Events

New events and activities are constantly in the works. If you are interested in having the NCSEA SE3 Committee speak to your organization, don't hesitate to reach out!

Equitable Pathways to Success: Breakout Room Discussions

WitBW Virtual Symposium

March 19th, 2021

12:00pm - 5:00pm ET

The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Project is an effort supported by thousands of structural engineers in the US and abroad. With a mission to collect data to support individuals and firms interested to improve our profession by focusing on attracting, engaging, and retaining talented folks who will make great contributions. Join us for a short presentation on findings of the 2020 SE3 Survey relevant to gender and race bias; engage in a professionally candid conversation where all are encouraged to share questions, criticism, best practices, lessons learned, thoughts for future action; all with an eye towards how we can each implement or influence the adoption of equitable practices in the AEC industry.

Thought Leaders:

  • Rose McClure, Senior Consulting Engineer | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

  • Jennifer Pazdon, Vice President | CAST CONNEX

Structural Engineering Engagement & Equity: 2020 Survey Results

2021 Virtual SE3 Spring Series

March 24th, 2021

12:00pm - 1:15pm CT

NCSEA

In the Spring of 2020, the SE3 Committee conducted its third nationwide survey of structural engineers across the profession. The survey is an ongoing effort to identify trends, and to initiate industry-wide conversations. With an effort to focus on both racial and gender equity , the committee streamlined its core questions regarding career satisfaction, compensation, and work-life balance. New to the survey were questions regarding challenges in retention and recruitment of engineers, work flexibility before and after COVID-19, and perception of the profession compared to other STEM careers among other topics.

 

This presentation will review the latest survey findings and highlight the work being done by the SE3 committee as informed by the results of the 2020 survey. Attendees will gain an understanding of the current challenges facing the profession as well as actionable information to help improve both their firms and the profession as a whole.

Speakers:

  • Rose McClure, Senior Consulting Engineer | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

  • Sabrina Duk, Principal | Verahaus Structural, LLC

Check out the SE3 Spring Series Overview to read more about the program and learn about our speakers.

How to Build Your Own SE3 Chapter at Your Local SEA

2021 Virtual SE3 Spring Series

March 24th, 2021

3:00pm - 4:00pm CT

NCSEA

Join us for an interactive conversation on how to bring SE3 initiatives to your local SEA. This will be an opportunity to network and chat with members of established SE3 chapters across the country. Committee members will share how their group got started, discuss challenges they faced, and highlight their current activities. They’ll also be available to answer any questions. If you’re interested in getting a local group started, host an event or learn more about SE3 related initiatives, join us and be a part of the conversation!

Moderators:

  • Sabrina Duk, Principal | Verahaus Structural, LLC

  • Leo Baran, Member Organization & Committee Services Director, NCSEA

 

Check out the SE3 Spring Series Overview to read more about the program and learn about our speakers.

Strategies to Enhance Your Employee Assessment Process

2021 Virtual SE3 Spring Series

March 31st, 2021

12:00pm - 1:15pm CT

NCSEA

It is not uncommon for managers of structural engineering firms to facilitate employee performance reviews. The frequency, format, complexity, and formality of these reviews vary widely from company to company. A vast majority of human resource managers argue that annual performance reviews have little impact on individual performance, and may lead to significant reductions in employee productivity and engagement. Over the past decade, many firms have made significant changes to their performance review processes to address these concerns and some have even abolished or considered eliminating numerical performance ratings. Organizations with multiple offices in several different regions have the added complexity of developing employee performance reviews for skills that may not be consistent for the same position. Smaller firms may not have the tools or resources to execute an effectively managed process. 

 

This presentation aims to highlight key strategies to transform the traditional performance review into a positive, productive, and beneficial process for employees, managers, and a firm’s office culture. With reference to SE3 survey data, recent studies by other organizations and institutions, this session will share best practices for the feedback process, for greatest impact on employee engagement, career development, and overall retention.

Speakers:

  • Marc Steyer, Principal | Tipping Structural Engineers

  • Natalie Tse, Project Manager | Tipping Structural Engineers

Check out the SE3 Spring Series Overview to read more about the program and learn about our speakers.

A Perspective on a Changing Workplace

2021 Virtual SE3 Spring Series

April 7th, 2021

12:00pm - 1:30pm CT

NCSEA

Consider this a TED Talk from a seasoned structural engineer. Vicki Arbitrio--a pillar in the New York City engineering community. With boots-on-the-ground experience of the tragic events of 9/11, she is a past-president of several engineering organizations, contributor to public policy and legislation, and more recently, an active diversity advocate. Through the telling of her story, Vicki will highlight points of inflection for the profession and why it's important to take notice.

 

Many overlapping events not only define our lives but distinctly impact our careers. We take for granted that cultures and attitudes shift to fit the ever changing world. However, not all changes make it into the workplace. We often neglect to allow these social movements changes to inform our business practices or professional relationships until it's too late. The structural engineering community is struggling with successfully engaging and retaining talent in the profession. Are we adequately assessing the problem?

 

In this session, Vicki will share her observations from throughout her prolific career and highlight strategies that make for positive change in workplace cultures. She will touch upon a variety of buzzword topics, including, but not limited to, racial and gender equity, generational differences, navigating parenthood, work-life balance, social/political climates, events in the national spotlight, and technological advancements. Together these variables impact our behaviors and perceptions of the structural engineering profession. With the right perspective, we can begin to better understand the problem we're trying to solve.

 

Join us after the talk for an open discussion with Vicki Arbitrio and the SE3 leadership.

Speaker:

  • Victoria Arbitrio, Associate Partner | Gilsanz Murray Steficek

Check out the SE3 Spring Series Overview to read more about the program and learn about our speakers.

Structural Engineering Engagement & Equity: 2020 Survey Results

Structural Engineers Association of Texas - Dallas Chapter

May 11th, 2021

12:00pm - 1:00pm CT

SEAoT

In the Spring of 2020, the SE3 Committee conducted its third nationwide survey of structural engineers across the profession. The survey is an ongoing effort to identify trends, and to initiate industry-wide conversations. With an effort to focus on both racial and gender equity , the committee streamlined its core questions regarding career satisfaction, compensation, and work-life balance. New to the survey were questions regarding challenges in retention and recruitment of engineers, work flexibility before and after COVID-19, and perception of the profession compared to other STEM careers among other topics.

 

This presentation will review the latest survey findings and highlight the work being done by the SE3 committee as informed by the results of the 2020 survey. Attendees will gain an understanding of the current challenges facing the profession as well as actionable information to help improve both their firms and the profession as a whole.

Speaker:

For more information, check out the SEAoT-Dallas Events page.

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