Society of Women Engineers

Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)

To address the need for more women in academic leadership positions in engineering and to foster the professional growth of women in academia, SWE developed the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program.

This year's live ALWE program will take place in New Orleans, LA on November 4, 2020. After attending the ALWE program on November 4th, ALWE attendees will have free registration to the WE20 Annual Conference from November 5-7, 2020. 

The overarching purpose of ALWE is to provide female academics in engineering with tangible skills and knowledge needed to pursue, acquire and gainfully maintain institutional leadership positions at a university. SWE also hopes this program provides women with skills to help them grow personally as leaders.

Why Should I Attend ALWE?

Participants in the program will experience a one-day program with many interactive sessions that provide best practices to advance in academia while creating opportunities and mechanisms to network across institutions. Based on these best practices, attendees of ALWE will be able to:

  • Recognize the various roles associated with holding leadership positions within academia by addressing these questions: what does it mean to be a dean? How to balance administrative and research positions?
  • Obtain tools to successfully navigate unconscious and conscious bias.
  • Learn strategies and tools to advance in leadership roles within academia.
  • Learn negotiation skills to use in pursuing an institutional leadership position.
  • Expand an existing network of women in academia.

Participants will be invited to participate in online pre- and post-learning opportunities as part of the ALWE program. 

Who Should Attend ALWE?

The intended audience for the ALWE program are women who are in the early and mid-stages of their careers at academic institutions. This includes:

  • Postdoctoral Appointments
  • Assistant Professors
  • Associate Professors
  • Full Professors
  • Instructors
  • Lecturers
  • Associate Deans
  • Deans
  • Program Directors
  • Chairs

Learn about the ALWE program from a few ALWE 2019 participants.

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Please note that any in-person ALWE programming will be photographed and recorded.


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This project is based upon work supported through the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.