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Read.Watch.Listen. The Business Case

November 2020 Issue

A monthly forum to share diversity, equity, and inclusion resources.

Welcome to the third installment of Read.Watch.Listen: a monthly forum hosted by the NCSEA SE3 Committee to share and promote conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion within the structural engineering profession. Each month, we will curate a series of articles, audio-visual and digital media to facilitate self-education in matters that affect our professional practice as structural engineers. Whether you choose to read, watch, or listen (or all three!), we hope you will join us in this important conversation.

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This month, we explore the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The resources provided demonstrate that a welcoming, diverse atmosphere fosters greater creativity, better critical thinking, and a more profitable company. For leaders looking to take steps toward growth, we recommend attending the free, virtual NSBE ALL IN Summit, hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers on Wednesday, November 18th, from 6-7:30pm EST. Speakers Jocelyn Jackson and Dr. Karl W. Reid will discuss actions our industry can take to become more inclusive.

Share your thoughts and/or recommended resources for the next issue at


More Evidence That Company Diversity Leads to Better Profits - Forbes Magazine

Written for Forbes Magazine by journalist Karsten Strauss, the article summarizes multiple studies into business profitability based on diversity representation within corporate management structures. McKinsey & Company and the Peterson Institute for International Economics collected data on over 1,000 companies worldwide. The research concluded that culturally and ethnically diverse executive staff were more profitable than previously studied.

Read the article here; Estimated Read Time: 4 min


Why Diversity and Inclusion in the AEC Industry is Necessary - How to Achieve It - Danielle Civitillo, Autodesk University

Danielle Civitillo is a civil engineer and corporate design technology specialist at VHB with over 12 years of experience. She makes the case for diversity and inclusion within the AEC industry by presenting both the "Why?" and the "How?" to increase the retention of engineers. This Autodesk University webinar covers term definitions (e.g. what are microaggressions?), benefits of diverse design perspectives, and a how-to on building employee resource groups among other topics.


Creating Spaces for Diversity in the AEC Community with Alicia Washington - Build Better

In this episode of the Build Better podcast, Alicia Washington, director of marketing for HRP Associates, shares her story as a person of color navigating the industry. She discusses the business benefits of diversity and offers insight on how to improve policies within your company that promote inclusion.


This article was originally published in the November 2020 issue of NCSEA's Structural Connection newsletter. For more information, check out NCSEA's DEI Resources.

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