4/21/18 Region Celebration – Ticket Sales Extended

Come one, come all! Region A programming will close with the Region Celebration on April 21, 2018 from 5:30pm-10pm in Sunnyvale, CA. Read up on the details in this post.

The ticket sales have been extended! Purchase your tickets by Sunday, April 15th 11:59PM. Now’s your chance! Tickets: https://swe-regiona-celebration.eventbrite.com

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Available Funds for SWE Region A Sections!

Region A is dissolving its bank account this year. The Region Council voted in February 2018 to distribute roughly $50,000 among Region A Professional and Collegiate Sections. If every section applies, that is ~$2,000 per section.

If your section needs funds or would like part of the distribution please apply here by April 14, 2018. https://goo.gl/forms/ i7oEMjMJE dSInoPp1

If you receive a check, it must be cashed at your earliest convenience and no later than May 31, 2018. After that date, the Region bank account will close and the funds will be unavailable. If you have any questions, contact the Region A Treasurer, Claudia Galvan at galvan.claudia@gmail.com.

Region A’s Final Event: Region Celebration!

Join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to celebrate Region A and its members. After the Region A Leadership Summit, we will hold our last event to end the tenure of Regions with a party! Everyone is welcome!

Fellow and former Region A SWE members & guests are invited to this gala dinner event. Enjoy connecting or re-connecting with members from all over Region A as we look back over the last 30+ years as a region and look forward to the future of SWE.

Thanks to the generosity of Microsoft, we will have the Celebration at their Sunnyvale, California campus, just a short distance up the road from where our Leadership Summit will be held earlier in the day.

Ticket Sales close on Sunday April 10, 2018 at 11:59pm. 

The Celebration is limited to 150 attendees. 50% of our past Region A Directors & Governors have already registered. We also have members travelling in from Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, and Canada. We look forward to seeing you!

Region Celebration- Register Here!

Attire: Cocktail attire.

Cost: 

  • $25 Region A Collegiate/Retired/Unemployed Members
  • $35 Region A Professional Members
  • $45 Members Outside of Region A/Non-Members

Schedule:

5:30pm – Region Celebration Begins! – Cocktail Attire

Includes:

  • Hosted Bar (Beer and Wine) & Appetizers
  • Buffet Dinner & Dessert
  • Celebration & Recognition Program
  • DJ
  • And, of course, Dancing!

10:00 pm – Region Celebration’s Close

Location: Microsoft, 1020 Enterprise Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Advanced Ticket Purchase Required: Ticket sales will close on April 10th at 11:59pm PDT. Please note that Microsoft requires everyone to wear a badge while on site. Link: https://swe-regiona-celebration.eventbrite.com

Questions? Contact Sandra Mandawe Paglieroni, Region A Lt. Governor at smandawe.paglieroni@gmail.com

Region A’s Final Events 04/21/18: Leadership Summit & Region Celebration

EARLY BIRD PRICING HAS ENDED. READ ON FOR DETAILS & UPDATED PRICES. 

Join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to celebrate Region A and its members. We will hold our last Region A Leadership Summit, and the Region Celebration to end the tenure of Regions with a party! We look forward to seeing you at one or both events. Everyone is welcome!

Leadership Summit:

The theme for the FY18 SWE Region A Leadership Summit is Finding Your Place in Engineering. This event will be focused on how to find your passion and how to continually pursue it in a male-dominated field. It will take place at Santa Clara University. The target audience is professional members with 0-15 years of experience and collegiate members of all ages. All professional and collegiate members are welcome to attend!

Leadership modules will be presented by professional and collegiate focused Leadership Coaching Committee coaches. The summit is limited to 50 attendees, we will open a waitlist when tickets sell out.

Celebration:

Fellow and former Region A SWE members & guests are invited to the gala dinner event. Enjoy connecting or re-connecting with members from all over Region A as we look back over the last 30+ years as a region and look forward to the future of SWE. The Celebration is limited to 150 attendees.

Thanks to the generosity of Microsoft, we will have the Celebration at their Sunnyvale, California campus, just a short distance up the road from where our Leadership Summit will be held earlier in the day.

REGISTRATION & DETAILS

Region A Leadership Summit Registration and Website. Region Celebration Registration.

Attire: The Summit is business casual. The Celebration is cocktail attire.

