Inspirational Insights sessions are designed to engage and inspire attendees on a range of relevant and thought-provoking topics. SWE selects speakers according to identified content needs who are thought leaders in their respective fields and share fresh perspectives and exciting ideas that attendees can apply to their personal and professional lives. Inspirational Insight sessions offer free CEU/PDH for attendees who view the entire session and complete the post-session survey.
Thursday, October 20, 2022, 3:00 - 4:15 PM CST
With stress, uncertainty, and unrest at a record high, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s message is both inspirational and practical. She introduces her theory “Everyday Resiliency: The 5 Pillars” and shares strategies to help foster each pillar within ourselves and others through research-informed, accessible storytelling and real-world applications.
This interactive and engaging Inspirational Insight session will help you regain a sense of calm and order in ever-changing times. You will be inspired and equipped to establish new daily systems to increase productivity and decrease overwhelm.
After attending this session, you should be able to:
- Identify and recognize practices that foster everyday resiliency.
- Recognize how to work with the barriers and facilitators of resiliency.
- Identify ways to decrease stress during uncertainty.
- Explain how to revisit and reaffirm values and priorities for life with work integration.
About the Speaker
Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s keynotes provide practical strategies grounded in global research and case studies that help foster resiliency within others and ourselves. Robyne is available for consultation, training, and professional development opportunities ranging from one-to-one to company-wide initiatives.
Friday, October 21, 2022 10:30 - 11:45 AM CST
This isn’t your average executive presence training! Instead of diving into tactics on how you “should” present yourself, we’re going to get clear on what is authentic to you so that you can share your ideas, challenge the status quo, and impact positive change in your workplace – and beyond. After attending, you should be able to:
- Recognize how imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and discrimination get in the way of sharing your authentic voice
- Explain the changes you want to influence with your voice – and why they’re important to you
- Identify concrete strategies and approaches to communicate with greater strength
- Recognize how to create an environment where others are free to share their voices
About the Speaker
Heather Whelpley is a speaker, author, and leadership development consultant that empowers women to let go of perfect and create their own rules for life. Her first book, An Overachiever’s Guide To Breaking The Rules: How To Let Go Of Perfect and Live Your Truth, was published in Fall 2020. Heather has led keynotes and webinars on imposter syndrome, creating your own rules for success, and using your authentic voice to create change with thousands of people at companies and conferences across the globe.
Prior to owning her business, Heather worked in a wide variety of leadership development, human resources, and change management roles at Cargill and Ameriprise for ten years. She has worked in corporate headquarters, remote office locations in the US and abroad, and production facilities (with the steel-toed boots to prove it!). While at Ameriprise, Heather led several programs specifically designed to accelerate the development of high performing women. She has extensive global experience, including living and working in Australia and Latin America. She has a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute. Heather lives in Colorado, where she spends as much time hiking and exploring as possible. Learn more at www.heatherwhelpley.com.
Friday, October 21, 2022 12:30 - 1:45 PM
The State of Women in Engineering session presents an overview of research on the issues affecting women in engineering. During this special event, Roberta Rincon, Ph.D., will share updates on SWE’s current research projects. Peter Meiksins, Ph.D., will discuss highlights from the 20-year research retrospective published in SWE Magazine’s 2022 State of Women in Engineering magazine issue on topics related to women’s underrepresentation in engineering. Ursula Nguyen, a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Austin, will present findings from a collaborative research study aimed at understanding the development of an engineering identity among young women in SWE’s K-12 community, SWENext.
About the Speakers
Peter Meiksins, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Cleveland State University. Previously he served Cleveland State University as Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Director of the Honors Program, and Chair of the Sociology Department. He has co-authored SWE’s review of the literature on women in engineering for the past 10 years. His research focuses on the Sociology of Work, particularly of engineering work. Peter is the author of Putting Work in Its Place: A Quiet Revolution (with Peter Whalley), Engineering Class Labour (with Chris Smith), and Changing Contours of Work (with Steve Sweet). Peter is a member of the SWE Research Advisory Council.
Ursula Nguyen is a doctoral candidate in STEM education and graduate research assistant at The University of Texas at Austin. She has a B.S. in biomedical engineering from UT Austin. Her research interest on issues of equity in STEM education at the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender stems from her experiences as both an educator of STEM subjects and as a past engineering student.
Roberta Rincon, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Research for the Society of Women Engineers, where she oversees the organization’s research activities on gender equity issues affecting girls and women in engineering, both in education and career. Before joining SWE, Roberta was a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at The University of Texas System in the Office of Academic Affairs. Roberta received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and an M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning from UT Austin.
We’ve all heard about technology trends such as the Internet of Things, robotics and artificial intelligence, and Virtual Reality. These technologies will impact us profoundly as individuals and as communities, and will connect us by providing the ability to have shared experiences. As we augment human performance, will this result in a Borg collective or in shared and collaborative experiences that bring a collective empathy to society? Dr. Lathan explores the impact of these technologies on us as humans and how we can shape the human-technology interaction to have a positive impact.
After attending, participants should be able to:
Define emerging technologies and the impact they have.
Describe the entrepreneurial journey from the perspective of an engineer.
Recognize how inventing is an art form and muscle that needs to be exercised.
About the Speaker
Dr. Cori Lathan is a technology entrepreneur who has developed robots for kids with disabilities, virtual reality technology for the space station, and wearable sensors for training surgeons and soldiers. She is a global thought-leader in the relationship between technology and human performance and believes in a future of benevolent cyborgs.
Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix, she has led projects from agencies such as DARPA, NASA, NIH, and NSF and recently developed one of the first FDA-cleared digital health platforms, winning a prestigious Gold Edison Award. For this work, she was named a Woman to Watch by Disruptive Women in Health Care. She also joined the WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Women’s Leadership Council to address the most dangerous threat facing women today.
Dr. Lathan is a social advocate and actively involved in STEM educational outreach programs that empower women and minorities in science and technology. Dr. Lathan is on the boards of the KID Museum Makerspace and Engineering World Health, which provides opportunities to college students to support the emergence of healthcare technology in the developing world.