Being Social Media Savvy!

So much excitement is in the air with we17 just around the corner!

With that being said as Social Media Chair, I just wanted to share a few tips for being smart and savvy on your social media networks. As networking is a huge part of we17, there is great possibility that you can meet your future employers, business colleagues and intellectual collaborators. With our technology advancing world, you can be sure that many people will view your social media profile, posts, tweets, videos, pictures and more to learn as much as they can about you.  In this case, being aware of your social media presence or rather what it says about you is pretty important for building your brand and/or reputation.

So a few general tips in putting your best foot forward are as follows:

Convey your Aims/Interests
Your media outlets serve as representation of you and your interests, goals and personality.  Be sure what you want to show to future collaborators or colleagues are represented, you never know who is looking at your tweets, profile or posts. You can even have a friend or two browse over your profiles and websites to help give opinions on your material if your message comes across and even if it may or may not be appropriate.

Be Selective on Photos
You know there is a saying “A picture is worth 1000 words”, so be sure the best pictures are present conveying the best message you want representing you. Definitely enjoy life, but be cautious about what you share (in which this could also be a matter of understanding your privacy/sharing settings). In this digital world we live in, we can
be sure we are judged by the company we keep and what we post. Be visible, but you may not want to show everything (pun intended).  Be aware what the public sees can be interpreted as a reflection of you and your lifestyle.

Being active, showing well rounded personality/likability
If you have an account established, go ahead and use it! Be sure to highlight the good stuff in your life which can include academics such as those publications and research presentations as well as the not so academic such as that chorus performance or home run you hit out of the park. Enjoy your browsing and like or tag articles/posts or other things you agree with and/or support, but again be conscious that it can be interpreted as a representation of your beliefs/values.

These are just a few tips to get you started. There are many many more tips available out there and some sources can even provide specific feedback depending on which social media outlet is being used.  Be sure and do your homework, GradSWEsters!

Happy and Smart Posting! And for many of you, see you in Austin, TX!


Best Practices: GradSWE events

In this blog post, I will cover some of the best practices GradSWE sections or groups can follow and implement to have successful events. I will categorize this into two sections – type of events, and best practices or ideas or tips for engaging more graduate students.

Type of events

  • Industry-sponsored Lunch and Learn sessions with companies – Networking, Interview Skills, and Resume Review.
  • Professional sessions from Career Center – LinkedIn workshop, Life after grad school, Elevator pitches training.
  • Biweekly discussions about topics facing grad women in STEM such as presentation skills, communication, writing manuscripts/thesis/dissertation.
  • Mentorship Program/Panel – Undergraduate students learning from graduate students about conducting research, applying to graduate school, academic or research internships.
  • Panel discussion – some topics could be Women engineers in academia/industry, how to be assertive in the workplace.
  • Research poster competition – encouraging graduate students to showcase their research.
  • Social events – mixers, painting/other arts, Halloween party.

Best Practices

  • Take support from nearest SWE Professional section.
  • Strategic advertisement and marketing – sending a bulk email about GradSWE events through College of Engineering or graduate advisors of various engineering departments or International Student Services or similar offices.
  • Collaboration with other student organizations on campus and organizing joint events.
  • Work with larger SWE section at the university to include GradSWE section into a corporate sponsorship packet.
  • Work with Women in Engineering (WE) program at your school to collaborate for events.

Webinar Interest Form

Hey there, GradSWE! This is your FY18 Webinar coordinator here, and this is my first blog post. I hope everyone is enjoying their Autumn season thus far! This post will cover the following items; interest form, upcoming webinar, and link to past webinar. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at with any ideas or suggestions, I look forward to hearing from you soon!!

1.) Do you have any ideas for webinars, or do you want to present in a GradSWE webinar?  Please fill out our form!  Some of our best webinar ideas come from our GradSWE Members!

GradSWE Interest Form

2.) Please join us for a webinar by UTC Research on Monday October 16th at 4:00PM!! Link below:

Engineer Your Future – From Academia to Industry a PhD’s Journey

3.) The following link is to the past webinar on entrepreneurship, “From Capstone Project to Company Creation”:

From Capstone Project to Company Creation

WE Local Brainstorming Conference Call


Present At WE Local!

Always wanted to do a conference talk? Trying to improve your presentation skills? Don’t know what to present? Have a great idea, but need some help? 

Mark your calendar for a conference call  on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00pm CT to discuss your ideas for a Talk at any WeLocal conference!  WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU BRAINSTORM! 

