Speaker Proposal and Process
Are you interested in hosting or developing a professional development session with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)? SWE offers learning opportunities across various modalities, within a variety of tracks - all of which are available within the SWE Advance Learning Center.
To be considered for a professional or committee-run SWE speaking event, all speakers must complete a speaking proposal and work with SWE to provide high-quality content and learning experiences.
Advance Learning Center New Content
- Click here to access the SWE Speaking Proposal for online content.
- SWE Committee Members - click here to access the SWE Speaking Proposal for committee-hosted online content (e.g. Awards Training).
- SWE committee webinar attendance policy: To allow for the most efficient use of HQ staff and committee leader time, the live webinar may be canceled if it does not have 35 or more registrations two days prior to the live webinar date. If the live webinar is canceled, committee leaders have the option to record the webinar offline and release it as an on-demand webinar to be hosted in the Advance Learning Center.
Live Speaking Opportunities
- Click here to access the SWE Speaking Proposal for conference events.
- Schedule the event at least 45 days prior to ensure adequate marketing time.
- Use the SWE branded PPT provided by SWE and the SWE brand guidelines.
- Write a blog and/or social media post to discuss the importance of the content.
- If CEUs are provided for your event, you must work with SWE to ensure your content follows the systematic approach identified by the IACET learning standard.
SWE’s professional development is organized into six core tracks as described below.
This track is inspired by SWE’s strategic goal of advocacy; focusing on advocating for future generations of women in engineering and technology. Examples of topics include:
- Participating in or leading advocacy efforts (influencing public policy, techniques for communicating with Congress, etc.).
- Best practices for developing K-12 outreach programs that encourage and support girls to pursue careers in engineering.
- Developing strategic partnerships involved in K-12 outreach and advocacy efforts.
This track examines tools and best practices to assist in managing and advancing careers in a variety of engineering industries. Examples include:
- Resume and interview best practices, salary negotiations.
- Techniques to manage various professional transitions.
- Techniques for creating and maintaining successful professional relationships.
This track is inspired by SWE’s strategic goal of diversity and inclusion. Content address the challenges and opportunities that engineers face within the context of workplace culture and globalization. Examples of topics include:
- Developing skills to be a more inclusive leader and team member to work effectively with others from diverse backgrounds.
- Techniques and strategies to build and promote a culture of diversity and inclusion.
- Research and approaches concerning workplace diversity and globalization.
Thought leaders from a variety of disciplines will share emerging technologies helping to make organizations more competitive. Examples of topics include:
- Artificial intelligence
- Data science
- Machine learning
This track addresses topics to improve and grow personally. Examples of topics include:
- Developing wellness strategies (personal care, balancing demanding work and personal schedules, etc.).
- Self-reflection and assessment techniques to recognize strengths and weaknesses, seeking feedback from others, and learning from failure.
- The importance of lifelong learning strategies and development
This track focuses on how leaders shape the performance and success of organizations and SWE Sections and the needed leadership skills to meet the myriad of opportunities, challenges, and demands STEM leaders face. Examples of topics include:
- Techniques to develop a greater capacity to grow and support people and teams.
- Recognizing the importance of sponsorship.
- Strategic thinking skills and building alliances.
Specialized Areas of Focus
The intent of the specialized areas of focus is to provide professional development for key areas of expertise.
This focus area is for those interested in or actively involved in creating and maintaining new business ventures. Sessions may touch on (but are not limited to) themes like creating a startup team, business planning, raising venture capital, new venture structures, strategies for product marketing and licensing.
This focus area was created to meet the needs of the late-career and retired members.
This specialized content is used to identify techniques for organizational improvements and change.
This focus area identifies sessions that would be relevant to employees, managers, and owners of small businesses, as professional development and the path to success in smaller organizations may look very different than large corporations. These sessions are not exclusive to small businesses and may be relevant to a more general audience as well.
This content is intended to provide resources to any engineering professional who has taken a career break for two or more years and wants to re-join the STEM workforce. The sessions are for both individuals reentering the workforce and organizations considering launching a program.
This focuses on topics relating to SWE governance and volunteer leadership. Many of the presenters are active SWE volunteer leaders within their section and/or are members of SWE's leadership coaching committee (LCC).
Sessions in this focus area are given by technical experts, not-exclusively SWE Fellows, sharing their knowledge and recent advances in cutting-edge technologies, reviews of diverse viewpoints, novel techniques, engineering crossovers, discipline evolutions and emerging techniques in diverse engineering specialties. The presentations in this focus area, curated by SWE Fellows, welcome all who want to learn the current state of the art in a variety of fields.
This specialized area of focus examines various career paths and opportunities for women in academia. Administrators, faculty, and graduate students within the academic community will share insights, research, and experiences.
This area of focus examines various career paths and opportunities for women in government and the military.
Target Career Levels
SWE's professional development is designed to assist those in seven different career levels.
A student who has not entered a college or university.
A student in, or recent graduate of, a college or university.
A professional who is a recent graduate who may/may not have prior experience in a field or profession.
An individual who has 10-20 years of professional experience, generally with others reporting to them.
An experienced professional with over 20 years of professional experience and increasing levels of responsibility. This individual is often seen as a thought-leader.
An experienced professional in executive leadership positions.
An individual who has ended working in a professional career.