Every year, the Society of Women Engineers at UIUC hosts an event called Night of Networking. At this event, SWE members along with other societies from the College of Engineering get to interact with professionals from the sponsoring companies. This year the event was held on February 4, 2015, and was sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Shell, Capital One, and CH2M Hill. These companies had the opportunity to give short workshops on relevant professional development topics.
This year our keynote speaker was Nancy Hermanson from Kimberly-Clark. She spoke about the trust equation, Trust=(Reliability+Credibility+Intimacy)/Self-Interest. Through self-reflection we were able to see the aspects of this equation that we can work on as a leader, and things that we should look for in leadership of a company during our job search. I learned a lot from this talk, and it was interesting to further think about the fact that the more I trust others, the more trust I receive in return.
Both students and professionals had a wonderful evening of food, conversation, and learning. Events like these help our members to further relationships with other societies and professionals, as well as help to develop professionally. I am very lucky to have been able to plan such a successful event and look forward to see how the event continues to improve!
SWE UIUC Professional Liaison Director