Available Modules

Knowledge of SWE This module is designed to provide an overview of the Society of Women Engineers. It shows SWE’s mission and goals, history, organizational structure, and governance.
Membership is a Contact Sport The Membership Module provides your section leadership with a firm understanding of SWE membership recruitment and retention: Why SWE?, finding the engineers in your area, recruiting and involving members, value for membership, understanding needs and wants of members.
Finances This module is designed to provide a guide for the financial management of a small to medium sized section. Basic financial processes are discussed and examples of formats are discussed. Where to go for additional information and assistance is provided.
Fund Development A great deal of planning and thought goes into fundraising. This module is designed to take section leadership through the fundraising cycle and put a plan in place to begin their own cycle.
Strategic Planning This module is designed to provide instruction for sections on how to create a strategic plan. It uses the national SWE strategic plan as an example and provides background on the SWE strategic planning process. A workbook is available for sections to create their own plan.
Administration and Operations Aimed at new section leadership, this module covers section requirements, what to expect from HQ/National SWE, and how to run a SWE section. It is extremely useful for newer sections.
Publicity Communications This module is designed to provide an overview of the section communications, including both internal and external publicity, newsletters, web pages, etc. Exercises will lead participants through developing an audience message matrix, publicity plan, a sample press release, layout of a newsletter and the section web page.
Effective Meetings The meeting module provides an overview of how to prepare for and run an effective meeting. The Toastmasters video is used to give the major steps in managing a meeting, and the exercises apply these steps to typical SWE executive council and committee meetings.
Leadership It takes a variety of different leadership styles for your organization to be effective. Learning about your style and others in your section leadership helps to adapt your style to different situations. The Toastmasters video is used to explain the different leadership styles and how to adapt them, and the exercises apply these steps to typical SWE situations.
Team Building Learn about you section leadership team dynamics and gain insight into the stages of team development. Effective team strategies and behaviors that prevent successful teaming are also discussed.
Tactical Planning Review your 1-2 year SWE section planning horizon. The presentation includes a SWE schedule for the year, how to establish goals for the year, activities to help forward those goals, and how to maintain a section calendar.
Conflict Resolution Define conflict, learn to distinguish disputes versus conflict, understand what contributes to conflict, and learn the basics of resolution.
Succession Planning Walk your section leadership through the 8 step approach to succession planning. Create your section succession plan and put it into action.
Professionalism in Your SWE Section What image does your section portray? A section with a professional image will certainly attract new members! Learn some tips and tricks to ensure that your section reflects a professional SWE image.
Dealing with Leadership Burnout SWE Section Leaders are often “do-ers” and find themselves stretched very thin.   SWE Leadership Coaches will lead the discussion to help you understand and deal with leadership burnout in your SWE Section.
Challenges of Geographically Large SWE Sections SWE Leadership Coaches will lead the discussion on the challenges that geographically large SWE sections face.
Being an Inclusive Organization SWE is committed to being an inclusive organization.  We can better meet our goals and objectives if we are open to the perspectives and strengths of all of our members and prospective members.  Come to this Leadership Coaching session to explore issues around inclusion and to develop strategies moving forward.
Creative Problem Solving As engineers, we are faced with problems every day and these tools presented may indeed assist you in your SWE, career, and home life. We will learn how to use 4 different creative problem solving techniques to address some of the challenges we face in our SWE Sections. We will gain the ability to generate ideas for solutions that provide value or improves a situation.
Effective Communications Since 93% of communication is non verbal and people usually only recall 50% of what they just heard, we all need to be the best communicators we can be. This module discusses and practices the difference between ineffective and effective communication skills. It provides resources on all aspects of communication from interpersonal, to body language, to electronic messaging.
Managing Different Generations In today’s organizations we encounter four generations of workers: Gen X, Gen Y, Baby Boomers and Matures. The diversity of characteristics and values represented by each group can make an issue of communication, collaboration, and motivation. As the generations continue to shift it will be essential for successful organizations to share and transfer knowledge between generations. We must first recognize the characteristics and values that are representative of each group. This module discusses differences in work ethics, leadership styles, work-life balance, and views on education, money, and much more. Participants will also assess which generation they fit into, and discover it might not even be the generation they were born into.
Mentoring & Mentee Enrichment Mentoring programs often provide extensive ongoing training for mentors; mentees can also benefit from training in support of their mentoring needs. This session examines the different types of mentoring with examples of how each member can benefit, provides tools for setting expectations in a mentoring connection with emphasis on how a mentee can engage and drive a successful mentoring relationship, and provides the group with engaging conversation starters and hands-on practice.