence of many women in the field comes from gaining a better understanding of acquiring great communication skills. The communication skills are best enhanced through gaining influence in your field, being authentic and overcoming the imposter syndrome. The presentation “Your Story, Your Voice and Your Power” is all about mastering how to lead with value and attract opportunities with your brilliance.

Alicia Morgan

Alicia M. Morgan is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aerospace Science Engineering and New Mexico State University with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering with a Manufacturing Minor. Her professional engineering experience includes working at Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company and Raytheon. Alicia transitioned into the nonprofit sector in 2013 while receiving Nonprofit Management Certification from CNM Connect in Dallas.

Alicia Morgan works tirelessly to promote STEM in K-12 education.  She is the Lead Researcher for an online portal that introduces educational and career options in STEM for Dallas County Community College District. She provides information for the online portal about mentoring, internships, research experiences, part-time and full-time jobs, and extracurricular opportunities. As a Site Leader at Heart House, she facilitated learning centers for K-8th grade Dallas Independent School District students resulting in increased enrichment in STEAM/STEM education, social skills development and reading comprehension.  As the Advisory Board President of the Academies of Engineering and Biomedical Sciences at Bryan Adams High School, Dallas, Texas, she impacts “Project Lead the Way” programs, and National Academy Foundation (NAF) certification focusing on education, culture and achievement in the Academy through strategic planning. She takes the lead in monitoring and improving the performance of the Academic Advisory Board of community leaders, teachers, school administrators, and district staff for community partnerships.

Alicia is the 2016 Honoree of Women of Color in STEM K-12 Promotion of Education Award. The award honors exemplary commitment to enhancing the opportunities for minorities in technology careers through promotion of scientific and technical education programs. Nominee must be a manager of education programs or other staff member from private enterprise who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to enhancing the opportunities for minorities in technology careers through promotion of scientific and technical education programs.

 

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SelfeSTEM-FlyerSelf eSTEM

When: October 1, 2016, 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Where: Parish Episcopal School, 410 Sigma Road, Dallas, TX 75244

Volunteers: 4-6 volunteers needed

Sign Up: Register at https://self-estem.eventbrite.com and email dallas.swe@gmail.com

Description: Join Illuminate STEM, Women of AT&T, Society of Women Engineers and other corporations for a Saturday of fun activities & mentoring with STEM professionals.  Girls in grades 6th through 12th grade will participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics team projects.  Volunteers will help with checking in students, signing students up for SWENext, facilitating the team projects (training document will be sent before the event) and manning a Dallas SWE Information booth. See the flyer here.

Illuminate STEM promotes educational opportunities and mentoring in the fields of Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics for students in underrepresented communities grades K thru 12. Illuminate S.T.E.M. will develop curriculum and activities to ENCOURAGE, EMPOWER and ENABLE students to innovate the technical future of tomorrow. We are uniting with people of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities who share this same desire and want to help make dreams come true.


 

Design Your World – STEM Conference For Girls! – Save the Date!

DYWWhen: November 12, 2016

Where: Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150

Volunteers: All are welcome!

DescriptionSave the date for Dallas SWE’s signature outreach event! You can help inspire young girls on their path to a STEM career. Email designyourworld.swe@gmail.com for questions or to serve on the planning committee.

Stay tuned to our website, designyourworld.org, or our social media outlets facebook logo 4 Twitter_Logo_Hd_Png_03 for announcements.


 

I Can Be” Mentors with Girl Scouts of North Texas

When: September 10-December 3, 2016gsscoe

Where: STEM Center of Excellence,
Camp Whispering Cedars,
6010 Whispering Cedars Dr,
Dallas TX 75236

Volunteers: All are welcome!

Description from Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas:

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is excited to launch our Pilot Programs at the STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars– and we need your help! As part of our “I Can Be” initiative, we want girls to see and interact with experts from each program’s focus area. We want you to help us show girls they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

As an “I Can Be” Mentor, you’ll talk up your career, take pictures with girls, and be the role model she’ll always remember. You do not need to prepare anything- simply come and be the face of your career! Click here find out more details about what girls will be doing on a particular date listed below.

Not for you? Let us know if there is another way you’d like to be involved. Do you know someone else that might fit the bill? Please invite them to join us as an “I Can Be” Mentor!


 

Dallas SWE is collecting give-away items from companies to use for outreach events. If your company has logo items you could donate, please contact dallas.swe@gmail.com and let us know!

 


 

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It’s great to be a part of SWE Region C!

Last weekend, eight of your Dallas SWE leaders attended the SWE Region C FY17 Leadership Summit where 77 collegiates and professionals from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas enjoyed a day of networking, professional development, SWE business, and inspiration!

First we enjoyed Kelley Johnson’s presentation on envisioning our success and networking with purpose. We all made 10-year vision boards which was a great exercise to do together and learn more about each other. Later, John Orendorff from the United States Air Force spoke about the programs the Air Force is implementing to recruit and retain women engineers. He also asked us, “Who will you inspire?”

We also had the opportunity to present two of our four Annie Colaco collegiate SWE leader scholarship recipients with their certificates and checks. The awards were presented by Dallas SWE Executive Vice President Nandika D’Souza, Annie Colaco’s granddaughter, to Naomi Beltrand (Collin College and UTD) and Liberty Schmidt (UTA).

In the afternoon, SWE Region C Governor Hope Toole-Schwalls shared the latest information on SWE’s FY17 goals and Governance Update changes. Four of Region C’s Leadership Coaching Committee members shared three SWE LCC modules with us: Strategic Planning, Team-building, and Effective Meetings. Dallas SWE leaders put together a plan to engage our local multicultural diversity partners to better serve our own diverse membership. We’re very excited about what FY17 holds for Dallas SWE!

Stay tuned for an update on our upcoming events for the fall. We hope to see you at an event soon!

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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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