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SMPS Member Kim Pipkin

August 17, 2021

In our member spotlight, Kim Pipkin takes time out of her busy day to chat with SMPS. Kim is founder/principal of Black Kite Consulting and president-elect of SMPS San Francisco, and sits on the SMPS Read More

Major Steps Toward Inclusion and Racial Equality in A/E/C

August 17, 2021

Established almost one year ago, the SMPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force has been hard at work. Thirty SMPS members from across the country have met monthly to define DEI objectives for the Read More

Being the Only Dot of Diversity

August 17, 2021

In the fall of 1967, I was bussed from the projects in Gary, IN, to a better (all-white) school several miles away in the suburbs. I was devastated—and afraid. I’d seen news reports of how Read More

SMPS Member Thy Daniels

June 15, 2021

In our member spotlight, Thy Daniels takes time out of her busy day to chat with SMPS. Thy is senior proposal coordinator for Bora Architecture & Interiors and has been a member of SMPS for Read More

Yes, I’ve Been to London

May 17, 2021

A few years ago, I attended a college fair at a hotel near the San Francisco International Airport. The colleges in the exhibition hall were showcasing performing arts programs. I decided to check out a Read More

My Family’s Hidden Identity

May 17, 2021

In January 2021, I embarked on one of the hardest challenges I’ve experienced as a parent to date: explaining to my Jewish daughter what the Holocaust is and how it affected my family. Suddenly, the Read More

Getting Into Good Trouble

April 19, 2021

Fighting the good fight or getting into good trouble (as the late Senator John Lewis often said) is an inextricable part of my personality and life. Why is that? My background and family history provide Read More

The DBE Program: What the Firms Have To Say

March 26, 2021

In 1983, Congress created the country’s first Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. In 1987, that program was amended to include women-owned businesses (WBE). The program was originally geared towards transportation projects. But now, this approach Read More

Standing Up

March 25, 2021

SMPS is a diverse community, and we stand in solidarity with our Asian American-Pacific Islander (AAPI) members. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families of the recent violence in Atlanta. We Read More

The Diversity Differentiator

March 22, 2021

As business development and marketing professionals, we spend much of our efforts highlighting how our firms are different and, most importantly, demonstrating our firm’s value over that of competitors. In other words, “In a world Read More