There will be over 120 professional development workshops and seminars covering topics from the seven main tracks: Career and Life Transitions, Careers in Academia, Careers in Government and Military, Inclusion and Cultural Awareness, Innovation in Technology and Business, Management and Strategy, and Outreach. For an additional fee, professional development seminars in the Career Enhancement Series are offered for continuing education credit. Also on the schedule are several technical and site seeing tours around the Houston area.
In addition to this breakfast keynote there are several other special feature sessions throughout the conference. On Friday night there is a dinner to celebrate this year’s winners of Society awards. Saturday’s dinner offers attendees the chance to Celebrate SWE with a chance to meet the Society Leadership and some fun entertainment.
For engineers looking for a change in career or just exploring the possibilities, the career fair is open all day on Friday and has more than 250 exhibitors. On Thursday evening there is an extra opportunity for registered attendees to meet the exhibitors at the career fair opening and in the hospitality rooms afterward.
On Saturday, SWE, in partnership with the Girl Scouts, WGHB’s Design Squad Nation, and The ExxonMobil Foundation present the third annual Invent It. Build It. event for girls in grades 6-8. It is a “hands-on engineering experience for middle school girls with a parallel program for parents and educators.” Conference attendees can also volunteer to help at this event.
Engineers who are looking for information about sponsorship at work, should check out the WE12 Justification Toolkit. The site includes a tool to create an itemized list of expenses and provides a draft cover letter to your supervisor with great reasons explaining benefits companies can receive when their employees attend WE12.
This year’s conference will be held in Houston, Texas, on November 8-11. To learn more or to register for the conference, visit the WE12 conference website.