In August, I attended the Region i Leadership Summit in Oklahoma City, on behalf of our section. The leadership summit is open to at least 2 section leaders or members who are interested in attending each year. It is a great opportunity to learn more about SWE, meet other SWE leaders from around our region, and learn some great information to help us kick-start the year!
After the long 5 hour drive to Oklahoma City, I was instantly greeted at the hotel by some familiar faces. It was great to see several region i SWE friends that I typically only see twice a year at the Annual and Region Conferences. The leadership summit started off on Friday evening with a networking hour (and cocktails from the hotel), where I was lucky enough to sit at a table with collegiate officers from nearby universities including UKMC, K-State, and Mizzou. This was followed by a couple sessions about SWE Leadership and the SWE Strategic Plan. The next day consisted of more fun and fact-filled sessions, including topics on fundraising, region tactical planning, professional section officer training, and much more! I learned a lot of great information and ideas to take back to our section to start planning for the year.
The weekend wasn’t all SWE business though. We even had some time for a scavenger hunt and dinner at Urban Johnnies on Saturday evening. It was a great way to see the sights of Oklahoma City!