The women in the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Exeter offices have been active this year looking to encourage and empower women in the South West into senior leadership roles. Following two extremely successful breakfast events earlier in the year we are now looking forward to a third event on the 15th November at Exeter Library.
I personally have found these events extremely useful both in terms of the organisation and attendance. I’m an associate director in the Exeter development team and so currently on the cusp of being in a senior leadership role. It’s been great to listen to successful and passionate women talk about their career, their life and the challenges they have overcome. Some bits in particular have really hit home, like learning to say no!
But what I really loved about our second event was the enthusiasm from the audience for a third event. We had two volunteers to speak before the event had even finished, showing that there is an appetite from women in the South West to talk about these issues and get on in their careers. This is really encouraging for the future of women in engineering and there should be more networking events such as our Women in Leadership organised throughout the UK.
We’re changing the format slightly for the next event, starting with women earlier in their career talking about their aspirations, followed by a presentation on how to become an empowering speaker. I think a lot of people will agree that presentations are not the favourite parts of our job so any tips are always useful.
There a still places left so visit eventbrite here if you are interested in attending.
Rachel Bird, Associate Director in the development team at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff