Mar 2011: Region B Governor’s Letter

From our Region B Governor, Kerrie Greenfelder . Since we have B009 elections coming up soon, item #6 may be of particular interest if you aspire to get more involved with SWE next year.   Item #5 (Sonora Awards) is also of particular interest. We have another post on our site that includes the information to nominate someone for an award.



Welcome to the March 2011 edition of the Governor’s Monthly Newsletter!  As always, please be sure to share this information with your section.

I hope that you all made it home safely from the Region Conference in Palm Springs!  I know I had a great time networking, learning, and trying my best to speak to the crowd with that horrible bronchitis!  (Happy to report that I’m back to my usual self and can talk for more than 15 seconds at a time without coughing!)

I have a jam-packed newsletter this month and I’ll be sharing a lot of great information with the Region, including:

  1. Society Awards – Nominations Due March 31, 2011
  2. Society Task Forces and Committees – Chairs and      Chair-Elects Needed, Reply by April 1, 2011
  3. Region Officer Elections – Coming Soon!  (April      1 – 30, 2011)
  4. Region Conference & Career Fair – Wrap-up and      Meeting No. 4 Minutes – Feedback Request (SURVEY!)
  5. Sonora Region Awards – Congratulations to the Award      Winners!
  6. Leadership Coaching Committee – Section Officer      Training Available
  7. SWEeter Futures Outreach Program – Log your      activity!
  8. Professional Development Grants – Congratulations to      the Region B Recipients!
  9. Region Goals – Continue with membership recruiting!

10.  Region Website and Blogs – Senate activity update

11.  Important Dates – Region Conference (HAWAII!) and      Region Meeting No. 5 (May 22, 2011)


1.  Society Awards – Nominations Due March 31, 2011

Nominations are being accepted for Society Awards until March 31, 2011 for these prestigious awards:

  • Achievement Award
  • SWE Upward Mobility Award
  • Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award
  • Resnik Challenger Award
  • Entrepreneur Award
  • Work/Life Balance Award
  • Emerging Leader Awards
  • Distinguished New Engineer Awards
  • Fellow Grade Awards
  • Distinguished Service Awards
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
  • Outstanding Counselor Award
  • Outstanding Collegiate Member Awards

Region B has had many recipients of these awards over the years, so please help nominate someone!  SWE awards are a terrific way to highlight outstanding members, programs, and activities.  Visit for more information.

2.  Society Task Force/Committee Chairs/Chair-Elects – Applications Due April 1, 2011

[Courtesy of Melissa Tata – SWE President Elect]



We want to remind you of the call for FY12 Committee/Task Force Chair, Counselor and Chair Elect applications. The application process will allow all SWE members the opportunity to express an interest in these types of leadership roles within the Society. It will also allow us the opportunity to better match our members’ strengths and interests to the needs of the Society.


Please review the open leadership positions for FY12.  The description of each leadership position can be found here.  Please fill out the Chair / Chair Elect application form , which details which positions are open for FY12, with the requested information and return it in Word or PDF format along with a photo (headshot at 300 dpi resolution) in a .jpg file to by April 1, 2011.


All applications will then be reviewed and applicants will be notified by June 1. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact headquarters at 312.596.5237.


The Strategic Awards Assessment Task Force and the Leadership Pipeline Task Forces have completed their charters; hence there is no call for leaders for them.  We thank all volunteers who have worked on these groups.


Thank you for your interest.

3.  Sonora Region Officer Elections – April 1-30, 2011

Sonora Region Officer Elections will be coming to your email inbox soon!  Please vote between April 1-30, 2011 for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Region Nominating Chair, Senator, Alternate Senator and National Nominating Committee Representative. These leadership positions provide valuable experience within SWE and can be a step toward Society leadership.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Lisa Freestone ( or Governor, Kerrie Greenfelder (

4.  Sonora Region Conference and Career Fair – Palm Springs, CA

What a fantastic “Sonora Region Conference and Career Fair” in Palm Springs, CA!  I sure hope that you enjoyed yourself, did a little networking, hung out with your SWE friends, saw the sights, lounged by the pool, and were successful in your job search!  Another thank you to the Conference Planning Team, especially Jenn Harris and Lisa Freestone, for their superb efforts!  I have received many emails and phone calls complimenting Region B for a job well done!

