Renee Weisman, Marge Inden, and Bernice Brody StoryCorps Interview, Clip 2, 2008

Bernice Brody asks Renee Weisman how her involvement in the Society of Women Engineers has helped her professional life. Weisman describes how she gained a better sense of her strengths and weaknesses and how the Society has provided her with a professional network. Brody explains that her involvement in SWE has strengthened her public speaking skills, provided her with a support network in difficult times, and has helped her to handle large projects. She and Marge Inden recall when SWE members encouraged Brody to pursue a new career opportunity. Weisman explains that women’s professional networks provide women with the support they need to break the glass ceiling. Inden explains how her leadership positions in SWE allowed her to hone her project management skills and reiterates the importance of the professional network that SWE provides.

Weisman, Inden, and Brody all began their engineering careers at IBM. After nearly 40 years with the company, Weisman retired in 2007 as a distinguished engineer and director of engineering and has since started a leadership consulting firm. Inden transitioned from a career in engineering to one in the financial sector and is currently a senior registered client service associate at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Brody is currently and executive project manager at IBM Global Services. Inden is a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers and a member of the Board of Trustees. Brody has served in numerous positions in SWE, and is currently the Speaker of the Senate.

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This oral history interview was recorded November 7, 2008 at the Society of Women Engineers WE08 National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland as part of StoryCorps (, a nationwide initiative of Sound Portraits Productions to record and collect oral history interviews. This excerpt was selected and produced by the SWE Archivist. The excerpt may have been edited for length and clarity. Audio excerpts may be used for research and educational purposes only.