Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Location: Degenkolb SF, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA
SEAONC SE3 is hosting another Speed Mentoring Event! This time, we are offering an exciting new format, with the event structured into two professional experience level tracks:
Mentors: Professionals with 5-10 years of experience
Mentees: College students, interns and professionals with up to 4 years of experience
Focus topics: getting your first job out of college, applying/taking the PE exam, starting your career in the industry as a structural Engineer.
Mentors: Professionals with 10+ years of experience
Mentees: Professionals with 5+ years of experience
Focus topics: applying/taking the SE exam, advancing your career as a Structural Engineer into senior level positions and principalship, options for board involvement within the industry.
The event will include three rounds of speed mentoring and will end with networking among all attendees.
Registration for this event has not yet been opened. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements!
We're excited to share that the SE3 documentary is now available with English subtitles. This was provided in an an effort to reach out to and engage a larger audience. To turn on captions or subtitles when viewing a video, click the CC button in the player's bottom toolbar.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2018 NCSEA SE3 Survey on engagement and equity in structural engineering. The goal of the SE3 Survey is to advance the structural engineering profession by understanding the keys to engagement, retention and gender equity, examining topics such as advancement, compensation, and work-life balance.
The survey has been open since the end of March and has officially closed.
We look forward to sharing the results with you in the fall this year.
Thanks again to those of you who contributed in the survey distribution efforts!!
If you are interested in being part of the survey analysis team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
NCSEA SE3 Committee Chairs, Angie Sommer and Nick Sherrow-Groves
NCSEA SE3 Survey Committee Chairs, Megan Stringer and Dani Paxson
On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, NCSEA SE3 Committee Chairs Angie Sommer & Nick Sherrow-Groves presented a webinar on the SE3, in which they discussed the history of the committee and a provided a brief overview of the results from the 2016 survey.
Looking forward, the chairs also presented on the outline of the 2018 survey, how the data from both surveys can help MO’s learn about their members, and how member organizations can use the committee’s resource guide to bring SE3 to their own local community.
The webinar was attended by approximately 50 people.
The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee is focused on understanding the professional experiences of engineers around the country. Their mission is to ensure that every structural engineering professional has a positive experience within the profession.
The NCSEA SE3 Committee's objectives are as follows:
Written by Ally Jabuka-Goodwin
The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee held its second “speed mentoring” event on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at ARUP’s office in San Francisco. The event began at 6 pm with a welcome address from Hayley Dickson and Theresa Curtis, the committee co-chairs, followed by each mentor introducing themselves, briefly describing their past experience and career trajectory.
The format of the event was the same as the previous event. The mentors were divided into pairs and met with groups of three to five mentees at a time for 12 minute discussions. At the end of each session, mentees rotated to the next pair of mentors. By then end of the event, all mentees had a chance to speak with all of the mentors. Mentees where provided with information packets beforehand and came prepared with thoughtful, important questions.
The event attracted a large group of mentees at various stages in their careers. Topics of conversation included work life balance, networking, public speaking, how to advance in your career and more. The mentors provided incredible insight into these topics.
A common theme of discussion was the importance of networking and some strategies for the younger engineers who may find it difficult. One mentee asked Eugene Tuan, president of Tuan and Robinson Structural Engineers, how he built a client base when starting his own business and what advice he had for someone who is introverted. Eugene explained that building relationships with new clients and networking in general is like making friends. The same skills you have developed to make friends throughout your lifetime are the skills you use to build business relationships. He encouraged the mentee to not see his introversion as a limit on his ability to be successful in business.
Kate Stillwell, founder and CEO of Jumpstart Insurance Solutions, also stressed the importance of networking in business. She spoke about working on her networking skills during her time in business school and suggested Toastmasters as a great alternative for young engineers looking to develop their interpersonal skills.
Another topic of conversation was how to be chosen to work on the interesting projects in your firm. David Ojala, a senior associate at Thornton Tomasetti, described how all engineers have to work on the standard, code-based projects. Those projects are necessary to keep all companies going. However, he suggested doing outside research on structural engineering topics of interest. This would put the engineer at an advantage when their company gets a unique project. He also suggested joining one of a few of the SEAONC committees, which provide opportunities to explore some of the more complex challenges in structural engineering.
The SE3 Committee is delighted by the results of this event. The committee is very grateful for the participation of an amazing group of mentors. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with our mentees. Thanks also to everyone who participated as a mentee and asked such thoughtful questions. SE3 looks forward to future mentorship events to continue to foster connections in the structural engineering community.
To learn about or help plan upcoming events, join us at our next meeting on May 8th at Thornton Tomasetti in San Francisco! We are always looking for new members and contributors.