Use the following information to join the call from your phone:
US: 917-962-0650
US (toll free): 1-800-356-8278
Conference Code*:  941862
Enter 6 digit conference code, then press * to enter room

Talk to you soon!

Emily Hoffman, GradSWE GPC



Present at WE Local!!

WE Local deadlines are quickly approaching! Presenting a talk is fun and a great resume booster….in addition, you never know who you could connect with! The world needs more women engineers, so contribute to the advancement of women in STEM by presenting:)

Click the links below for submission details and deadlines.  TODAY is the deadline to submit to present in Tulsa, OK!!

Tulsa, OK:

Pheonix, AZ:

Milwaukee, WI:

Pune, India:

Portland, OR:

Providence, RI:

Prague, CZ:

Please feel free to reach out to me the GradSWE GPC, Emily Hoffman, at with questions.  I hope to connect with you at WE17 in Austin!

Inclusion-Focused Sessions at WE17

Since the conference is in a little over two weeks, I’m going to take this blog post as an opportunity to highlight some of the conference events that are particularly focused on diversity and inclusion.

Before that, I want to highly encourage anyone attending the conference to check out the many events that the Affinity Groups have planned! These include roundtable discussions, socials, and sessions on issues of particular interest to their group. On Thursday, there’s even a “SWE Affinity Groups Workshop” (10:15 – 11:30 am) where you can learn all about these groups and how to get involved.

Thursday, October 26

“Getting the Diverse Mix to Work Well Together: Lessons Learned on Inclusion Techniques” (2 – 3 pm) – This workshop promise to share best practices on creating an inclusive culture and provide attendees with practical actions to employ right away. If you are looking to foster a more inclusive culture in your lab or university more broadly, this talk seems like a great place to start!

“Real Actions to Overcome Unconscious Biases and Become a More Inclusive Leader” (4:30 – 5:30 pm)—All of us have unconscious biases; what is important is how we act on them. This workshop will teach attendees both how to respond when they are the subject of unconscious bias, as well as how to overcome their own personal biases. Through addressing both of these, attendees will be better able to foster an inclusive culture when they return to their labs or offices. If you are looking for another similar talk, check out “Are you Counted or Do you Count?” on Saturday (10 – 11 am).

“Inclusion Today – LGBTQ and Allies News and Tools for Campus and the Workplace” (10:15 – 11:30 am) – Come to this session to learn about some of the challenges facing LGBTQ individuals, as well as what can be done to support LGBTQ people. This workshop promises time for the attendees to practice some first steps to help realize a more inclusive culture.

Friday, October 27

“TECHing While Woman and with Disability” (10 – 11:15 am) – This panel will explore the challenges of being a woman in STEM and having a debilitating condition. With representatives from academia and industry this panel will explore an important, but often overlooked, facet of diversity.

“Breaking down Stigmas and Building Awareness: Mental Health” (1:30 – 2:30 pm) – Attendees will be provided with practical tools to help themselves and those around them be successful, despite a mental illness. By helping breakdown the barriers around mental health, we can help people get help earlier and build more inclusive communities.

“Advocating for Inclusion – A Male’s Perspective” (4 – 5 pm) – Whether you are a man seeking suggestions of how to better promote inclusion of women in your organization or a woman wondering about how best to engage men on diversity issues, this promises to be an informative panel. Men will be able to learn from other men strategies that have worked and women can gain new strategies for best enabling their male allies.

“Courageous Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion” (4 – 5 pm) – If you are looking for a chance to practice the tough conversations necessary to create culture shifts in an organization, then this is the session for you. After giving participants and overview of inclusion strategies that work, there will be an opportunity to practice these strategies in a supportive environment.

Saturday, October 28

“Women of Color in Engineering: Challenges, Opportunities, and Factors to Enhance Inclusion and Retention” (1:30 – 2:30 pm) – Panelists will both share their personal experiences as a women of color in the US, as well as specific, evidence-based strategies that have been proven to increase inclusion and retention of more women of color in engineering.

“Switching Sides – My Professional Journey over the Rainbow” (10 – 11:15 am) – Using the personal story of the presenter in coming out, this session will teach attendees the power of being yourself in furthering your career and the success of their organization.

Still looking for more talks related to diversity and inclusion? Download the WE Events App or check out the WE17 Conference website here. There are even more events under the “Inclusion and Cultural Awareness” session type filter.

If you are attending the conference, hopefully, you’ll be able to take advantage of some of these sessions to gain new tips to foster a more inclusive culture in your lab or department!