The Route

Kelly Dack

Some of our favorite subject-matter experts explain what motivates them.

In this month’s column I introduce a few of our inspiring women PCEA leaders. Next, PCEA chairman Stephen Chavez offers his take on the importance of diversity in a collective organization. As always, I include our list of professional development opportunities and events. Last, I tease some upcoming coverage on one of the PCEA’s educational networking events.

PCEA Updates

One of the most inspiring events I’ve had the opportunity to cover over the past decade was an early morning Women in Electronics at IPC Apex Expo. This event brings together women in the electronics industry to join their colleagues across the supply chain to network, share ideas, and discuss career experiences. It is an opportunity for women in the industry to learn from and inspire one another.

Recently, I’ve appreciated that within our PCEA meetings, we experience that same zeal with our executive staff every time we convene. It is not difficult to realize the impact of leadership by women in electronics in the PCEA. Many of our leaders – including women – reach out, team up, and work together to tackle many of the tough tasks that must be accomplished as the PCEA moves forward.

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Why online get-togethers don’t have to "stink."

This month I share a few thoughts on the formation of our chapters and commentary from of a few of the PCEA staff regarding their thoughts on where the chapters are and where we need to go. Next, PCEA chairman Steph Chavez shares some encouraging words for these extended times of Covid. So our readers will not miss a beat, I include our list of professional development opportunities and events and close with a preview of what is in store for the column next month.

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Read more: Local Chapters: Making Sense(s) Out of Virtual Meetings

Kelly Dack

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom.” – George Washington Carver

This month I speak with the PCEA Educational Committee regarding the team’s take on the PCEA’s role in education. What do they have in store? Next, PCEA Chairman Steph Chavez weighs in on the strength of the Education Committee and why it is crucial to the PCEA’s mission. Finally, with our normally provided list of professional development opportunities and events, I give a preview of next month’s column.

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Kelly Dack

The PCEA’s kickoff event was a massive success.

This month I review the virtual PCEA grand opening, which took place in July and featured guest presenter and PCEA educational committee member Rick Hartley. Next, in our “Letter from the Chairman,” Steph Chavez writes of his satisfaction with our recent open house and talks about another event in which he and vice chairman Mike Creeden participated, hosted by our affiliate organization, the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). Coming next month, I check in with the PCEA education committee and look at the PCEA’s role in education. What do our education committee leaders have in store? I had an opportunity to hear from them and will highlight some of their ideas and plans for learning and curricula in the coming months.

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Kelly Dack

The Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) talks with Rick Hartley.

This month, I spoke with Rick Hartley about his presentation for the PCEA’s grand opening webinar on Jul. 14. Next, PCEA Chairman Steph Chavez shares a timely message on how our time working from home is a serious matter, and how letting our guard down could be a mistake.

Again, PCEA chapters are in transition, and due to social distancing requirements, no face-to-face meetings have taken place to date, but a lot of virtual activity is happening. I also share our most updated list of professional development opportunities and events, which we hope you find useful.

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Kelly Dack

The PCEA and SMTA find common ground.

This month, I share updates on the PCEA website and reports on some inspiring collaboration taking place between the PCEA and a well-known industry organization that appears to have a high potential for synergy for all engaged.

I’m always happy to mention that PCEA Chairman Steph Chavez has prepared a message as well, where he provides an overview of his take on adapting to the new normal by doing more with less.

Last, we are not able to provide any reports on local chapter activities due to continued social distancing requirements. However, we will share our most updated list of professional development opportunities and events, which we hope you might find useful. As always, stay tuned for more updates.

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