May General Meeting

Join us on Monday, May 6th for our section general meeting at Watermark Books. Everyone is welcome to join.

When: Monday, May 6th, 6-7pm

Where: Watermark Books (4701 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218)

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Engineering Expo Planning Mingle

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Wichita Section’s Engineering Expo continues to grow every year and we are looking expand our planning committee. We have engagement opportunities for every level of commitment and experience. We would love to have you join us for a fun evening to learn more about the planning process of Engineering Expo and how you can fit into our team!

Appetizers and a pickle ball court will be provided. Wear comfy shoes if you are interested in trying your hand at pickle ball. This is a come and go event and no commitment to the committee is required by attending. Anyone is welcome, SWE membership is not required.

When: Wednesday, May 8th, come and go from 5:30-7:30PM

Where: Chicken and Pickle, 1240 N. Greenwich Rd. Wichita, KS

RSVP: Here

Expo Planning Mingle Flyer


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Donations needed for Gift Basket Silent Auction

The Society of Women Engineers Wichita Section will once again be holding a gift basket silent auction at our annual banquet. This year’s banquet will be held Tuesday, June 11th 2019 at Crestview Country Club.

We are seeking businesses and individuals to donate goods and services for the baskets.  If you have contacts at local businesses who might be willing to donate a gift basket or even just a few items, please reach out to them. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

If you are willing to donate items, we would like to collect them at the May 6th or June 3rd General Meetings, which are held from 6-7pm at Watermark Books.

If you are unable to attend the meetings but would like to donate items, please contact Sarah Niles( or Rachael Schwantes(

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End of Year Annual Banquet

Join us June 11 at 5:30 pm for our End of Year Banquet at Crestview Country Club.  For more information on our speaker and to reserve your tickets, please go to the banquet webpage.

Please note that tickets for the banquet must be purchased by June 4th.  No late purchases will be accepted.

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Society SWE Committees

Are you interested in being more involved with SWE? In case you missed the email from SWE the national committees are looking for members.  Deadline to sign up is May 1.  Here is the information from our national President Elect.

To: All SWE Members

I am pleased to announce the call for FY20 committee members. The power of our committees and our volunteers is what moves SWE forward. Society committees are also a major aspect of our talent development pipeline process. I encourage both collegiates and professionals to join the SWE volunteer team for FY20.

Listen to podcasts or review the descriptions to find a committee that matches your interests and availability in FY20. There are a wide range of opportunities and levels of commitment.

If you would like to continue serving on a committee, please confirm with your current leader. For any new roles, please complete the simple committee member volunteer application by May 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Questions about a committee? Find contact information for current chairs in the committee contact information document.

SWE values diversity and thus I encourage all of you to think about the opportunity of serving on a committee. Thanks to all who are currently serving. I am looking forward to another great year of progress.

Cindy Hoover

FY19 President Elect

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FY20 Proposed Slate of Officers

The Nominating Committee has presented the following slate of officers for FY20:

President – Jess Stitt
Vice President – Shaina Shapiro
Secretary – Madeline Mueller
Treasurer – Rachael Schwantes

To learn more about each nominee click here

To vote on the proposed slate of officers visit: Officer Ballot

If you have any questions you may contact Michelle.

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Wichita SWE Awards

The Wichita Section of SWE is proud to announce the debut of Wichita SWE Awards to recognize the successes of Wichita SWE members who enhance the engineering profession and advocate for women in engineering through contributions to industry, education, and the community.

Each year, up to one award will be given for each of the following categories:

ICT Heritage Award – recognizes SWE members who have made a significant contribution(s) to the Society of Women Engineers at all levels of the Society and the engineering profession for at least fifteen (15) years.

ICT Trailblazer Award – honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession and have ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of cumulative engineering experience.

ICT Groundbreaker Award – honors women who have demonstrated outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in SWE and the community, in the first ten (10) years of their career.

Awards submissions are due by Wednesday, May 15th by 11:59PM CST. No exceptions will be made for late packages. The Wichita Awards Committee will review the submissions and make their selections. Notifications will be made by Friday, May 31st, and award winners will be recognized at the end of year banquet scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th.

For FY19 descriptions of each award, nomination forms, and FAQs, visit:

Each award nomination package is structured from the criteria required for WE Local and Society Individual Awards. Wichita section applicants and winners will be given the option to have their package submitted for WE Local Awards (Fall 2019) or Society Awards (Spring 2020). More information can be found on those awards here:

Society Individual Awards:

WE Local Awards:

For questions concerning Wichita SWE Awards, contact Michelle at

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Leadership Survey

It is time to nominate officers for FY20 as well as look at filling our local committee positions.  If you are interested in being an officer or committee member next year, please fill out the survey found here.

Note: You must be a paid member of SWE to hold one of the 4 executive offices. These are the dues for FY20.

While each of the positions give descriptions, if you have any additional questions, please contact Michelle Boehm.

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Estate Planning Event

When: Thursday April 18 at 6:00pm

Where: Picasso’s Pizzeria in Delano

RSVP: Please RSVP for the event here — Anyone is welcome to attend the event as long as they RSVP as we do have limited space in our location.

Why: Several members have expressed interested in learning more about estate planning.  Hugh Gill of Hinkle Law Firm, LLC will be presenting to us.


A little about Mr. Gill:

As a member of Hinkle Law Firm LLC’s trusts and estates practice group, Mr. Gill uses his extensive experience in business and tax matters to lead the probate and trust administration needs of the group. He is primarily responsible for guardianships and conservatorships, disability planning, post-mortem tax planning, and marital agreements. He also assists clients with estate planning, asset protection, business entity formation, and business succession planning.

Hugh frequently lectures on estate planning and estate administration topics. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Kansas/Missouri Super Lawyers.

Hugh is active in the legal community. He has served as Chairman of the Kansas CLE Commission. He is also a past president of the Wichita Bar Association and of the Wichita Estate Planning Council.

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Cocoa Dolce Chocolate Tasting and Networking

Join Wichita SWE for an evening of chocolate tasting and networking through pairings of Cocoa Dolce chocolates with either a wine flight* or hot cocoa flight on Tuesday February 26th at 6:00 at the West Cocoa Dolce Location.

You must pay for the flight of your choice through this link.

The Wine flight consists of

1. Auntsfield Sauvignon Blanc 2017 with Key Lime Chocolate

2. Vento Antale 2015 with Champagne Chocolate

3. Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 with Tahitian Vanilla Chocolate

The Hot Chocolate Flight consists of

1. Mexican Hot Chocolate with Spicy Nut Mix

2. Mayan Hot Chocolate with Mayan

3. Belgian Hot Chocolate with Tahitian Vanilla

Each Hot chocolate is topped with our homemade Tahitian Vanilla Bean marshmallow

*Note that you must be 21 to participate in Wine flight pairings. You will be carded by Cocoa Dolce

To see the full tasting menu, please see the 2019 SWE Menu

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Society of Women Engineers
Wichita Area Section
I005 PO Box 1096
Wichita, KS 67201

Rachel Battershaw

Jess Stitt

Shaina Shapiro

Rachael Schwantes


Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following establishments for providing a location to hold our meetings:

Watermark Books & Café
Wichita Water Center