The Society of Women Engineers Starts 2014 with Leadership Transition

The Society of Women Engineers is pleased to begin the new year welcoming its new executive director and CEO during an exciting transition period. Karen Horting, the former deputy executive director of the world’s premiere organization for women engineers, on Jan. 1 filled the position held by Betty Shanahan.

Horting joined SWE nine years ago and has transformed the organization through her many contributions. She has been tasked with overseeing all aspects of fund development for the global organization, building the Corporate Partnership Council into a thriving panel of more than 70 influential organizations within the industry. Horting was also instrumental in molding much of the Society’s portfolio of offerings for those in the engineering industry, including professional development, K-12 outreach, the SWE Annual Conference and SWE’s international expansion.

In addition to her significant contributions to SWE, Horting brings more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and fund development. Prior to joining SWE, she served as the director of strategic planning at New York Academy of Sciences where she oversaw development activities and long-range organizational planning. Her experience also includes time at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). There, she managed both marketing and fund development on a global level for Science’s Next Wave, a ground-breaking career development website for graduate students and postdocs in science, math and technology.  Her previous experience also includes more than 10 years in the paint and coatings industry in a variety of technical service and marketing functions.

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