Webinar next week: Challenges for women talking in meetings


Webinar date and time: March 14th at 9 PM EST

This experience may be familiar to many women: After witnessing men speaking their minds all day, you offer one firm opinion and it immediately gets perceived as angry, rude, or hostile. As a result, women have often learned to preface their ideas with “I’m sorry, but..” and “Don’t you also think…” The language of women speaking in meetings is a delicate balance: being direct without being offensive, being accommodating yet strong, being passionate while not seeming emotional.  In this session, we will all share experiences and address the biases that have created this language and ways to overcome them.

Click here to sign up for the webinar!


Work-Life Balance Webinar NEXT WEEK

Hello SWE! Check out our upcoming webinar on Monday!

The Great Balancing Act: Reviewing Goals and Achieving Work Life Balance on Jan 23 at 7PM EST
This workshop on Work Life Balance is meant to help analyze how you currently distribute your time and determine if you use it effectively to work toward your main goals. We want to enable you to identify the imbalances in your life, and learn some techniques to reorganize and maximize your time to achieve your goals. The session will begin by having the participants write down their 3 main goals such as family, career, fitness, travel etc. Then we will ask them to quickly map out their current time expenditures to determine if where they spend their time truly matches their goals. The session will then discuss some tactics for building a more balanced life and ways to help achieve goals. The tactics that will be covered are: 1) Set specific goals with reminders to stay focused. 2) Organize your work and personal life in one place: plan ahead, keep important notes in a visible place.  3) Build in downtime and personal time. 4) Learn how to say no and establish boundaries for yourself: Most women in SWE tend to be the “Superwoman” type and even we need to be able to say no. 5) Communication is key: be upfront with your boss on your needs. 6) Don’t overwork and overstress yourself, sometimes the overtime isn’t worth it.

“Moving from perfection to action” Webinar

Check out this upcoming webinar tomorrow

Moving from perfection to action: learn to be “good enough”

12/15 webinar at 1pm ET/12pm CT

Do you spend too much time fine-tuning your work?  Do you feel guilty when you submit something that isn’t quite “good enough”? Do you hold yourself back from taking on the next role because you aren’t quite ready yet?  Our research shows that ambitious women are their worst enemies when it comes to promotions. Seeking perfection in everything we do is a key obstacle. Too often we are so focused on perfecting every tactical move and detail that we lose sight of what’s really important (and frankly, don’t have the time for it!). Although perfection is a noble goal, it typically does not help land a bigger office or a fatter paycheck. In this webinar, you will learn: 1) how to prioritize and set expectations to showcase your impact; and 2) how to recognize the trappings of perfectionism and choose how to add value strategically.

Archived Webinars


Here are some past webinars that you may find useful. Email Celine at celine.liong@gmail.com if you have any webinar topics you’d like to see!

Earn $100,000 to Fund your Engineering Education

School is expensive, but your engineering education and degree are well worth the investment! Scholarships and fellowships can be extremely helpful for a number of reasons. In this talk, I will share a handful of tips and tricks to help you earn money for school through engineering scholarships (provided by SWE and other organizations and companies) and graduate fellowships (like NSF and NDSEG). I’m here to share tips and tricks that I haven’t seen elsewhere that have worked well for me. This information can also be applied to school applications.


Career Planning for College Students: I Am About to Graduate – What on Earth Do I Do Now?

Whether you started career planning and job searching a year ago, a month ago or today, there are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling to land a job you enjoy. Number 1: Don’t Panic! It’s never too late to launch a thoughtful strategy designed to land you employment. Number 2: Know you are valuable in myriad industries and ecosystems. In this webinar, designed specifically for students who are still in school/early in their career, you will learn specific tasks you can do RIGHT NOW to get a job and advance in your career. You will emerge with a solid and strategic plan that you can adapt at any stage of your career, but is especially valuable for those who are about to graduate or finish their postdoc and haven’t lined up a position yet. And perhaps equally important, you will leave the webinar feeling more confident and excited about what your near (and far) future holds for you.

Conflict Management Skills for Women (3 Part Webinar Series): How to Practice Patience, Show Confidence & Get the Results You Really Want: Part 1

They Don’t Teach Corporate in College

  • This one-hour webinar will address the most critical aspects of twenty-something on-the-job behavior and communication, and will provide attendees with concrete strategies they can use immediately to succeed in a professional environment. Understand the importance of the professional persona – or the mature, competent face you project to the work world – and the first impression.
  • Learn the basics of communicating assertively and using verbal, nonverbal, and ecommunication vehicles in an effective manner.
    Master the essential steps for networking effectively and securing a mentor and/or sponsor in your organization.
  • Troubleshoot negative emotions that arise in the workplace, including anger, frustration, and hurt.

WE16 Webinars

WE16 is around the corner and there are webinars coming up to help you prepare. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced attendee, the following webinars offer great tips on how to navigate the conference.