For more information about the SE3 Committee visit SE3project.org. To learn more about the NCSEA SE3 Committee, visit ncsea.com/committees/SE3 or email email@example.com. Also, be sure to take the newly released 2018 NCSEA SE3 Survey about engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession that can be found at ncesa.com/committees.se3.
We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 SE3 national survey on engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession was released last week.
Please complete the survey if you are a practicing professional living in the United States, and share this with friends or colleagues who are no longer working in the structural engineering profession. We are relying heavily on friends and colleagues to help spread the word.
Link to the live survey: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4135045/SE3-Survey-2018
The goal of this study is to advance the structural engineering profession by understanding the keys to engagement, retention and gender equity, examining topics such as advancement, compensation, and work-life balance.
The survey will be open for 2 months (until the end of May).
The SE3 Committee is excited to announce its second mentorship event in San Francisco (this time in SoMa)... Back by popular demand in early April 2018!
SE3 Speed Mentoring Event
This two-hour event, scheduled on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm, provides a great opportunity for younger engineers to engage with some of the most prominent and experienced structural engineers in the SEAONC community.
Note that last summer's mentorship event sold out quickly, with immense interest from both mentors and mentees in the local community. Register early to reserve your spot.
We are thrilled to offer the guidance and support from following mentors for our upcoming event:
For more info, visit SEAONC or our Upcoming Events page
SE3 Project published 3 articles in STRUCTURE magazine in 2017, as a 3-part series on professional issues:
Check them out, and please feel free to add any comments or questions below.
You can read or download the full report here.
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.
Written by Angie Sommer
The SE3 Committee held its inaugural mentorship event on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Thornton Tomasetti’s San Francisco office. The event sold out quickly, with huge interest from both mentors and mentees in the local community. At 6pm, the event began with a welcome address from Angie Sommer, the committee co-chair, followed by instructions for the evening from Faith Silva and Neelima Tapata, the committee’s Mentorship Task Group leaders.
The format of the event was “speed mentoring,” whereby mentees were placed into six groups of four or five, and mentors were paired up, typically matching two engineers with different backgrounds together. Most mentees were very early in their careers; some were summer interns. Six conference rooms were set up to host two mentors and one group of mentees at a time. Every 12 minutes event administrators would alert the mentee groups to rotate to the next room.
The atmosphere was convivial, but focused—mentees were sent prep materials beforehand, including sample questions to ask mentors, and everyone generally arrived prepared to gather as much information from the mentors as possible. While each session was quick, mentees asked intriguing questions, and mentors responses were thoughtful, interesting, and varied.
One young engineer who is working at a summer internship asked how to prepare to lead your first project. In response, Gina Carlson, a senior associate at Tipping Engineers, described the process of entry-level engineers being eased into project management by first attending project meetings, participating in discussions, and doing behind-the-scenes work to learn how a project is run before having to do it themselves.
Another young engineer posed a question about how to achieve work-life balance. Maryann Phipps, president and owner at Estructure, responded by noting that you can't have everything. She explained that one can choose to put more energy into one’s professional life or into one’s personal life (and those ratios can change over time), and that both of these choices are good, but they have different outcomes. She emphasized that each person needs to choose what’s right for them, and to set reasonable expectations.
The session ended with a short survey to gather feedback on the event, which was generally found to be positive. One mentee noted, “It is a relief to hear the same worries and challenges having come about for now successful engineers.” Another commented on the good organization and high value of the event, also noting that, “the diversity of mentors helped bring different perspectives to my questions.” The mentors had similarly positive feedback, expressing how much they enjoyed the event and working with the mentees. One common suggestion for improvement included leaving more time for discussions among each group; 12 minutes per session was generally felt to be too quick of a pace.
The SE3 Committee is very pleased with the results of its first mentorship event, and plans to host more events in the future that may be focused on different experience levels of mentees. The committee is very grateful for the enthusiastic participation of such an incredible group of mentors at this event; thank you for reaching out to, and connecting with, the next generation of engineers. Thanks also to everyone who signed up as mentees and arrived with such thoughtful, interesting, relevant questions. SE3 looks forward to continued success in its mentorship program to continue to engage and connect engineers in the local community.
To learn or help plan upcoming events, join us at our next meeting on September 20 at SGH in San Francisco! We welcome new members and contributors.
For more information about the SE3 Committee, or to read the SE3 2016 Survey Report that discusses detailed findings from the 2016 nationwide survey, visit SE3project.org. To learn more about the newly formed NCSEA SE3 Committee, please visit ncsea.com/committees/equity or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or would like to join the SE3 Committee, please email email@example.com.