In 2014, SWE Headquarters (HQ) approached volunteer leadership with the idea of leading the coordination and execution of SWE region conferences in North America. A Region Conferences task force comprised of former region governors, board members and HQ staff was formed to lay the groundwork for shifting the responsibilities and structure of the region conferences.
A primary goal of the task force was to ensure that the WE Local conferences retained the same sense of community that was ever-present at the region conferences throughout North America, while also providing a consistent and compelling experience for all career stages. Additionally, volunteer leaders remained 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 in North America.