Client Panel: Mastering the Interview
March 7, 2019
5:30 pm | Hors D’oeuvres and Networking
6:30 pm | Dinner and Presentation
The Mid-Atlantic is booming with opportunities for the AEC industry, which means this is a critical moment for firms to find ways to differentiate themselves and convey their value. With satisfactory service being a minimum expectation for any firm, the true opportunity to stand out comes at the final and most important part of the project pursuit process–the interview.
Preparing for interviews can be challenging, and it is becoming a more common practice in this industry. Join SMPS Philadelphia and lead decision-makers in the higher-education, healthcare and corporate/commercial markets for a panel discussion. AEC clients will give us insight on what they look for during the interview process and share experiences and tips on how to prepare a winning presentation.
Registration includes two drinks and a sit-down buffet-style dinner.
Campus Planner at Jefferson University
Melissa Howell is an Architect who has worked in Philadelphia since 1985. She worked at various architectural firms until 2003 when she moved to the owner’s side of the table. She was a Senior Planner for The University of Pennsylvania Heath System, a project manager for University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and has been the Campus Planner for Jefferson since 2015. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 1985 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Senior Project Manager at Swarthmore College
Susan Smythe is the ADA Program Manager and a Senior Project manager at Swarthmore College, where her primary responsibilities included developing and managing all barrier removal projects to meet the terms of the College’s Settlement Agreement with the US Department of Justice. Previous work includes development of the College’s five year plan for compliance, within the framework of existing Capital Budget constraints and overall College planning goals. A key component of the plan was balancing the need for barrier removal and increased accessibility with the overall Mission of the College. Her experience includes 20 years at Swarthmore as the Director of the Performing Arts Center, and Director of Media Services. She is now managing large construction and renovation projects including two recent residence halls, and Whittier Hall, and is now in the planning stages for a renovation and major addition to Sharples Dining Hall.
Director of Facilities and Planning at CHOP
Project Manager at Watchdog
Caitlyn Helsen is a Project Manager with Watchdog. Caitlyn has nine years of experience, along with a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University and a Masters Degree in Construction Management from Drexel University. Throughout her career at Watchdog, Caitlyn has managed some of our largest and most complex projects and brings this experience, industry knowledge and best practices to all of her projects. On her projects, Caitlyn establishes well defined goals and communication processes. She closely manages the many vendors involved with the project team to ensure contract adherence and quality work. Caitlyn has a keen focus on her client’s needs and priorities. She naturally builds a strong rapport which contributes to project communication and overall success. Clients that Caitlyn serves include; FMC, Shire, Nasdaq, American Bible Society and Skadden.
Member Cost: $75 | Non-member Cost: $95
Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsor:
Yards Brewing Company
500 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Parking is accessible on 5th Street in the lot behind the brewery, as well as surrounding street parking.
Cancellations made two weeks prior to the event will be fully refunded, minus a $10 processing fee. Due to SMPS Philadelphia’s commitment with vendors, all cancellations after that time and no-shows will be ineligible for a refund, though a registrant may substitute for another event at no charge up until 24 hours prior to the event.