SWE Magazine / Volume 67 Number 4 / Fall 2021
Transforming Corporate Boards
While corporations and nonprofits have welcomed more women to their boards, experts contend that focusing on one form of diversity isn’t enough to ensure the breadth of perspectives needed to meet today’s unprecedented challenges, or to shift the boards’ focus from one of rubber stamping and compliance to one of strategy.
Women Engineering Leaders in Academe 2021
Since 2002, this annual series has profiled women engineering deans, who offer insight and share their reflections on the rewards and pitfalls of the position. In this year’s installment, we recall some of the highlights and provide a glimpse of where the career paths of these accomplished women have taken them.
The State of Infrastructure
The increase in severe weather events is shining a spotlight on the need for more resilient infrastructure solutions. Results from the American Society of Civil Engineers report card on the current state of infrastructure in the United States, along with data from the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Competitiveness Report, provide the robust assessment needed to maintain systems now and invest in the future.
Taking Back the Internet
Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in the spring of 2020, the internet has been experiencing a heightened level of criminal activity. Every 14 seconds, experts say, another business now falls victim to a ransomware attack. Email phishing campaigns have increased sevenfold. And globally, cybercriminals are launching fresh attacks on 30,000 websites a day, which is just under 11 million a year. Amid this chaos, women from a variety of backgrounds are proving to be part of a solution that encompasses both mainstream and less conventional methods.
By Anne Perusek
Director of Editorial and Publications
Establishing diverse boards that are more than a rubber stamp for the CEO, that are strategic rather than compliant, is the real key. But how does such a board composition come about? → Read
We recognized that whatever we were able to accomplish in the midst of a pandemic, our programs and services needed to maintain the quality people have come to associate with SWE. → Read
By Karen Horting, CAE
Executive Director & CEO
Whether from the office, the kitchen table, or halfway across the world, we are connected, supporting one another to learn and grow in difficult times. → Read