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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 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.
- Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education