July 13, 2021
It has certainly been a busy Q2 for PWC Philadelphia. We’ve welcomed our two newest Board Members, Tyra Redus and Maleda Berhane, who have wasted no time digging in and getting busy. Tyra will transition into the role of Growing Delegate and will also serve on the DEI Task Force. Maleda will roll up her sleeves and begin the work of expanding our Student Outreach Committee and launching a companion Mentorship Program, in cooperation with the Connecting and Growing Committees. In addition, our student Board Delegate, Illyana Bass, continues to make valuable contributions to both the Board and the DEI Task Force.
Engaging our newest Board members also allows us to reshuffle several Board committee assignments and pull our Executive Officers from Committee delegate assignments as we focus renewed effort on working with PWC National on an updated membership processing system, website and communication improvements, and the launch of a PWC National Board of Directors. Check out the Committee page on our website for exciting new developments as our Committees round out the second half of the year and begin 2022 planning efforts.
In addition, we are excited to announce a return to in-person events for this fall. But we won’t entirely abandon our beloved zoom. We will also continue to host many of our smaller events on a virtual platform to provide our members with flexible options to participate. We’ve missed you all and hope to see you at an upcoming event soon!
~ Amee Farrell ~
We have recently seen a huge uptick in requests from our members to post job openings. Although a PWC-National Job Board is currently in development, we recognize that our members need more immediate options. With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the PWC Philadelphia Job Board.
Our Spring 2021 Student Recognition Awards brought 19 applicants from across the AEC Industry. Applicants represented high school seniors, the trades, and matriculated undergraduate students in a wide variety of fields. Each applicant will be featured across our social media platforms into the fall, several were gifted with a one year student membership to PWC, and the five talented and inspiring women featured below also received a cash award to supplement their continued studies. Make sure to seek them out at an upcoming PWC event and welcome them all aboard.
Allyse Andrews is pursuing a B.S. in Engineering Technology at Temple University and is an active member of the Temple University Society of Women Engineers and an officer of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Victoria Galie is pursuing an M.S. in Construction Management at Jefferson University and, upon graduation, hopes to join her mother and uncle as a third-generation owner of their family’s drywall company.
Christina Haasz is a 3rd Year Carpenter’s Apprentice and Assistant Superintendent with Target Building Construction. Tina credits her young daughter and her supportive family, including 4(!) carpenter-uncles, with inspiring her to pursue a career in construction.
Kamaiyah Jackson is a 2021 graduate of the Science Leadership Academy at Beeber and will pursue a B.S. in Civil Engineering this fall. Kamaiyah credits her internship with Tiny WPA, where she learned to fabricate home goods, for encouraging her to take on a leadership role from a young age.
Carolina Ramirez is a senior at Thomas Jefferson University, studying Construction Management, with a minor in Real Estate Development. Carolina credits her two young sons and her father, a concrete subcontractor, for inspiring her to pursue her field of choice.
Maki San Miguel Paulson
AnnMarie Vigilante, PE
ACE Mentor Program
Aegis Property Group
Best Healthcare Planning
Denise Gindhart Consulting
Gilmore & Associates, Inc.
H C Pody
Hunt Engineering Company
J Clark & Associates LLC
Milber Makris Plousadis & Seiden, LLP
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Thomas Jefferson University
Verde Architecture Consulting
Welders Certification Program
Wouch Maloney & Co., LLP
Our committees continued their hard work of delivering quality programming on a variety of topics during the second quarter of 2021.
Joining hosted a virtual Breakfast for Prospective Members that saw women from across the AEC community log on to learn more about PWC Philadelphia.
Growing hosted a sold out Virtual Construction Tour featuring several innovative regional projects with our members at the forefront and an HR Roundtable on developing diversity initiatives.
Learning hosted the Owning Your Voice workshop where participants worked through an inherent bias assessment to develop strategies to overcome bias in the workplace .
DEI hosted a members-only discussion on The Color of Law – segregation through zoning.
Quarter Three is shaping up to be a busy and informative 3-months. Don’t miss out!
July 15 – Looking Forward: Penn, Drexel, and Rutgers return to campus – what does that mean for facilities and new projects (members only).
July 20 – Pop-Up Happy Hour (in person event! members only).
July 28 – Prospective Member Breakfast
August 10 – DEI Discussion (members only). Let’s stop talking about diversity and start working towards equity, with Paloma Medina
September 14 – Learning presents, Flipping the Script on Wellness : 6 Dimensions of Wellness workshop (in person event!).
Ask any member and they are sure to tell you that you will get the most out of your membership by joining one of our COMMITTEES. We are always looking for new voices. Click below to find additional information on each Committee. Reach out today to get involved.
Already know which committee is best for you? Feel free to reach out directly to the Committee Chair (links on the website) and let them know you’d like to get involved. We do not cap committee size – so we will always find a place for you on the committee that best suits your interests!
Want to go where you’re needed most? Joining and Storytelling are currently in need of new members. Reach out and hop on board!