Cost: The Summit is FREE (lunch included). The Region Celebration Early Bird has ended, prices are updated below:

  • $25 Region A Collegiate/Retired/Unemployed Members
  • $35 Region A Professional Members
  • $45 Members Outside of Region A/Non-Members

Schedule:

9:00 am – Summit’s Doors Open

9:30 am – Summit’s Registration, Opening Activities, and Welcome

10:00 am – SWE’s Leadership Competency Model

10:45 am – Workshop Session 1 (Career Planning or Creative Problem Solving)

12:00-12:45pm – Lunch

12:45 pm – Panel Discussion on Career Choices

1:30 pm – Workshop Session 2 (Building Teams or Mentorship)

2:45 pm – Networking Time (Optional)

3:15 pm – Summit’s Close

5:30pm – Region Celebration Begins! – Cocktail Attire

  • Includes:
  • Hosted Bar (Beer and Wine) & Appetizers
  • Buffet Dinner & Dessert
  • Celebration & Recognition Program
  • DJ
  • And, of course, Dancing!

10:00 pm – Region Celebration’s Close

Location:

Advanced Ticket Purchase Required for Both Events:

Ticket sales will close on April 10th at 11:59pm PDT. Please note that Microsoft requires everyone to wear a badge while on site.

Registration/Ticket Purchase:

Organizer Contact Info:

Region Invite Front

Region Celebration – Early Bird Pricing Reminder!

Don’t forget! Early Bird ticket pricing for the 4/21/18 Region Celebration event ends at 11:59pm Sunday, March 25th!

Region Invite Front

Join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to celebrate Region A and its members. We will hold our last Region A Leadership Summit, and the Region Celebration to end the tenure of Regions with a party! We look forward to seeing you at one or both events. Everyone is welcome!

Leadership Summit:

The theme for the FY18 SWE Region A Leadership Summit is Finding Your Place in Engineering. This event will be focused on how to find your passion and how to continually pursue it in a male-dominated field. It will take place at Santa Clara University. The target audience is professional members with 0-15 years of experience and collegiate members of all ages. All professional and collegiate members are welcome to attend!

Leadership modules will be presented by professional and collegiate focused Leadership Coaching Committee coaches. The summit is limited to 50 attendees, we will open a waitlist when tickets sell out.

Celebration:

Fellow and former Region A SWE members & guests are invited to the gala dinner event. Enjoy connecting or re-connecting with members from all over Region A as we look back over the last 30+ years as a region and look forward to the future of SWE. The Celebration is limited to 150 attendees.

Thanks to the generosity of Microsoft, we will have the Celebration at their Sunnyvale, California campus, just a short distance up the road from where our Leadership Summit will be held earlier in the day.

REGISTRATION & DETAILS

Region A Leadership Summit Registration and Website. Region Celebration Registration.

Attire: The Summit is business casual. The Celebration is cocktail attire.

Cost: The Summit is FREE (lunch included). The Region Celebration Early Bird pricing is valid until March 25, 2018:

  • $20 Region A Collegiate/Retired/Unemployed Members
  • $30 Region A Professional Members
  • $40 Members Outside of Region A/Non-Members

Schedule:

9:00 am – Summit’s Doors Open

9:30 am – Summit’s Registration, Opening Activities, and Welcome

10:00 am – SWE’s Leadership Competency Model

10:45 am – Workshop Session 1 (Career Planning or Creative Problem Solving)

12:00-12:45pm – Lunch

12:45 pm – Panel Discussion on Career Choices

1:30 pm – Workshop Session 2 (Building Teams or Mentorship)

2:45 pm – Networking Time (Optional)

3:15 pm – Summit’s Close

5:30pm – Region Celebration Begins! – Cocktail Attire

  • Includes:
  • Hosted Bar (Beer and Wine) & Appetizers
  • Buffet Dinner & Dessert
  • Celebration & Recognition Program
  • DJ
  • And, of course, Dancing!

10:00 pm – Region Celebration’s Close

Location:

Advanced Ticket Purchase Required for Both Events:

Ticket sales will close on April 10th at 11:59pm PDT. Please note that Microsoft requires everyone to wear a badge while on site.

Registration/Ticket Purchase:

Organizer Contact Info:

 

March 2018 – Outreach

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One example of awesome outreach within Region A: Chico State SWE’s Imagineer Day 2018!

