WE16 Region H Meeting Highlights

Governance Update

We anticipate regions will be dissolved by the end of FY18. Because of this, the Senate is proposing several amendments that will make the transition smoother (Region Councils Amendment and Collegiate Director Eligibility Amendments). The Treasurer is putting together a Financial Dissolution Task Force to help with dissolution of finances when the regions are involved. See the “Collegiate Leadership Opportunities” section of this blog post to learn more about getting involved with this team!

Region H Goals

Region H is on track or ahead for most of its Region Goals. One area of improvement that Region H is striving for is to increase the number of events reported in the Outreach Metric Tool by 10%. The goal is 227, but we are at 26. Make sure you are completing the Outreach Metric Tool so that Region H can stay on track to reach this goal!

Collegiate Section Finances

If you are the President or Treasurer of a collegiate section, make sure your section is preparing to complete taxes! Some universities take care of this for student organizations so check with your school before completing taxes on your own. Contact the Region Collegiate Representatives at if you have questions about section finances.

SWE Counselor/Faculty Advisor (Collegiate-only)

The SWE Counselor and Faculty Advisor positions are both elected positions – they must be elected via your ballot, even if uncontested! Your section is required to elect a counselor. A faculty advisor is not required for your section, but may be helpful when working closely with your university.


You can’t win if you don’t apply, so make sure you apply! Membership awards are evaluated based on membership data by December 31, so make sure members are paid before December 31st!


Make sure you are following the new SWE branding. In addition to the new logo, there are several other new elements in the branding guidelines, including letterhead, PowerPoint templates, a color palette, and typography. These are free marketing materials for your section – take advantage of these resources! Questions? Contact

Collegiate Leadership Opportunities

There are several leadership opportunities available for collegiates:

  • Region Collegiate Team
    • There will be one more year of the Region H Collegiate Team before the regions are dissolved.
    • Look out for the application form in mid-December!
  • Financial Dissolution Task Force (Professionals & Collegiates)
    • Task force to assist with dissolution of Region H finances when regions are dissolved
    • Contact the Region H Treasurer ( if interested.
    • Commitment: Monthly conference calls for ~18 months.
  • Planning Committee for WE Local 18 in Madison, WI (Professionals & Collegiates)
    • Madison, WI will be hosting a WE Local Conference in FY18
    • Collegiates are welcome to get involved in the planning committee.
    • Contact the Region H Governor if interested.
    • Deadlines:
      • Planning to appoint a local host committee chair by November 30

Region H Conference

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 Local

WE Local brings together participants in all stages of their collegiate and professional journey to learn, energize/re-energize and connect through high-quality professional development workshops, networking opportunities, inspirational presentations and outreach activities.

These conferences bring the excitement, energy and learning environment of SWE’s annual conference right to the member’s backyard. WE Local conferences take place all around the United States where SWE annual conferences are not held.

Visit to learn more about these exciting new SWE conferences!

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Engineering Round Robin

SWE Illinois has a passion for outreach. Molly McGiles, Abbie Gerth, and Meridan Markowitz have been planning since May for the first outreach event. We are thrilled that today is SWE Illinois’ first large Outreach event of the year: Engineering Round Robin! The theme this year is “Rockin’ Robin”.

The girls will go through activities that are interdisciplinary and design-based. A new approach to past techniques, there will be no design challenge and activity separation. These components will be explored together. The girls will also have the opportunity to network between themselves, get to know other girls who share their interests and passions, and ask any questions they may have to a panel of college women during lunch! And this year for the first time, the Round Robin opens its doors for both middle school AND high school girls! The planning committee hopes that this event will be fun, educational, and inspiring!

Since last semester, we have been working hard getting ready for the big day. We’ve been planning activities, making flyers, gathering volunteers, and advertising the event. In fact, registration filled up, and there will be 20 middle and 30 high school girls in attendance, including some from out of state! We are excited to see how the girls respond to the new outreach approach, as well as excited for a fun-filled, rewarding day of engineering.

