A Student Account of the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference

November 15, 2019

Written by Maddy Best

Last weekend a group of 30 students (including several BBE students) traveled to Anaheim California for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Annual Conference, which is called WE19.  The Society of Women Engineers is an international professional organization comprised of collegiate and professional members whose mission includes empowering women as engineers and leaders while demonstrating the value of diversity and inclusion.  This year’s annual conference had over 15,000 attendees and featured over 300 professional development sessions. During these sessions, industry leaders gave advice on how to negotiate job offers, deal with conflict in the workplace, and shared new developments in their fields.  One of the keynote speakers for the conference was Carol Malnati, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the UMN’s College of Science and Engineering.  University of Minnesota Assistant Dean, Susan Kubitschek, also gave a presentation on retention strategies for females in CSE.  In addition to lots of networking opportunities, one highlight of the conference was a two-day career fair with over 400 recruiting companies looking to hire both college students and working professionals.  During the conference awards banquet, the UMN’s SWE section was awarded a Gold Award for Best Practices and a Multicultural Award.

To learn more about the Society of Women Engineers visit their website

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From left to right: Maddi Johnson, Sam Wheeler, Noah Siem, Maddy Best, Aleesha Slattengren