WiSE Events



Virtual Happy Hour - Jul 08

Save the Date! 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

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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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