Women, wealth & well-being
February 13th, 2024
Join SWE Columbia River and FirstTech Credit Union for a financial session aimed toward women to start the New Year with a good financial mindset!
There is no denying that women are earning and controlling more wealth than ever before and have become powerful influencers in household investment and financial decisions. However, according to a recent New York Life Investments survey, over 40% of women investors lack confidence in their knowledge of the market, and 29% lack confidence in their ability to make decisions between investment options.
Join this presentation and help us make those statistics a thing of the past. Our special guest presenter, Kimberlee Bouska, will share introductory concepts to help women become more empowered with their finances. She will also share how to take these concepts and apply them to set and define your financial goals for you and your family.
Join to learn:
How women can take ownership of their financial well-being
Saving and investing strategies specifically for women
Steps to developing healthy financial habits
Kimberlee Bouska, CFP®, CRPC®, CDFA
Investment Management Consultant
Financial Advisor, RJFS
Addison Avenue Investment Services
Visit Kimberlee’s Website
SWE CRS 2023 Holiday Party
December 14, 2023
Celebrated the holiday season with SWE CRS at our successful 2023 Holiday Party! Dinner and drinks were provided, and attendees were encouraged to bring a small dessert or sweet treat to share. Those who wanted to partake in the gift exchange also brought small gifts (~$10-25). We were delighted to see everyone there! Happy Holidays! RSVPs were accepted for free.
November 18, 2023
Thank you to everyone who signed up to participate! The event was a huge success thanks to your support.
The Girl Scouts and SWE CRS held an incredible celebration of all things STEM at the Salem Convention Center on November 18th during the annual STEM Day event. This year surpassed all expectations, featuring over 70 different STEM experts from the community. Volunteers like you played a crucial role in helping participants explore the science, technology, engineering, and math that surrounds us, engaging them with hands-on activities at the expo-style booths.
SWE CRS successfully hosted their activity booth with the help of dedicated volunteers during morning and afternoon sessions. Your contribution was invaluable!
FY23 Summer Celebration
June 11, 2023
December 6, 2022
Financial Intelligence Webinar
October 8, 2022
Fall Membership Event
September 27, 2022
June 21, 2022
Introduction to Credit Card Rewards
July 7, 2022
Effective Compensation Negotiation
May 11, 2022
Girl Scout Volunteer Event
April 23, 2022
Safely Spending the Nest Egg Webinar
April 12, 2022
DE&I Book Club
April 7, 2022
US Retirement Accounts Explained Webinar
March 15, 2022
Financial Best Practices Webinar
February 17, 2022
February Social Event
February 15, 2022
SWE CRS 2021 Holiday Party
December 8, 2021
November 9, 2021
Let’s Talk about Pie
October 19, 2021
Fall Membership Event
September 14, 2021
August Networking Event
June 23, 2021
May 11, 2021
SWE CRS is partnering with PMI Portland! In the engineering field, evaluations are usually done on technical skills, not other skills, such as project or people management. However, as we enter a new decade, engineers who invest in perfecting their project management skills often find they are given more responsibilities within the business.
Join us for a panel discussion brought to you by SWE CRS and Project Management Institute (PMI) Portland. You will hear about our panelists’ career choices, and journeys and also learn about their project management best-known methods (BKMs), tools, and individual engineering project management practices. Bring your questions to this interactive session and network with a professional group of women engineers. To participate fully, participants are encouraged to have their webcams on in order to interact fully. Participants will be able to self-report 1 technical PDU through PMI for attending.
Becoming an Inventor
March 18, 2021
Join us Thursday, March 18 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PST.
Financial Planning Webinar #3
December 15, 2020
December 9, 2020
Financial Webinar Series #2 – U.S. Retirement Accounts Explained
Fall Membership Event
Virtual Presence Webinar
Join us for a Professional Development Series Webinar on Virtual Presence.
Monday, September 21st at 12:00 pm
Technical Tour: Vernier Software & Technology
February 7, 2019
SWE members met for a technical tour of Vernier Software & Technology in Beaverton on Thursday, February 7th. Vernier Software & Technology is a local company that pioneers award-winning interfaces, sensors, software, and curriculum that help engage and excite students through hands-on scientific exploration. Originally focused on tools for physics classes, Vernier has expanded further into chemistry and has developed hardware and software tools that support biology, physiology, Earth science, and water quality.
