WiSE Events




Wise members got together on Wednesday, December 3, for a festive winter social at the Dilworth Park Holiday Market.  We were lucky enough to enjoy some beautiful weather for an IN PERSON event.  WiSE wishes all of our members a happy and healthy holiday season and we look forward to upcoming events in 2022!


Our WiSE book club met on Thursday, November 11 and had a great time discussing The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.


On Wednesday, October 20th, WiSE members had the opportunity to participate in Fulfilling Career Growth on Your Terms for Midcareer Women: Navigating the next stage of your career with clarity, confidence and creativitypresented by career coach Mia Scharphie.  Even though the talk was virtual, Mia was able to engage members and facilitate discussion throughout the presentation.  

 For more information about Mia Scharpie, check out her website.

2021-2022 KICK-OFF EVENT - Sep 22

WiSE members got together on Wednesday, September 22nd at Cira Green for our kick-off event for the 2021-2022 season.  The weather held out for us (except for a little wind), and we were able to hold a successful IN PERSON outdoor event.  It was great reconnecting with members we’ve only seen virtually for the past year and a half, and meet members as well!  We’re looking forward to hopefully having the opportunity for more in person events in the future.


WiSE had another great virtual book club meeting on Wednesday, July 28th, where we discussed Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.


International Women in Engineering Day was June 23rd, and to celebrate, we had a fun Virtual Happy Hour together!  It was great to catch up with one another, and it certainly made us all look forward to a time when we can get together and raise a glass in person.


WiSE Philadelphia was presented with the exciting opportunity to meet Thea Alvin, a female stone mason who lives in Vermont, during the construction of a masonry wall art installation at Rowan University.  Thea has worked as a stonemason for the past 37 years and has constructed masonry structures all over the world.  Progress on this sculpture, as well as an image of the projected final piece can be seen below.  She was even featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network! 

Thea invited WiSE members to learn about the project on Sunday, June 6th, at the site at Rowan University.  The Rowan University Art Gallery will be featuring The Nature of Time exhibit until July 24, which is free and open to the public. You may also visit the permanent wall installation, Time Sweeps, at the East Garden Courtyard of Discovery Hall.



Thea Alvin's hand sketch

WiSE Members + Thea Alvin & Crew in front of Time Sweeps winding wall

Thea's Formwork

Rowan University Art Gallery - Thea Alvin: The Nature of Time


On May 20 the board members of WiSE Philadelphia and SEAoI WiSE met to network and discuss the Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) series Read.Watch.Listen on the topic of CulturalFit (https://www.se3committee.com/post/jan2021readwatchlisten)

Spring Book Club - Apr 28

Please join WiSE Philadelphia for our next virtual book club discussion. This month, we will be reading The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Zoom meeting information will be posted to the event page the night before. Please RSVP through the link below prior to the event so we know how many attendees to expect. Looking forward to another great discussion!

Book Club RSVP

Spring Happy Hour - Mar 24

Our Spring Social event was a great success and we are always happy to see new faces! Everyone set their Zoom background to a photo of somewhere they've traveled and we had fun learning about everyone's adventures. Hopefully we'll all have some new photos to share soon!

Winter Book Club Re-Cap - Feb 25

WiSE Philadelphia had a great time during our virtual book club discussion on Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien. The group picked the book for our next book club The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Keep a look out for more details this spring.

Virtual Mentoring Event Re-cap - Jan 28

Last month on January 28th, more than 30 WiSE members got together for a virtual mentorship event.  This year's virtual platform meant we were able to engage not only mentors outside the Philly area, but also attendees not local to Philadelphia, such as several students from various Pennsylvania colleges and universities. 

Peggy Van Eepoel, PE, F.SEI (Senior Principal & D.C. Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti); Jennifer H. Gross, PE (Professor & Director of M.Eng in Structural Engineering, Lehigh University); and Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP (Principal, Ballinger) participated in a formal Q&A discussion led by WiSE Events Coordinator, Jackie Haas, followed by questions from the attendees.  They offered wonderful insight into their careers, such as what made them want to get into their current position, things they wish they could tell their younger selves, and where they hope their careers will take them in the future.  Thank you to all of our attendees and a big THANK YOU to our mentors!

