April 26, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

It has been a year since our lives were upended due to Covid.  And while we have all participated in Zoom calls and listened to discussions about the challenges of working in these times, we’d also like to know what’s working. The SEAOI Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE) Committee and the Chicago Women in Architecture have teamed up on a panel discussion to dig a little deeper into the “Survival Strategies,” with the goal of sharing helpful insights gained over the past year that would be useful for the AEC community.  The Panel will consist of a contractor, architect, and structural engineer, all women, to bring in fresh perspectives and an opportunity to learn from others within our design teams.  

Please join us as we discuss topics such as:

  • Learn about diverse work environments from each of our panelists who come from our broader AEC community, and how Covid has impacted their new office normal and policies
  • Discuss techniques our panelists have found to foster career development and ways to foster relationships with coworkers and clients in these times
  • How to navigate boundaries between work and home when these lines have become more blurred

This panel discussion will be an open dialogue amongst panelists, moderated by SEAOI WiSE. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of our session.   


  • Helen Torres, SE, PE, LEED AP, President, Helen Torres & Associates, PLLC
  • Rachel Autenrieth Jackson, S.E. LEED AP, Senior Associate, Thornton Tomasetti


  • Lynda Leigh, S.E., R.A., Project Executive, Turner Construction
  • Natalie Hicks, AIA, Project Manager, Wright Heerema Architects
  • Yasmin Rehmanjee, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, Principal, Buro Happold


This event is FREE for everyone. No CE Hours will be awarded.

Meet the Panelists

Lynda Leigh, S.E., R.A., Project Executive
Turner Construction

Lynda Leigh is a Project Executive with Turner Construction. She brings a unique perspective to her construction management role, drawing upon her design experience as both a licensed architect and structural engineer. Her focus is complex projects. Her other projects include the Modern Wing & the Nichols Bridgeway at AIC and the Logan Center at U of C.


Natalie Hicks, AIA, Project Manager
Wright Heerema Architects

Natalie Hicks, AIA, is a project manager with Wright Heerema Architects. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for AIA Chicago. As part of the WHA Sustainability Standards Committee, she assisted the firm in signing onto the 2030 Commitment and implementing sustainable measures throughout the office. She was previously on the Board of Directors for Illinois Green Alliance and served as President of Chicago Women in Architecture. Natalie was a member of the first cohort of the AIA Chicago transFORM program and has also participated in the Bridge Mentorship Program. She also volunteers with Dress for Success to assist women in preparing to enter the workforce.

Yasmin Rehmanjee, Principal
Buro Happold

Yasmin Rehmanjee is a Structures Principal in Buro Happold’s New York office and will be joining the Buro Happold partnership in May 2021. She has two decades of experience in the building industry across the globe. Yasmin’s portfolio of projects spans across several sectors including stadia and auditoriums, commercial development, higher education, and healthcare. Yasmin is passionate about mentoring and teaching young engineers and architects. She has guest lectured and taught at several universities.




Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Pranali Kharde ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Suzanne Provanzana ( Buro Happold )
Alex Stern ( WSP USA )
Shelley Finnigan ( ArcelorMittal )
Jaime Niesen ( The Structural Shop )
Aphrodite Angelakos ( a1a Design Group Corporation )
Meghan McGinley ( Jensen Hughes )
Eric White ( Goodfriend Magruder Structure )
Stephanie Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
Dana McKane ( Orion Engineers )
Kristen Erickson ( Pepper Construction )
Demetria Boatwright ( Raths Raths & Johnson )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Mary Jane Davis ( SEAOI )
Helen Torres ( Helen Torres & Associates, PLLC )
Rachel Jackson ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Lynda Leigh ( Turner Construction )
Natalie Hicks ( )
Yasmin Rehmanjee ( Buro Happold )