I’m also happy to report that we had over 300 attendees this year and the nearly $5000 of proceeds will come back to the Region to further support our endowed scholarship (started in 2010)!  Please take the time to provide feedback here (open to both attendees and non-attendees):

The survey will be open until April 30, 2011 and one responder will be drawn at random to receive a $25 gift card, courtesy of Region B! All responses will help future conference planning and if you have any additional questions or comments, please contact me today (Kerrie Greenfelder,

If you were a presenter and would like to include a copy of your presentation for others to see, please contact Lisa Freestone ( for additional information.  All presentations will be posted on the region conference webpage:

Finally, thank you to all that attended Region Meeting No. 4.  It’s always great to have a successful region meeting, finish on time, AND accomplish the necessary business!  The meeting minutes and the region meeting presentation will be posted on the Region B Community by the end of the month.  If you have any problems with communities, feel free to contact Stephanie Loete directly ( for a copy.

5.  Sonora Region Awards

[Courtesy of Deb Willems – Sonora Region Awards Committee Chair]

Congratulations to the 2011 Sonora Region B Award Recipients:

  • Sonora Sustaining Benefactor – Utah State College of      Engineering and RFB Consulting
  • Emerging Leader Professional – Kathleen Monk, Flour      Corporation
  • Emerging Leader Collegiate – Dhivya Sridhar –      University of California Riverside
  • Outstanding Collegiate Section Mentor – Bill Goodin –      UCLA Section
  • Outstanding collegiate Section Mentor – Lisa Freestone      – UNLV Section
  • Outstanding Program – San Diego Section and Utah State      University
  • Sonora History Award (scrapbook), Outreach Theme –      Central New Mexico Section and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

The 2012 Award Nominations will be open from October 1 – November 1, 2011, and the awards will be presented at the 2012 Region Conference in Hawaii.  The Sonora History Award (i.e., the “scrapbook award”) theme will be Section Traditions.

Additional discussions will be held regarding modifications to the Sonora Region Awards, including the suggested change to award up to two Collegiate Emerging Leader Awards, during the Region Meeting No. 5 in May.  Please review the award nomination package (attached) prior to the meeting.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact the Sonora Region Awards Committee Chair (Deb Willems,

6.  Leadership Coaching Committee & Section Officer Training

[Courtesy of Justina Mikals – Region B Leadership Coach]

Become a SWE Leadership Coach!

Congratulations to Joan Fisher from the San Diego County section on becoming our newest Leadership Coach in Region B!  Additional SWE Leadership Coaches are needed to increase the vitality of our organization.  Applications are accepted year round.  The application form can be found in the LCC community or you can contact Justina Mikals at  Desired skills include:

  • General SWE knowledge is required; prefer that you have      held a local section office and have some experience with the national or      regional level.
  • An outgoing, motivational personality is desired.
  • Consulting skills: negotiating, coping with mixed      motivation, dealing with concerns, analysis, dealing with political      climate, comfort with ambiguity, interviewing, feedback of data, working      with resistance, presentation of personal and organizational data,      training and facilitating, running group meetings to involve all      participants, focusing on options and choices, and not taking it      personally.
  • Interpersonal skills: supportiveness, listening,      ability to maintain business relationship at the same time maintain      trusting relationships with the Section.

Section Officer Training – now available!

This training is available to all SWE members and is an excellent resource for current section officers as well as potential officer candidates.  The presentation can be found in the LCC community or you can contact Justina Mikals at The section officer training webinar is also available for replay and can be viewed individually or together with all of your section officers:

7.  SWEeter Futures Outreach Program

[Courtesy of Jeannette Lindemann – Region B Outreach Committee Co-Chair]

The region has a goal to outreach to 15,000 students and we know you have been out there making an impact!  Please log-in your section’s outreach events!!

