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SEAoNY Diversity and ASCE Met Diversity & Inclusion Presents : Navigating Today’s Workplace for Employers and Employees - Session Two: The Hard Skill of Communication

  • 18 Apr 2019
  • 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
  • WSP | 1 Penn Plaza, Floor 2, New York, NY 10119
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SEAoNY Diversity and ASCE Met Diversity & Inclusion Present

Navigating Today’s Workplace for Employers and Employees - Session Two: The Hard Skill of Communication

April 18, 2019

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

WSP | 1 Penn Plaza, Floor 2, New York, NY 10119

The title of this session I meant to call question to the use of “soft” to qualify professional skills such as communication, management, and staffing as compared to those named “hard” such as technical design, inspection experience, and cost estimation.

The 2016 Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) study surveyed nearly 2,000 structural engineering professionals, shows the number one reason for structural engineering professionals to be dissatisfied in the profession and to ultimately leave the profession, is poor management by their supervisors and leadership. This finding was confirmed by nearly 3,000 participants in a 2018 benchmarking survey.

Communication is a vital part of relationships including that of manager to staff and statistics like this call to question just how “soft” a skill communication really is; in an industry excelling in technical pursuits, why do we find communication so hard?

Session Two will examine contemporary challenges and opportunities to leverage communication to improve retention, workplace satisfaction and the quality, efficiency, and value ascribed to our work both by discipline and for the AEC industry as a whole.

Panelists will provide a brief introduction to their experience and specialty, and then share example case studies from their experience where the importance of communication has been highlighted; examples will include positive outcome by way of talent in communication as well as pitfalls and negative results connected to a failure in communication. Case Studies will examine verbal, written, and visual modes of communication related to project delivery, in-office management, collaboration with other disciplines, etc. Attendees will be invited to interact with panelists as case studies are examined.


Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, Principal, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Aoife M. Quinn, Vice President, Global Talent Partner & Executive Coach, Thornton Tomasetti

Nicole Woolard, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel,  AECOM

Marguerite J. Pinto, Vice President, Forensics,  Thornton Tomasetti

Moderated by:

Joel Peterson, Associate Director of Human Resources, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Thank You to Our Venue Sponsor

Advanced registration closes 5:00pm April 17, 2019

Registration opens at 6:00pm. Seminar begins promptly at 6:20pm

For SEAoNY members, ASCE Met D&I members, registration is $10 

For non-members, registration is $20

For student members, registration is $10.

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