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Dynamic Diversity at Pedersen Read

DYNAMIC DIVERSITY This month, we spotlight Pedersen Read, an engineering consultancy based in the South Island, which is a strong supporter of the Diversity Agenda. We talk to Director Andrew Read about why Pedersen Read has got on board and the changes the company has made to its business. Written by: Kavita Kansara   What…

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A Kiwi engineer taking on the Big Apple

A Kiwi engineer taking on the Big Apple By Megan Berger Meet Isabella Franks, a Kiwi engineer who’s been managing the construction of a skyscraper on the Hudson Yards project in New York City, aka the biggest private real estate development in US history. Bella studied structural engineering at the University of Canterbury. She then…

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The importance of flexible work

The importance of flexible work By Megan Berger If there’s a single trend we can take away from the past few years in workplace development, it would be the shifting attitude towards flexible working for workers – parents or not. For many reasons, it’s a very good thing that our society has begun embracing flexible…

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Looking ahead: Insights and Objectives

LOOKING AHEAD: INSIGHTS & OBJECTIVES As 2019 kicks into high gear, it’s a great time to assess where we are as industries, and where we’re going next. We’re pleased to be releasing two resources that will help continue to guide you and your organisation as you work to improve rates of diversity and inclusion, and…

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Speaking out for more LGBT inclusion in STEM

Speaking out for more LGBT inclusion in STEM By Megan Berger We all know that women in particular face challenges when it comes to pursuing a career in STEM fields. But another group of people faces similar issues around a lack of role models, lack of inclusive work environments and lack of understanding: the LGBT…

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Being the best ‘you’ you can be

Being the best ‘you’ you can be By Megan Berger Picture a civil engineering laboratory: full of heavy noisy testing equipment, aggregate dust and hot bitumen, and pressure to get results out quickly. What about the people in the laboratory? Is there a mix of men and women? Chances are, you visualise a male dominated…

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Mid-Career Break panel recap

Series recap: mid-career breaks Going into our very first series of panel discussions, we knew that there were great conversations to be had. What we didn’t expect was just how passionate and open attendees would be about the struggles and successes around their own career breaks. It can be a tough conversation to open up…

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A vision for the 21st century city

Visions of a 21st century city By Megan Berger You don’t need to spend a lot of time with Camia Young to realise she’s an innovator in every sense of the word. Bursting with passion and ideas, she’s relentless in the pursuit of challenging the status quo in order to solve some of the world’s…

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RSVP today for the Wellington Trailblazers Lunch

RSVP today for the Wellington Trailblazers Lunch Missed out on the Wellington Trailblazers lunch last month? You’re in luck! We’re partnering with the Engineering New Zealand Wellington Branch to host an encore of the sold-out panel discussion and Q&A session. Join us as two of the panel speakers return to the stage to share their…

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Leading from the top

Leading from the top By Megan Berger It seems like common knowledge these days that in order for policies and efforts to really stick, an organisation needs to implement these from both the top down and the bottom up. There’s a plethora of articles and industry perspectives that support this idea, but how often do…

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