The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois’ statement of purpose is: To advance and advocate excellence in structural engineering and to aid in safeguarding the public. Connecting professionals in a mutual learning environment is one of the vehicles SEAOI uses to advance excellence in the field of engineering. SEAOI's Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE) supports that mission by providing a forum for networking in the context of educating our members.
We focus on the unquantifiable aspect of networking for women in the structural engineering community. SEAOI’s WiSE Committee began with a comment made by a fellow female SEAOI member: “There are so few women in our corner of the industry. Why don’t we know all of them?” From that conversation, we devised a mission to provide a setting for women to get to know one another, create a network, and form mentorship relationships. With the increasing success of our events, we are turning our focus to hosting speakers with different backgrounds, experiences, and expertise in skills we all need to improve upon while still providing a forum for networking.
Interested in what other WiSE groups are doing? Click here for the central WiSE website linking groups around the country!
Check out some of our awesome members talking about WiSE in the video above!
Do you have questions about WiSE or want more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WiSE Events and Initiatives
We host monthly meetings to meet, share common experiences, and develop professional and personal relationships. Committee members are also invited to champion one of the many WiSE events and initiatives, and the monthly meetings serve as an opportunity to share updates and get support from the rest of the committee. The WiSE meetings are currently being held virtually on the third Wednesday of the month.
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Girls Build! Day
November 2021 - Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts by Annie Duke
March 2021 - Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know, by Malcolm Gladwell
December 2020 - 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap by Maura Cullen
June 2020 - The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
January 2020 - The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
August 2019 - She Engineers: Outsmart Bias, Unlock your Potential, and Create the Engineering Career of your Dreams by Stephanie Slocum
May 2019 - It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
January 2019 - Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek
September 2018 - Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters by Michael Bungay Stanier
June 2018 - Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
March 2018 - Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett
December 2017 - First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
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