For the last 50 years, SMPS has engaged, inspired, and empowered A/E/C professionals for leadership and lifelong learning. We recognize that this longevity and impact can be directly attributed to our 7,000+ members, which are 73% women. In alignment with our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitment, SMPS is debuting our new Women + A/E/C initiative to empower, champion and celebrate the impact of women in the A/E/C industry.

SMPS Chief Financial Officer and DEI Advocate, Antonio Payne, CPA, shares;

“We’re excited about expanding our DEI initiative in celebration of Women + A/E/C. This specific DEI initiative directly impacts so much of our membership. I’m proud that SMPS is taking another strategic step to create a more inclusive future for A/E/C.”

Introducing the Women + A/E/C Initiative

Women +A/E/C is a new initiative set out to provide a space and a vehicle for women to amplify their voice and be champions of what’s next in the A/E/C industries and beyond. Making up more than 50% of the population in the United States, women are a viable source for workforce growth. We need their future participation to ensure our industries attract the best and most qualified talent possible. Gender diversity makes a difference in performance and profitability, and Women + A/E/C will be a catalyst for progress in the A/E/C industries.

What You Can Expect From Women + A/E/C

Women + A/E/C was designed to empower, champion and celebrate the impact of women in the A/E/C industries. This initiative directly aligns with our strategic priority to cultivate professionals with diverse expertise. This Women + AEC initiative will include:
  • In-person and virtual events
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Networking opportunities
  • Data and resources
  • Women + A/E/C Recognition Series
  • Private LinkedIn Group

Everyone Is Welcome (Not Just Women)

The future of A/E/C includes everyone. We encourage men, women and non-binary people to participate in these impactful discussions led by women leaders about technology, economics, leadership, sustainability and data. We extend this invitation beyond marketers and business developers to architects, project managers, contractors, CEOs, human resource professionals, and all others impacted by women in the A/E/C industries. If you are a woman or work with women, this Women + A/E/C initiative was designed for you.

How To Champion Women + A/E/C

If your firm wants to be part of the growth of  our Women + A/E/C initiative, you can become a sponsor. We have one exclusive EMPOWER sponsor and three sponsorship tiers: Impact, Engage and Support. For more information about how your firm can participate, visit our Women + A/E/C Partnership webpage.

Have questions about Women + A/E/C? Reach out to dei@smps.org.


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