Getting Started

If you are interested in volunteering with IEEE WIE, the best place to get started is with your local IEEE WIE Affinity Group. Affinity Groups provide an opportunity for members to participate in local activities and network. Opportunities include coordinating events, mentoring, or serving as an officer.

If there is no Affinity Group in your area, you can start one in your Section or Student Branch by recruiting six other IEEE Members willing to be part of the Affinity Group and then submitting a petition.

Contact your local Affinity Group to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Learn more about forming a Section or Student Branch Affinity Group.

Review this page to learn more about how to plan successful events for your Women In Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group, how to recruit new volunteers, and how to complete the required reporting.  No IEEE WIE Affinity Group in your area? This page also includes information on how to start a new IEEE WIE Affinity Group and the benefits associated.

Benefits of forming a IEEE WIE Affinity Group

How to form a IEEE WIE Affinity Group

Forming an affinity group is the best way to interact and share information with others with similar interests in your local area. There are two types of affinity group formations:

  • Section Affinity Group for members
  • Student Branch Affinity Group

To form an Affinity Group:

  • recruit six IEEE members willing to be part of the founding affinity group;
  • select someone to be responsible for the affinity group until the first meeting is held and the Officers are formally appointed;
  • obtain your Section or Student Branch’s Executive Committee’s approval (an Affinity Group depends administratively and financially on the Section);

View the IEEE Geographic Unit Formation Policies and Petitions page for forms and information

Affinity Group required reporting

Affinity Groups are required to submit meeting, financial, and officer reports to IEEE MGA. Further information and report forms are available through IEEE Member and Geographic Activities.

Student Branch Affinity Groups should follow the reporting procedures required by their Student Branch Chapter.

Planning successful meetings and events

Meetings are one of the most visible and valuable ways for an affinity group to serve its members.

Promote your local event

Submit a report of meetings and events

Recruiting volunteers for a IEEE WIE Affinity Group

IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) has a volunteer recruitment tool kit available. It has been developed to provide IEEE Units (Regions, Sections, Societies, Chapters, or Affinity Groups) with ideas for recruiting local IEEE members who may be interested in volunteering their time to help lead IEEE activities.

IEEE WIE Affinity Group Best Practices

IEEE WIE Affinity groups can use these best practices to help plan their activities for the year.