Current standings:

  • Fourth Place (no stipend): University of California      Riverside
  • Third Place ($500): Utah State University
  • Second Place ($1000): Antelope Valley
  • First Place ($1500): Weber State University

So far this year we’ve only impacted 5,370 K-12 students…so let’s all work together to reach our goal of 15,000 students!

It will only take a couple of minutes to submit your information

If you have any questions please contact us!

Stephanie Loete – Region B Outreach Committee Co-Chair [] or Jeannette Lindemann – Region B Outreach Committee Co-Chair [].

8.  Program Development Grants

The region leadership joins the Program Development Grant Committee in congratulating the San Diego Section in receiving two grants for their Society of Women Engineers Exploring Technology (SWEET) and Poway Engineering Day for Middle School Girls.  If your section has a great program idea, learn how to complete a grant proposal and related documents by visiting the Program Develop Grant Community in My SWE Communities.

9.  Region Goals

Just a friendly reminder that we’re on our way toward meeting the Region B goals.  Please work with your section to help us attain each and every one of these:

1.  95% of sections turn in section reports on time – BETTER! (Was 67%, Now 83%)

2.  75% of professional sections host a joint meeting with a collegiate section – TBD

3.  65% member retention from FY10 – BELOW (~52%)*

4.  SWEeter Futures Outreach Program – combined efforts to reach out to 15,000 K-12 students – BELOW GOAL (refer to news item 7)

5.  Leadership Pipeline – foster 15 mentor/mentee relationships, minimum 2 mentoring interactions per match – BELOW GOAL (mentors and mentees needed; contact Lisa Freestone, for more info)

6.  Membership increase – The Society is striving to stretch membership numbers to 21,000+, which is an increase of nearly 3,000.  Each member is tasked with recruiting ONE new member this year (…in addition to reminding your fellow SWE pals to renew their membership each year) to help achieve this goal. – BELOW GOAL (16,779 total)*

7.  Alternative media communications – Before the WE10 Conference, the Society would like each section (professional and collegiate) to use an alternative media outlet (Facebook, local newspaper, etc.) to communicate SWE activities.  Each section should advertise a meeting/activity using one of the alternate media outlets prior to November 2010.  This is an easy goal to achieve, so let’s see some posting on Facebook, MySpace, etc.! – ACHIEVED!

*NOTE: Statistics with a “membership” component will be updated after April 1, 2011.  At this time, the new SWE membership database will be live!

10.  Region Website and Blogs

I hope that you visit the Sonora Region website as frequently as I do and catch up on region activities!  It’s open 24/7, so click here anytime:  We will post periodic updates on our goals, committee progress, conference news, and even some fun region photos!  If you have anything to share, please do not hesitate to contact me!

I also encourage you to visit the Sonora Senate Blog ( to learn about the recent Senate activities and the February 2011 Senate Meeting.

And don’t forget to visit the Sonora Collegiate Team Blog ( too!

11.  Important Dates to Remember

Few important dates you can pencil in and share with your incoming leadership:

  • 2011 Region B Meeting No. 5: May 22, 2011 – Conference      Call
  • 2012 ABJ Meeting: August 26-28, 2011 – Orange County,      CA
  • 2012 SWE Annual Conference: October 13-15, 2011 –      Chicago, IL
  • 2012 Regions A, B, and J Conference and Career Fair:      February 29-March 3, 2012 – Honolulu, HI

Finally, I thank you for reading the March 2011 edition of the Governor’s Monthly Newsletter and I hope that you are enjoying the beginning of Spring!

Thank you to everyone for your support and dedication to SWE!


Kerrie Greenfelder

Kerrie Greenfelder PE Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Region B Governor – FY11/12

Member, Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) | Member, Central New Mexico Section

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