Society of Women Engineers Conference Offers Women Connections and Support - Higher Education: Nearly 6,000 women engineers converged on Baltimore last week for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) annual conference to sharpen their skills, network and meet recruiters at the three-day event.
This year’s theme, “Make Connections, Make History,” was evident as women of all ages poured into the Baltimore Convention Center on a mission to improve themselves, connect with others who can identify with their challenges, meet with recruiters and enjoy themselves.
The Chicago-based organization has served women engineers since 1950. Its long history of breaking new ground is what SWE President Stacey DelVecchio said is an area of great pride.
“One of the early presidents still comes to the conference, and it’s wonderful for her to see the progress,” said SWE President Stacey DelVecchio, who has been a member of SWE for 20 years. “Those women had a vision. I think about how far we have come, and I thank our founders.”
In recognition of its legacy, a large historical timeline was on display, along with some of the society’s accomplishments, such as outreach to K-12 girls to encourage them to go into science, as well as work with corporate partners supporting women in the field.