April - SWE-Blast

Eastern Nebraska Society of Women Engineers


Every 4th Thursday - SWE Programs

Eastern Nebraska SWE schedules our programs monthly, covering our membership in the Omaha - Lincoln metro areas.

Do you have ideas for a meeting or something to share for our SWE-blasts? Let me know!


Managing Conflict and Change to Enhance Morale and Team Building

Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 5:45 to 8 p.m.

Live at AECOM, 120th & Pacific, Omaha

Remote at Tenneco, 600 W E St # 200, Lincoln

Online webinar for remote participants available!


$20 for SWE members & $30 for non-members attending in-person Omaha (incl. dinner)

$15 for SWE members & $25 for non-members attending in-person Lincoln (incl. dinner)

$10 remote web access only

** SWE will provide 2 CEU’s for this event **

All professional relationships experience some type of conflict. This is normal, natural, and sometimes even necessary for growth and development.

This seminar will discuss:

· Myths and truths of conflict

· The need to change your “old thinkers”

· Sources of organizational conflict and successful ways to overcome them

· Seven types to conflict resolution and examples of the successes of each step

· Best team building practices used by today’s most successful companies

· The leader’s role in team management

· Change management

· Management’s role during the communication and implementation process

· Traits of the problem employee

· Successful ways of handling a problem employee

RSVP by EOB Tuesday 5/1 for dinner / attendance to Elizabeth A. Hunter <ehunter@snyder-associates.com>

Presenter: Patty Smith, MS ODKM

Patty Smith, M.S., is the Director of HR Learning and Development at Express Employment Professionals. Regarded as an HR expert, she offers clients extensive leadership and organization development solutions. She is known as a dynamic and strategic innovator with extensive experience in change management, organization development assessments and transformation, executive coaching, emerging brand strategic planning, succession planning, and knowledge management.

A Pennsylvania native, Smith holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English with a focus in Sociology from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University in Arlington, VA.

With ten years of experience as a strategic Human Resources professional, Smith has led full scale HR departments and has worked across several industries including: legal staffing and recruitment, healthcare and hospitality. Smith specializes in implementing, analyzing and measuring the success and ROI of organization development initiatives while still having an eye for impactful engagement programs and strategic, forward reaching ideas for organizations.

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--- Volunteers needed ---

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day has been Rescheduled to May 6!

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at UNL Innovation Campus

The University of Nebraska College of Engineering is co-sponsoring "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The event is part of a national initiative and is run in conjunction with E-Week.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is free for girls in grades 3-12, will take place in two sessions,

  • 2-4 pm
  • 3-5 pm

at Innovation Studio, 2021 Transformation Drive, Suite 1500, Entrance B, Lincoln, NE 68508. There will also be a Parent & Educator Program in conjunction with the sessions.

To volunteer please contact Tracy Sanford at tracymsanford@me.com or 402.430.3969

More online at http://www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org/events-camps/featured-events/introduce-a-girl-to-engineering-day.html


SWE Nebraska Elections in May - Leadership Opportunities Availalbe!!

SWE Officer Elections – May 2018
Have you thought about getting a little more involved with SWE? Have you ever thought about how your involvement in SWE could help you boost your career at work?

As a member, you probably already know that SWE is a great opportunity for you to meet and socialize with other engineers, share your skills and enthusiasm with our youth and introduce them to future careers in engineering. But, SWE is also an excellent organization to build and sharpen your management skills in a less stressful way than at your work.

You can build these skills by joining a committee or becoming an officer in our SWE Section. Most of the committee and officer positions require only an hour or two every month. This is a great way to learn more about SWE and get involved with this great organization. And it will look great in your portfolio at work!

If you are interested in getting more information about an officer or a committee position, please email Janis Pfingsten at Janis.pfingsten@centurylink.net or follow this link http://www.swe-nebraska.org/officerchair-responsibilities.html

Please respond by April 8 if you are willing to serve our local SWE section in FY19.

SWE NE Officer & Chair Responsibilities

Read more online of SWE Nebraska's Officer & Chair Responsibilities

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching!!

Nominate Educators for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching

The 2018 cycle of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is in full swing and we need your help! Today, the PAEMST team is launching our 2018 Nomination Drive.

