On National Women in Engineering Day, held June 23 in the United Kingdom, employees from Cummins Power Generation (CPG) stayed busy by working across sites in Kent, Peterborough and Stamford, England in support of the Cummins Women in Technology (CWiT) forum, an initiative championed by Cummins’ Chief Technical Officer, John Wall. Their aim? To encourage careers in STEM and promote opportunities for women in engineering.
“The work we are doing with CWiT to promote and encourage engineering as a viable and profitable career, particularly to females who are under-represented in science based careers, is crucial not only to the success of Cummins but to the engineering profession,” said Lowell Siewert – Chief Engineer Cummins Power Generation. “CWiT enables us to take the focus beyond diversity to inclusion for existing and future employees by introducing the engineering opportunity to our employees of tomorrow.”
Leading up to the day – which is celebrated every year in the UK as a way to raise the profile and celebrate the achievements of women in engineering – a team of dedicated Cummins volunteers, including leaders in technology, engineering, human resources, local affinity groups and community involvement teams, worked together on developing ideas in partnership with education and society to attract female technical talent. Then, on National Women in Engineering Day, Cummins employees volunteered at several event stands that were deployed at company facilities, handing out materials about women in engineering. Additional events were held to raise awareness of the CWit and recruit talent.
To further support CWiT, a six-person team from Cummins headed to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) inaugural international conference held May 7-8 in Amsterdam. The event featured two days of professional development, international industry collaboration and plenty of opportunities to forge new connections. SWE Europe hosted 190 registrants from 24 countries, and attendees participated in 40 educational sessions on topics such as early-career management; inclusion and cultural awareness; innovation and disruptions; and career transitions. Cummins is a corporate partner of SWE.
“I came away inspired as always from meeting the talented female speakers and delegates,” said Laura Malone, Product Planning Graduate – Cummins Generators Technologies. “One of the key messages I took away was about ‘personal branding’. We all have different talents that can be showcased through effective personal branding, we should utilize and promote them to our colleagues and be proud of the diversity we can bring to any team.”
About National Women in Engineering Day
National Women in Engineering Day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. The idea behind National Women in Engineer Day is to encourage all groups (Governmental, educational, corporate, Professional Engineering Institutions, individuals and other organizations) to organize their own events in support of the day.
For more information, visit www.nwed.org.uk.
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