April l 2021
A Message from IEEE WIE Chair 2021, Jen Castillo 

Dear IEEE WIE members and volunteers,

I do not think I can communicate a short message that gives justice to everything that is happening in WIE, but I will try and highlight some events of the last four months. I would like to start by sharing with you that in the remaining issues of the WIE newsletters I will be introducing a special guest, that will share with us why they are engaged with the WIE community. These guests are WIE committee volunteers that are giving their time to make IEEE WIE better every day, and I am happy for you to meet them. Read more

Meet Anne Costolanski, IEEE WIE Treasurer

Hi, Im Anne Costolanski and I serve as the Treasurer of the Women in Engineering Committee and the Chair of the Atlanta Section WIE Affinity Group. I've been involved with IEEE and WIE since 2016. I volunteer with IEEE because I feel strongly about supporting women in the engineering field and encouraging young girls to pursue STEM careers. Read more

Reserve Your Spot

We are a 1 day away from the 2021 IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC)! You can still register now to reserve your spot. We encourage you to join us to gain inspiration and enhance your leadership and knowledge of the evolving tech industry. This year's program features four days of Keynotes, Main Stage, and Digital Showcase sessions, as well as networking opportunities to connect with your peers from around the world. We hope to see you virtually at IEEE WIE ILC, 27-30 April! View the conference speakers. Register now!
How IEEE Conferences Thrived Despite the
COVID-19 Pandemic, By Elizabeth Kurzawa

By switching to virtual platforms, more than 1,600 events were held last year.

THE INSTITUTE: If you have enjoyed attending any of the thousands of IEEE virtual conferences and events held around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, you have a dedicated team of IEEE volunteers and staff to thank. The IEEE conferences committee and the organization’s global Meetings, Conferences, and Events team, in collaboration with IEEE organizational unit partners, worked behind the scenes to make sure the gatherings went off without a hitch. Read more
IEEE WIE Celebrating 25 Years In 2022

2022 will mark the 25th anniversary of IEEE Women in Engineering and we are planning a full year of celebrations and key moments to reflect on the great progress and achievement made by great women in STEM within the IEEE. We also plan to celebrate the great men who consistently support these women along the way. The WIE 25th anniversary Sub-committee is ready to announce the portfolio of activities which will start with concerted reflections by the past and current WIE chairs, who have led the Committee since its formation in 1997, with a special interview session this year.

Another key event will involve the participation of WIE scientists and innovators who will have an opportunity to showcase their work and compete to present it in a dedicated session at the 2022 IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference (ILC). Also, to be noted a special 25th anniversary virtual seminar series with “Extraordinary Science by Extraordinary Women” from IEEE Societies which will kick-off in January 2022. This sample of event is far from being exhaustive. Each society and Affinity Group in all regions will have celebratory events. The award winning IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine will highlight all the anniversary activities in December 2022. 
Choose to Challenge
On 8 March 2021 WIE celebrated International Women's Day with the theme "Choose to Challenge." IEEE WIE members around the world were invited to share what they choose to challenge. 

Call for Nominations

Submit your nominations for IEEE WIE Awards. Deadline 1 May 2021. Learn more


What's it Like Being a WIE Volunteer?
Being a WIE member can be very rewarding. Hear what Hamna Khan has to say about her experience being a WIE member and volunteer. 

Why did you decide to become a WIE member?

I became a WIE member because I wanted to retain a relationship with a group of people who understand the unique challenges women in STEM face. By joining the community, I retained a community that I can reach out to as I navigate my professional career. 
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See What WIE Affinity Groups are Up To

In celebration of International Women's Day 2021, IEEE Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) Student Branch WIE Affinity Group organized the Visioনারী (Visionary) from 2 March to 8 March with the tagline: "A tribute to women from all walks of life." The event featured the admiring, inspiring and forthcoming women from all walks of life with a week-long activity. Read more


WIE Turkey Affinity Group "Connecting Sisters" Initiative

The "WIE Connecting Sisters" initiative allows collaboration with other WIE sister AGs to organize joint events, webinars, and other activities throughout the year. IEEE Turkey Section WIE Affinity Group is looking forward to partnering with other Affinity Groups and IEEE Sections via this initiative.

If you are interested in partnering with our Affinity Group on various activities, contact [email protected]. 
Watch WIE Turkey Chair Simay chat about the WIE Connecting Sisters Initiative via the WIE Instagram Live.  

Women In Power, Rebuild The World From

A parallel online event with the theme of “Women in power, rebuild the world from COVID-19” was successfully held on 20 March 2021 during the Non Governmental Organization Commission on the Status of Women (NGO CSW65) Virtual Forum 2021. 
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FREE Ebook For IEEE Members! Women in Engineering – Book 24: New Experiences

Author Shelly Born explores why she chose to study Engineering; how she became an engineer; and how she overcame adversity along the pathways of both her career and personal life’s journeys. View E-book
Are You Interested in STEM Outreach?

Are you an IEEE Volunteer looking to inspire the next generation to choose a STEM career?

IEEE’s launched a new Pre-University Volunteer STEM Portal to support IEEE volunteers in their STEM outreach initiatives as well as building local STEM communities. This is the place to be for all things related to Pre-University STEM programs and activities at IEEE. Whether you volunteer for a Section, Technical Society, Affinity Group, Student Branch, or Eta Kappa Nu Chapter, etc., the portal offers a range of resources to help you elevate existing programs or assist you in creating new programs. Learn more about the portal.
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