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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

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

Gender-Neutral Pronouns and A/E/C Success

March 11, 2021

For the first two years of my A/E/C career, I lived and worked in Santiago, Chile. One thing that always stood out to me, especially in the workplace, is that Spanish is a very gendered Read More

Taking Action for Racial Equality in A/E/C

March 9, 2021

In 2003, SMPS issued its first diversity statement, which came out of the work of a prior task force created for this purpose. Since that time, various members, chapter leaders, board members, and staff have Read More

Celebrating Women’s History Month

March 4, 2021

Commemorating the role of women in A/E/C marketing and business development. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’d like to acknowledge our members in advancing the work of women in the Read More

Shortlist Interview Skills for COVID Times

November 25, 2020

For decades, shortlist project interviews remained relatively static, with prospective teams meeting face to face with selection committees in a room together. Interviews started to change incrementally when Zoom and Cisco Webex came along, to Read More

Five Things I Learned Writing for a Newspaper

November 12, 2020

Before joining the A/E/C industries, I was a journalist for a local newspaper. The slow death of print news saddens me, particularly when considering everything being a newspaper writer taught me. If you’ve never had Read More

Technology as Competitive Advantage

October 29, 2020

  As people around the globe adjusted to living and working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most notable changes became increased reliance on videoconferencing technology for various types of communication, from Read More

He Will, He Will Rock You

September 17, 2020

During this year’s virtual Build Business: Pivot & Focus, October 5–9, attendees will enjoy a rock-star keynote presentation when Mark Schulman takes the stage. Schulman is a celebrity drummer for P!NK and author of Conquering Read More

When Positive Change Comes From Negative Experience

September 1, 2020

  The global pandemic has taught us all a lot about who we are, what we truly care about, and how deep the well of our humanity and strength is. What we take away from Read More