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The What I Wish I Knew session, sponsored by ACI S806 Young Professional Activities Committee, was held Monday, October 18, 2021 during the ACI Virtual Convention. This session aims to provide insights on the life of young professionals in the concrete industry.
The session explored the challenges, factors, problems, and solutions of having a good work/life balance. The young professional panel discussed different points of view and specific challenges they face to maintain the balance. The past couple of years have presented unique challenges to those in the industry and academia who either continue to work remotely or have been working in the field throughout the pandemic.
Danielle Kennedy, US Army Corps of Engineers (New Hampshire)
Lauren McCauley, Balfour Beatty Construction (North Carolina)
Mohamed ElBatanouny, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Illinois)
Keila Lombardozzi, DPR Construction (Arizona)
Andres Matos, Flood Testing Laboratories, Inc. (Illinois)
Nishant Garg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois)
Alvaro Ruiz Emparanza, Mafic USA, LLC (Florida)
The session recording will be available on-demand on the ACI Convention platform to registered attendees through the end of the year.
Past session and webinar recordings sponsored by the Young Professional Activities Committee can also be found on the Young Professional Playlist on the ACI YouTube Channel.
In addition, two young professionals received free registration to the virtual convention thanks to the generous fundraising support from the Women in ACI Committee.
The Young Professional Activities Committee meets twice a year during the ACI Concrete Convention and is responsible for coordinating the Young Professional Networking Event and the What I Wish I Knew Sessions held in the fall. Young Professionals interested in becoming more involved in ACI or volunteering as a panelist or moderator at a future event may contact Kanette Worlds, ACI Student, Faculty, and Young Professional Activities Coordinator.
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