(2019-08-27) SWE Professional Section Officer Training (FY20)

Camryn Wagner
Melissa Plourde


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This presentation provides an overview of officer structure within a professional section, the responsibilities of each officer position, and best practices for effectively holding these roles.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe section leadership roles and responsibilities.
  • Familiarize your section’s officers with governance documents and procedures.
  • Identify and locate the resources available to help your section.

Join us for this live web session on Wednesday, August 27, 2019 @ 7:30-8:00 PM CT, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. 


Melissa Plourde has been involved with SWE since 2008 when she joined as a collegiate member at Purdue University. Since graduation, she has served in a variety of leadership positions for East Central Iowa and most recently joined the South Ohio section as the Vice President. On the Society level, Melissa was a part of the Region H Nominating Committee and participated on the Awards & Recognition Committee. Melissa is excited to be on the Leadership Coaching Committee this year as a Joint Focused Coach. She graduated with her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and has worked for General Mills in several manufacturing locations for the past 6 years. Melissa and her husband Jim live in Cincinnati, and enjoy traveling and hiking with their dog Mackey.

Ishita Mandhan has been a SWE leader since she joined the organization in 2010 having held more than 12 leadership roles. Currently, Ishita serves as the SWE Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) Content lead and as a SWE Leadership Coach. She lives in the Greater Seattle Area, works as a software engineer at Redfin and program director at Girls in Tech.

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