Your section just finished hosting a great outreach event–maybe dozens of kids learned about engineering! It’s so tempting to want to relax and just say: Wow! We did it!

After catching up on sleep, don’t forget to do three basic steps to improve your outcomes:

1. Document, Document, and Document

If you’re in a newer section and this was your first time hosting your own outreach event—congrats! However, you know how difficult it was learning the ropes. Save future officers from simple mistakes by creating a tips & tricks document, timeline, or tutorial workbook that outlines the steps you took to make the event possible.

2. Add your outreach event to the SWE Outreach Metric Tool FY18

We might have great anecdotes about the impact of SWE outreach. However, the credibility of SWE’s mission is boosted with cold hard facts—numbers —that prove many students, parents, or educators were encouraged to explore engineering through SWE programs. Fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWEOMTFY18

3. Start planning funding for the next event

Regardless of whether you plan to be directly involved in preparing your section’s next outreach event, take some time to familiarize yourself with SWE Program Development Grants. SWE organizations must apply for these mini-grants ($250-$5000) between 45-75 days in advance of the event. Detailed information can be found on the SWE website: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/program-development-grants

FY18 Region A Awards Announcement

The Region A Awards recognize the exceptional SWE members in Region A and their contributions to our organization, the engineering profession, and the community as a whole. Congratulation to our FY18 recipients!

Distinguished Leader: Seena Drapala

Emerging Leader: Lindsay Kammeier, Ishita Mandhan, Tasha Kamegai-Karadi, and Ashley Verling

Outstanding Collegiate Leader: Rachel Lucas and Shelby Freese

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Region A members at the WeLOCAL Awards Ceremony on February 24, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.

Region A Region A Distinguished Leader Award (10+ years of professional experience)

Seena Drapala

Seena worked at General Electric for 32 years where she made technical contributions to the fields of systems engineering and power plant design engineering around the world. She facilitated the participation and recognition of General Electric’s top technical woman at 6 society conferences. Seena is a Life Member of SWE who the Section Representative of the Sierra Nevada Section. Previously she served 7 terms as Section President. Last year she was recognized by the State of Nevada Office of Governor, Brian Sandoval, for her dedication to women in engineering and STEM. Seena is truly an example of a distinguished leader, engineer, and role model.

 

Region A Emerging Leader (1 to 10 years of professional experience)

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Lindsay and Cassi at the WeLOCAL Phoenix Awards Ceremony.

Lindsay Kammeier, PE

Lindsay is a licensed Professional Engineer who works at Schaaf & Wheeler in Santa Clara, California in the water resources field. She is the Region A and Region J Team Lead for the Leadership Coaching Committee. Lindsay has Chaired the Region A Leadership Summit, served on the LCC Subject Matter Expert Think Tank, and chaired her section’s Nominating Committee.

Ishita Mandhan

Ishita is a software engineer at LSQ and a Program Director at Girls in Tech. In SWE she is currently the Region A Secretary, Treasurer of the Santa Clara Valley Section, a Leadership Coach, and the Professional Counselor for the Stanford University SWE Section. In the Leadership Coaching Committee, she is leading an International Taskforce to support Affiliates.

Tasha Kamegai-Karadi

Tasha is a Senior Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants in Walnut Creek, California, where she has worked for over 6 years. She is currently s Region A Senator and has been instrumental in communicating Governance Changes. Tasha helped charter the Hawaiian Islands SWE Section and has outstanding achievements as a nuclear engineer at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

Ashley Verling, PE

Ashley is a licensed Professional Engineer who works at Wood Rodgers, Inc. In SWE she is the Sierra Nevada Section Secretary and has served as Section Representative and Historian. She is also a leader in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In ASCE, she has served as the Younger Member Forum President, President-Elect, and Historian.

 

Region A Outstanding Collegiate Leader

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Rachel and Cassi at the WeLOCAL Phoenix Awards Ceremony.

Rachel Lucas

Rachel is a Senior studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is currently the Region A Collegiate Representative and the Secretary of her SWE section. Rachel has served as Section President and Vice President. She led outreach events including the First Lego League, and managed a Sustainable Nevada Initiative grant to establish a recycling and compost system at her university.

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Shelby and Cassi at the WeLOCAL Phoenix Awards Ceremony.

