Caterpillar employee Stacey DelVecchio recently assumed the role of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) president, a position she will hold for a term of one year. With a broad background in engineering and management, DelVecchio is an ideal candidate to represent SWE's more than 25,000 members and serve as a role model to women engineers around the world.
SWE, a professional organization dedicated to helping women achieve their full potential in engineering and leadership careers, is committed to enhancing the image of the engineering profession and demonstrating the value of diversity in engineering.
While DelVecchio is the first Caterpillar employee to serve as SWE president, Caterpillar's connection to the organization goes back to 1996, when the company began recruiting at SWE's annual conference (photo inset). This presence led to Caterpillar joining SWE's Corporate Partnership Council, a group focused on sharing best practices, addressing retention and advancement issues and partnering on diversity initiatives. Hundreds of Caterpillar employees engage with SWE at the local, regional and national levels, serving as members and leaders. SWE has also recognized many employees for their efforts to further women in engineering, including Vice President Tana Utley, who received SWE's Upward Mobility Award in 2011.
This relationship will be further strengthened as DelVecchio serves her term as president. She hopes to create a sustainable strategic partnership between SWE and Caterpillar, leverage SWE's access to diverse talent, promote professional development among Caterpillar employees and provide learning opportunities for company leadership. From the SWE perspective, DelVecchio aims for the organization to be recognized as a global, inclusive organization and advocate for the success of women in engineering and technology.
"I am honored to lead this organization and proud to work with this very talented group of women," said DelVecchio. "I am also grateful to have Caterpillar's full support as I take on this role. SWE's mission is to help women achieve their full potential in their careers as engineers. That mission would not be possible without the help of employers that value diversity and inclusion - employers like Caterpillar. These two organizations form an ideal partnership and I look forward to seeing the impact we can make to further women in engineering during my term as president."
DelVecchio was installed as SWE president on August 1 in a ceremony at the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center. She was joined by nearly 200 attendees, including friends, family, Caterpillar coworkers, SWE colleagues, government officials and community leaders. Group President Steve Wunning and Chief Technology Officer Gwenne Henricks served as keynote speakers. Their comments emphasized their enthusiasm and support for SWE and DelVecchio's new leadership position.
To learn more about SWE, please visit swe.org.