Thanks for tuning into the Engineer Inclusion series, where we interview people in careers nontraditional for their gender. Role models are important for inspiring others to pursue nontraditional careers, so we hope you are inspired by our guests’ stories!
DID YOU KNOW?
A nontraditional career is any one in which a single-gender represents less than 25% of the total number of workers. There are nontraditional careers for both men and women.
Chanceé is an environmental engineer focused on racial equity and social justice.
Speaker. Author. Engineer. Community Servant. Chanceé is a community centered environmental engineer. She believes in the power of the people to create and implement change that benefits them. She is the former co-founder of Nspiregreen, an award-winning planning and engineering firm. Although she recently sold her firm, after eleven years of impacting communities, she still believes the solution to eradicating environmental inequities lies in building coalitions between policy makers, advocates and activists, and practitioners.
Chanceé has participated in international leadership opportunities in Ghana; Mali; Bosnia, Herzegovina; Kenya; and China. As a native of Selma, Alabama and first-generation college student, Chanceé understands the very thin line that exists between success and failure and has committed to empowering the next generation of young women through her non-profit, Destination Liberation. Through this organization, Chanceé provides international educational experiences to girls who otherwise would not be afforded the opportunity to travel, learn history, and become immersed in a different culture. In addition, she compiled an anthology targeted high school aged girls entitled “It’s Just High School: Inspiring Reflections of the Beauty, Pain and Pressure of High School Life.”
She serves on the board of the Audubon Naturalist Society, the executive board of the Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, is a former National Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has been featured as one of Ebony Magazine’s 30 Leaders of the Future and US Black Engineer Top 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology.
Your journey may not make sense to you right now, but it will. Most of us have many twists and turns along the way. Dr. Meagan beautifully shares the wild journey that has brought her to where she is now as an engineer and educator that is helping make engineering more inclusive. She shares her experiences about burnout, how to transition, finding your identity and purpose, and so much more!
Lance is a recent graduate and about 6 months into his career as a nurse.
Emily is the Deputy Chief of Emergency Services, for Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fire Services.
Jennifer is a structural engineer specializing in large custom homes.
Jen’s interest in buildings started at a young age with blocks and Legos. A few math and science classes later, she found her way to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and graduated with a civil engineering degree. Since then, Jen has enjoyed number crunching and designing structures in earthquake country. Although her path did not include certification in CAD training, it is an essential skill that she’s incorporated into her daily work life. She feels that pursuing CAD training is a great stepping stone to the architecture, engineering, and construction fields.
Robert Da Silva
In this interview, Robert Da Silva shares his experiences as a nurse, and offers advice for other men who may be considering a career in the profession.
Peter Sheppard, Jr
In this interview, Peter Sheppard, Jr., shares his experiences first as a nursing student and then as a radiology student at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Can we interview you?
Types of questions:
- Briefly tell me about yourself and your career path.
- What do/did you love about being a(n) _____?
- What advice would you offer for people interested in considering a career in ____? Especially as it relates to your career trajectory
- Share a little bit about gender stereotypes and how you’ve experienced them, managed them, and moved past them while working as a _____.
- Describe any role models you had growing up that helped you consider a career in ______
- Share why you think setting goals is important, and how you have learned from failures along the way.
Here’s how to get the best recording:
- Use a device with a stationary camera (meaning not holding a moving phone),
- Situate yourself in a room with good lighting on your face, and ideally sound-absorbing things like lower ceilings, carpet, etc.
- If you have an external headset or microphone, that’s ideal, too. Whatever you use with your phone is generally adequate.
What to expect:
- It will be done over Zoom. When you log in, we’ll talk for a few minutes to orient ourselves to the platform and objectives before starting the recording.
- If there is anything you say that you regret, let me know at the end of the session, and I’m happy to edit it out before publishing.
- It will be a casual and fun interview. You can highlight any projects you are working on that you want to elevate.
- We encourage you to share the final product on your socials afterward.