Shelby Freese

Shelby is a Senior studying Sustainable Manufacturing Engineering at California State University, Chico. She is currently the Region A Collegiate Senator. Shelby has served as her Section’s Fundraising Chair, Public Relations Chair, and Section President. She coordinated several outreach events such as Imagineer Day and Femineers and is a top fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. We were blown away by your remarkable accomplishments.

Thank you again to our volunteers and the Region A Awards Committee for your time and dedication in honoring and selecting our award recipients.

 

Sincerely,

Cassi Janakos

Region A Governor

Society of Women Engineers

Region A’s Final Events 04/21/18: Leadership Summit & Region Celebration

Join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to celebrate Region A and its members. We will hold our last Region A Leadership Summit, and the Region Celebration to end the tenure of Regions with a party! We look forward to seeing you at one or both events. Everyone is welcome!

Leadership Summit:

The theme for the FY18 SWE Region A Leadership Summit is Finding Your Place in Engineering. This event will be focused on how to find your passion and how to continually pursue it in a male-dominated field. It will take place at Santa Clara University. The target audience is professional members with 0-15 years of experience and collegiate members of all ages. All professional and collegiate members are welcome to attend!

Leadership modules will be presented by professional and collegiate focused Leadership Coaching Committee coaches. The summit is limited to 50 attendees, we will open a waitlist when tickets sell out.

Celebration:

Fellow and former Region A SWE members & guests are invited to the gala dinner event. Enjoy connecting or re-connecting with members from all over Region A as we look back over the last 30+ years as a region and look forward to the future of SWE. The Celebration is limited to 150 attendees.

Thanks to the generosity of Microsoft, we will have the Celebration at their Sunnyvale, California campus, just a short distance up the road from where our Leadership Summit will be held earlier in the day.

REGISTRATION & DETAILS

Region A Leadership Summit Registration and Website. Region Celebration Registration.

Attire: The Summit is business casual. The Celebration is cocktail attire.

Cost: The Summit is FREE (lunch included). The Region Celebration Early Bird pricing is valid until March 25, 2018:

  • $20 Region A Collegiate/Retired/Unemployed Members
  • $30 Region A Professional Members
  • $40 Members Outside of Region A/Non-Members

Schedule:

9:00 am – Summit’s Doors Open

9:30 am – Summit’s Registration, Opening Activities, and Welcome

10:00 am – SWE’s Leadership Competency Model

10:45 am – Workshop Session 1 (Career Planning or Creative Problem Solving)

12:00-12:45pm – Lunch

12:45 pm – Panel Discussion on Career Choices

1:30 pm – Workshop Session 2 (Building Teams or Mentorship)

2:45 pm – Networking Time (Optional)

3:15 pm – Summit’s Close

5:30pm – Region Celebration Begins! – Cocktail Attire

  • Includes:
  • Hosted Bar (Beer and Wine) & Appetizers
  • Buffet Dinner & Dessert
  • Celebration & Recognition Program
  • DJ
  • And, of course, Dancing!

10:00 pm – Region Celebration’s Close

Location:

Advanced Ticket Purchase Required for Both Events:

Ticket sales will close on April 10th at 11:59pm PDT. Please note that Microsoft requires everyone to wear a badge while on site.

Registration/Ticket Purchase:

Organizer Contact Info:

Region Invite Front

Region A FY19 Candidate Statements

Region A has slated two candidates for the position of FY19 SENATOR and one candidate for the position of FY19 REPRESENTATIVE TO THE SOCIETY NOMINATING COMMITTEE. Please see candidate statements below.

The requirements for each position are listed in the FY19 Region Call for Nominations. Only one candidate may serve in each position. Voting will be conducted through Society-level ballot, sent to members by email.

FY19 SENATOR

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Marta Wicke

My name is Marta Wicke and I am excited about the new strategic focus in the Senate and the changes that the Society is working towards.