We hope that you will help us spread the word about PAEMST by sharing information with your network of members and encouraging them to nominate a teacher or apply themselves.

Nominations can be submitted here. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2018, and the application deadline is May 1, 2018.

Click here for some sample Facebook and Twitter posts that you can share on social media. We also encourage you to access the NSF Facebook and Twitter pages and share the nomination drive posts from NSF throughout the week.

Email questions about the program or the nomination process to info@paemst.org or 855-723-6780.


Nebraska SWE FY18 Calendar

Update your calendars for our programs planned:

April 20-22 - WE Local Providence (Rhode Island Convention Center / Omni Providence)

May 3 - Managing Conflict and Change to Enhance Morale and Team Building Program / Webinar

May 6 - "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" at Nebraska Innovation Campus

June - SWE Nebraska FY19 New Officer's Planning Mtg

Summer 2018 - "Monday Morning Leadership" Book Club

Oct 18-20 - WE18, SWE’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Italics denotes Regional / National SWE Programs


Renew your SWE Membership Now!!

Did you know SWE's FY19 starts July 1st? Your SWE membership is not only crucial to your career and/or education, but it’s important for advancing STEM diversity all over the world.

Here’s a look at what SWE accomplished during the 2016-2017 membership year:

In addition to continuing current programs, SWE will offer even more innovative and inspiring benefits in the coming membership year.

You can look forward to WE Local conferences in five locations around the US, monthly orientations for new members, a SWE Training Program for executives and the expansion of our STEM Re-entry Task Force program.

So just how can you renew your membership? Check out these step-by-step instructions to do so online.


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SWE Outreach Metric Tool - Take Credit for your Impact!!

The SWE Outreach Tool is a simple 10 question survey to complete after any of your STEM outreach events.

Volunteer for work? Yes - that counts!

You are a regular computer teacher at the library? Log your time!

Volunteer to judge at your child's science fair? Absolutely counts!

Help out the local 4-H Robotics Team? Yes - this too!

Any events that focus on students ages 4-18 and/or their adult advocates such as parents, educators, and group leaders. The data you enter will be used internally by the SWE Outreach Committee to set goals and make strategic decisions. The data will also be used externally with sponsors to show the impact of the outreach that all SWE members do. Many grants require the information we are collecting, and we need accurate information to share with them. Here’s the information you should gather together before you use this tool:

– Event name and date(s)

– Section name: I002 Eastern Nebraska

– Event type

– Number of girls who participated in the event

– Number of boys who participated in the event

– Age of students who participated (Estimates are okay; report the age range of the majority)

– Number of Adults who participated – These are Parents, Educators, and other non-volunteers who participated in the event.

– Number of SWE Member volunteers

– Number of other volunteers – not SWE members

– Name of Partner Organization(s), if applicable

– Any best practices you would like to share (optional)

--> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWEOMTFY18

More info online at http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/swe-members/479-slides/4463-outreach-metric-tool-report-your-outreach

SWE Outreach Tool

Take credit for the impact of the STEM outreach that you do in FY18!

Over 10 years ago, SWE launched an initiative designed to foster inclusiveness and engage the diverse members of our organization – SWE Affinity Groups. Affinity Groups are growing and members are sharing and embracing a common element of diversity to work collaboratively and support each other. The current Affinity Groups are: African-American, Latinos, Native American, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer and Allies, Global Women Engineers, Women in Government, Small Business and Entrepreneur. These teams are working to enhance and promote networking mechanisms to connect members. These Affinity Groups are a great way for members to share knowledge, concerns, and experiences with each other and SWE partners and to provide feedback to SWE on making the networks a more powerful resource.

More info is online at http://alltogether.swe.org/2017/10/swes-affinity-groups-supporting-inclusive-environment-within-swe/


Check out our Digital Book about WE Local Conferences


** Anyone interested in supporting SWE’s mission is welcome to our Programs … please spread the word!! FWD ENCOURAGED **

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If you need assistance with any issues related to membership (contact preferences, joining, renewing, upgrading, etc.) please contact SWE HQ at Membership@swe.org.

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