SE3 Presents - A/E/C Roundtable: Inclusive Practices in Recruiting and Management
The roundtable discussion will focus on recruitment and management strategies that help attract and support a diverse staff. The panel will consist of firm leaders, HR/recruiting managers, and professionals from structural engineering, architecture, and general contracting firms, who will share their experiences implementing strategies or programs to diversify their staff and improve their workplace culture and retention metrics.
Date: Tuesday, February 25
- Registration 5:45 PM
- Introduction & Opening Remarks: 6:15 PM
- Moderated Discussion with Audience Participation: 6:30 PM
- Networking 7:30 PM
Venue: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter St #600, San Francisco, CA 94104
Cost: SEAONC or AIA Member: $40 // Non-Member: $45 // Student: $20
Lori Burbridge, CPSM | Associate Principal, Business Manager | Buehler
A graduate of UC Davis, Lori is an experienced business professional in the architecture and engineering industry. As part of the Executive Group, Lori is an integral part of strategic planning decisions and tactical implementation at the highest level of Buehler. Lori is committed to mentoring others through programs such as CREATE, SMPS Mentoring Pathways, and the development of an internal mentoring program. She advocates for the industry to redefine what an engineer, architect and tradesperson looks like. Lori regularly participates in discussions within SEAOC, AIA and SMPS on diversity, equity and inclusion topics.
Denny Kwan, S.E. | Principal, Residential Studio Lead | Holmes Structures
Denny Kwan is Principal at Holmes Structures, leading strategic growth initiatives on scaling up and enriching company culture as part of the firm’s management group. He founded Holmes Structures’ residential studio, specializing in high-end single-family residences along the West Coast, during his two decades at Holmes Structures. Denny collaborates with design and construction professionals to realize design-driven homes that maximize volume and light while enabling gravity-defying architecture. He recruits and hires exceptional people across a wide spectrum of identifiers. For over two decades, he has impacted the company through his exceptional work ethic and mentorship of up-and-coming leaders.
Kelli Quinn, LEED BD + C | Project Executive | Rudolph & Sletten
Kelli lives in San Jose and has been in the construction industry for 27 years. She has been with Rudolph and Sletten (R&S), a leading general contractor working in the Bay Area, for 26+ of those 27 years. Kelli currently is the Project Executive responsible for a $500M+ project in Mountain View for a confidential Silicon Valley client, leading a project team of 65 people onsite.
Kelli is part of the executive team and shares the responsibility for hiring Bay Area operations staffing for R&S. Kelli is passionate about mentoring up and attracting more women to R&S. She is also one of the key members on R&S’ Committee for Diversity & Inclusion. Kelli has been very active and supportive of WiOPS (Women in Construction Operations) Northern California Chapter since its inception.
Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, NOMA, IIDA, LEED AP | Director of Global Diversity | Perkins & Will
Gabrielle is the Director of Global Diversity and an award-winning principal at Perkins and Will, working for over three decades in the New York and Los Angeles studios. She is the first African American and first woman to rise to Managing Director at Perkins and Will. Gabrielle has led complex and high-profile projects, including the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. She served on the AIA’s Equity in Architecture Commission and as the 2018-2019 President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Gabrielle is the recipient of the 2020 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award. Driven by a passion to design for others and foster access to the design industry for all genders and racial backgrounds, she entered architecture as a direct response to the design of public housing and to positively impact the lives of people of color living after being raised in the Bronx. Gabrielle is the second black female to graduate from the architecture department of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Saskia Dennis-Van Dijl | Principal Consultant | Cameron MacAllister Group
Saskia works with clients on strategic planning, positioning, marketing assessments as well as retreat and planning meeting facilitation. She applies highly strategic thinking and her knowledge of the design industry to help clients compete successfully for projects. She is a diversity consultant who is passionate about supporting the role of women in the workplace and helping firms better understand their challenges and opportunities. Saskia is an active spokesperson for AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design Committee. She lives in Portland and is building a house in the Columbia River Gorge near the Pacific Crest Trail.