By Amanda Levenson
Wow, it’s December already? I guess that’s cheers to the start of the winter holiday season and the (almost) end of a school term!
After a few months of FY18 SWE membership/leadership under your belt, you might have started to reflect on some of the activities and programs you’ve helped coordinate or been a part of throughout the semester. What went well? What went poorly, if anything? Did you struggle to increase attendance at meetings, or did you run out of materials because an event was too full with people? Most importantly, is your chapter achieving its goals for the year, and do you feel that you are reaching your full potential as a leader within the organization?
Regardless of your answers to the questions above, the Society can help you and your chapter continue to grow, improve, and succeed. How? Through SWE’s Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC), which is comprised of 75+ professionals and experienced collegiate students who want to support you and your section’s leadership team. These Leadership Coaches have typically had diverse experiences in leadership positions and SWE, and are excited to engage with collegiate leadership. Examples of topics you could discuss with your Leadership Coach are:
- Conflict resolution
- Building teams
- Creative problem solving
- Dealing with leadership burnout
- Strategic planning
- Event planning
- Challenges of large SWE sections
Each university has a designated leadership coach who is dedicated to supporting that particular chapter; however, all leadership coaches are available to provide ideas and insight to your group. If you are interested in learning more about the roles and responsibilities of the LCC, click here. Perhaps if you are graduating this coming year, you can look into becoming a Leadership Coach!
On an unrelated note, I would like to pass on some information regarding the Collegiate Wind Competition, taking place in May of 2018. Representatives from the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC)/National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are hoping to receive feedback from the public regarding this event and have released a Request for Information to help the organizers of the event ensure that it is meeting its objectives. In particular, the event aims to (1) increase student interest in wind energy, (2) expand wind-focused university programs, and (3) meet industry workforce needs. They hope to gain information regarding the following:
- Suggested adjustments to make the competition more accessible
- How to inspire more universities to apply to the competition
- Feedback on new proposed competition structures.
If you are interested in the area of renewable energy and sustainability, I would encourage you to look into this competition and contribute your thoughts/ideas to the organizers of this event!
As always, please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com if you have any questions/concerns! Enjoy the upcoming break!