CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2019) – Anaheim sets the stage this year for the largest conference and career fair for women engineers. The Society of Women Engineers’ WE19 will attract thousands of women engineers to the Anaheim Convention Center Nov. 7-9, 2019. Only 13 percent of employed engineers are women; WE19 provides a platform for this minority demographic to gather with like-minded peers, share innovative ideas, make connections for career advancement, and ultimately make strides in getting more women in engineering and closing the gender gap in STEM.
“WE19 brings an energy with over 14,000 women who have a passion for engineering and technology and gives them access to the resources they need to advance in the profession” said Cindy Hoover, president of SWE and Vice President and Chief Engineer for Operations at Spirit AeroSystems. “Females and other minorities in engineering find influence in peers and mentors. At WE19, thousands of women will have the opportunity to make connections with each other, discuss struggles and solutions and find new ways to support one another for the overall advancement of women in engineering and STEM.”
WE19 will feature more than 250 educational sessions and over 350 career fair exhibitors looking to recruit female engineers at all career stages. Professionals and collegiates will have the opportunity to participate in onsite interviews with recruiters and network with organizations and people to help further their careers. Leading universities will also be available for attendees interested in exploring graduate-school opportunities.
In Anaheim, SWE will also highlight its engineering outreach program, Invent It. Build It., an event designed to give girls a hands-on engineering experience. Invent it. Build it. will take place Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center The program is designed to encourage girls in grades 6-12 to pursue a career in engineering and technology. The program offers content for middle school girls, high school girls, parents and educators. Programs like Invent it. Build it. are crucial in engaging girls to have confidence in their STEM abilities. Nearly two out of three girls who have participated in Invent It. Build It. say the program has strengthened their confidence in engineering-related skills.
For more information about WE19 and to register, visit we19.swe.org. For media inquiries and to request a complimentary media registration, contact Anna Souhrada at (630) 305-0003 x385, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Society of Women Engineers, visit swe.org.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information about the Society, please visit www.swe.org or call 312.596.5223.