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IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. This track highlights how members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. This track focuses on how to promote and facilitate the delivery of technical, professional, and educational material. Topics cover a broad range, including how geographic units can participate in the Standards process, learning about the IEEE Foundation, engaging members in humanitarian projects, and promoting IEEE to industry and your community.

Session topics, descriptions, speakers, and presentations for the Sections Congress 2011 (SC2011) Serve the World track are listed on this page. 

Each webinar has been recorded and will be available after SC2011 on the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence training portal.


Conducting Conferences/Workshops

Speakers:  John Barr, Okyay Kaynak, Bill Moses, and Susan Root

From attracting new members, to building new skills, to professional networking, to staying current in your area of interest or exploring  new ones, IEEE conferences provide a great opportunity to increase member engagement. Tap the wealth of IEEE knowledge and come learn how to run a successful IEEE conference.


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Development and Promotion of Section-driven Humanitarian Technology Projects

Speakers:  Satish Babu, Christopher Baker-Brian, Paul Lacourciere, Martin Murillo, Amarnath Raja, Peter Staecker, Soon Wan, and Tara Wisniewski

IEEE is forging a significant role in the humanitarian world using the technical talents of its members, their humanitarian interests, and IEEE’s global resources to address the world’s most challenging problems. IEEE’s focus will include effective healthcare, water quality and access, reliable off-grid electricity, and access to information. The IEEE Humanitarian Committee is responsible for monitoring and determining the direction of IEEE humanitarian activities. The committee’s mission includes building infrastructure, identifying and supporting IEEE “on-the-ground” projects, and finding partners and funding sources.

A major initiative is Engineering for Change (E4C), a partnership between IEEE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders. This initiative will encourage and enable worldwide collaboration and easy exchange of information about humanitarian efforts. The goal is to facilitate innovation, projects, and technologies for the developing world. This session will explore how Sections can be involved and include a tutorial addressing funding for humanitarian projects.


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Doing Professional Activities in Your Sections Anywhere in the World

Speakers:  Russ Lefevre, Francisco Martinez, and Matej Zajc

We listened to your recommendations from IEEE Sections Congress 2008. Learn about the variety of products, services, programs, and activities that you can infuse within your own Section. These products and services were identified as being useful to a global audience by the IEEE Globalization of Professional Activities initiative.

Come hear how you can provide your Section members with professional development, career satisfaction, and employment skills. Many models for delivery of these products and services exist already. Find out how to get started in your Region or in your Section.


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How to Run a Successful Webinar: Connecting and Educating More Members While Cutting Costs

Speakers:  Peggy Hutcheson and Mauro Togneri

IEEE conducts numerous professional development and technical webinars throughout the year. What if you could conduct your own webinars in the local language within your Section?  You could reduce travel and meeting costs while reaching out to more of your members. Learn best practices for conducting webinars despite platform, topic, or language.

Although you may have identified one of the best speakers for a specific topic, he or she may never have conducted a webinar. It is a very different medium. Some training is needed. Learn the things that webinar presenters should do and should not do to engage their audience.


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Managing Your Career

Speaker:  Peggy Hutcheson

In an increasingly global and competitive job market, no one is going to help you manage your career other than you! Are you interested in taking greater control of your own learning, performance, career satisfaction, and employability? Are you a leader or manager and want to learn how to use career development as a vehicle for engaging and retaining top talent in both the workplace and your volunteer life?  Then this session is for you.


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Networking Skills for Professional Success

Speaker:  Gary Blank

Networking has been deemed to be one of the most important skills for your own professional success in business, in the workplace, and as a volunteer leader.  But networking does not come naturally to most.  The IEEE Consultants Networks and the IEEE Employment Networks have been helping their members to develop networking skills. Learn how to do it effectively and help your Section members improve their networking skills for their professional success.


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Squaring the Society-Chapter-Section Triangle: Meeting Member Technical Needs

Speakers:  Elya Joffe, Peter Magyar, Murlin Marks, Meliha Selak, and Jan Van der Spiegel

Chapters are vital organizational units of IEEE and provide the first, daily, and closest link between the member and higher technical (TA) and regional/geographical (MGA) hierarchies of IEEE. Chapters are, by definition, "children of the Section/s," but in reality, since Chapters are "Technical Chapters," they are expected to serve as the first and most apparent source of technical knowledge, networking, and resource for its members.

As such, the Chapters serve as a bridge between the geographic unit (Section) in the vicinity of the members' living place and the technical Societies with which the Chapter is affiliated (global technical network). As long as this bridge is solid, well-supported by both ends (technical and regional activities), and well maintained (active and relevant), the health of the Society-Chapter-Section Triangle and its relevance are guaranteed. IEEE Chapters therefore provide an outstanding opportunity to network and tap onto the wealth of knowledge available in the Societies with which the Chapter is affiliated, as well as offer a great opportunity to increase member engagement.

This session will elaborate on the position of the Chapter between its two "parents," with special emphasis on the benefits available to the Chapter, to the Section, and also to the Society/ies associated with the Chapter, from the Societies' support.


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The IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program: How It Can Benefit Your Section Members

Speakers:  Metin Akay, Bernhard Boser, Pablo Estevez, Steve Gold, Bill Gruver, Sheila Hemami, Kazuhiro Kosuge, David Larbalestier, and SV Sankaran

The primary purpose of the Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program is to provide Chapters and other IEEE organizational units with interesting and informative programs and enhance the professional vitality of members by keeping them informed of new technological developments and applications. Currently, more than 30 Societies have DL Programs, each with their own offerings.

During this interactive panel session, examples of successful DL programs will be described to acquaint attendees with what options are available and how to arrange for a presentation. Incorporating a DL presentation within your local Chapter meetings is an opportunity to increase member engagement, member satisfaction, and enhance the value of IEEE membership, and thereby build and retain membership. There will also be a discussion of how Sections might develop their own speaker programs.


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Women in Engineering: How to Engage Members in Your Programs Via Affinity Groups

Speakers:  Anu Gokhale, Takako Hashimoto, Ramalatha Marimuthu, and Karen Panetta

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) facilitates the development of programs and activities that promote the entry into and the retention of women in engineering and enhance the career advancement of women in the profession. The WIE Committee coordinates support for its world-wide network of local Affinity Groups.

This WIE training session will provide an opportunity for WIE leadership and Section Chairs to network, receive training, and provide input into IEEE/WIE programs and projects. This session would benefit the Sections in forming WIE Affinity Groups and accessing WIE programs and resources. It will also highlight the range of activities that have been carried out by WIE Affinity Groups around the world.


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