ElevateHer is a movement and a commitment to Zweig Group’s mission to Elevate the Industry.
ElevateHer is about the future of the AEC industry and Zweig Group’s commitment to embrace, promote, and ensuring equal opportunities for everyone in the AEC industry regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.
We are here to serve as an advisor and hub of information and resources to leading this movement… a movement that that brings us together to promote, advance, and elevate the industry.
An article by Jamie Claire Kiser, Zweig Group Managing Principal, CFO & Director of Advisory Services
The concept of ElevateHer came to me at about 2am on a Friday morning, following a very late travel night on a Thursday. I drafted the email describing my vision for ElevateHer from 2am until 5am (the time I arbitrarily deem as appropriate to email colleagues, none of which have affirmed the appropriateness of this practice). Once the idea hit me, I was fully enthralled. I drafted and deleted the same email a dozen times before sending to my business partners, Chad Clinehens and Christy Zweig Neihues. Once I hit send, I panicked. I checked my email every ten seconds, waiting for validation that this is the time and this is the succinct statement of intention for ElevateHer.
The data came later. After the concept. When I decided that it was time for me to speak up, it was supported by instinct, not figures. After I meekly shared this idea with Christy and brought her and my colleague, Jaden Anderson, into the fold, they wisely did some research from Zweig Group’s own data, and the results are crushing…
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“My vision for ElevateHer is not one of divisiveness or “women first.” It is a practical acknowledgement of the 100% of women who have considered exiting the AE industry, confronting this challenge, and doing everything that we can to fix this system. We need women in our firms to speak up when they feel alienated.”