Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
Who We Are
Women in Science & Engineering is an organization striving to connect women in industry and women aiming to go into science and engineering.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
- WiSE Networking Dinner
- Dine and network with women in your chosen field!
WiSE Networking Dinner
Registration for this event is closed.
The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) students, faculty, and staff at Highline Community College host a free annual dinner - business attire is encouraged. The goal of the event is to recognize, support and encourage women pursuing studies in the engineering, physical & life sciences, math and technology fields. Please contact the faculty adviser if you are working in one of these industries and are interested in being the speaker for 2018.
Arrive as early as 5:30 to meet and mingle! We will be officially starting the event at 6pm with introductions and visiting time, followed by dinner, our speaker and dessert. We will be assigning seats according to area of interest. We would like to spread out industry, faculty, and students evenly around the tables so please plan to sit where you are assigned.
Our speaker this year is Colette Bailey, M.S. Systems Engineering
Mrs. Bailey is a native of France. She came to the United States after getting her Baccalaureate in Mathematics. She has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science as well as a Masters in Systems Engineering.
It was her dream to come and study in the United States, so when she was accepted, she was over the moon. Switching to attending classes in English gave her many headaches...but was they say in English "no pain, no gain!". Upon completing her education, she was hired by the Boeing Company as a software test engineer and had the chance to work on the space shuttle program and on military projects, where she has great mentors and learned early the value of integrity and ethics. She then went into consulting, which opened many doors and allowed her to build a solid network of friends and colleagues. She took a year off in 2001 to be with her newborn and discovered the meaning of unconditional love. When she went back to work, Mrs. Bailey was not passionate about the Information Technology arena, so she took a break; a chance encounter enabled her to teach Mathematics at Highline. It is here, at Highline, that she discovered her passion for teaching. Again, she had excellent mentors that supported her and showed her the ropes....literally. She went back to the IT world after a few years and was told by her new mentor that she would be an excellent Project Manager and should pursue that avenue, due to her reputation as a go-getter and strong ethics. She is now a technical project manager and enjoys mentoring her peers, especially women. She also does a lot of community service work. She calls it the B-12 shot for her soul. She also tutors her son in Mathematics and gets paid in hugs and kisses. She attributes her success to all her mentors and her motto: 'You know your worth, do not let anyone or anything alter it. Do not expect to be validated by anyone or anything, because validation is only for parking!"