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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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Press Resources

Our online press kit offers media professionals the latest information about the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), including staff biographies, history, annual reports and our position and influence in industry-related public policy initiatives. For more information about SWE, please email Kelly Janowski, PR and Social Media Manager or call her at 630.305.0003, Ext. 303.

Press Kit
Fact Sheet

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, and outreach and advocacy activities.


Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life and demonstrate the value of diversity.

SWE strives to help women engineers leave their footprints in the field and encourages them to continually Aspire. Advance. Achieve. at every stage of their careers.

  • Inform young women, their parents, counselors and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them
  • Assist women in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement
  • Serve as a center of information on women in engineering
  • Encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement

Approximately 26,000 individual members, 55% of which are students

Ten geographic regions are comprised of 300 collegiate member sections and 100 professional member sections.

Strategic Priorities and Programs
The Society's three- to five-year planning horizon strategies and current programs include the following:

Growing the Profession: Outreach
Women choosing to enter the engineering and technology profession will increase within the next few years. SWE's current activities, programs and tools include:

  • Dedicated outreach resource center
  • WOW! That's Engineering! turnkey outreach event programs
  • Assessing Women and Men in Engineering (AWE) outreach assessment tools
  • Involvement by SWE and its members in programs with Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., Future City Competition, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), NASA SCIFiles, local science fairs and local school career days

Professional Excellence
Women in engineering and technology will excel professionally, and their achievements will be showcased and valued. Current activities, programs and tools include:

  • Online and in-person professional development program
  • The Annual Conference
  • SWE Magazine, an award-winning publication on women in engineering
  • Work/life balance resources
  • Awards and competitions, including the annual Achievement Award, Upward Mobility Award, Entrepreneur Award, collegiate competitions and more
  • Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineer exam preparation, licensing and continuing education

Industry Catalyst
SWE will be a catalyst for changing the professional climate to enable women in engineering and technology to excel. Initiatives include:

  • Public policy goals including strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in America's schools and educating policy-makers and other professional societies on how Title IX can be applied to STEM fields •
  • The national scholarship program that awards more than $400,000 each year; most SWE professional member sections offer scholarships to local students
  • Educational briefings for members of Congress, their staff and other policy-makers
  • Providing SWE members the tools to participate in public policy

Inclusive Community
Women in engineering and technology and SWE stakeholders will find value in SWE as a diverse, inclusive community. SWE is committed to diversity through these principles:

  • Developing women in engineering across socio-economic strata and occupational focus
  • Encouraging the interest and active participation of women and girls of under-represented ethnic groups
  • Providing support to women, which acknowledges and respects differences in family status, sexual orientation, age and physical abilities

As a leader in diversity, our initiatives include:

  • Leadership training and mentoring
  • Training and assessment, including cultural awareness
  • Communicating the accomplishments of all members
  • Partnering with other diversity organizations

Milestones in SWE's History 

1950 SWE was formed; Dr. Beatrice Hicks was elected as the Society's first president
1951 SWE holds its first annual National Convention in New York City
1951 Journal of the Society of Women Engineers is published
1952 SWE becomes incorporated as a non-profit educational service organization
1953 SWE becomes truly "national," as the Los Angeles section is chartered
1956 A Board of Trustees is established
1983 The executive director position is created
1983 The Board of Directors is re-established
1994 SWE enters the public policy arena
2000 SWE celebrates 50 years
2003 The Corporate Partnership Council is formed
2005 SWE joins coalition formed by MentorNET to raise awareness of the issues of women in STEM
2006 SWE makes strides in policy by co-issuing the position paper, SWE General Position Statement on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and the Need for a U.S. Technologically-Literate Work Force
2006 SWE sponsors EWeek
2006 New outreach program, Aspire, is launched
2008 WE08 Annual Conference breaks attendance records
2010 SWE celebrates 60 years of success with SWE60
2013 SWE hosts largest Annual Conference to date with 7,000+ attendees in Baltimore
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Press Releases/Coverage

Keeping the industry, general public and media professionals up-to-date on SWE efforts and events is important to us. In this section, please find our latest press releases as well as articles recently written about the Society.

