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This presentation will highlight the work being done by the NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee, with a particular focus on overall career satisfaction and equity across a range of metrics, including career development, compensation, work environment, work-life balance, and the effects of caring for children or other dependents. Attendees will leave the presentation with an understanding of some of the issues of engagement and equity facing our industry, as well as a set of recommended best practices to help improve firms and the profession as a whole.

Speakers:
Jennifer Anna Pazdon, PE, Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, SEAoNY
Lauren Francis, Committee Member, Diversity Committee, SEAoNY

Jennifer Anna Pazdon is a licensed structural engineer in New York with over 13 years of experience in design of structures. She received her Bachelors from Carnegie Mellon University and her Masters from Princeton University, where her studies focused on aesthetics, efficiency, and economy in structural design. After working as a structural engineering consultant in NYC and South East Asia, in 2016 she joined Cast Connex to open the NYC office and provide engineering, design-assist, and client-collaboration support.

Pazdon is a Director of SEAoNY, founding Chair of the Diversity Committee, and member of the NCSEA Structural Engineering and Engagement Committee. She has lectured around the country on steel castings and the work of the NCSEA SE3 Committee.

Lauren Francis received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her studies focused on Neuroscience, specifically Psychopharmacology, examining the relationship between MAOA gene activity levels and Antisocial Personality Disorder. After graduation, Francis spent a year as an AmeriCorps member, working with Boys Hope Girls Hope, a holistic non-profit that works to improve the lives of academically motivated children in underserved communities.

Francis joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2015. After wearing several hats at this organization, she settled into her role as Business Development Coordinator. Francis is currently working as a liaison between business functions and IT. She is also a member of Thornton Tomasetti’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Green Champions, and Women@TT, as well as the NCSEA Structural Engineering and Engagement Committee (SE3) and the SEAoNY Diversity Committee.

Organized by
SEAoNY
Tuesday, 11/27
6:15pm to 8pm
Location
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York NY
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