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Women Impacting Water

In celebration of Inter­na­tional Women's Day, we asked amazing women working in water about their career journeys, inspi­ra­tions, and perspec­tives. And in our "Women Impacting Water" video series, six outstanding leaders in the water industry discuss the challenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties for women in water in 2019. 

"We just kinda clicked"

       

       

Kate Biedron Kate Biedron
I enjoy the challenge of our industry and keeping up with the latest technologies. As an engineer, I want to fix things and help people.

"My daughter, the engineer"

       

       

Lauren Miller Lauren Miller
I get inspiration from those who, in their own way, promote positive change. I’m fortunate to work with people who have entered their fields to be change-makers.

"Balancing work and life"

       

       

Sogol Gremi Sogol Gremi
This industry is all about teamwork; there's no one person who can do it all by themselves.
Sogol Gremi, PE
As a mother of two daughters, I strongly support and encourage them to embrace their math and science strengths. I look for opportunities to expose them to robotics, coding, biology and chemistry concepts in fun ways. In my opinion, parents and educators can help close gender gaps.
Jen Osgood, PE, PMP, BCEE
I love the camaraderie among women in water – whether it’s a fellow CDM Smith employee, female client, or a woman from another consulting firm, there is a bond between women in this industry.
Sandy Kutzing, PE
My husband and I are both engineers, but when you ask my 9-year old son what he wants to be when he grows up, he’ll tell you, 'I want to be an engineer like my mom.'
Sarah Stewart, PE

Who is your favorite female inspiration?

I look up to all of the female engineers who I meet. I feel a bond with the other women in the room when the majority are men. I’m impressed with their talent, dedication, and abilities to stay on task to solve problems.
Marie Burbano, PhD, PE, BCEE
I look up to all of the female engineers who I meet. I feel a bond with the other women in the room when the majority are men. I’m impressed with their talent, dedication, and abilities to stay on task to solve problems.
Marie Burbano, PhD, PE, BCEE
Without hesitation, my late grandmother. She was an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist and graduated from medical school in 1947 as the only female in her graduating class. She later started and ran the first outpatient surgery clinic. I have always admired her deter­mi­na­tion. She was a true pioneer.
Jill Vandegrift
Without hesitation, my late grandmother. She was an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist and graduated from medical school in 1947 as the only female in her graduating class. She later started and ran the first outpatient surgery clinic. I have always admired her deter­mi­na­tion. She was a true pioneer.
Jill Vandegrift
Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring and The Sea Around Us who launched the envi­ron­men­tal movement and is the reason I’m in the field today.
Frannie Bui, PE
Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring and The Sea Around Us who launched the envi­ron­men­tal movement and is the reason I’m in the field today.
Frannie Bui, PE
My mother, Bette, worked as an employment recruiter and counselor. She loved helping people and was an excellent listener and coach, but never told me what career to choose—only that I pursue my passion and try my best to make a difference.
Susan Crawford, PE, BCEE
My mother, Bette, worked as an employment recruiter and counselor. She loved helping people and was an excellent listener and coach, but never told me what career to choose—only that I pursue my passion and try my best to make a difference.
Susan Crawford, PE, BCEE
For the first five critical years of my consulting career, I showed persistence, listened to my colleagues and quite literally got my hands dirty. My current role is my dream job, but I have been taking strategic steps over the years to build my career. There are no shortcuts.
Dora Chiang, Phd, PE
Don’t let fear of failure stop you from moving forward or grabbing hold of an opportunity. Also, don't be afraid to admit when something is going wrong – give yourself the grace to admit something isn't working and then try something new.
Alex Doody, PE LEED AP
Women play an essential role in the development of sustainable engineering and environmental management solutions, and this role should not only be celebrated but advocated for and nurtured throughout generations.
Melissa Harclerode, PhD, ENV sp

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