On Tuesday, January 17th, SWE-ECI members met at the Club Room at the Edgewood Road Hy-Vee. Elise Handke, core board member and certified yoga instructor, shared about mindfulness and the benefits a mindfulness practice can bring to your personal and professional life. Attendees got to practice mindfulness first hand. She also talked about the effects sitting all day can have on our bodies and taught the group a series of yoga poses that can be done at your desk to counteract these effects. We wrapped up the evening by making mini glitter mind jars that can be used in a mindfulness practice, or when you need to take a break, breathe, and stare at something pretty. The group also enjoyed healthy appetizers, lemon cucumber infused water, and yummy green smoothies! Thanks to all who came to the event!
On Wednesday, 15 paid Society SWE members gathered at Rockwell Collins to review some section bylaws updates. These updates brought our bylaws into better agreement with what our section was already doing and will help facilitate section operations. We needed 15 people for a quorum and are thankful for everyone who came out. The updates passed unanimously! For those interested, you can view the updates here.
After that business was conducted, we had a fun white elephant gift exchange and went to Rocktop to warm up with some great food and much needed mid-week cocktails!
This year's event was another great success! Twenty-six Junior Girl Scouts attended "Step into STEM!" hosted by SWE-ECI, where they spent the day learning about engineering and participating in various activities. A few of the activities included using ASCII to "code" the letters of their name into a necklace, building a robot using a toothbrush head and pager motor, and making super slime! The day wrapped up with what turned out to be the girls' favorite event, which was an Egg Drop team activity. For this event, groups of two or three girls had a limited budget to 'purchase' supplies for their device which was aimed to protect an egg from cracking when dropped from an elevated height. We had many successful teams!
SWE-ECI would like to send a big thanks to the 33 volunteers that help make this event possible. It's always wonderful to see the next generation excited about STEM!
The annual conference for SWE was held in Philadelphia from Thursday, Oct 27- Saturday, Oct 29th and hosted over 11,000 attendees. The attendees were a healthy mixture of collegiate students and professionals from all over the world. The theme of this year’s conference was “Life’s Variable: SWE’s Your Constant” and it was where women engineers found the constant support they need for life’s variables.
WE16 had a mixture of professional/collegiate development sessions, networking opportunities, and the world’s largest career fair for women in engineering and technology. The conference kicked off with an opening keynote breakfast addressed by Luann Pendy, Ph.D., who serves as Senior Vice President, Global Quality at Medtronic, plc. One of the key takeaways from her speech was and advice she gave to the larger audience was, “learn your craft, learn your business and take risk.” She also said, “Dream Big, Princess” and actually believe you can achieve greatness. This was a good reminder to ourselves and something we should all be actively working on every day. There were many different sessions and panels following the keynote ranging from topics like unconscious bias, managing dual careers, renewable energy innovations to name a few.
For Region H updates, please click here. We recommend you follow this blog to keep to yourself updated on region news. The 2017 Region H Conference will be in Ann Arbor, MI on March 10-12. The call for speakers is open! Apply here if interested; applications are due by November 13 at 11:59pm EST. Registration will be going live around mid-November. Visit the Region H Conference website for more information. We hope to see you there!
On Monday October 24th a large group of SWE-ECI Women (and men!) met at Blackstone in Iowa City to celebrate being a Society Member of SWE. Dr. Sarah Fisher Gardial was gracious enough to join the group to talk about "Owning your Leadership Value". Sarah spoke to us about making sure we (as women) ask for what we want or need, making sure we sell ourselves to our leadership and ask for that new position or promotion we may not feel we deserve or are prepared for quite yet. Sarah was able to share examples and ideas of how we can break down the barriers we and Society put up for ourselves. After we were able to continue the discussion over networking and dessert. Thank you to Sarah for joining us and all the SWE members for making the event a success!
On Thursday, December 20th, SWE ECI hosted a "SWE'd Like to Introduce Ourselves" event for all of our new members and those interested in learning more about SWE. The event was co-hosted by Rockwell Collins' Women's Forum. This year, Rockwell has sponsored 200 memberships to the Society for their employees. Vice President of Commercial Systems Engineering and Corporate Sponsor of the Women's Forum, Leigh Parker, was on hand to welcome the attendees and kick off the program.
Almost 80 people showed up to participate at Eastbank Venue & Lounge in the old Smulekoff's building downtown. The night began with a fun ice breaker event, followed by a presentation about SWE and the opportunities membership presents by SWE president Katie Allen.
We would like to thank all the people that came out to make this event so popular!
Five core board members visited the University of Iowa's SWE section on Tuesday, 9/27, for a career fair panel. They were able to answer current student's questions about interviewing, job applications, and making good impressions at career fairs. The University of Iowa's Engineering Career Fair will be next week on October 6th. Thanks to the core board members who drove down the Iowa City for the night, and best of luck to students at the career fair next week!
Katie Allen, SWE-ECI President, and Melissa Plourde, SWE-ECI Section Representative, attended the annual HART leadership conference for Region H this past weekend, September 24th. The conference was held in Minneapolis and despite some travel concerns with the flooding, everyone got there safely and had a great time. Leaders from all over the Midwest came for a day of governance updates, professional development, best practice sharing, and networking.
On Wednesday, September 21st, SWE hosted a cross-company webinar viewing over the lunch hour from a SWE module. It was a great success with over 40 attendees joining us from both the local companies (Rockwell Collins, General Mills, Dupont and Quaker Foods & Snacks) who hosted and over the phone! SWE-ECI provided lunch as well in this event.
The topic presented was, "What the History of Successful Women in STEM Fields Can Teach us About Finding Success (and Holding our Ground) Today." We used history and the stories of these successful, inspiring women to help propel us forward in our careers today. A great discussion followed after where we identified things that we could implement in our lives and daily work right away.
Below is a picture of webinar attendees from General Mills.
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