Registrations are Open for WE Locals. What to Expect in Your WE Local!

Did you know WE Local will travel to Baltimore, Tampa, St. Louis, Denver, and Bellevue in 2019? WE Local aims to bring together women in all stages of their collegiate and professional journey to experience the excitement, energy and learning environment of SWE’s professional and personal development events. WE Locals are the places for women in engineering to meet with like-minded individuals and become part of a network that is 40,000+ large. At WE Local, you could find your next life-long friend or mentor.

At WE Locals, women in engineering and technical fields as well as collegiate women studying engineering will have access to educational sessions, workshops and networking opportunities programmed to attract, educate and retain women in STEM. As a graduate student, don’t miss the opportunity to gain benefit in terms of networking, job opportunities, and professional connections during the WE Locals. Come and join with us for a WE local right next to you! Don’t hesitate to spread the word.

The career fair at WE Locals will feature engineering and technology organizations from the local area and surrounding region. Recruiters will be present to meet qualified job candidates and conduct interviews right onsite. Companies interested in recruiting at WE Local can download the prospectus for more information.

Register now for WE Local to Meet Locally, Learn Socially. Registration options include Premier Registration for access to the entire conference; Career Fair registration for access to the career fair only and Special Events Registration for access to the WE Achieve Awards Ceremony. Download WE Local Registration Rates for detailed registration instructions, including how to create a SWE Portal profile, click here. Due to compatibility, Firefox browser is not recommended for registration use.

Registration open for the upcoming WE Local 2019 conferences are:

WE Local Baltimore
February 8-9, 2019
Baltimore Convention Center

  • Early Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
  • Regular Registration Deadline:  January 25, 2019

WE Local Tampa
February 15-16, 2019
Tampa Convention Center

  • Early Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
  • Regular Registration Deadline:  February 1, 2019

WE Local St. Louis
March 1-2, 2019
Hilton at the Ballpark Downtown

  • Early Registration Deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Regular Registration Deadline: February 15, 2019

WE Local Denver
March 15-16, 2019
Renaissance Denver Stapleton

  • Early Registration Deadline: February 15, 2019
  • Regular Registration Deadline: March 1, 2019

WE Local Bellevue
April 5-6, 2019
Hilton Bellevue

  • Early Registration Deadline: March 8, 2019
  • Regular Registration Deadline: March 22, 2019

WE local conferences take place all over the world. Don’t forget to Register! For more information, visit welocal.swe.org. Questions about WE Local can be directed to welocal@swe.org. Come and join us for WE Local and know how it can help your future!

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Travel Grants to attend your WE Local!

WE Local Baltimore

WE Local is pleased to announce travel grants are available to attend WE Local Baltimore February 8-9, 2019. Applications for travel grants should be submitted by November 16, 2018. Travel grant benefits for FY19 include discounted registration and a WE Local awards banquet ticket. Professional or collegiate members are eligible to apply.

WE Local Baltimore will be an energetic conference rich with opportunities for networking, professional development, career advancement, comradery and recognition. We hope to see you at this exciting event! For consideration of assistance by means of a travel grant, click here.

WE Local Tampa

WE Local is pleased to announce travel grants are available to attend WE Local Tampa February 15-16, 2019. Applications for travel grants should be submitted by November 16, 2018. Travel grant benefits for FY19 include discounted registration and a WE Local awards banquet ticket. Professional or collegiate members are eligible to apply.

WE Local Tampa will be an energetic conference rich with opportunities for networking, professional development, career advancement, comradery and recognition. We hope to see you at this exciting event! For consideration of assistance by means of a travel grant, click here.

Practice your research talk and get feedback! Submit Abstract for the WE Local Collegiate Competition

Do you want to refine your ability to explain your research to other engineers? Want a chance to present your research at a SWE conference? Participate in WE Local Collegiate Competition. WE Local is now accepting online abstract submissions for the WE Local Collegiate Competition. Submit your abstract before the deadline of Friday, November 2, 2018. Questions about the WE Local Collegiate Competition can be directed to welocal@swe.org.

The WE Local Collegiate Competition is a great way to share your research with a broad technical audience who can offer support, insight, and constructive feedback. Finalists will be selected from the submitted abstracts for the collegiate competition and are required to compete onsite at a WE Local conference in all categories: poster, lightning talk, and face-to-face judging! Graduate students are highly encouraged to submit abstracts summarizing their graduate research, co-ops/internships or external research experience to the Graduate Collegiate Competition. This allows for students to learn and gain insight on their research, and to receive live responses and encouragement from judges. The judges will consist of professional members from academia, industry, and government within the STEM field.

As a Finalists of the WE Local Collegiate Competition, you will receive a $250 travel stipend and complimentary collegiate premier registration to compete in the technical poster competition at the conference site to which you applied.  You will also be recognized during the WE Achieve awards ceremony where three finalists from each category will be awarded first, second, and third place. Do you want to know more about what WE Local competition offers you as a Graduate Student? Read what one of the former WE Local Finalists had to say about it!

Don’t forget to enter the WE Local Collegiate Competition! Submit your abstract before the deadline of Friday, November 2, 2018.

Get recognized for your contribution to SWE. Apply for WE Local Awards!

Are you looking for ways for you or your collegiate/graduate group to be acknowledged for your contribution toward SWE? Do you consider yourself a remarkable individual who deserves recognition for your involvement with SWE community?

To recognize your efforts, WE Locals will offer a number of awards with much of the flavor of the Society-level awards program. The application period for WE Local Awards will run until September 30. Recipients will have the ability to choose at which WE Local they accept their award. Download the new WE Local Awards packet explaining the nomination process. Questions can be directed to awards-chair@swe.org.

