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!