April 30, 2021
Hello PWC Philadelphia! And welcome to our inaugural quarterly newsletter; a new Board initiative that we hope will provide an opportunity for both reflection on past accomplishments and a look ahead at things to come.
I think we can all agree that 2020 was…complicated. But, I am proud to say that our Board, Committees, and membership stayed the course and continued to grow our presence in the AEC industry despite daunting realities. As a reflection of those efforts, we closed 2020 with the second largest membership across PWC Chapters. Well done! As we transition to a 2021 hybrid environment – and as we look ahead with great anticipation to a return to in-person events – I want to personally thank you for continuing on this journey with us. I know that time is precious and am grateful that you choose to spend a portion of yours engaged with us in this collective effort. Be well and I look forward to seeing each of you SOON.
~ Amee Farrell ~
One of our largest 2020 initiatives – development of a Diversity & Inclusion Plan of Action – led to both meaningful discussion and a concrete plan to expand our D&I efforts within the organization and throughout the AEC industry. As a Board, one of our first decisions was to expand the PWC Philadelphia Board of Directors by three seats and to seek out women of color to bring their voices to those continuing efforts. Please join us in welcoming our three new Board members who have already rolled up their sleeves and started on the hard work of living our mission and growing our presence.
Tyra Redus is a Regional Vendor Diversity Director with Skanska USA Building, Inc. where she oversees the vendor diversity program for commercial building construction projects in the DC metro, Philadelphia metro, Virginia and North Carolina markets. In her role, Tyra develops and implements diversity strategies, coordinates internal and external diversity events, and advises on project-specific MWDBE compliance throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Maleda Berhane is the CEO, Principal, and co-founder of AR Spruce LLC, a Philadelphia-based real estate services and development company that plans, creates and manages real estate. Maleda’s deep background in real estate development and re-development encompasses expertise in feasibility and site selection, entitlements, construction, and marketing. She leads the company’s project management services, including community, client, and vendor relations.
Illyana Bass is the winner of the PWC Philadelphia Inaugural Student Recognition Award and joins the Board as a 1-year student member and as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Illyana is a current student at Drexel University where she studies architecture as a Member of the Pennoni Honors College. Illyana is also an active member of Drexel’s women’s club tennis, Black Westphal, and Drexel’s Black Action Committee. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the American Refugee Committee, and AIDS Delaware. She currently works at JacobsWyper Architects in Philadelphia.
TASK FORCE EXPANSION
In addition to expanding the Board, we also converted the D&I Task Force to a standing committee of the Board and expanded it beyond Board members to include Members-at-Large. Please join us in welcoming Tona Berruecos and Maki San Miguel Paulson to the Task Force! Tona and Maki have already begun to make their mark on our discussions and planning.
Interested in participating? We would like to add two more members to the Task Force. Reach out to Maki (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tona (Tona.Berruecos@bisley.com) to learn more about their experience with the Task Force and information on how you can get involved.
Maleda Berhane – AR Spruce
Kimberly Burkert – Bala Consulting Engineers
Amanda Albano – Bohler
Tamara Altom – Benchmark
Valerija Beares – CBRE
Lindsey Breylinger – Bohler
Cornelius Brown – Bohler
Laura Burger – Bohler
Maddie Carver – HSC Builders
Carol Dooney – Howard Hughes
Susan Fischer – Basta Management
Shannon Heybach-Park – Bohler
Elisabetta Iannetti – Pennoni
Stacey Jensen – Bohler
Anna Kalogiratou – McDonald BC
Kristina Klingbeil – Stantec
Lindsay Lawless – Gilbane
Amanda Martin – Manna Supply
Shannon Martin – Manna Supply
Cara McCarthy – Benchmark
Marianne Michalak – Bohler
Tricia Monsell – Interface
Rebecca Morris – Benchmark
John Piascik – Bohler
Natalie Rosato – Bohler
Amanda Thomas – Bohler
Raelene Wickerham – Benchmark
Our committees continued their hard work of delivering quality programming on a variety of topics during the first quarter of 2021.
Connecting hosted a Meet the Professionals event in conjunction with the ACE Mentor Program. Five of our members participated on a panel discussion and took questions* from ACE students about careers in the AEC industry (*A LOT of questions…those kids are not messing around!).
Growing and the D&I Task Force hosted several members-only events:
Joining hosted a virtual Breakfast for Prospective Members that saw women from across the AEC community log on to learn more about PWC Philadelphia.
Learning hosted the 3rd Annual Connecting the Dots event – with a new spin this year on Career Transitioning.
Storytelling continued to get the word out about our members and our events through posts across our social media platforms.
Quarter Two is shaping up to be a busy and informative 3-months. Don’t miss out!
April 28 – Prospective Member Breakfast
May 14 – Virtual Construction Tour (members only).
May 18 – Owning Your Voice: Identifying Inclusive Behaviors and How to Bring Them to Your Workplace: Join us for this workshop with Lauren Bullock, Assistant Professor at Temple University, as we assess inherent bias and develop strategies to overcome them in the workplace. This workshop is open to members and nonmembers.
June 1 – HR Roundtable (members only).
June 8 – DEI Discussion: The Color of Law (members only).
June 2021 – fingers crossed for an IN PERSON Pop-Up Happy Hour hosted by the PWC Philadelphia Board. We miss you!