Press Releases

Press Clips

April 7, 2014 Society of Women Engineers Hosts First Women in Engineering and Tech Panel
Ohio University
February 26, 2014 All-girls robotics team shines at ReNEW SciTech Academy in Uptown New Orleans
The Times-Picayune
February 26, 2014 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at SIUE continues to grow
STL Today Suburban Journals
February 24, 2014 UC Merced students get girls thinking about careers
The Sacramento Bee
February 22, 2014 Shasta Co. girls get hands-on with engineering
February 22, 2014 Engineering event teaches girls science skills, confidence and communication
The Record Searchlight
February 21, 2014 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
The Kansas City Star
February 19, 2014 Women Engineers Work to Invigorate the Industry
Product Design and Development
February 18, 2014 Getting kids excited about engineering, one gumdrop bridge at a time
The Tribune
February 18, 2014 Local women engineers guide the next generation
San Diego Unified School District News
February 14, 2014 Dow Chemical Co. leaders examine diversity
Midland Daily News
February 5, 2014 Engineering: It's not just for the boys
Defense Video and Distribution System
January 31, 2014 Where are the female engineers in Volkswagen's Super Bowl ad? Playing with GoldieBlox
Chicago Sun-Times
January 27, 2014 Engineering: A 'male-centric culture' persists
Crain's Chicago
January 13, 2014 Berea district alum who heads Society of Women Engineers to speak about her field
The Plain Dealer
December 20, 2013 Gender Gap Widens in Manufacturing
Wall Street Journal
December 13, 2013 Choosing the right major key to narrowing gender pay gap
USA Today
November 18, 2013 SWE Tree Tradition Instills Holiday Spirit
November 17, 2013 Society of Women Engineers Inspires Local Youth
October 29, 2013 Girls Calculate Benefits of Engineering Careers at Invent It. Build It.
October 27, 2013 Society of Women Engineers Conference Offers Women Connections and Support
Diverse Education
October 23, 2013 Word Spreads About Women in STEM
Carteret County News-Times
October 18, 2013 Baltimore Welcomes WE13, the Premier Event for Women Engineers
Product Design & Development
October 14, 2013 UW Female Professors Building a Culture for Engineering
The Seattle Times
October 8, 2013 Women Inspire Girls to Pursue Their Dreams
Colorado Community Media
September 26, 2013 Society of Women Engineers Gains Speed and Resources with Approved National Charter
Colorado Community Media
September 26, 2013 Alumna to Lead Society of Women Engineers
NIU Today
September 21, 2013 Kewaskum High School Launches All-female Engineering Class
September 16, 2013 Rejecting 'The Expected': One Woman Engineer's Story
Huffington Post
July 1, 2013 Colleges Work to Retain Women in STEM Majors
US News
June 10, 2013 The STEM Gender Gap
WYPR - Baltimore NPR Affiliate
Feb. 15, 2013 Female Auto Engineers Make Marks While Outnumbered
USA Today
Sept. 7, 2010 SWE Becomes Authorized Provider of IACET CEUs
Desktop Engineering
June 24, 2010 SWE Releases Comprehensive Literature Review
Product Design & Development
April 16, 2010

Geek Barbie
Chicago Tribune

April 14, 2010 Mattel Launching Computer Engineer Barbie
Chicago Tribune
April 9, 2010 Revenge of the Nerds: How Barbie Got Her Geek On
Wall Street Journal
April 9, 2010 Computer Engineer Barbie and the Role of Women in Tech
Wall Street Journal blog
Feb. 15, 2010 Barbie's a Geek Now, Just Like Us!      
PC Magazine
Feb. 12, 2010 Watch Out, Computer Engineers: Barbie Wants Your Job
Feb. 12, 2010 Barbie's Next Career? Computer Engineer
New York Times blog
July 31, 2009 Female engineers in the spotlight
Plastics Today
July 24, 2009 SWE Announces WE09 Keynote Speaker
Exploration & Production Magazine
Jan. 26, 2009 Diversity and Inclusion
New York Times
Dec. 12, 2008 A Bent for Building, From Father to Daughter
June 20, 2008 She wears a hard hat
Boston Globe

From our most recent annual report and membership brochures, to information on our Annual Conference and public policy positions, this section will provide you with all resources necessary to learn more about SWE.

