One of the games was seeing how fast you could pull ever Kleenex out of a box
Mixing professional networking with fun and good times, the Society of Women Engineers Chapter D retreat took place at Tennessee Tech on the weekend of July 26 and 27. The yearly event draws a mix of professionals and students, and concentrates on several aspects of development, as well as recruiting and retention for incoming students.
Friday night’s kickoff at Clement Hall included a barbeque dinner and meet-and-greet, with games and contests for participants before getting down to business the next day. On Saturday, the attendees formed breakout groups to brainstorm ideas on retention and recruiting, as well as hearing a talk from motivational speaker Liz Stewart of Stewart and Associates. The retreat also focused on personal development skills for leadership, interviewing, interpersonal dynamics and resume’ writing.
“SWE’s Region D includes Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. In addition to being a fun get-together, the Retreat gives section leaders a chance to swap ideas on developing strategic plans for the coming year,” says Christina Bechard, regional collegiate president and treasurer. “The takeaway for everyone was that it was pretty fun and informative, and everyone is looking forward to more SWE events for the coming year.”
The SWE Retreat was co-sponsored by Snap-On Tools and the Exxon Mobil Foundation’s SWE Program Development Grant.