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2015 WEPAN Call for Proposals (click here)

WEPAN’s first national conference was held in 1990 in Washington, D.C. Today, both recurring and emerging issues are addressed each year as 300-plus professionals gather to consider the most current research, experience, and best practices. Participants enthusiastically share knowledge and resources with others—and come away inspired and invigorated.

In 2014, WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network) convened the 2014 Change Leader Forum: Engineering a Culture that Drives Innovation. At WEPAN’s Forum, leading experts in culture change open a crucial national dialogue about the impact of culture on engaging and retaining diverse communities of women in engineering—both in education and the workforce. 

WEPAN is championing a purposeful rebuilding of the culture in engineering education and the engineering workplace. Research suggests that substantial culture change in engineering will require a broader spectrum of partners working at multiple levels.  Consequently, the Forum is organized around the Framework for Promoting Gender Equity in Organizations which describes the four ways (prepare women, create equal opportunity, value difference, re-envision work culture) that organizations can promote gender equity.  As the four Frames progress, they become more focused on the complexities of organizational cultures and take into account a greater number of factors.



"WEPAN's annual conference delivers value based on our fundamental strengths – providing critical knowledge, facilitating the exchange of ideas, and fostering collaborations between individuals and organizations who share our vision of, and commitment to a world where women are full participants in engineering."

– Linda M. Scherr
WEPAN 2005-06 President

"It makes sense to be an Institutional Partner at the WEPAN National Conference.  The complimentary registrations allow my staff to participate while the visibility benefits provide recognition to our university, school and program.  Having our name out there in front of WEPAN and other organization members as well as corporate partners helps build our brand and highlights our commitment to diversity and gender equity".

–Tricia Berry
Women in Engineering Program Director 
The University of Texas at Austin

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