During the Senate, all proposed amendments passed Senate approval. The background and details of the motions are on the Senate website (Senate.swe.org, see the Amendments and Motions page):
- S-1713 :Other Groups
- S-1714: Collegiate Director Eligibility
- S-1715: Senate Procedures Updates
- S-1716: Procedure Review for SWE Membership Conduct
- S-1717: Endorsement of Proposed Governance Changes
After a fun lunch, the Governance Task Force gave a great update on work done to date and the path forward to accomplish the governance changes still outstanding. The work done to date has been successful and enabled SWE to grow at a very fast rate, which is atypical and above average for a non-profit organization, as described by McKinley Advisors.
Penny Wirsing, task force leader, and Dayna Johnson, task force member and senator, proposed a motion to gain Senate approval and agreement on the path forward to achieve these changes. The motion passed, and the Governance Task Force will work with the Bylaws Committee to bring motions forward to make the changes listed below. The Society bylaws have not been changed yet, but the Senate was asked to approve the general direction of the governance changes that include:
- Collegiates will be granted full voting rights in SWE
- Terms for Senators will be 3 years
- All nominations and elections will be competency-based without regard for geographic location
- Regions shall be dissolved by end of FY18
- Selection of the nominating committee will be on the basis of the competency, not based on geographic location
During the Special Reports, the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) and Strategic Initiatives Committee (SIC) gave presentations and training to the Senate in preparation for FY18. In FY18, the duties of the SPC will be carried out by the Senate and the SPC will be sunset to allow the Senate to be the strategic body of SWE, per the current bylaws. The Senate had several discussions regarding the strategic planning process to plan for these changes and prepare for FY18.
In order to prepare the Senate to focus on the strategic plan and becoming a true strategic body, we need to ensure we nominate big-picture people to be on the SWE Senate for next year and the years to come. It would be ideal for the senate nominees to be active learners and have backgrounds with strategic planning.
The last presentation with given by Karen Roth, Director of Professional Excellence. Karen shared that she, her committees, and several other SWE groups are working together on a plan to provide section support and continuous professional training once the regions are dissolved.
Remember to check out senate.swe.org and governance.swe.org for upcoming updates regarding senate and governance task force work.
For more information, see these slides presented by the Region C Senators at Region C Conference in February 2017.