WE Local is a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) national and global program that brings together participants in all stages of their collegiate and professional journey. The program hosts conferences around the globe so engineers can connect through professional development workshops, inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and outreach activities.
WE Local North America
WE Local North America conferences are created by SWE Headquarters (HQ) and the WE Local Advisory Board (LAB) with support from the WE Local Host Committees (LHC).
In 2018, WE Local grew by 42% in SWE member participation which is the equivalent to 48 members. View the complete list of SWE members supporting WE Local by serving on LAB or one of five LHCs for 2018.
WE Local North America – History
In 2014, SWE Headquarters (HQ) approached volunteer leadership with the idea of leading the coordination and execution of SWE region conferences. Volunteer leadership and HQ staff recognized there were instances of leadership burnout in organizing the conference, limited volunteer resources and, in some cases, inconsistent participant experiences at the conferences. As a result, the board of directors created a Region Conferences task force comprised of former region governors, board members and HQ staff to lay the groundwork for shifting the responsibilities and structure of the region conferences.
The task force mapped out the initial next steps and communication plan for implementing the WE Local model. A primary goal of the taskforce was to ensure that the WE Local conferences retained the same sense of community that was ever-present at the region conferences, while also providing a consistent and compelling experience for all career stages. Additionally, the task force went to great lengths to ensure that volunteer leaders remain integral to the strategic vision and practical roll-out of WE Local.
Based on the work of the task force, the WE Local program was launched in 2017.