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Session 01C: Leadership, Social Equity and Workforce Development: Leadership
Monday, 09/Sep/2019:
3:00pm - 5:15pm

Session Chair: Amy Dammarell, HDR;
Location: F150

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3:00pm - 3:45pm

Bridging The Gap For Women Between Entry Level & Leadership

Maryna Feldberg1, Vanessa Johnson2, Claudia Sterling3

1Murraysmith; 2Clark Regional Wastewater District; 3CLZ Consulting, PC; , ,

As a generation of leaders gets ready to retire and awareness of the benefit of diverse perspectives increases, the demand for female leaders in the engineering workforce has become a greater focus than ever before.

With a 54% increase in bachelor’s degrees earned by women in engineering and computer science from 2011 to 2016, the challenge shifts from promoting engineering as a potential career choice for young women, to retaining mid-level female engineers in the workforce where only 13% of engineers are women (SWE Research, as of 2016).

What can women do to prepare themselves early in their career to propel toward, and ultimately excel in leadership roles? What are the holistic experiences of female engineers who hold mid-level and senior-level leadership positions, and what are the challenges faced at these two different stages of their careers?

This presentation will discuss the personal experiences and challenges faced by women pursuing leadership roles at different stages throughout their careers and the steps that can be taken to foster an environment in which women feel empowered and able to take on leadership roles within their companies. The presenters are women at various levels in their journeys (a young professional just getting started, a mid-level engineer, and a seasoned veteran) who will provide a diverse perspective that will be enlightening for audiences of all ages and genders.

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Panel Discussion: Leadership Perspectives for the Future Workforce

Lara Kammereck1, Amy Dammarell2, Joan Hawley3, Clarence Thompson4, Rose Ann Lopez5, Mark Poling6, Pamela Randolph7, John Phillips8

1Carollo; 2HDR; 3Superior Engineering—WEF; 4Portland BES; 5Seattle Public Utilities; 6Clean Water Services; 7City of Edmonds; 8Parametrix; , , , , , , ,

A diverse panel of active, local leaders with vast combined experience in water issues will share insight and experience from their careers. The panel will discuss the leadership successes and challenges associated with a diverse workforce. Finally, the panel will answer questions on their vision for future leadership based on tomorrow’s workforce, diversity and technology.

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