Welcome to FY17!

Hello SWEsters!

Welcome to another wonderful year with SWE Region A! As you may already know, our region covers a wide geographical range, including sections from Northern California and Nevada all the way to Hawaii. My name is Sarah Johnson, and this year I am serving as the Region A Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE). As RCCE, my job is to keep all SWE members in the region up to date with SWE news and events throughout the year. Additionally, I work to facilitate communication between various sections and especially between collegiate and professional groups, and to share best practices and the successes of our sections. As such, I welcome any information that sections wish to share, whether it is about a significant event that is occurring, outreach best practices, or a networking or social opportunity. Please feel free to email me at rcce-a@swe.org. The Region A Facebook group also serves as an excellent way to keep in touch with region events, contact the leadership team, and to communicate with other SWE collegiate and professional members.

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be posting brief profiles of the members of the Region Leadership Team, so you can get to know us and our roles this year. Please subscribe to the blog (and follow us on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr), and enjoy all the amazing things happening in Region A this year!

Need travel funds for WE16 conference? Region A can help!

Region A Funding Available for WE16 Travel

Limited SWE Region A Travel Funds are available for WE16 airfare and hotel related expenses (up to $250),

Deadline for WE16 fund applications is Oct 24th, approved applicants and expenses will be notified AFTER the conference.  Travel fund recipients are required to spend at least one hour staffing the Region A SWE Boutique booth.

Officers and speakers are given priority, please plan accordingly.
Please email claudia.galvan@hotmail with questions.

Apply for Funding Here!

October Hot Topic – Focus on WE16 Career Fair

One of the most amazing parts of the annual Society of Women Engineers conference is the massive career fair. With over 300 companies in attendance, it’s the perfect place to find your next (or first) job, co-op, or internship! To maximize your chances of getting that dream position, do some preparation!


1) Brush up on the dress code

Now’s a good time to check out your closet – do you have the right attire for conference and most importantly the career fair? Check out SWE’s webinar on What Not to Wear – conference edition for some basic guidelines on business appropriate attire. Hint: jeans and a t-shirt aren’t going to cut it at this career fair. Who knows, it might give you a reason to go shopping!

2) Review your resume and upload it to the SWE Career Center

If you’re still a student, consider taking your resume to the career services center at your university and having them look it over. Make sure it’s up to date and ready to go! If you want some final polishing, look into Rapid Resume Review on Thursday morning of conference. Once your resume is all set to go, be sure to upload it to the SWE Career Center so employers can find you!

3) Practice your networking skills and career fair 101!

More webinars! For those of us who aren’t as proficient at networking as we would like, Networking for Newbies is a great webinar to watch. Learn how develop your network and explore what you are interested in by connecting with people! WE16 Career Fair Savvy has excellent advice and strategies, especially for first time career fair attendees

4) Research the companies you are interested in

One of the best ways to show a company that you are a serious candidate is by being prepared. If a company interests you, take a few minutes on your phone or computer to look them up and learn a bit about them before approaching. What about them interests you? What do you want to know more about? Coming in with even a small background of knowledge will help you stand out.

5) Be confident!

If you’ve prepared and practiced, you’ve done all you can. Be cool and confident, take a deep breath, and get ready to rock the career fair!

Meet Erin, the Region A RCS for FY17!

Say hello to Erin Baumgartner! Erin is the Region A Collegiate Senator for this fiscal year.

Erin with her Outstanding Collegiate Leader Award!

She is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Electrical Engineering at Chico State and has previously served as Vice President, President, and Administrator of the Chico State SWE section.

Through her roles in SWE, Erin has heavily focused on outreach: she served as an Assistant Instructor in a year-long NASA-funded outreach program (Small Satellites for Secondary Students (S4)) with Chico Girl Scouts, founded a SWENext section, and has served as a Project Manager of Chico State’s award-winning STEM outreach event, Imagineer Day, every year since its first annual in 2013. In FY16 as Section Administrator, she served as consultant to the Section President, mentor to new section officers, and assisted in further development of her small section’s sustainable practices and strategic direction.

During her presidency, Erin led her section to receive the Region A Outstanding Collegiate Section Award (Gold Level) at WE15. She was also a recipient of the Outstanding Collegiate Leader Award for Region A in 2016. In her free time, Erin can be found swimming, creating art, or watching reruns of her favorite show, Parks and Recreation.


Suggested WE16 Sessions for Presidents

Are you excited for WE16? If not, you should be! The Region A Collegiate Team is excited to meet each of you, especially all the section presidents that will be in attendance. Our RCR, Kylee Davis, has prepared a recommended schedule of interesting WE16 events and talks that would be good for section presidents to attend. Check out the suggested schedule, and the full list of all workshops/talks/meetings here.

WELocal is coming to San Jose! Check out these upcoming deadlines

WELocal is coming to San Jose!

In order to keep our members and prospective supporters informed, below are some highlighted dates to mark on your calendar as October and November are busy months.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact WE Local by phone or e-mail.


