2022 ElevateHER® Symposium

ElevateHER® Symposium

Las Vegas, NV | September 14, 2022
DALLAS, TX | February 15, 2023
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Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors!

Friends of ElevateHER

How does ElevateHER ensure underrepresented demographics find success in the AEC industry?

By serving as an advisor and a hub of information and resources, our movement hopes to bring us together to elevate the industry. We believe that with inclusion and strategic steps, we can work together to advance the future of firms across the United States because we believe that diversity brings about positive change.ElevateHER is an initiative to better the future of the AEC Industry.

Founded by the Zweig Group, it is a commitment to embrace, promote, and ensure equal opportunities for everyone in the AEC industry regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

7:30 - 8:30am
Registration & Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00am
Welcome and Year-In-Review
9:00 - 9:30am
Day ahead and overview of Symposium
9:30 - 10:10am
Team We are AEC

We Are AEC will expand the awareness of the AEC industry within the general public through imagery and therefore, will reinforce the premise that people from
many different walks of life can find fulfillment within these careers.

Team Members: Amanda Prosser, Christina Turner, Karen Purcell, Kim Pham, Misela Gonzales-Vandewalle, and Nicole M. Dress

Cohort Advisors:
Mickey Garcia

10:10 - 10:50am
Team Breaking Bias

Our mission is to create gender bias awareness at all levels of an organization by developing engaging activities, based on research and statistics, that break down defense barriers by using an approach that incorporates humor and friendly competition that will inform, educate, enlighten and create a culture committed to breaking
the bias.

Team Members: Vanessa Davis, Carrie Casillas, Carrie West, Lauren Kirschbaum, Jenny Thomason, Jen Harkleroad

Cohort Advisors: Christine Manhart, Jennifer Ridd, and Ana Maria Collins

10:50 - 11:05am
Break
11:05 - 11:25am
ElevateHER ZTalk: Get it Done, Brilliantly

With Marci D. Thompson - Chief Strategy Officer at SMPS

11:25 - 12:05pm
Team Empower Space

Due to fear of speaking up, people are finding increased job dissatisfaction leading to people exiting the work force and not moving up to higher level roles. Self-advocacy, confidence, and assertiveness are meaningful tools that everyone can use to increase their job satisfaction by being an active contributor to their own success. Unfortunately, the opportunities to learn these skills are not evenly distributed in the workforce. By creating an easily accessible space that is curated to address common issues and provides an opportunity for mentorship when you need it, more people can learn to
speak up.

Team Members: Hillary Crabb, Kristin Worrell, Melissa Frausto, Michele Spinowitz, Rachel Paterno, Sam Collins, Tasha Bolivar, Jessica Schmidtetter, and Tony Casagrande

Cohort Advisors: Stephanie Teetes, Dawn Kopecky, and Maryann Wachter

12:05 - 12:45pm
Lunch
12:45 - 1:25pm
Team Well-Engaged

A confluence of factors is impacting our AEC workforce. Taking care of people, finding people and retaining people is challenging like never before. The challenges show no sign of letting up and likely will continue to influence our industry. We believe wellness is a sound way of thinking about and addressing challenges. Simply: Healthy
people for a healthy business.

Team Members: Ana Ramirez, Chris Haas, Dathan Gaskill, Emily Waldenmeyer, Emily Winfield, Kim Thompson Smith, Kristen Jacobs, Cristine Sheng, and Scott Tanner

Cohort Advisors:
Christy Zweig Niehaus, Erin Conaway, and Amy Jones

1:25 - 1:45pm
ElevateHER ZTalk: You Want Safety First? Then Focus on Inclusion.

With Lauren Aguilar - Founder & CEO of illuceo

1:45 - 2:25pm
Team TeacHER

Many AEC firms are struggling to hire due to a shrinking workforce. In addition, there is a lack of awareness and interest about the AEC field in K-12 students. The TeacHER group is hoping to combat this challenge by creating resources for AEC professionals to go out into K-12 classrooms and after-school programs and get students excited about the opportunities in the AEC industry. Our goal is to provide our local communities the educational resources to how to build a positive future through available opportunities in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry.


Team Members: Andi Vicksman Godfroy, Anne Brummett, Brittney Boyle, Jennifer Llop-Noy, Laurel Stone, and Michelle Huber


Cohort Advisors: Shibani Bisson and Angel Farley

2:25 - 2:40pm
Break
2:40 - 3:30pm
Thesis to Action Roundtables
3:30 - 3:45pm
Closing Remarks