The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is the largest non-profit educational and service organization representing both student and professional women in engineering and technical fields.
SWE programs support the retention, recruitment and advancement of women in engineering and technology through career services, professional development programs and networking opportunities.
The award winning SWE-Detroit (SWE-D) Professional Development Conference continues its success and is one of SWE-D’s signature events. It enjoys attendance selected from its 300 plus professionals who have the opportunity to understand the latest engineering technological developments, network with experienced professionals, and have access to resources to aid in career planning and development.
This year the conference will be jointly hosted by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) and SWE. This coalition is referred to as Coalition of Minority Professional Engineering Societies (COMPES). We believe this will bring additional value to the participant from a networking opportunity. For additional information please reference the Society Information and Membership section of this press release.
Attendees will take advantage of the lessons learned in overcoming the challenges presented to minorities as well as fresh topics central to the theme of Thriving on Diversity. Challenges to be addressed during this conference are:
- Maintain Technical Strength
- Soft Skill Development
- Understand Challenges around Diversity in the Workplace
This year, our Keynote Speaker is Carla Bailo, senior vice president, Research & Development – Nissan Americas. Bailo has responsibility for all of Nissan’s research and development (R&D) and quality functions in the Americas, which includes facilities in Michigan, Arizona, California, Virginia and Tennessee, as well as Mexico and Brazil. She will discuss Nissan’s efforts to promote employee diversity while expanding its R&D footprint in the Americas region.
We are honored to have Glenn Carver as our Motivational Speaker for COMPES PDC 2013. After hearing Glenn Carver deliver the message from his book, Stand in the HEAT, you will leave empowered with a formula to create the future you truly desire. You will understand how Honor, Enthusiasm, Action and Tenacity can and should be implemented into your ongoing professional development. In today’s diverse market place, you must “Manage your emotions, Visualize your outcome and Take massive action”. Glenn will explain how you can literally Be, Do and Have anything you want in life!
Finally as the Capstone Speaker we are pleased to have Greg Daniels, retired senior vice president, U.S. Manufacturing, Nissan North America, Inc. When he retired in 2008 after more than 25 years with Nissan, Daniels oversaw all of Nissan’s US manufacturing operations, including vehicle assembly plants in Smyrna, Tenn. and Canton, Miss., as well as the company’s powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee.
The enthusiasm SWE, NSBE, and SHPE members bring to the conference is infectious and attendees will get to pick three (3) of eighteen (18) breakout sessions which provides an environment to learn, be inspired and grow. For examples from last year’s SWE-Detroit PDC 2012 please see brochure listing descriptions on breakout sessions. Registration opens mid-March and can also be found on our website. www.compespdc.org.
Corporate sponsorship for the PDC allows attendance cost to remain low. Corporate sponsors realize and continue to understand the benefit that SWE (and in this case the award winning SWE-D PDC) provides to professionals. For additional information please reference the Corporate Sponsorship section of this press release. They understand the significant power such a minority group of Female, Black, and Hispanic engineers have:
- Common issues
- Lessons learned and how to resolve them
The need to network and share, via a common bond is easily facilitated. The conference provides an environment conducive to learning so attendees can sharpen their technical and soft skills. Corporate Sponsors understand the need to have a diverse workforce that is not restricted by company boundaries; a knowledgeable engineering resource, well-disciplined in the latest techniques and methods plus the ability and confidence to deliver all of this while living life and coping with its many challenges. COMPES Professional Development Conference provides that environment.
Source: COMPES PDC