Engineer Like a Girl Abstracts
Jennifer and four other women leaders will start a conversation circle discussion. Questions will be prepared by the five women; things and experiences and lessons to share around topics like networking, empowering other women, work-life harmony, mentors, workplace bias, lessons learned, among others. These topics and conversations will be start-ups with the professionals in the forum and then allow attendees to join in the session and have two minutes to speak. Only attendees in the circle can speak. Jennifer was recently involved with a similar session at an international meeting and received rave reviews and takeaways from the attendees.
How do you remove an invisible barrier? While we’re lucky to live in a world where gender bias is being actively eliminated, some gender bias is hard to recognize. Unconscious gender bias is not always intentional and therefore can be difficult to eliminate. This camouflaged foe is especially evident in male-dominated fields and can impede advancement and add stress to our lives. Unfortunately, SWE research shows that almost 40% of female engineers leave by mid-career! Let’s change this, come gain insight on how to recognize these, bring them to attention and combat them.
As a woman from another country, navigating through high school, college and a professional career has been an interesting journey. I did not know about SWE enough to take advantage of all the opportunities available. This session will be an interactive presentation on issues we face as students/professionals and discussions on SWE programs that we can host to promote career and professional growth starting while we are in school. All SWE section leaders are encouraged to attend and share their outreach ideas.
In 2001, Melinda Pickering and Professor JM Thom addressed the issue of barriers to recruiting women in (Engineering and) Technology programs. Once women entered these environments, they found non-supportive variables, affecting their ability to move ahead in their career fields. This presentation will include current research findings, raise awareness of work environment variables, and propose how people can exercise control over some of these variables, setting themselves apart from their peers.
What does FUN & FEARLESS mean anyway? It’s not about being perfect, a model, or chosen. It is about choosing what you want in life, facing our fears and having fun! Is it a person? Is it a way to look at life? Is it an attitude? YES! It’s all of that and more. It is about walking in faith and confidence. Faith in who you are and what gifts you have. It is knowing your WOW Factor and sharing it with the world! This is what I do. I teach ways to overcome our fears, learn ways to walk in a room with confidence, and add more fun into our lives - no matter what. No matter what others say, think, or do - You get to choose!
This interactive presentation will fuse knowledge from psychology, management and talent development and acquisition fine tuning the skills of the audience. Through empowerment and self-discovery the women engineers will be able to use perceptual shortcuts to their advantage increasing their power position immediately. These techniques will be life changing at all levels involving all interactions within the organization and everyday life. The seminar will focus on recruitment, promotion and negotiation and the use of subtle behavioral mimicry to improve desired outcomes. A must for all to improve their power position, creating win win situations, where the goal is to get the best possible outcome resulting in higher levels of satisfaction, engagement and efficiency.
During this session, I will educate attendees on bias and its impact on inclusion, utilizing examples from my more than 27 year career in industry. Attendees will learn how to recognize and address bias in themselves and others. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions, share their experiences and ask me and other session attendees about how to address specific challenges