Check out some of the awards you might be interested in here:

SWE Collegiate Member Awards

The Guiding Star Award recognizes exceptional collegiate leaders with at least two (2) years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community. A maximum of fifteen (15) awards will be presented annually.

The Rising Star Award recognizes SWE collegiate members with less than 2 years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community. A maximum of fifteen (15) awards will be presented annually.

Group Awards

GradSWE Groups can apply as an independent group or as part of their school’s section too! Any group of Collegiate or Professional SWE members that support the SWE mission are eligible for these awards. This can include a SWE Section, SWE Affiliate (including community college affiliate groups and sections), Members At Large, Affinity Group, Corporate Employee Resource Group (ERG), or other group of SWE members.

The Outstanding Outreach Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high-quality outreach event to inspire future engineers. A maximum of twelve (12) awards will be presented annually, two each to small, medium, and large professional sections or groups and two each to small, medium, and large collegiate sections or groups.

The Outstanding Professional Development Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high-quality professional development event to help women achieve their professional goals. A maximum of twelve (12) awards will be presented annually, two each to small, medium, and large professional sections or groups and two each to small, medium, and large collegiate sections or groups.

The Joint Professional/Collegiate Event Award is jointly bestowed upon a professional SWE Group and a Collegiate SWE group who have planned and implemented a joint SWE event between the two groups. A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually.

Please NOTE that, if you win a WE Local award, you are still eligible to apply for a SWE individual award in the same fiscal year (including a SWE award that corresponds to the same WE Local award). If you have previously won an individual SWE award, you are then ineligible to win the corresponding WE Local Award.

Get the recognition for your individual and group efforts! Let the WE Local conferences help celebrate your success and accomplishments. Apply for the WE Local Awards by September 30.

Be a WE Local Speaker, Deadline is Approaching!

Do you want to share your insights and expertise on a bigger platform? Do you have ideas for stimulating content ready? WE Local wants to hear from you! Become a speaker at one of SWE’s WE Local Conferences in 2019. Hundreds of attendees, including other graduate students and SWE members with advanced degrees, want to hear your visions about a variety of professional and personal development topics.

Call for Participation is open for all five 2019 WE Local conferences. Mark your calendars for SWE’s 2019 WE Local conferences at:

  • WE Local Baltimore, February 8-9, 2019
  • WE Local Tampa, February 15-16, 2019
  • WE Local St. Louis, March 1-2, 2019
  • WE Local Denver, March 15-16, 2019
  • WE Local Bellevue, April 5-6, 2019

Important Note: There is only *one* Call for Participation for all 2019 conferences. During the submission process, please indicate which conference you like to present at in preference order – you may select more than one conference.

WE Local is looking for speakers to share content for all career levels on everything from salary negotiation to social issues, finance management, mentorship, diversity and inclusion, academia, re-entry, retirement and more. Review the complete list of attendee desired content here.

The deadline for submitting a breakout session summary and abstract is quickly approaching, and we want to see content from graduate students! Apply by 11 August 2018 at 11:59 EST. Join us for the 2019 WE Local Conferences!

To Know about all exciting WE Local Awards, Register for a Webinar soon!

Have you heard about SWE’s new WE Local Awards program? This program includes awards for professional and collegiate SWE members, SWE groups (including sections, affiliates, affinity groups, employee resource groups and all other groups of SWE members) and employers.

This upcoming webinar will help attendees learn about the new WE Local awards program being implemented in FY19. It will include details about what awards are included in the new program, how to apply, and give information about the application deadlines and procedures.

Awards will be presented at WE Local conferences in early 2019. The application window for FY19 opens August 1, 2018 and ends September 30, 2018. If you want to know more about the WE Local Awards program and learn how to apply, sign up for the WE Local Awards training webinar on August 9 at 7:00 p.m. CT. Register Today! Don’t hesitate to spread the word.

 

WE Locals at Providence and Prague: Why should you attend?

WE local conferences are happening right now. Have a look on what WE Locals at Providence and Prague offer to you! WE Locals are designed with many session tracks and events that are geared to the Graduate Students. Here are some of the session highlights you can expect:

Session highlights of WE Local at Providence:

  • What is an academic career?
  • Finance Savvy: You and Your SWE Section
  • She’s on FIRE: A Woman’s Perspective on Financial Independence
  • Career Fair Readiness: How do you prepare?
  • Bridging the gap: Understanding the Multigenerational Workforce
  • Finding a Research Position as a Student
  • Finding and Creating Leadership Opportunities to Get Ahead in Your Career
  • Opportunities for Engineers to Help Solve the Government’s Toughest Challenges
  • HeForSWE: Advocating with Our Male Allies
  • Salary Negotiations: Because You’re Worth It!
  • Introduction to Adulting: Financial Tips
  • Think Out of the Box: Careers Your Engineering Degree Can Take You
  • Government vs. Industry – Engineering the Right Career
  • Does this company make my butt look big?
  • WE Local Symposium (at no additional cost) for the graduate students. More info can be found online: http://alltogether.swe.org/2018/04/attend-we-local-symposium-providence/.

Session highlights of WE Local at Prague:

  • My SWE Journey from a College Student to a Scholar in Academia: How I Implemented My SWE Experience into My Life as an Academic
  • Thriving in an Emerging Industry
  • Everyone can be a STEM Ambassador
  • Presenting Technical Content with Confidence
  • Working towards Inclusive STEM: Solving the Engineering Talent Dilemma
  • Bridging the Culture Gap

Last, but not the least, you will get the opportunity to meet with potential employers and connect with peers while building your skills through professional development workshops.

Registrations are open now. Don’t miss out — register for the WE Local today!

WE Local Providence
April 20-22, 2018, Register Before Friday, April 13

WE Local Prague
May 16-18, 2018, Registration: First Come, First Served.