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Experience success on your own termsWhen you join SWE you connect with a professional network of 27,000 enthusiastic, like-minded women engineers as well as professional development resources that members consistently rate as "excellent."

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Leadership

SWE Leadership is the backbone of our diverse, thriving organization. These dedicated women come from a variety of backgrounds, technological disciplines and industries to share their expertise and guidance, and most importantly, their passion to uphold the Society’s mission.

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Elizabeth Bierman

President
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Elizabeth Bierman

President
Elizabeth Bierman is a senior project engineer at Honeywell Aerospace in Minneapolis, where she leads initiatives through the project engineering council. In this role, the aim is to improve communication and alignment, instill a “one engineering” organization philosophy, and help identify and a...
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Colleen M. Layman

P.E., President-Elect
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Colleen M. Layman

P.E., President-Elect
Colleen Layman, P.E., is an associate vice president and the Resources Business Group Water principal for HDR Inc., headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. In this position, she directs engineering and business development activities focused on solving clients’ challenges related to industrial water and...
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Wendy Schauer Landwehr

F.SWE, Secretary
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Wendy Schauer Landwehr

F.SWE, Secretary
Wendy Landwehr is a Fellow Engineer at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. She holds a technical advisor role in which she currently leads a group of engineers through the software engineering process to produce a software product deliverable. During her more than 25 years with the company, she has...
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Cindy Hoover

Treasurer
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Cindy Hoover

Treasurer
Cindy Hoover is vice president for the 737 MAX Program at Spirit AeroSystems. She is responsible for development and execution of the program and oversees integration of 737 MAX into existing operations and delivery to the customer. Prior to her current position, Hoover was program director for the...
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Penny Wirsing

F.SWE, Director of Emerging Initiatives
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Penny Wirsing

F.SWE, Director of Emerging Initiatives
Penny Wirsing has held management positions within ExxonMobil for more than 20 years, leading diverse groups in areas ranging from program management and budgeting to environmental compliance. She is currently an environmental manager at the Torrance Refinery near Los Angeles. She has been actively ...
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Jonna Gerken

Director of Membership Initiatives
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Jonna Gerken

Director of Membership Initiatives
Jonna Gerken is currently the deputy component integrated product team leader for the combustor and diffuser module of the A320neo engine program at Pratt & Whitney. She leads a multidisciplinary team of engineers in the design, development, and validation of module hardware, which is scheduled ...
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Mary Perkinson

Director of Advocacy
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Mary Perkinson

Director of Advocacy
Mary Perkinson is an Engineering Manager in Crane Engineering at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.  She supervises a multidiscipline engineering team responsible for new crane installations and overhaul projects at the Newport News Shipbuilding facilities.&...
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Jessica Rannow

Director of Professional Excellence
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Jessica Rannow

Director of Professional Excellence
Jessica Rannow is a project manager for AmerisourceBergen, where she is involved in the development and execution of warehouse capital improvement projects. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work for other leading companies, including JCPenney, Cardinal Health, Limited Brands, Ha...
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Heather Doty

Director of Regions
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Heather Doty

Director of Regions
Heather Doty is a structural engineer at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. She performs structural analysis and supports environmental testing for a variety of space hardware, from telescope optics to instruments for weather and defense satellites. In addition to her technical work, she is a grou...
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Brittney Elko

Speaker of the Senate
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Brittney Elko

Speaker of the Senate
Brittney Elko has served the Society of Women Engineers at the collegiate, professional, and Society levels. She began her involvement in SWE by serving as collegiate section president and region collegiate representative. In 2008, after graduating, Elko served on the board of directors as the colle...
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Nicole Woon

Collegiate Director
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Nicole Woon

Collegiate Director
Nicole Woon, a native of Santa Monica, California, has been a SWE member since 2010. As president of the University of Pennsylvania Collegiate Section, she spearheaded numerous professional development, outreach, and community initiatives, and prioritized collaboration with other organizations in th...
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Anca Eisele

Special Director
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Anca Eisele

Special Director
Anca Eisele has has held various roles at John Deere for 13 years. Currently she is the global commodity quality manager for operator stations and plastics, leading an international team to onboard qualified suppliers. She is responsible for executing continuous improvement projects and supporting n...
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Karen Horting, MBA, CAE

Executive Director & CEO
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Karen Horting, MBA, CAE

Executive Director & CEO
Karen Horting, CAE, is the Executive Director & CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), effective December 31, 2013. With more than 20 years experience in sales, marketing, and fund development, Ms. Horting was most recently the SWE Deputy Executive Director. In this capacity, she was resp...
Leadership
Senate Structure
Speaker of the Senate
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Brittney Elko

Speaker of the Senate
Brittney Elko has served the Society of Women Engineers at the collegiate, professional, and Society levels. She began her involvement in SWE by serving as collegiate section president and region collegiate representative. In 2008, as a recent graduate, Elko served on the board of directors as the c...
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Region Elected Senators Profesional/Collegiate
Senate Committee/ Task Force
Senate Secretary
Board of Trustees Structure
Chair
Treasurer
Secretary
Trustees
Region Leadership
Director of Regions
Deputy Director of Regions
Members at Large (MAL) Leadership Structure
MAL President
MAL Officers
MAL Reps
Committee Structure

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