If you were not able to attend the mentorship event, or just want to re-live a few highlights, we have been posting clips from our three mentors over the last week on our social media platforms, which are now available on YouTube, and you can check them out below!

Virtual Holiday Social - Dec 03

Virtual Holiday Happy Hour (December 3rd):

Come join WiSE Philadelphia for a virtual holiday happy hour!  Cozy up on your couch in your ugly holiday sweater, grab your favorite drink/snack (or partake in WiSE's signature cocktail), and socialize with some fellow WiSE members to get in the holiday spirit!

We will be playing 2 Truths and a Lie: Work Life.
Start thinking about some interesting things that have happened to you at work, places you've traveled through work, interview experiences, or maybe your first job, and come up with some fun facts and a fib!

For more information and to RSVP, see the link below! We look forward to seeing you on December 3! 

Fall Book Club - Nov 17

Earlier this week on November 17, WiSE members got together to virtually discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  This was one of our best attended book club events!

For our next book club, we will be reading Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien.  Stay tuned for more information! 

Engineering You with Stephanie Slocum - Oct 15

>On October 15th, more than 30 members of WiSE Philadelphia and DVASE YMG participated in Stephanie Slocum's virtual program "Engineering You".  The program began with Stephanie's presentation and ended with a number of insightful and thought-provoking questions posed by attendees. Stephanie's presentation introduced a number of topics to help attendees realize their professional potential, including the Keys to Career Success, "Growth Mindset" vs "Fixed Mindset", and "Imposter Syndrome".  Additionally, she discussed best practices for networking and creating (and maintaining) meaningful connections.  WiSE thanks Stephanie for taking the time to give her presentation to our members, and we're looking forward to hosting other events like this in the future.

Stephanie discussed the 3 Keys to Career Success.  First, know who you are.  Next, decide what you want.  Then, go get it!

Something many of us struggle with in our professional lives is this "Fixed Mindset", that keeps us stuck where we are, feeling limited by challenges or failures.  Making the shift to the "Growth Mindset" allows us to see our potential.

Do you struggle with Imposter Syndrome?  Join the club.  Many people have this perception that everyone around them has much more knowledge than they do.  Realizing this is not the case can allow people to feel like they fit in.

Virtual Kickoff Event - Sep 24

Virtual Happy Hour - Jul 08

WiSE is hosting a Virtual Happy Hour on Wednesday, July 8th at 5pm. Details are being sent via eblast or contact WiSEngr.Philly@gmail.com for information.

Book Club - Jun 17

WiSE discussed Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng on June 17 on a Zoom Video Call.

Virtual Happy Hour - May 14

WiSE hosted a Virtual Happy Hour on May 14th at 5pm.  We discussed what is working for you as you adapt to working from home, caught up with industry friends and participated in a friendly trivia contest.

Effective Networking During Times of Chaos and Social Distancing - Apr 30

Effective Networking During Times of Chaos and Social Distancing

In this session, we will learn how to create our “power network” and become thought leaders from business development expert and networking coach Julie Brown. Julie will explain how to create next-level professional connections, even from your virtual office.

International Women’s Day Breakfast - Mar 06

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Women in Architecture (WIA), Women in Structural Engineering (WISE), and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) are pleased to present a celebratory breakfast in honor of International Women's Day.  Registration is required and you can register here.  Please note there is a nominal $5 registration fee.

International Women's Day means different things to different people, but the global focus on equality and celebration is clear. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action.

Join WIA, WISE, and NAWAIC on March 6th at 8:00 am at the Center for Architecture and Design for breakfast and networking. We will be joined by Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones Sánchez.  We look forward to hearing about Maria’s position on affordable housing in Philadelphia and the role the AEC community can play in helping to address this inequity. Affordable housing is a vital step in achieving a more equitable society.

A special thank you to our generous sponsor for this event, Thornton Tomasetti.

Now at the Athenaeum - Mar 05

Now on view at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia -- a fantastic exhibition titled "The Legacy of Structural Engineering at Keast & Hood" that examines the role of the founders of Keast & Hood in the iconic structures and modernist designs emanating from Philadelphia in the second half of the 20th Century. Much of what is on view has never been displayed publicly before. The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday - Friday, until March 31st, 2020.

