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elevateHER® Cohorts

We are excited to announce the members of the 2024 elevateHER® cohort!

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The Process

PROGRAM OVERVIEW & TIMELINE

Each year, a cohort of up to 40 AEC professionals join forces to develop and disseminate actionable plans that aim to solve the recruitment and retention crisis in the industry via the lenses of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The results are available to the entire AEC community and ready for turn-key implementation.

Cohort members gather in-person at the beginning of the year for a facilitated think tank retreat, where they uncover or confirm the aspect of DEI in the workplace that drives them the most. Cohort members form project teams at the retreat base on their interest and drive; and start crafting their thesis and project plan right away.

RECENT PROJECTS

HostAgE Crisis

Highlights the impact of liquidity issues at many AEC firms. By increasing fees and/or ensuring prompt payment, firms can stay liquid and profitable – allowing them to attract, maintain, and train top talent and restore the pride and dynamism of the industry.

MentHERship

Continues the work from one of the 2021 ElevateHER® project teams, and offers a framework for firms and organizations to implement a successful mentorship program.

PromoteHER

Established that one way to retain women and minorities in the AEC industry is by ensuring equitable advancement opportunities. The team is creating a readily accessible hub of resources and framework to help track professional skill sets and achievements.

TeacHER2.0

Expands on the effort by 2022 ElevateHER® project teams, and leverages the collective powers of public libraries to distribute materials that will help expose AEC career paths to children at an early stage.

TransformUS

Asserts that a growth mindset is key to implementing DEI initiatives and improving recruitment, retention, and culture at AEC organizations. They share their research and a framework that change agents can leverage to gain buy-in from firm leaders.

ElevateHER Symposium
2024 Cohort
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More Projects

More Projects

The project teams will spend the few months that follow researching and developing their thesis and a pragmatic solution. Highlighted above are the 2023 projects; and the projects from past cohorts (2020-22) are categorized below by the stage of an AEC career that each might be most relevant.

ENTERING AN AEC CAREER

These projects address the leaky pipeline by offering resources to educators, librarians, AEC professionals that have taken a hiatus from the industry, and the general public.

DURING AN AEC CAREER

These projects offer resources to tackle mid-career struggles ranging from workplace policies, finding a good mentor, self-advocacy, mental wellness, and more.

She Belongs Here
She is Welcome Here
TeacHER
TeacHER 2.0
We Are AEC
Empower Space
The Elevators Resources
HostAgE Crisis
MentHER Match
MentHER 2.0
PromoteHER
The Right Fit
TransformUS
WeRise

ENTERING AN AEC CAREER

These projects address the leaky pipeline by offering resources to educators, librarians, AEC professionals that have taken a hiatus from the industry, and the general public.

DURING AN AEC CAREER

These projects offer resources to tackle mid-career struggles ranging from workplace policies, finding a good mentor, self-advocacy, mental wellness, and more.

View Previous Cohorts

Our cohort members promote inclusion by developing strategic steps and tools! We are grateful for their dedication and commitment to advancing firms across the United States.

2020 Cohort
2021 Cohort
2022 Cohort
2023 Cohort
2024 Cohort