About WE Local
WE Local is a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) program that was developed to bring the excitement and energy of SWE's annual conference - on a smaller scale - to our members' backyards around the globe through local conferences. WE Local brings together participants in all stages of their collegiate and professional journeys.
WE Local is Global
The WE Local program hosts conferences around the globe so engineers can connect locally through professional development workshops, inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and outreach activities. In 2019, you will find five WE Local conferences in North America, one in India and one in Europe, in addition to various SWE workshops and seminars across the world.
WE Local in North America
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.
WE Local conferences in North America 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 support grew by 42% in SWE member participation which is the equivalent to 48 members.
In 2019, SWE Headquarters will work with 92 SWE members from around the United States. In addition, SWE Members have two dozen leadership opportunities to serve within WE Local. This opportunity has doubled since 2018! Learn more about WE Local roles and responsibilities.
Take a look at the history of WE Local and where we're headed in the WE Local Digital Book below!