The Professional Development Committee encourages professional growth by addressing the unique challenges that women may face in a male-dominated workplace. Together, they work towards developing and hosting educational events, seminars, and workshops that will help engineering students navigate the workforce with the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed. The PD Committee also promotes opportunities for students to meet industry mentors through the annual WiSE event. Past PD initiatives have included a salary negotiations workshop, machine shop workshops, and a gender inequality in workplace seminar. Events that the PD Committee runs are typically open to all students, regardless of gender.
As part of the Professional Development (PD) Committee, the WiSE working group organizes one of the largest mentoring events in the UBC Engineering community. The event brings together 30+ female professionals in STEM industries and 100+ female undergraduate students for a night of networking and inspiration. WiSE helps students discover the exciting potential behind their degrees, by connecting them with women who have taken both traditional and non-traditional paths within their careers.