Join us for a panel event featuring stories of triumph on the technical career path. This panel lineup was a success at WE23! Keep an eye on our next newsletter for all the details.
Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Rice University
Join us for our March coffee + networking at Eden Plant Co. Members and non-members are welcome. Attendees are responsible for their own beverages.
Date: Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Eden Plant Co. (3401 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77003)
Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the world, making SWE-HA one of the most diverse sections of the Society of Women Engineers. Join us at our International Women’s Day. Celebration to honor all the amazing women engineers who have found their way to Houston on Friday, March 8th, 2024. Keynote speaker to be announced. Early bird rates close on February 1st, 2024.
Date: Friday, March 8th, 2024
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Junior League of Houston
If you are interested in getting into SWE leadership, we are always looking for volunteers! Perhaps the best way to enter is to become a member of one of our committees. We have a group of awesome leaders – let us know where your passions lie and we’ll make sure we get you to the right group.
Other Ways to Get Involved
There are many different ways to get involved with SWE-HA. There’s something for everyone. Check out our programs:
Join us for our SWE-HA Monthly Book Club!
- We’ll meet virtually every 6 weeks to discuss the current reading selection alternating between fiction and non-fiction (including professional development selections.
- Book titles will be selected based on feedback from registered participants and will updated on this site.
- You must be a member of SWE-HA to participate in the Book Club.
- If you have questions, please contact Bethany, Book Club Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWE-HA’s membership committee hosts a minimum of five recurring events each fiscal year:
- Membership Kickoff, typically at the end of August
- Professional Mixer
- Holiday Party, typically a creative activity with wine in early December
- Membership Brunch, typically at the end of January
- Volunteer Appreciation, typically early June
Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter on the home page to get notified when these events occur!
SWE-HA’s professional development committee typically hosts three events per fiscal year. Past events include job search workshops with resume reviews, professional headshots, and elevator pitch coaching, salary negotiation, and Q&A panels about entrepreneurship, leadership, and choosing your advanced degree.
Throughout your career, SWE-HA wants to help you grow professionally. The SWE-HA Professional Development Committee is looking for your feedback. We want to know what you are interested in seeing this fiscal year. In addition, we have opportunities for you to speak at a SWE-HA event. For questions, please contact email@example.com.
Mentoring is one of the SWE core values. In line with this, the goal of this program is to connect young and experienced professional members of the SWE Houston chapter. This year’s program is expected to run from January 2022 to June 2022. This opportunity is only available to SWE-HA members.
- To provide an open and candid forum for SWE-HA young professional members to gain insight from experienced SWE members that will help develop their engineering identities and sense of belonging to the SWE community.
- Participants must adhere to the SWE Code of Conduct
- Willingness to invest the time/effort in the relationship throughout the entire mentorship period
- Time Commitment
- 1-2 hours per month from January 2022 to June 2022
- Eligibility Requirements
- Must be a current SWE member registered to Houston Area Section
- Experienced Professionals (10+ years experience) will serve as mentors to Young Professionals (0-10 years experience)
- For the initial contact and first formal meeting, the mentor will be responsible for setting a meeting date and time, location, and agenda. Subsequently, the mentee will be responsible for setting up meetings and agendas.
- Mentees/mentors will self-determine the meeting schedule, location, and topics. However, it is expected that mentorship will take place from the launch of the program through June 2022 with at least one meeting per month.
- It is expected that both parties will be respectful of each other’s availability and time commitment. Thus, attending scheduled meetings is mandatory to continue in this program. In extraordinary circumstances, a partner may need to cancel an already scheduled meeting. Notice of cancellation should be made as soon as practical.
- At the close of a fiscal year, mentors and mentees will be asked to reflect on the program and complete a survey to provide feedback on the program.
- Mentors and mentees are expected to attend the program events/activities (kick-off, monthly meetings, and end-of-year).
Why Become a Mentor?
- Give back to the next generation
- Develop feedback and critical thinking skills
- Discover a new perspective
- Advance your leadership skills by fostering career progression and growth opportunities
- Grow professional networks
Why Become a Mentee?
- Learn from the experience of your mentor
- Grow professional networks, learn to navigate workplace challenges, develop your leadership skills, explore opportunities, and build your career path
- Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support.
- Discover a new perspective
Frequently Asked Questions
- I am not a member of SWE HA, but can I still sign-up to be a mentor/mentee?
- At this time, we are asking that all participants be current SWE members associated with the Houston section.
- I am not actively working as an engineer but have an engineering degree, can I still sign up to be a mentor/mentee?
- Yes, we would request that mentors who are not currently working as engineers have worked as an engineer and are engaged in a professional career either in a leadership role, or in a related field, such as law, medicine, an entrepreneurial venture, or have retired from an engineering career.
- What is the time commitment for this program?
- Mentors and mentees are expected to self-determine the frequency and method of communication in their first meeting. At a minimum, mentors/mentees should connect for 1-2 hours per month. However, availability is key to a successful mentorship relationship and some individuals may desire more communication than others.
- What are common topics discussed with mentees?
- Everything from goal setting and career guidance to navigating work-life balance and responding to performance reviews or salary negotiations at work. Mentors and mentees talk about a wide range of things. More specific things include involvement opportunities, networking, and professional development.
- How long is the program commitment?
- The program is expected to last through June 2022. However, either party may end the relationship at an earlier date for any reason by notifying the partner and the SWE HA mentorship committee. The parties may also extend the duration of the partnership by mutual agreement.
- How will I be matched with a mentor/mentee?
- Mentors/mentees will be matched based on their responses to the interest form. Every effort will be made to match all participants.
- For other questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.