WE16 Orientation Sept 14, 2016 @ 11AM CT (15-20 min)

  • Describe all the communication tools that WE16 is using to advertise conference programming and events.
  • List the special events happening at WE16 (keynotes, career fair, banquets, etc.) and the highlights for both collegiate and professional members.
  • Identify what to do before, during, and after the conference to make the most of their conference experience.

What Not to Wear – SWE Conference Edition Sept 21, 2016 @ 11AM CT (15-30 min)

  • Describe the appropriate dress code for events at WE16 and other professional events.
  • Name specific “Do’s and Don’ts” for professional attire.
  • Identify how to exude confidence in a professional setting.

Networking for Newbies Sept 28, 2016 @ 11AM CT (15-30 min)

  • Name the benefits/importance of networking.
  • Identify gaps in their network to focus on building.

Career Fair Savvy Oct 3, 2016 @ 11AM CT (30 min)

  • Improve your chances of having a successful career fair.
  • Create a plan to make the best use of your time.
  • Understand the opportunities that the career fair can offer.

Webinar Interest Survey

The grad leadership team would love to hear from you about webinar topics! Please fill out this survey to tell us what webinar topics you’d like to see presented this year. Forward to any friends and colleagues that may also be interested! Feel free to contact Celine (celine.liong@gmail.com) if you have any questions or would like to be speaker.

FY16 Highlights & Memories


It’s hard to believe that FY16 is coming to a close! It has been such an honor serving the Graduate Community as the SWE Graduate Community Graduate Member Coordinator over the past year, as the GMC-Elect during FY15, and as the Regional Conference Coordinator during FY14. SWE has been such a big part of my life ever since starting college nearly 10 years ago. My involvement in and the benefits I have received from SWE have evolved as I progressed through my undergrad and graduate careers and now as I move into my professional career. WE16’s theme definitely encapsulates how I view SWE – Life’s Variable: SWE’s Your Constant. I hope all of you have also seen many of the benefits that SWE offers you regardless of what life stage you find yourself in. Moreover, I hope you have found the Graduate Community to be a helpful resource.

My goal as Graduate Member Coordinator was to increase our grad student participation in SWE through an increased social media presence, increased annual and regional conference participation, and to reach out to those not already aware of the Graduate Community. To accomplish this increase in online participation, we first established the Social Media Coordinator role. We then created a Twitter and LinkedIn platform, and transitioned from a Facebook group to a page, so that Grad Community members could access information through whatever platform they prefer. We started the Grad Member/Group Spotlight to highlight the amazing things Grad Members and Grad SWE groups are accomplishing throughout the world. The Grad Community Newsletter is a recent establishment as well and provides Grad Community updates straight to your email inbox on a bi-weekly basis. Both the Spotlight and Newsletter pages are new to the Blog to keep records of all these great things. Also new to the blog are the Funding/Employment, FAQ, and Resource pages.

We had great participation at the annual conference in Nashville, TN this year and made many new friends at WE15 thanks to our Grad Community sign and constant posting on Facebook and Twitter. Many people found us for the keynotes, Celebrate SWE!, and other fun activities. Regional conferences were successful as well with many poster competitions being regular events and grad student friendly sessions being offered.

We’ve reached out to grad students who are not aware that they can be involved in SWE as graduate students through our Grad Region Points of Contact, as well as creating and promoting the Membership Toolkit items to collegiate and professional sections. Many of our graduate leadership team and Grad Region POCs spoke to their regions at Region Conferences this year to further get the message out about the Grad Community. At WE15, I spoke with Region Governors as well as the Counselors and Faculty Advisors to further spread the Grad Community message.

Well, those are lots of words. We’re engineers and scientists, how about some numbers to illustrate the impact we’ve had this year? Keep in mind: (1) we started with zero Twitter and LinkedIn followers, since we created both this year; and (2) we moved to a Facebook page, so all the likes are new. These numbers are as of 19 June 2016.

  • Twitter followers: 114
  • Twitter likes: 10
  • Tweets: 251
  • LinkedIn members: 88
  • Facebook: 329 likes
  • Facebook highest reach: 1408 (April 4, 2016)
  • Blog views so far in 2016: 5204
  • Blog visitors so far in 2016: 3028
  • 2016 Blog traffic set to surpass 2015 traffic (7853 views, 4232 visitors) and 2014 traffic as well (6284 views, 3285 visitors)
  • Email subscribers at the end of FY16: over 3000! An incredible increase from about 200 subscribers going backwards from FY15.

Wow! What a story those numbers tell! Thank you all for a fantastic year! Thank you to the FY16 fantastic Graduate Community Leadership Team – Liz Dreyer, GMC-Elect; Richelle Thomas, WE15 GPC; Rachel Unruh, WE16 GPC; Emily Hoffman, WE17 GPC; Allie Anderson, Social Media Coordinator; Judy Amanor-Boadu, Webinar Coordinator; Meisha Berg, Regional Conference Coordinator. They all did a fantastic job this year!

I leave you in the tremendously capable hands of Liz Dreyer. I have no doubt that she will continue this fantastic trend of increasing graduate student participation and expand on it even more during FY17!

Yours in SWE,

Katharine Gamble, FY16 SWE Graduate Member Coordinator