Upcoming Deadlines

Sponsorship and Career Fair/Exhibit, Price Increase
Deadline: Postmarked by November 1, 2016

Now seeking local businesses of all sizes to join WE Local 2017. Select a sponsorship package that fits your company’s needs and/or participate in WE Local’s career/exhibit fair in San Jose, CA or Pittsburgh, PA. TWO new sponsorship added: SWENext WE Local event and Collegiate Poster Competition. Space is limited and is a first come, first serve basis. Contact WE Local for more information.

Program Speakers, Call for Presentations
Deadline: November 4, 2016

Share your expertise at a WE Local conference and make an invaluable contribution to the advancement of women in STEM and to the individual learning of all attendees and participants. Present in traditional workshop/lecture form or try a new presentation style like a Lightning Talk or Pechakucha.

Collegiate Competition, Call for Abstracts
Deadline: November 4, 2016

Calling all undergraduate and graduate students! WE Local is now accepting online abstract submissions for the WE Local Collegiate Competition. Get the opportunity to share research to a broad technical audience to gain insight on research. Top five finalists from undergraduate and graduate categories will be invited to attend the WE Local conference and present their research face-to-face in the WE Local Poster Competition. Apply today!

Plenary Nominations Due
Deadline: November 11, 2016

Plenary topics have been selected for each WE Local conference and can be seen on the WE Local website (San Jose and Pittsburgh). Both conferences are now accepting nominations for panel participation online using the online form. Select your WE Local conference for more information.

Mark Your Calendar* (Or see the Region A Calendar)

October 2016
[27-29] WE Local 2018 locations announced at WE16 WE Local tent.
[TBD] Program agenda available online.
[TBA] Registrations opens.
[TBA] WE Local volunteer opportunities available online.

November 2016
[4] WE Local Call for Presentations and Call for Abstracts closes and review begins.
[15] WE Local Plenary Nomination Deadline

December 2016
[1] Sponsorship price increase.
[5] Notification letters sent to applicants of Call for Presentation and Call for Abstract.
[31] Final program agenda available online.

January 2017
[13] Early bird registration deadline for Pittsburgh.
[20] Early bird registration deadline for San Jose.
[26] Hotel registration closes for Pittsburgh.

February 2017
[3] Hotel registration closes for San Jose.
[14] Conference registration closes for Pittsburgh.
[16-19] WE Local Pittsburgh, Omni William Penn Hotel
[21] Conference registration closes for San Jose.
[24-26] WE Local San Jose, San Jose Marriott


October Hot Topic – Making the Most of Annual Conference

It’s hard to believe, but WE16 in Philadelphia is only two weeks away! To ensure you get the most out of conference, here are a few things to put on your checklist.

1) Are you registered? 

If so, good for you! Make sure you have your registration information available when you check in at conference, it will make the process go much quicker. If you haven’t yet registered, there is still time! Go to http://we16.swe.org/attendees/registration-details/ and register today! Don’t forget to get your Celebrate SWE tickets!

2) Have you checked out the agenda?

Sometimes annual conference can get really overwhelming, especially for a first timer – there are just so many interesting things to see and do! Checking out the agenda and different presentation tracks ahead of time can help you plan how to make the most of your conference experience. The full agenda for the conference can be found here.

3) Did you download the conference app?

Speaking of checking out the agenda, the conference app is the best way to do it. The app lets you select the talks that you are interested in and create your own personalized schedule for the conference! Definitely easier than using a paper agenda to try to plan three crazy days. The iOS app can be found here and the Android version is here.

4) Have you watched the WE16 webinars?

If you missed the useful webinars that SWE hosted in September, never fear! The WE16 orientation and What Not to Wear – Conference Edition webinars can be watched anytime online at advancedlearning.swe.org. Brush up on how the regional meetings work and learn about appropriate dress for the career fair! These webinars can be useful for even a seasoned conference attendee.

5) Are you EXCITED? 

If not, then get excited!! Whether you are new to this experience or already have plans to catch up with old conference friends, the annual gathering of SWE members from across the globe is always an amazing time. Get pumped Philly, we’re only two weeks away!


Meet the Region A Leadership Coaching Committee!

The SWE Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) is a group of experienced SWE professionals and collegiates who want to help you improve your section’s leadership and development!  And the best part is, their help is free! The LCC actively wanted to help you achieve your personal and section goals through running both in person and virtual sessions to help you and your members grow! For more information, check out their website here, or contact the Region A Team Lead, Lindsay Kammeier or the LCC Chair, our very own Lt. Gov. Cassi Janakos! You can also follow the LCC on Facebook!
Check out all the profiles for our LCC team members here! See how many you can spot at WE16 in a few days!

Inspire Girls through FIRST!

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technologyis looking for volunteers to serve as judges and referees for events in the larger Bay Area! It’s an amazing program that serves to inspire and promote STEM careers for all kids through challenging and cool projects. With many girls of all ages in the program, seeing female professionals volunteer to help and encourage them could have a real impact on their career choices in the future. Check out the flyer for more information and learn more at http://firstinspires.org/ways-to-help/volunteer. They have events all throughout the fall and winter, scattered throughout the Bay!


FIRST Volunteer Poster BayArea