I was a Collegiate SWE member, but when I started my career as an engineering professional, I was not connected with the network and professional development support that I have come to appreciate with my SWE membership.  After “re-discovering SWE” 6 years ago, I became active in a Professional section and have served as a leader within the Section (Mt. Diablo President and VP), Region (Region A Secretary) and Society (WE Local Advisory Board).
For my day job, I am a technical project manager for the Clorox Company in Pleasanton, CA. I have been working in manufacturing as an engineer and manager for more than 20 years, after earning a BS in Engineering at Harvey Mudd College and an MS in Manufacturing Engineering at Stanford.  I have experience working with and leading cross-functional teams.   I have helped lead strategy development, from long range vision through tactical planning for both my department and the Clorox Women’s ERG (Employee Resource Group).  I am currently on an Inclusion and Diversity task force to drive organizational change focusing on Unconscious Bias.

As I have become more involved in SWE, I have observed broader representation and support for women in different stages of their career and life.  I have two active young kids, so I have experience and empathy for the balancing act between home and work.  I have worked in manufacturing plants for most of my career and I am grateful to SWE for the pathway to connect to other women with similar experiences, both technically and socially.  I think there is still room for SWE to grow in diversity, to represent all women and to reflect the future of STEM.  It is up to all of us to support each other so that we can rise and thrive together.  I believe SWE has the power to make change and I am proud to be an active part of this organization.
I look forward to representing our members in the next few years as we continue to grow and adapt as leaders in the STEM community.
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Allison Goodman 

Allison Goodman is a past Region A Governor and currently finishing up her term as Nominating Committee Representative from Region A for the Society’s board of directors and trustee positions.  She has been closely following the governance changes since they started while she was governor.  Allison is excited about the new truly strategic role of the SWE senate.  She hopes to draw on her past SWE leadership experience as well as her strategic planning and facilitation skills from work to contribute to the ongoing direction of SWE.  Allison’s SWE jobs these past few years have given her a deep understanding of new global breadth and further advocacy direction SWE is headed.  Her jobs have also provided insight into the types of leadership skills needed to be successful and impactful in the growing organization.  She hopes to use hers to contribute as a member of the senate.  Allison is currently a Principal Engineer at Intel in the memory and solid state drives division.  She lives in Sacramento with her husband, two young daughters, and weimaraner.

FY19 REPRESENTATIVE TO THE SOCIETY NOMINATING COMMITTEE

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Ashley Pietz

My name is Ashley Pietz and I am seeking election as the Nominating Committee Representative for Region A. As a member of the nominating committee, I will work to ensure that a diverse slate of qualified SWE members is presented to the membership each year.  I want to help shape the future of SWE and increase its local and global impact for women and girls in engineering. My SWE leadership experience at multiple levels of the society qualify me to identify, evaluate, and advocate for qualified nominees that represent the diverse voices of the membership. I am skilled at leading strategic discussions and communicating changes and plans clearly, succinctly and with a consistent message.

My SWE career started as an officer with the San Jose State University collegiate section where I served in multiple roles, including Region Collegiate Representative (RCR) and section President. As a professional with the Santa Clara Valley Section, I served as Treasurer and Vice President.  My leadership roles with Region A include Governor (RG) and Lt. Governor. On the Region Council I led the Region Collegiate Team (RCT) and implemented region social events to foster stronger personal ties between region members and sections outside of region conference. One of my major focus areas was to increase the quality of the regional conference experience. This led to my chairing of the Society’s Region Conference Task Force that evolved into the WE Local Advisory Board (LAB). Today, I shape the future of SWE as Chair of the WE Local Advisory Board by representing and advocating for the voice of SWE members in the execution of WE Local conferences.

By day, I am a systems engineer for the Lockheed Martin (LM) Space Company and serve as a leader in the company’s Women’s Impact Network.  I hold a BS in Materials Engineering from San Jose State University and an MS in Engineering Leadership and Management from Santa Clara University.  My passions outside of SWE and my career include activities that allow me to exercise the creative part of my brain and include quilting, camping with my husband and cultivating my vegetable garden.

Ohlone College Speed Mentoring Dinner – 03/09/2018

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Ohlone College is hosting its 3rd annual  Women in Engineering and Computer Science Mentoring Dinner on Friday, March 9, 2018, from 6:00pm-9:00pm at our Newark campus.

Over 100 people attended last year’s dinner: 7 different Bay Area Colleges were represented. It was a very impactful evening for both the students and the professionals.

Please consider volunteering as a professional mentor for the evening! RSVP at: www.ohlone.edu/go/swe

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Shareable PDF of this flyer: 2018OhloneCollegeFlyer