REPRESENTATIVE TO THE SOCIETY NOMINATING COMMITTEE

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Please note:  This is the Committee at the Society level, not Region level

The Region D Representative to the Nominating Committee has stepped down before the end of the term. This leaves an opportunity to join the Nominating Committee for a shortened term, to complete June 30, 2019.

​The nominating committee member must be a voting member of the Society. “In order to be eligible to serve on the nominating committee, a member must have had recent experience on a Society level.”
The member will have an interest in shaping the future of SWE and possesses knowledge of SWE bylaws, procedures and the Strategic Plan, as well as, the SWE Leadership Competency Model.
The role typically requires time dedicated for 1-2 phone calls per month, regular work via email and a significant time evaluating candidates and providing feedback to the committee during the months of October-January when phone calls increase to 1-3 calls per week.
Members need to be active on the nominating committee by attending most teleconferences, participating in email discussions, reading appropriate documents, and providing input via email in advance of any meetings that they know they will miss. It is understood that everyone will not make every meeting.
Committee members need to solicit information on the candidate as needed prior to discussions on the slate. It is the member’s responsibility to be able to present unbiased candidate pros and cons, not necessarily to be an advocate for every nominee.
Attendance at the Society annual conference (at your own expense) is strongly encouraged, although not required.
Members should assist by actively engaging with qualified candidates to encourage them to apply for open positions. The nominating committee members need to use discretion because the nature of meetings, discussions and email communications are highly confidential and must not be shared outside of the nominating committee.

While each Region Nominating Committee is responsible for ensuring that qualified candidates are slated for each position, it is the responsibility of all members to identify and bring forth qualified candidates to ensure strong leadership for the future of the organization during this governance transition time.
While each Region Nominating Committee is responsible for ensuring that qualified candidates are slated for each position, it is the responsibility of all members to identify and bring forth qualified candidates to ensure strong leadership for the future of the organization during this governance transition time.

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 for someone else or yourself. The deadline for submitting nominations is May 5, 2018 by 11:59pm in your local time zone. Nominees may apply only in the Region where his/her membership resides.

Nomination Forms due to Carissa at NomComm-D@swe.org (If you do not receive an email confirmation of your submittal within 24 hours, please text 813.684.3979)

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Senator Candidate Statements

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Hello Region D,

The following are the two candidate statements for the Region D election of Senator.  Watch your mail for Society ballots in the coming months.

Heather Wiest

My favorite part about SWE is networking with members all over the world and learning about their experiences in the Society and their passion for supporting women in engineering.  I’m excited about the opportunity that being a SWE Senator provides to actively communicate with members, gather their input on the Society’s path forward, and ensure they understand important changes occurring in SWE. As a SWE member since 2007, I have held a variety of SWE leadership roles including collegiate section treasurer, professional section representative, founding member of the Greater Lafayette Indiana professional section, member of the FY17 Governance Taskforce, and currently the FY18 Chair of the Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC).

On the FY17 Governance Taskforce, I discussed the impact of proposed governance changes on the Society with other SWE leaders and contributed to the creation of the Governance Implementation Plan.  I gained an in-depth understanding of how each segment of the Society influences each other and SWE’s progress towards meeting its goals.  Playing a significant role in charting the strategic direction of SWE as a member of the Governance Taskforce has prepared me for the similar role a SWE Senator has in shaping the long term goals of the Society.

An important aspect of being a SWE Senator is communicating proposed Society changes and goals to the membership.  In my current role as FY18 LCC Chair, I regularly communicate with over 70 leadership coaches, SWE headquarters staff, and SWE leaders to discuss important committee updates, gather feedback on the LCC’s performance, and expand the committee’s reach and support opportunities.  Being LCC Chair has also provided me with a myriad of opportunities to improve our committee’s policies and procedures in order to better support section leaders.  As SWE Senator, I would rely on the extensive Societal and section operations knowledge I have gained during my seven years on the LCC to help effectively evaluate proposed changes to Society bylaws, policies, and procedures in relation to SWE’s strategic plan.

 

Katie McCoy

I began attending collegiate SWE meetings at The University of Alabama as a freshman back in 2011 and was immediately looking to get more involved. Through my 7 years in SWE I have strived to stay active and lend a helping hand whenever I am needed. I have attended 6 Society conferences and 5 Region D conferences where I have volunteered, attended CLI, and participated in Region D meetings. I have thoroughly enjoyed extending my knowledge from collegiate section involvement, to serving as the Region Collegiate Communications Director and on the Society Membership Committee. I am passionate about outreach and exposure for the Society and would like to represent the region while contributing to policies that will reflect the SWE Mission. I am excited to be considered as the Region D Final Senator and hope to enable our Region to end on a high note that we can all look back on as an example for the Society moving forward.

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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.

Senator
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 carissa@Keyinsightconsulting.com 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 NomComm-D@swe.org  (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

SENATOR DUTIES

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!