The vision of the Women in Engineering Retreat is to create an intimate environment for OU women engineering students in the Gallogly College of Engineering and Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy to empower one another, take time for self-exploration and to grow professionally and personally within an enriching, meaningful experience.
Personal and Professional Development
Sessions focus on development of “tools” for the “engineer’s toolbox” through personal and professional development activities within small groups. Past WiE Retreats have focused on topics, such as resiliency, which is an important concept in engineering design. Students participate in and contribute to activities to learn how to leverage resiliency in the classroom, the workplace and in life. Other topics have included developing authenticity while cultivating connections with others in a way that creates a productively diverse workplace. Growing “soft skills” [e.g. emotional intelligence (EQ)] and building GRIT are considered “must have” skills for engineers and can be some of the greatest predictors of success in the workplace, in the classroom and in life.
This event provides participants with an opportunity to discuss the importance of applying these “tools” in the workplace, share experiences and build connections with other students, engineers and OU faculty, which facilitates professional and personal growth.
"I was able to get out of my comfort zone and enjoy interacting with everyone. Loved the small groups, listening to other women's stories and gaining fresh perspectives."
"I've learned a lot about myself and others from the topical sessions."
"Connecting with these women really inspired me personally to strive for the best version of me in the workforce"