Section Number/Name: Chicago Regional – H001
Section President: Jessica Jennings
Section Representative(s): Heather Mayes, Katie Byczek, Kate Lyons, Denise Dougherty, Stephanie Foege (alternate), and Dayna Johnson (alternate)
The Chicago Regional Section is home to 400+ members spread throughout the city and suburbs and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Our Vice Presidents each oversee a specific area of events to better cater to our membership, both in terms of interest and geography. Below is a sampling of recent events in each of our three areas of focus: Membership (VP – Kristine Barnes), Outreach (VP – Sainab Taiwo Ninalowo), and Professional Development (VP – April Bledsoe).
Outreach: Proviso Science & Math Awards Night – SWE Certificates of Merit
SWE recognizes up to three female students in each high school for outstanding achievement over three years in both mathematics and science. On March 9th 2015, SWE-CRS partnered with Proviso Township High Schools to present awards to 49 female students who excel in STEM studies from Proviso West, Proviso East, and Proviso Math and Science Academy.
The guest speaker, SWE-CRS’ High School Liaison, Kristin Shumake gave a brief speech about the importance of STEM studies and mentorship to young girls. Kristin also advised the girls to use the resources SWE has to offer to students. SWE members in attendance networked with the students, teachers, and parents at the end of the event.
Professional Development: Conference in partnership with Navistar, It Starts with You
SWE CRS held a professional development conference at the Navistar, Inc. campus in Lisle, Illinois on Saturday, March 21st. The core theme of the event was to encourage participants who want to move to the next level in their careers by taking personal accountability. Individuals were coached and provided tools to look at what they can do as an individual to manage their own thinking, drive improvement in their skills and then make it visible to others.
The day’s activities included interactive sessions, lunch and a tour of the Navistar facility. Norah Blackaller of Argonne, facilitated a networking activity over the lunch hour. Additionally, to encourage collegiates in the job hunt, a session involving coaching on their resumes, interviewing, and personal appearance was made available. This also included a photographer taking profile pictures.
The first speaker, Dennis Mooney, Navistar’s Sr. VP of Global Product Development shared career experience, industry trends for women in engineering and tips to get out of the “frozen” zone. Also, speakers Nadine Haupt of FAST, Euridice Oware – PhD, Dayna Johnson of GE and Kate Jakubus of Meliora K, covered topics from identifying your leadership qualities, speaking powerfully, managing the opposite sex and social entrepreneurship. All speakers who generously shared their experiences are also SWE members. Attendees were made up of women and men, mostly SWE members, but also included other professionals from the area.
Article submitted by Dayna Johnson