Upcoming changes to SWE Region A social media accounts

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Starting July, 1, 2018, there will be NO ACCESS to any SWE Regional Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. 

More specifically:

  • Region A Twitter will be deleted
  • Region A Facebook Group will be archived
  • Region A Blog and Website will be archived
  • Region A email addresses will be deleted

To keep in touch after this change, consider the following:

  1. Follow the @SWE Leadership Coaching CommitteeThe #swelcc provides SWE support to all professional and collegiate sections/affiliates/MAL by facilitating consulting sessions and training module presentations tailored to help your group reach its goals. You can also learn more about the committee on their blog: https://swelcc.wordpress.com/
  2. Join the Society of Women Engineers – SWE Group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/441763142924061/
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“Women Engineers You Should Know” Features Two Region A Leaders

The Spring 2018 SWE Magazine featured two Region A leaders as “Women Engineers You Should Know”. Read on to learn about Cassi Janakos and Gloria Montano!

“Gloria Montano, F. SWE

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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With decades of involvement in efforts to diversify engineering in the United States and Canada, SWE Fellow, life member, and Past President Gloria Montano has made a difference on many levels and in many environments. Beginning with her student days at The University of Texas at El Paso, where she majored in electrical engineering and joined SWE, through many volunteer leadership roles at all levels of the organization — including 1997-1998 president — Montano has never veered from a path intent on increasing the participation of women in the profession.

Along the way, Montano also expanded that path to encompass lifelong learning and bring the benefits of technology to community — to ensure that technology works for people.

Montano left a 20-year career in Silicon Valley in 2001, after working for such companies as Mentor Graphics and Compac, to become director of the Virtual Development Center at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. There, she worked on finding new and innovative ways to in- volve women and girls in all aspects of technology.

Expanding her horizons further, and seeking new opportunity, in 2008 Montano earned a master’s in education from Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. She became president of Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE NL) and director of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT). Retiring recently, Montano remains active and committed to increasing diversity in STEM. She serves on several boards, including WinSETT, as a director.”

Cassandra “Cassi” Janakos

San Francisco Bay Area

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An advocate for women in the work- place and a staunch supporter of women in engineering, in 2015 Cassi Janakos co-founded Healthy Horizons, a Silicon Valley start-up and pioneer in workplace breastfeeding innovations. The company operates in every major city across the United States and has an impressive customer list of Fortune 500 companies.

Healthy Horizons provides employers with lactation products and services, making it easier for breastfeeding mothers to keep their jobs. The mother’s room setup and maintenance includes hospital-grade breast pumps, along with breast- feeding, baby care, and back-to-work classes for businesses and families.

Janakos has integrated her systems engineering skills into all phases of the operation, developing software tools, creating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant online education, and rolling out upgrades across the company. Through the company’s social responsibility program, she helped distribute 1,800 breast pumps to low-income mothers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She leads SWE’s Region A as governor and has been active in the Society since her student days. Janakos holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; a B.S. in business management economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and an M.S. in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

Prior to starting Healthy Horizons, Janakos was a systems engineer with Lockheed Martin. She was named a SWE Distinguished New Engineer in 2017.”

Congratulations to Gloria and Cassi! Check out the full list of “Women Engineers You Should Know” and other great articles in the Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers (Volume 64, Number 3, Spring 2018): http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/images/swemagazine/2018/SWESpring2018.pdf

 

Last minute tickets for the Region Celebration!

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 11:30AM Saturday April 21st, 2018. Now’s your last chance to meet or reunite with SWE’s Region A members! Tickets: https://swe-regiona-celebration.eventbrite.com

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