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.

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.

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 https://we17.swe.org 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: https://we17.swe.org/attendees/volunteer/ .


Hotel blocks have been provided for attendees! For more information visit: https://we17.swe.org/attendees/housing/


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 eehartzog@crimson.ua.edu. 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!