Leadership Development through Volunteering
Becoming a leader in the engineering profession can be challenging. Likewise, attracting and retaining top talent as an employer can be tough. For a young engineer, it may take a few years in the engineering profession before an opportunity to lead becomes available. Volunteering can help provide leadership professional development opportunities earlier than those similar opportunities in our engineering profession. Additionally, supporting volunteering opportunities as an employer can help retain leaders by encouraging philanthropic and career-building experiences.
Community Engineering Corps (CECorps) provides these invaluable volunteering experiences by bringing professionals and students together to provide pro-bono engineering services to underserved communities across the US. Volunteer organizations such as CECorps may require volunteers to help with leadership, management, marketing, communications, professional development, and diversity. Engineering firms have similar needs, and by developing leadership skills in a volunteer organization an individual can apply those leadership skills at their firms.
This session involves a panel discussion on paths to leadership in the engineering profession and turning those opportunities into professional development for individuals and workplace enhancement for employers. Attendees will be introduced to opportunities through CECorps where individuals may gain experience in a new field of interest while expanding their professional networks, and employers benefit by allowing young professionals to gain project leadership experience in a mentored framework. Panelists will include Mrs. Haas Claveau and Ms. Celmo, who both support the Community Engineering Corps program, and Mr. Mika, who has had various opportunities volunteering in the community, ASCE, and other organizations.
- Understand the Community Engineering Corps (CECorps) program and its impact on underserved communities across the U.S. The session will provide information on how interested and available volunteers can get involved in areas ranging from review committees to project work.
- Leverage ASCE volunteer positions and CECorps projects for their professional development. Discussion and case studies with program volunteers will highlight how ASCE and CECorps volunteer experiences have enhanced their careers.
- Articulate the benefits of having their employees engaged in unique volunteer experiences. Hearing first hand from companies that have been involved with ASCE and CECorps will highlight the benefits of a philanthropic approach that broadens professional development.