On Thursday, November 16th, 2017, Natalie Tse, SE, LEED AP, Project Manager of Tipping Structural Engineers, presented a 15-minute leadership talk on How to Cultivate Engaged and Productive Staff to an audience of 150 A/E/C professionals at the second annual Women in Design + Construction (WiD+C) Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Natalie was invited to present on behalf of the SE3 Project by the event coordinators of Building Design + Construction Magazine.
The conference brought together thirty thought leaders to participate in panel discussions and to lead educational sessions with compelling content on important leadership topics relevant to women in design and construction. These included: keys to fortifying client relationships, establishing a Lean-in circle, strategies for developing and engaging diverse teams, emotional intelligence, gender bias and other barriers for women, confirmation bias, work-life balance, improvisation and negotiation skills.
Natalie’s talk was very well received by the conference attendees. They were a welcoming, attentive and powerful group of (mostly) female leaders in our industry. During the networking session, many attendees commended the SE3 Project Team on their efforts and commitment to inspire change in the profession.
With a good representation of leaders and professionals practicing as architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, facilities managers, and real estate investors involved in design and construction, this is the most diverse audience to which the SE3 Project has presented thus far, a milestone worth celebrating. The team is thrilled to have had the opportunity to share the findings and recommendations from the 2016 survey to individuals beyond the structural engineering profession and looks forward to future engagements with the WiD+C community.