The SWE Region C Mentoring Committee is seeking dynamic volunteers to participate in developing an FY16 program to stimulate our leadership pipeline and develop select candidates for regional and society level leadership positions. This opportunity is open to both collegiate and professional members.
Is your section doing awesome, innovative things? Are you advancing and advocating for women in engineering in dynamic ways? Have your section’s leaders improved your organization and do you want to recognize them for it?
Region awards are open!
For Collegiate Sections:
- Outstanding Collegiate Section Award
- Collegiate Innovative New Program Award
- Outstanding Collegiate Section Participation Award
For Collegiate Leaders:
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNT SWE has been up to some fabulous things.
Meet Scrappy C Turtle. He’s a new member of UNT from the Region C meeting today. Shout out to Shelley Stacener for making these awesome little guys. You can follow him on Twitter at @ScrappyCturtle.
With less than a day to WE15 in Nashville, TN, I hope all of you are pumped for conference. With great workshops, professional development opportunities, ample networking, job/intern hunting, and social fun times to be had, I wanted to do a quick overview of the opportunities you should take advantage of.
- Have you downloaded the WE15 AP yet? Not only does it have a comprehensive schedule, but it has speakers, a program, and a QR code scanner that let’s you collect points and makes you eligible for prizes. Not sure how you’re going to organize your time during conference? Use the app’s schedule builder.
- SWE Career Fair – Over 290 companies are coming to hire you! Bring your padfolio, print out your resume (maybe have a copy on your flashdrive as well), do some research on the companies and go to info sessions on Thursday. There will be interviews during conference! Remember to upload your resume to the career center here.
- Dress for Success:
- Workshops – There are so many of them! Go to interesting current event- related workshops, resume building and networking workshops, and go to ones that help you with outreach and other section related ones as well!
- SME Bowl – Exxon Mobil’s Subject Matter Expert Bowl. Region C got 3rd Place last year, and we expect to do even better this Saturday! If you are interested stop by the Exxon Mobile booth on Friday.
- Nashville: If you have some free time outside of conference. Go out and visit this historic city! Here’s a list of places to explore!
We at the University of Arkansas are so excited to be hosting this year’s Regional Conference. This year’s conference theme is “Inspiring People, Products, and Possibilities.” With this theme we are striving to bring a diverse network of companies to a diverse group of people and we can’t wait for you to join us February 5th-7th, 2016!
Sitting atop the Ozark Mountains, Northwest Arkansas includes the cities of Rogers, Bentonville, Springdale, and Fayetteville. Northwest Arkansas is a flourishing area that has a lot to offer. Named the 19th “Best Places for Business and Careers” in 2012 Forbes magazine, Northwest Arkansas is an up and coming business community. It is home of three Fortune 500 companies; Walmart, Tyson Foods, and JB Hunt. Other companies in the area include Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Conway, AR; Kraft Foods in Fort Smith, AR; and L’Oreal in North Little Rock, AR. With its quaint downtowns and breathtaking views, Northwest Arkansas can be a relaxing weekend destination to get away from congested, metropolitan areas.
Arkansas is the Natural State and we would like to preserve all of Arkansas’ natural beauty. This year we will be working with the University of Arkansas’ Sustainability Office to make this conference more sustainable through recycling and using ecofriendly options as well as bringing up the conversation of sustainability in our workshops and speakers
The conference will be held at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Arkansas. The conference center offers 80,000 square feet of event space with multiple breakout rooms that will perfectly facilitate our workshops and other breakout sessions. The official lodging for the conference will be at the Rogers’ Embassy Suites, conveniently connected to The John Q. Hammons Center. SWE has reserved a select block of rooms available first come first serve for $120.00 per night with the reservation Group Code “SWE”. Individuals (one per room and must stay minimum of 2 nights) will be reimbursed up to $120 for the room as funds allow. Details for reimbursement will be posted on the webpage. The Embassy Suites features a variety of spacious suites, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception, and on-site Spa Botanica, offering relaxing and nurturing spa services. For more information on the John Q. Hammons Center and the Embassy Suites visit their website here:
Conference registration will open October 5th on our website,regionc2016.wordpress.com. Registration rates are as follows:
Early Bird SWE Member Rates (Oct 5 through Dec 31, 2015): $90 for Professionals, $60 for Collegiates
Regular SWE Member Rates (Jan 1, 2016 through Feb 1, 2016): $105 for Professionals, $75 for Collegiates
Non-Member and On-Site Registration Rates: $110 for Professionals, $85 for Collegiates
Career Fair Only: $25
Professional Attendees: please complete this survey concerning Professional Track Workshop Options:
We can’t wait to see you there!
Region C Conference Team 2016
As we are in the midst of career fair and interview season, I wanted to post some career fair and interview tips. Being nervous about getting a full time job or an internship is understandable, but don’t let that get in the way of talking to your dream company. Here are 5 tips to success, whether you’re interviewing or talking to a recruiter at their booth.
- Smile! Nothing will put you more at ease than having a positive attitude. (Picture is of former Region Collegiate Senator Sangeetha Mylvaganam).
- Be Confident: Find a quiet corner to power pose for awhile. Get yourself in the frame of mind you need to be the empowered, independent woman you are: the woman that is going to get out there and hit the ball out of the park.
- Do your research. One of the first questions and recruiter asks is: Why us? Can you answer that question? It takes time to do research on companies, so have a game plan and research the companies you REALLY want, and know them well. https://www.wetfeet.com/articles/how-to-prepare-before-the-career-fair
- Be an active listener. Starting from your handshake (a good handshake is one that no one remembers), be engaged in what the company representative is saying to you. No two conversations during career fair should be alike, and you should emphasize the qualities you have that the recruiter is emphasizing. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/improve-active-listening-skills-business-situations-20192.html
- Follow up. Ask for a business card or an email address. Personally, I find this to be very difficult. After spending hours on the career fair and talking to recruiters, all I think about is catching up on all the school work I neglected during the day. However, you owe it to yourself to make the lasting impression on a recruiter by following up. https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/blog/rnr/2012/09/what-happens-after-career-fair
There is plenty of other advise to be given, but the most important is to show up, be professional, and be yourself.
The FY16 Leadership Summit will be held Sept.12 in Houston at the Hess Club. The event is open for all who wish to attend, but will be particularly useful for Region and Section officers. There will be a networking session and several leadership and tactical trainings. The hotel discount is available until Sept. 2.
For more information, click here.