Camas Girls STEM Conference
January 26, 2019
CRS SWE led a STEM activity making paper circuits at Camas Girls STEM Conference on Saturday, January 26th!
Mid-Year Board Meeting & Team Building
January 9, 2019
On January 9th, the CRS board met at Collective Kitchen in downtown Hillsboro for an evening of Thai cooking & planning for the future! It was a fun time to connect as a team, eat some delicious food, and set goals for the remainder of FY19. We had a great discussion about how to track engagement, formed an awards subcommittee, shared upcoming events (including the 40th-anniversary party & WE Local), discussed ways to better leverage our website & social media, and even started thinking about succession planning!
December 5, 2018
Earlier this month, members from around the Portland section convened on the Brookwood Library for our annual holiday party. There was lots of delicious food, a good recap of the WE18 conference in Minneapolis, and a rollercoaster white elephant gift exchange.
As part of the recap of WE18 in Minneapolis, we watched Cindy Kent’s keynote address as she shared the top four things she learned in kindergarten. Jill Murfin also gave a recap of a talk she
gave with Priyanka Dobriyal on how to thrive during your mid-professional life crisis.
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm
Upcoming, WE Local will be held in Bellevue, Washington, April 5 – 6 and registration is now open. See you there!
Outreach at Hiteon Elementary
November 30, 2018
SWE CRS completed another successful STEM outreach event with a 5th grade class at Hiteon Elementary on November 30th.
Outreach at Hiteon Elementary
October 12, 2018
SWE CRS and Hiteon elementary learned how to build robots and use alternative energy to power them!
Fall Membership Event
October 1, 2018
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our annual Fall Membership Kickoff Event! It was a huge success!!!! We had 50 attendees (from first-year to lifetime members) who spent the evening learning how to get involved in our local events (Outreach, Professional Development, Collegiate), society-level opportunities, support our partners (Saturday Academy, Portland Workforce Alliance), and enjoy networking with fellow women engineers! A huge “thank you” to our outstanding board members (Kristen, Anne, Siri, Nicole, Chloe, Megan, CJC, Carina, Irina, Chelsea, and Sonali) for always going above and beyond AND Fido’s Tap House who graciously accommodated our team with fantastic food and drinks!
Have feedback on the event or still trying to figure out how to get involved? We would love to hear from you!!! Please email Jill Murfin at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will connect you with the right CRS board member to answer any questions.
August Book Club Recap: Review by Kristen
May 4 & 11, 2018
To be shockingly transparent, what I knew about Ruth Bader Ginsburg prior to reading “Notorious RBG” by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik for book club was that she:
The more I learned while reading this book, the more I was filled with a sense of admiration. RBG was never a flamboyant person, never a trailblazer, never a bomb thrower. Instead, her achievements were bombshells.
- Was a Supreme Court Justice
- Was featured in a lot of internet memes
- Wears a collar and glasses
- Says dissent a lot
- Is a feminist
Reading about RBG’s college experience reminded me of my engineering undergrad experience. The book details how she created a mental map of every woman’s bathroom on the Cornell campus. Similarly, the engineering sorority I belonged to required all candidates to find every women’s bathroom in the maze of a science building. It also surprised me to learn that it was only in the 60s that we had to argue cases to keep our jobs upon becoming pregnant while working. Most of the interpretations I see about RBG in the media today label Ginsburg as a feminist – at one point in her career she was accused of advocating too much or the rights of men.
The story thus far of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a motivating tale. What I found most inspiring is that Justice Ginsburg is just a quiet woman who shows up to work every day and puts in the effort to halt discrimination against men and women. I would highly encourage everyone to check out a copy of this
In closing, I’d like to share eight tips from Notorious RBG on how to be more like Justice Ginsburg:
- Work for what you believe in
- But pick your battles
- And don’t burn your bridges.
- Don’t be afraid to take charge
- Think about what you want, then do the work
- But then enjoy what makes you happy
- Bring along your crew
- Have a sense of humor