A mentor is leading girls through a technical research-based civil engineering project. This photo was taken at last year’s event.

For more information about the event, visit the upcoming event page on the SWE Illinois webpage.

Content and photos provided by SWE Illinois

Apply for weSTEM!

The application to attend weSTEM 2017 is now open!

Join GradSWE at Illinois on Saturday, January 28th for their flagship initiative – the Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference. During this annual event, STEM leaders will share experience and insight from their diverse career paths following a graduate degree. Conference includes panel discussions and breakout sessions to facilitate one-on-one interactions with these accomplished speakers and promote the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience.


Through this event, you will be inspired to excel in your field, stay motivated to complete your degree, and grow passionate about the positive impact you can have on the world following a graduate degree in STEM.

Application closes on Sunday, November 20th, 2016. Travel grants, including lodging, are available for non-Illinois applicants.

Learn more and apply at! Please contact Lana Stekovic ( with any questions.

Content and photos provided by GradSWE at Illinois (

Get Your Pink on!

In an incredible example of teamwork and cross-section collaboration, the collegiate SWE sections at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University have come together to throw a Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser Dinner.

The Get Your Pink On! Event is an fundraiser to support women in the community who are personally affected by breast cancer. All proceeds will be donated to the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure to offset the costs of medical bills for women in Michigan, as well as to the advancement of cancer research.

“Susan G. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease.” – Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

This dinner and silent auction will be held on October 13th in the Metro Detroit area. Learn more and purchase tickets at!

Content and photo provided by University of Michigan-Dearborn

Leadership Coaching

The Society of Women Engineers Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) is a trained group of over 75 professionals and collegiates with extensive SWE involvement, that want to help pass on their experience and knowledge to better your section’s leadership and professional development. Members of LCC are positioned all over the United States to better help schools and professionals all over the country, to support all sections at no cost!

LCC offers consultations to help sections address issues and work toward goals. The coaches are trained to present specific modules to SWE members and officers, either in-person or virtually. 28 modules are offered by LCC, and a majority of these modules are applicable to any SWE section (whether it is a professional section or a collegiate section). In addition, modules can be modified for each section’s unique needs. Detailed descriptions of the different modules can be found here. Note that some modules are specific for the type of section (i.e. there are modules offered for collegiate sections and modules offered for professional sections).

“She [Heather Wiest, former LCC coach] tailored her presentation to the demographic of the room, and discussed with us how we could overcome different challenges.”

– Ashley Williams, FY16 Section President, SWE Illinois

Take advantage of this incredible resource by contacting Kim Miller at to schedule a coaching session or to find more information. The Leadership Coaching Committee looks forward to hearing from you!

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4 Webinars to Help You Rock WE16

Wondering what to wear at the career fair for WE16 or how to network with some the world’s leading engineers and technologists? SWE is offering four great webinars for first-timers at WE16, to help make the most of your conference experience.

Free webinars are a great benefit of National SWE membership. Register now for these fun, short webinars that start as early as next week! And don’t forget to register for WE16, Oct. 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.

Click here for detailed descriptions about the webinars.

Can’t attend at the scheduled time? No problem! Register anyway to receive a link to the recorded webinar. All of these webinars will also be available within 24-48 hours in the Advance Learning Center under webinar recordings.


New Grants Available

Applications for the Region H Small Section Program Development Grant (PDG) and the Region H Section Vitality Grant have opened! See the top of the Resources page for the grant policies and applications.

In addition, take note that the applications for travel grants for the Annual and Region H Conferences remain open. The Annual Conference travel grant application closes on Monday, September 12, so apply soon! Click here to find the Region H Travel Grant Application and Policies, and see the Resources page for general information on conference dates and application deadlines for the different Travel Grants offered.

If you have any questions, please email Region H Treasurer Gina Janke.