Call to Action: IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference

The female STEM superhero, Marie Curie, once said, “I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.” Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman in history to ever win it twice, and the only human to ever win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. Her advice is sage and teaches us the merits of persistent self-improvement.

What better way to persistently self-improve than to attend an IEEE conference?

Houston is uniquely positioned to benefit in 2019 from the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC). The sixth annual WIE ILC is going to be hosted in the United States from May 23-24 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Austin, Texas.


The theme of the conference is “Lead Beyond” and aims to accelerate innovative women who plan to change the world (or who are already doing so). The conference agenda is specifically tailored to help support and sustain women in technology fields around the world, and the conference itself aims to foster a community of support for women engineering students and professionals.

Conference information

IEEE WIE ILC is a huge international conference that is going to held so close to home this year. This conference is structured with trainings, informative sessions and hands on workshops throughout the day.  The trainings and workshops are hosted with the aim to increase retention of middle-aged and senior women in their technological fields.  There are many sessions for you to choose from depending on your interest and include engaging tracks on innovation, empowerment, executive leadership, and disruptive technologies.


Many prolific women engineers who are experts in their respective fields are selected to head these sessions. Keynote speakers include Candace Worley (VP and Chief Technical Strategist at McAfee) and Victoria Mitchell (VP Technology Services Group of Arm Ltd). The first day of the conference also includes a career fair and exhibits parallely organised to technical talks and professional development sessions.

Since the conference is in Austin, TX, attendees in Houston can attend the IEEE WIE ILC and make the trip very cost effective since traveling to the event is easier than flying!

For the complete list of events on the agenda visit:


Benefits of attending

  • Networking
  • IEEE WIE is a great platform to network and collaborate with fellow engineers from different spectrum of technology. You can learn how to be innovative and take back home some empowering notes. All the more reason as to why to attend this conference lies in the fact that this is an incredible amalgamation of different activities totally relevant for our careers since everyone is in STEM related career paths.


  • You also get a chance to connect with employees at companies that do not recruit in your area – giving you a personal connection with a newfound friend.


  • Also, the Houston Section Secretary and the Houston Section YP Chair will both be attending IEEE dWIE ILC – and will help you network or teach you how to network! Consider this conference a weekend intensive course in jumpstarting your career.

Get inspired and share your stories  

Many women engineers have unique and challenging paths to earn their engineering degrees and find the right career paths after college.  IEE WIE provides a platform for all women engineers to share these stories with a community of supportive, strong and brilliant fellow engineers. This conference may help you make inspired future career and personal moves.


Being held in Austin calls for you to soak in the beautiful city ambience post the conference hours.

Past: IEEE WIE Photos from 2018

Interested in attending?

Registration Information:

Membership Type Full Registration One-Day Registration
IEEE WIE Member US$595 US$295
IEEE Member US$650 US$325
Non Member US$775 US$395
IEEE Student Member US$550 US$255
Student Non Member US$575 US$275
IEEE Life Member US$550 US$255


 Full conference registration includes access to two full-days of sessions, keynote presentations, lunches, breaks, and evening reception.

One-day conference registration includes access to all sessions, keynote presentations, lunches, breaks, and evening reception on the one-day selected to attend.

To register online please visit:


Article by Ramya Garudadri


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