Join WiSE in attending an upcoming gallery talk on this exhibit on March 5th.  The event is free, but does require registration with the Athenaeum.  You can register here.

BOOK CLUB - Feb 18

WiSE discussed Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb on February 18, 2020 at Harp & Crown. 

Mentoring & Wine Tasting Event - Jan 29

Mentoring & Wine Tasting Event

WiSE hosted a Mentoring and Wine Tasting Event on January 29th, 2020 at Pinot Boutique. WE had a sold-out crowd, making this our most well attended and successful event yet. Participants cycled through 4 stations of mentors while enjoying a sampling of wines from the region. We are grateful for our mentors at this event: Amy Rivera, PE, Rivera Structural Engineering; Ann Rothmann, PE, Ann Rothmann Structural Engineers; Julie Wiley, PE, Project Manager, Temple University; and Elizabeth Baldwin, PE, Chief Code Official, Department of Licenses & Inspections


On December 11, 2019 WiSE member Katherine Quigg, PE, Structural Steel Specialist for the Philadelphia AISC presented at a DVASE Breakfast Seminar on architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS), including specifying AESS correctly and understanding what AESS category is most appropriate for your project.

Block Kids Building Competition

Block Kids Building Competition:
Block Kids Building Competition:

WiSE members supported NAWIC at their Block Kids Building Competition on November 2, 2019. Our volunteers had a great time assisting what very well may be the future architects, engineers and builders of our industry.

Book Club, October 2019

Book Club, October 2019

October's Book Club meeting featured a lively discussion on Michelle Obama's book Becoming.

WiSE 2019-2020 season kick off

WiSE 2019-2020 season kick off

WiSE members kicked off the 2019-2020 season with a social event at Devil's Alley on September 26, 2019.

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Book Club met on Thursday, June 13 at Harper's Garden on 18th Street to discuss Circe by Madeline Miller. Stay tuned for the next book announcement and discussion date this fall.

WiSE and YMG community outreach

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WiSE and YMG joined up for their first community outreach event on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Volunteers assisted United By Blue in their Schuylkill River clean-up efforts at Bartram's Garden. Together, we removed 9,521 pounds of trash and recycling from the banks of the river and along 54th Street.

WiSE Leadership at the annual DVASE Awards Dinner

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WiSE Leadership at the annual DVASE Awards Dinner at the Downtown Club Philadelphia. From left to right: Denise Richards, Mentoring Coordinator; Anna Bono, Book Club Coordinator; Angela Heinze, Community Outreach Chair, Allie Lukachik, Records Keeper; Melanie Rodbart, Chair.

WiSE speed mentoring event

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WiSE and Women in Architecture (WIA) joined up for a speed mentoring event on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, located at the Center for Architecture and Design at 1218 Arch St Philadelphia. We combed the city and found an impressive diverse group of magnificent women mentors including several architects, planners, and engineers. The night was full of interesting conversation and making life long connections.

Crescent Iron Works Facility Tour

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Structural engineers from both WiSE & YMG committees toured the Crescent Iron Works Facility on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, located at 4901 Grays Avenue in Philadelphia.

Engineers Week

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WiSE celebrated the end of Engineers Week by viewing the movie, "Dream Big: Engineering Our World" at the Franklin Institute on Saturday, February 23, 2019. After the movie, we headed to City Tap Logan Square for lunch.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

WiSE had their first book club discussion of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 5:30PM at Misconduct Tavern. Participants voted on the selection of the next book. Circe by Madeline Miller.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Tour

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WiSE had their first building construction tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in November 2018. The PMA's transformative Core Project is the second phase of the Facilities Master Plan, creating new public space within the existing footprint and add 23,000 SF of gallery space. WiSE members had a behind the scenes tour of construction currently underway and access to a tunnel that has been closed to the public since the 1950's. We want to thank Keast :& Hood and Capital Project Engineer, Charles Williams, for offering this tour to our WiSE members.

Social meet and greet

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In September 2018, WiSE kicked off with a social meet and greet at Keen restaurant. WiSE members met for the first time.

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