May 2019 Newsletter

Sometimes it’s important to hit the pause button. After months of nonstop travel, at a time of frenetic change—both for me personally and for SHPE, which continues to be in growth mode—early this month, I had a chance to spend some quality time with my team at our headquarters outside of L.A. Quality time with my team is always so rejuvenating. And while there is always plenty of SHPE business to hash out when we are all together in the office, with back-to-back meetings and department strategy sessions, we always take time to break bread and get to know each other better... READ MORE
WE DID IT! Thanks to your help, SHPE now has more than 11,000 members! That's the highest membership number in our history.

But we're not finished. We need your help recruiting your friends, colleagues, and peers to the SHPE familia. Please share this link with them: WHY JOIN SHPE?
To encourage membership growth, we've set up  a friendly competition among chapters . The one chapter in each category (Small 1-25, Medium 26-75, Large 76+) that grows their membership by the largest number in May will win bragging rights and an evening with the CEO, Raquel Tamez. READ MORE
ICYMI, we recently released the first ever SHPE Annual Report. Presented as an interactive microsite, this report features our 2018 organizational accomplishments and 2017-2018 fiscal year financials. Be sure to scroll over infographics, tiles, and images, and click through on links, so as not to miss any great info.  READ REPORT
Congratulations to all of the RLDC committees for executing another successful line-up of Regional Leadership Development Conferences! Seven conferences held across the country in under 10 weeks is no easy feat, so everyone should pat themselves on the back.

Under the theme of “Eleva Tu: Service, Knowledge, & Authenticity,” RLDC 3 took place in Fort Collins, CO on April 4-7. Here are some highlights:
Under the theme of “Make It Matter, Make It Happen,” RLDC 7 took place in Miami, FL on April 11-14. Here are some highlights:
Under the theme of “Power of the Past, Force of the Future,” RLDC 1 took place in Portland, OR on April 11-14. Here are some highlights:
Under the theme of “Empowerment for Change,” RLDC 6 took place in Minneapolis, MN on April 17-20. Here are some highlights:
Be on the look out today for your official ballot for the 2019 elections! It's important to us that all voices be heard, so please be sure to vote before May 25.

NOTE: We are voting on revised bylaws this year, so please read the proposed revisions before voting.

NEW this year! Many of the nominees have created a campaign video. WATCH VIDEOS
Dr. Kimberly Douglas-Mankin joins SHPE as Director, Programs. She brings over 25 years of experience as an engineering educator and administrator developing programs for increasing the persistence and degree completion rates of STEM students, with a particular focus on those who are underrepresented and underserved. Her experience also includes creating mutually beneficial partnerships and programs to support student success... READ MORE
Brianne Martin is excited to serve her SHPE familia as the new Senior Manager of Membership Relations managing all aspects of SHPE’s national membership and chapter system by supporting chapters and their volunteer leaders. Most recently, Brianne was an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Peterbilt Motors tying the two worlds of new product development and assembly line production together through strategic planning... READ MORE
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On March 26, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fresno Branch presented an award to Central Regional Director Diana Gomez and the Caltrans District 6 team for the completion of the State Route 99 Realignment Project in Fresno. Ms. Gomez was given the “Outstanding Engineer in the Public Sector” award. The SR 99 Realignment Project was given the “Outstanding Large Project” award. Diana Gomez is a lifetime SHPE member and serves on the Board of Directors.
CEO Raquel Tamez participated on a panel at Building a Diverse and Skilled Tech Workforce , an event presented by Verizon Foundation and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). “We need to make diversity more inclusive. Because there are the haves and the have-nots in diversity. Organizations should be more intentional about inclusiveness. If we’re not intentionally including, we’re unintentionally excluding," commented Raquel. READ MORE
We are proud to announce that CEO Raquel Tamez is a finalist in the Nonprofit Category for an Inclusive Leader Award from GlobalMindEd. These awards recognize the most inclusive leaders in key industries for their innovations and bold actions to promote access and equity for women, people of color, and underrepresented populations in their recruiting, development, senior management on their boards, and in their pipeline strategies from education to employment.

The finalists will be honored on June 5-7 at the 2019 GlobalMindEd Conference in Denver, CO. MORE INFO
Register now for Wednesday, May 29 , at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the next latinXfactor™ webinar: Transforming Your Failures Into Success: Become An Effective Problem Solver.

It is inevitable that failures are going to happen in a fast-paced work environment. Knowing how to analyze failures to improve your work performance is important to your professional growth. Participants will learn multiple strategies from experts on how to critically reflect in order to transform failure into success.
Raquel Tamez with Jay Flores (Rockwell Automation) celebrating the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, which has over 30,000 students in attendance.
The slogan for the FIRST Robotics World Championships is "We are not using kids to build robots, we are using robots to build kids!"
latinXfactor Webinar 5 | May 29 | 8pm ET/5pm PT | REGISTER NOW
National Convention Registration Opens | June 6 | MORE INFO
latinXfactor Webinar 6 | June 26 | 8pm ET/5pm PT
STAR Award Nominations Due | July 10 | MORE INFO
latinXfactor Webinar 7 | July 24 | 8pm ET/5pm PT
2019 NILA | July 30-Aug 4 | Phoenix, Arizona
2019 National Convention | October 31-November 3 | MORE INFO
Have a special event that you would like added to the SHPE National Events Calendar? Your regional leaders have access to the submission form, so please connect with them to have your event submitted. If you have any questions please email
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