IEEE WIE is one of the world’s leaders in changing the face of engineering. Our global network connects nearly 20,000 members in over 100 countries to advance women in technology at all points in their life and career. IEEE WIE members make lifelong friendships, acquire influential mentors, and make a difference for the benefit of humanity. IEEE Student Branch Eindhoven also has a local WIE affinity group, which organises activities targeted at both students and employees.
For the first time, the Eindhoven WIE affinity group is hosting a career event targeted at women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Multiple events have been hosted for Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) female employees in academia, however, these events are rarely hosted for students as well. Therefore, the WIE Career Event will be open to all public (all genders, student, employee, etc.), and will be hosting approximately 200 attendees. The event will be held at the Senaatszaal and Blauwe zaal at the TU/e. The whole day will be completely free of charge.
It’s well known that women are largely underrepresented in all STEM fields. Many organizations such as the WIE affinity group are raising awareness on improving conditions for women in STEM. However, this arising awareness brings many misconceptions and discussions with it. Our goal is to address these topics by provindg information and by promoting discussions through inspirational speakers and workshops. The day will start with a panel session on how to negotiate (financial) compensation, with a panel consisting of experienced members in HR, academia, and industry. In the afternoon, multiple inspirational speakers will present topics such as scholarship opportunities and on gender bias and backlash in the workplace and in interview procedures. The day will end with a networking drink where companies will be able to speak with all attendees.
We believe these topics do not concern only women in STEM. Opinions and ideas on how to improve conditions for women in STEM can be addressed by anyone, and may be even more fruitful in such way. We highly promote discussion on these topics between different genders, career positions, and expertises (academia versus industry). We motivate anyone who has an affinity with the topic to come to the event and to join the discussion.