Membership Brochures

Public Policy
SWE's main public policy goals are to:

  • Educate SWE members about public policy happenings via monthly columns in SWE's professional e-newsletter, articles in SWE Magazine and sessions at the Annual Conference
  • Provide tools to participate in public policy
  • Have SWE volunteers engaged in public policy at the federal level
  • Educate other professional societies and policy makers on how Title IX can be applied to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields

SWE has issued several public policy position statements, and encourages those passionate about STEM-related public policy to communicate with their government leaders. To read our position statements, please visit our Public Policy Toolbox and Position Statements

Since 1994, SWE has been involved with the public policy arena. Part of our involvement is participating in educational efforts to further the advancement of women in STEM fields. Descriptions of our public policy activities are available to learn more about what we do.

Washington Spotlight
Each month, SWE Washington Representative Melissa Murray Carl spotlights the Society's public policy initiatives related to STEM education, as well as the application of Title IX to STEM fields. Her column is highlighted in our monthly member e-newsletter, All Together, and is available on our website as well.

Research & Statistics
SWE encourages research focusing on women in the workplace, specifically women in the engineering and technology fields. Third-party research below provides statistics related to these topics, as well as resources for those interested in diversity initiatives.

SWE Magazine
, the official magazine of the Society of Women Engineers (ISSN 1070-6232), is published quarterly with an additional issue in October. Articles in SWE Magazine cover issues of interest to women engineers including the achievements and accomplishments of women engineers, career development, career guidance, outreach to students, activities within the Society and technical themes geared to an audience covering a broad range of engineering disciplines.

Please visit SWE Magazine's online version to learn more.

SWE Logo Toolkit
SWE logos are available for use, but please refer to the Logo Policy and Guidelines for proper usage. Visit the toolkit to download the various logos.


President: Stacey M. DelVecchio

As a manager for Caterpillar Inc., Stacey DelVecchio leads an engineering pipeline transformation project to ensure the best engineering talent is available to meet enterprise needs. She is also responsible for the engagement strategy with professional external organizations, as well as the science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM) strategy.

In her more than 23 years with Caterpillar, DelVecchio has worked in process and product development for nonmetallic components, production support for paint and process fluids, and the build and start-up for a green-field facility in China. A certified Six Sigma Black Belt, she earned that classification by working on projects that included lean manufacturing, failure analysis, and employee engagement. Previously, DelVecchio was the hose and coupling engineering manager, as well as the new product introduction manager for Cat Fuel Systems. Most recently, she managed the project management office for Caterpillar engines with responsibility for the project management of all new product introduction programs, continuous improvement projects, and cost reduction project in the division.

A SWE life member of the Central Illinois Section, DelVecchio holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Her previous SWE experience includes the Corporate Partnership Council, strategic planning committee, conference programming board, awards committee, and Society treasurer. She is excited to be serving as the current president of the Society.

DelVecchio's volunteer efforts have earned her many local community and SWE awards. In her leisure time, she enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and visiting national parks. She lives in Peoria, Ill., with her husband, Kerry, and their cats, Abe and George.

Executive Director & CEO: Karen Horting, CAE

Karen Horting, CAE, is the Executive Director & CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), effective Dec. 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 responsible for all fund development activities at SWE. These included corporate membership and SWE’s Corporate Partnership Council (CPC), along with more traditional philanthropy such as foundation and government grants, individual gifts and bequests. In addition, she was responsible for many of the Society’s programs and services including professional development, K-12 outreach, the SWE Annual Conference and SWE’s international expansion.

Ms. Horting came to SWE in March 2004 from the New York Academy of Sciences where she served as Director of Strategic Planning, overseeing the Academy’s development activities and long-range organizational planning. Prior to NYAS, Ms. Horting worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) managing both marketing and fund development on a global level for Science’s Next Wave, a ground-breaking career development website for graduate students and postdocs in science, math, and technology. Her previous experience also includes more than ten years in the paint & coatings industry in a variety of technical service and marketing functions.

In May 2008, Ms. Horting earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Less than five percent of all association professionals have achieved this mark of excellence.

Ms. Horting has a BS in Biology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. And in 2000 she earned her MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Corporate Partnership Council