Region B Conference – Savoring Life’s Opportunities in San Luis Obisbo

At the end of this month, we will be having a great weekend in San Luis Obisbo at this year’s Region B Conference! Region conferences are an exciting time for everyone and are packed full of energy.  You can meet collegiates and professionals from Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Southern Nevada.  There’s a career fair, sessions and amazing speakers.  And don’t forget the Region Collegiate Meeting, where we will go over all of the region business, introduce the RCT candidates, and give out region awards for points!

Highlights:

  • A career fair with regional companies (so far, 17 companies)
  • NEW resume workshop on Friday before the networking social.  We will have plenty of professional engineers to review your resumes and help you perfect them for the career fair.  Be sure to take advantage of this awesome opportunity!
  • Three keynotes over the meals, and awards with dinner. Awards will be announced and winners emailed out in the next week.
  • 6 session, with 4-5 speaker rooms per session, with topics wide and far.

Check out the Region B website for the detailed schedules.

There is still time to apply for the Region History award, which is a scrapbook page on section history.

We have recently added more rooms at the conference hotel for $199.  However, the planning committee is looking into working with other nearby hotels to offer better rates.

 

RCT Positions – applications still open

Hello SWE ladies!

I know we got off the a rough start with this year’s RCT nominations, so we don’t have a lot of nominations.  We need at least 1 more RCR applicant, and would really love more for all positions so that we have a real chance to vote!

Here’s the quick write up you need to do:

  1. Officer position and section
  2. Name, email, phone
  3. Previous positions held
  4. 200 word statement
  5. Information on completing your duties(meeting availability, travel availiblity)

Send this information to the Region B Governor, Rachel Morford ASAP. Email: rachel.morford@gmail.com

Thanks,

Region B Collegiate Leadership Team

Are you interested in becoming SWE’s FY16 Collegiate Director?

collegiate leadership directorYou may have seen the call for applicants from SWE HQ. With the application due on February 1, I wanted to share my experience so far as the FY15 Collegiate Director to provide you with a better sense of what the role is all about… or rather, the “Five Ws” of the role.

Who

The Collegiate Director serves on SWE’s Board of Directors in a one-year term. The Collegiate Director acts as a liaison to collegiate leaders, contributes collegiate knowledge and interests to the board, and performs other duties as requested.

What

Responsibilities depend on the year’s strategic plan, bylaws proposals, and other timely projects and task forces. For example, I focused on opportunities for collegiate members that are part of SWE’s global affiliates and further developed the Counselor/Faculty Advisor Coordinator role. You interact closely with collegiate members and leaders, and participate in several in-person meetings and teleconferences throughout the year with the Board of Directors. The Collegiate Director also serves as a member of the Senate. You have the opportunity to reach a greater audience by becoming active on social media, including writing a monthly column for SWE’s All Together newsletter and running the Collegiate Director Twitter account.

 Where/When

The FY16 Collegiate Director term lasts from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. The Board of Directors have monthly meetings, six of which are in-person and the remainder conducted via teleconference. The in-person meetings generally take place in June for orientation, August for installation, October for the SWE Annual Conference, January/February for annual strategic plan review, March/April, and the following June. You also have the opportunity to attend two region conferences. Additional responsibilities may arise on an as-needed basis.

Why

Being the FY15 Collegiate Director has been a formative experience. First, the didactic opportunities with SWE members are endless. I’ve delved into the Society’s rich history and its various facets, from advocacy initiatives to our impact on public policy to professional excellence programs. I continue to meet countless people from across the globe who share fascinating perspectives on SWE and engineering. I now hold an even greater appreciation for the hard work that goes into maintaining the success of such a respected organization and charting the Society’s future direction. Everyone brings a unique point-of-view to the table—with your fresh viewpoint as a collegiate/first-year professional, you play a significant part in shaping SWE.

Second, my leadership abilities are growing at light speed. There was so much to absorb when I first assumed the role; I’m still learning today! Despite the steep learning curve, people are willing to help every step of the way and connect you with the right individuals. Moreover, they support your plans as you determine your next steps in the SWE leadership pipeline. I’ve enhanced my abilities to communicate effectively, set long-term strategic plans, and empower others. The skills I’ve gained reach outside my SWE experience into other areas of my life and bring me recognition at school and in the workplace.

