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The following is being sent to the Region D Council:

The FY18 Region D Nominating Committee was charged with selecting at least one qualified candidate for the FY18 Senator position.   Eligibility of all candidates on the FY18 slate has been verified to the bylaws requirements. Members of the FY18 nominating committee have completed their evaluation of nominees for the FY19 elected position and have selected the following slate of candidates. Candidate profiles and statements will be posted on the Region D website by March 2nd.

The election will be processed by the Society.

1. Heather Wiest, Space Coast section
2. Katie McCoy, Atlanta section

Additional candidates may be nominated by petition, provided that:

  1. The member is eligible for the position;
  2. The member has given written consent to being placed on the ballot;
  3. A minimum of two percent or five of the voting members of the section, whichever is greater, have signed a petition or endorsed an email to place the candidate’s name on the ballot; and
  4. The petition, together with the written consent, is submitted to the chair of the nominating committee within two weeks after the slate is announced to the members of the section (February 28th)

FY18 Nominating Committee: Beth Todd, Angela Mitchell, Molly Skinner, Carissa Giblin (Chair)

Contact Carissa at with any questions.


Region D Senator – Call for Nominations

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In accordance with the dissolution of permanent Region boundaries decision, each Region is tasked with hosting their final election during FY18 in accordance with Society and Region Bylaws.  Region D will elect a Senator for a three-year term commencing on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

Please take some time to consider who you feel has the skills and qualifications to best lead the Society through these roles. You may submit a nomination (via the form below) for someone else or yourself. The deadline for submitting nominations is January 14, 2018 by 11:59pm in your local time zone. Nominees may apply only in the Region where his/her membership resides.

Key Dates

Jan 14 – Nomination Forms due to Carissa at  (If you do not receive an email confirmation of your submittal within 24 hours, please text 813.684.3979)

Feb 1 – Slate presented to members of the Region D Council

Mar 1 – Slate presented to Society Headquarters to follow Society Election schedule

Additional candidates may be nominated by petition, provided that:  1. The member is eligible for the position;  2. The member has given written consent to being placed on the ballot;  3. A minimum of two percent of the voting members of the region have signed a petition or endorsed an email to place the candidate’s name on the ballot, with no more than half of the signatures or endorsements having been made from any one professional section or the members at large; and 4. The petition, together with the written consent, is submitted to the nominating committee prior to February 20.

The ideal candidate would have the skills/competencies listed below (in alignment with the SWE Leadership Competency Model):

• Communication

o Strong and consistent communication skills (in-person and virtual, presentations and public speaking, consistent)

o Champion for diversity and inclusion internally within the Society as well as externally in the engineering community

• Self-Management

o Ability to listen and distill large amounts of information o Availability for multi-year commitment

• Business Acumen

o Strategic planning experience and/or strategic thinking skills

o Knowledge of SWE and/or other non-profit organizations

• Leadership Abilities

o Leadership and change management experience

o Working knowledge of SWE’s Core Value on Inclusive Environment and alignment to SWE’s Diversity Principles

• Mentoring, Coaching and Sponsorship

o Seeking and/or being a mentor, coach, or sponsor o Diverse networks


Senators are responsible for:

o Charting the strategic direction of SWE by developing and adopting long-range goals for the Society.

o Developing and/or adopting proposed changes to the Society bylaws, policies, and procedures that are in line with the strategic plan.

o Conducting essential dialogue with Society membership on long-term trends and issues of common interest.

• Senators must be voting members of the Society (except Special Senators) and will serve for a term of three (3) fiscal years.

• Senators should anticipate participating in a lot of virtual meetings and communications

• The role typically requires the following time commitments:

o Monthly Conference Calls – 1 hour each

o Participation in 1 Sub-Team

• Annual Strategic Planning (2 mandatory face-to-face meetings, calls 1-5 hours per month)

• Strategic Initiatives (Variable)

• Committees Strategic Planning (Variable)

• Communications (Variable) o Face-to-Face Senate Meetings – At least 2 per fiscal year

• Annual Conference (Fall; 3 days – Mandatory)

• Winter Senate Meeting (Winter; 1 day – Mandatory)

• WE Local (Spring; 1 day – Currently not required, but highly recommended)

o Offline discussions on bylaws amendments and motions (Variable)

o Active communication with Society membership

• Funding for travel is currently available through SWE for the Winter Senate Meeting and Annual Strategic Planning Sub-Team face-to-face meetings. Future funding to be determined.

These roles and responsibilities are subject to change by the Senate leadership team as the governance changes continue to be implemented.

If you are interested in participating as a Region D Nominating Committee member, contact Carissa asap.  We need to ensure a diverse committee for this process.


Networking at WE17!

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WE17 is fast approaching – and we can’t wait! As WE17 has so much going on, utilize the Conference Planner  to help you view information on Housing, Exhibitors, Events, and Speakers.

Since we’re just a few weeks out, it’s time to talk about one of the most important aspects of WE17 – Networking! From meeting potential future employers, making new friends, or just connecting with one of the original members from SWE (they have the BEST stories), networking is key to a fulfilling experience.

Everyone has those moments of feeling awkward or uncomfortable when networking at an event of this size, so use the webinars linked below to help you prepare!

Hot Trends in Networking Know How:

Networking for Newbies:

WE16 Keynote – Luann Pendy


See you in Austin!



Friendly Reminder to Update Rosters

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Happy Thursday!

If you haven’t already, please don’t forget to update your Roster.

Have a great weekend!

WE 17 Logistics!

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WE 17, “Always Connecting, Always Engineering” is scheduled for October 26-28 in Austin, TX. Visit for all of the details.


The discounted Advanced Registration closes on 10/20, with on-site registration being available during conference.

Registration discounts are offered for those who choose to volunteer and is a great way to network with other SWE members! For more information on how to volunteer, visit: .


Hotel blocks have been provided for attendees! For more information visit:


Conference can sometimes be intimidating — these webinars are GREAT for ensuring you dress and feel your best, while also impressing the potential employers! Click the links below and enjoy!

How to be Career Fair Saavy

What Not to Wear 

Have a great month and we’ll see you at WE 17!


Welcome FY 18 Leaders!

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My name is Elizabeth Hartzog and I will be your Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for the year. As the Region D RCCE, it is my goal to inform you all of Hot Topics, Section Updates, and important dates along with providing you with interesting engineering articles and information about your FY17 Region Leadership Team 🙂. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you can reach me at The rest of the new leadership team is listed below:

  • RCR – Jenna Newman
  • RCR – Jessica Jiang
  • RCS – Grace Devine
  • RCCE – Elizabeth Hartzog
  • LCC Lead – Sarvenaz
  • SWEFL – Emma Latham
  • SWEFL – Tatum Martin

We hope everyone is having a great semester!