The SEAONC SE3 Committee is launching a Long-Term Mentorship Program!
The goal of the program is to create mentee-mentor pairs or groups across age, experience, and firms to encourage less experienced engineers to gain strategic guidance and career advice.
In our 2016 survey, we found that respondents with identified mentors reported being more satisfied with career trajectory and career choice. SEAONC has long fostered a strong community among structural engineers in the Bay Area, and the SE3 mentorship program seeks to strengthen that legacy.
“Having a mentor motivated me to focus on my career goals rather than just my daily tasks and assignments. I hadn’t thought about that until I had a mentor who asked me those questions and showed interest in my development.” - Tim Hart, SEAONC President
“Mentorship orients us to the greater world of our profession, and helps us become the best version of ourselves.” - Taryn Williams, SEAONC Past President
Mentees - Apply Today! If you are interested in participating in the first year of our long-term mentorship program, please fill out this application. The commitment involves participating in a few 1-hr mentorship sessions throughout the year, as well as a kick-off and closing event. We are looking for mentees with a range of experience levels, students welcome! Applications close March 8, 2019.
If you know anyone who may be interested in being a mentee, please pass on this application. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Mentors - If you'd like to participate as a mentor in a future mentoring event or program, please complete this form to be added to our database: https://tinyurl.com/ybp66pyn
Thank you for your interest and continued commitment to the advancement of the structural engineering profession!
The SEAONC SE3 Committee is excited to announce the upcoming panel discussion entitled Work-Life Balance: Perspectives and Real Life Solutions
Date: Thursday, October 11th, 2018.
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Location: Thornton Tomasetti, 650 California St #1400, San Francisco, CA 94108
Panelists: Abe Lynn, Ibbi Almufti, David Friedman, Gina Beretta, Lizzie Blaisdell
Moderator: Ayse Hortacsu
This panel will open with remarks from the SE3 committee about the importance of work-life balance, highlighting findings from the 2016 SE3 survey and related preliminary results from the most recent national survey. The five panelists will discuss their personal and organizational experiences in establishing work-life balance.
The event will conclude with a Q&A session and a networking happy hour, during which attendees may share their reflections or experiences, ask questions,
or solicit advice from the panelists.
Please go to our SE3 event page for more information on this event.
Registration will open on Friday, September 14th.
Note that space is limited. We highly recommend that registering early.
While Angie Sommer, SE and Nick Sherrow-Groves, P.E. were chairing the SEAONC SE3 Committee in 2017, we had a small task group dedicated to refining and expanding our list of best practices, including resources for companies and individuals to help improve our industry.
Over the last couple of months, we have been working on the visual presentation of this guide. With great pride, we are delighted to share it with the professional community.
This team was lead by Rupa Garai. Other core contributors to this effort include Susan LaFore, Lauren Biscombe, Karen Vogt-Wilcox, Abhinanda Dilip, Brenna Marcoux and Sarah Sullivan, and of course, Rose McClure - for the vision, inspiration, and continuous support through this process of refinement.
The link to this document is HERE.
Please review, enjoy, and share with your colleagues!
The Best Practices Resource Guide provides a collection of actionable steps that can be taken by engineers at all levels, from entry level to principals, to move toward the goal of engagement and equity.
The SE3 Committee is seeking passionate and talented leaders to help advance the profession by facilitating a national discussion forum for engineers, raising awareness on important professional issues associated with work culture and equity.
NCSEA's SE3 Committee is excited to announce the completion of its new Resource Guide. This guide is intended to be a resource for anyone interested in starting an SE3 committee within their state or local Member Organization (MO).
The SE3 Resource Guide contains:
Benefits of SE3
Events and activities related to engagement and equity are often well-attended and well-received by attendees. We have also observed increased member interest and participation, greater mentorship opportunities for younger engineers, deeper connections, and enhanced communication between individuals within local MOs.
Don't forget to follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter or check out our 6 minute video.
The NCSEA SE3 Team
Check out this wonderful recap composed by Brenna Marcoux, who co-led the organization of this event with Sarah Sullivan (Austin),PE. The new format was very well-received.
A special thank you to Jenny Truong, PE and Degenkolb Engineers SF for hosting and sponsoring the refreshments, and of course to all our mentors, the mentees, and the SE3 committee volunteers for helping make this event fun and engaging. If you’re interested in hosting similar mentorship events in your local or state organization, check out Chapter 5 of our handy new Resource Guide!
SEAONC SE3 is hosting another Speed Mentoring Event!
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Location: Degenkolb SF, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA
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.
Register fort this track here
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.
Register for this track here
The event will include three rounds of speed mentoring and will end with networking among all attendees.
Learn about past speed mentoring events here:
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.
The SEAONC SE3 Committee