 With the deadline to apply coming up on February 1, don’t wait to start your application. Please note that a new component requested in the application this year is a Collegiate Director Nominee Video. Please find more information below:

Each Collegiate Director application shall include a short video posted privately on YouTube.com.  The purpose of this three minutes maximum video is to allow you a chance to use your creativity to tell the SWE nominating committee why you are the right candidate for the Collegiate Director. Possible talking points could include highlights of your SWE experiences, your vision for Collegiate Members within SWE, and any unique experiences you would bring to this role. This video may also be provided to SWE collegiate section presidents as part of the candidate statement package when voting occurs.

Happy to answer any questions you may have; send me an email at collegiate-director@swe.org. Good luck!

Warm wishes,

Nicole Woon

FY15 Collegiate Director

 

Call for Flickr photo submissions

SWE region B is reviving our Flickr account!  Check out recent pictures from conferences, as well as guest post photos are they are uploaded. Check out the page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sweregionb

We would love to have more pictures on our stream, so please submit your section’s photos!  This will give your section another opportunity to showcase your work without writing an entire blog post.

Email photos to rcce-b@swe.org

WE14 – SWE Annual Conference

This month’s hot topic is the buzz about annual conference: WE14!

What is annual conference?  Annual conference is a society-wide SWE meeting.  It includes a career fair, hundreds of talks and presentations, socials, dinners, and more.  It’s a great chance to network, to find that job or internship you’ve been dreaming of, and to learn tons of new information, from outreach goals to technical tips.

This year, annual conference will be held in Los Angelos, October 22-23.  WE14 will kick off with the iScream social, with a costume contest and Halloween treats.  Thursday is chock full of sessions and awesome opportunities, include the collegiate welcome lunch, the region meetings, the opening ceremony, and the career fair kick-off. Friday continues with even more sessions, the career fair in full swing, and the collegiate leaders reception.  Saturday marks the last day of the conference, with more sessions, the WE14 outreach event – Invent It, Build It, the collegiate leadership luncheon,  the SME bowl, and Celebrate SWE, including the free post-dinner dance party!

Why should you go to WE14?

  • The Career Fair – hundreds of companies looking to hire female engineers, for internships and jobs.  There is also a career center on site, for resume tips and free printing.
  • The hundreds of awesome sessions.  These sessions are a great way to spark your interest and excitement about SWE.  Learn tons about all aspects of engineering, from leadership seminars by industry leaders to interactive sessions with the CLCC, from SWE membership tips to technical talks on the newest engineering projects.
  • The networking.  With thousands of SWE members from all around the nation and world, you will meet hundreds of people who share your interest.  It’s a great way to meet professionals and collegiates.
  • The excellent keynotes.  With every luncheon and reception having a keynote, the speakers inspire you to leadership, excellence, and embracing engineering

How do I go to WE14?

  • You can get to LA by plane, train or automobile.  Airport: LAX.  Interstates: I5, I15 and I10.  Trains: Amtrak.
  • There any tons of hotels surrounding the conference center.  WE14 even has special hotels designated for conference attendees here.  Additionally, section presidents can stay in special housing.  Sections received an email about this housing earlier this year.
  • LA has an extensive metro and bus system.  There are also multiple shuttle options that go to and from the airport, and LA also has taxi services.

Collegiate Leadership Institute at WE14

The Collegiate Leadership institute is a three day set of sessions specially designed to prepare collegiate SWE members to become leaders in engineering and in their section.  Each day there will be two or three sessions, which should be highly interactive.  All of the speakers and facilitators selected for the Institute are noted experts in the area of leadership and career development.  Curriculum with focus on communication skills, emotional intelligence, leading teams, effective negotiation, and preparing for and transitioning to the workforce.

Speaker highlights include:

  • Keynote presenter will be Jessica Matthews: Co-founder and CEO of Uncharted Play, Inc.  She is the recipient of numerous awards professionally for her work at Uncharted Play.  She was invited to sign that America Invents Act with President Obama and serves as the Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria.

Criteria for participation:

  • Active collegiate members of the Society
  • Exhibit strong leadership potential
  • Aspire to take on leadership and executive roles within their career
  • Aspire to be a catalyst for change in the world
  • Intellectually curious

Space is limited to 40 attendees, so we can only accommodate up to three women from a given university.  This is a free opportunity for any collegiate conference attendee, so don’t hesitate to apply.  You will also receive priority scheduling at career counseling.

Apply online here. Email learning@swe.org with any questions about CLI.