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Embracing Diversity: How to Start a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Your Firm

Good intentions are only part of the solution to implement diversity on a company level, it must make good business sense as well. Why should a company ensure everyone is comfortable in their work environment, especially marginalized groups of people in a white-dominated field? Why should we take action to help change the statistics of the AEC industry? What does “diversity and inclusion” even mean?

Are you interested in creating a DEI committee at your own firm to transform not only in your office, but also your community and influence this industry?  Join us for a panel discussion with GPI’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging leaders, who have developed a strategic DEI program and are actively working to foster a sense of belonging in their organization for each employee. In this session, they will cover the importance of getting buy-in from the top and including different voices to take the next step towards change.

All proceeds will be donated to The National Leadership Conference.


Kristie Norris – Proposal Manager, GPI

Kristie currently leads marketing efforts for the New England Branch of GPI. She’s been in the A/E/C industry for nearly ten years and has worked for firms with a variety of disciplines including architecture, MEP engineering, landscape architecture and planning, and civil and structural engineering. Kristie is an active member of SMPS Boston, serving on the Professional Development and Communications Committees.


Christer Ericsson, P.E. – CEO, GPI

Christer is President/CEO of GPI. He has a BS in Civil Engineering and is a registered PE in six states. Before his promotion to his current position, Christer was GPI’s first CMO, leading efforts to brand and promote the company of nearly 1,500 people.

Vanessa Cifuentes – Director of Human Resources, GPI

Vanessa is the Director of Human Resources for GPI. She has over 20 years of experience in the HR field in the AEC industry and is an active member of the local and national chapters of the Society for Human Resources Management. She is excited to be part of the Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Leadership team for GPI.

Jessica Ciccarelli – Corporate Communications Director, GPI

Jessica is the Corporate Communications Director for GPI. She has over 20 years of experience in Marketing and Communications, 13 of those years in the AEC industry. She is Past President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of SMPS and has served on her chapter board for many years.

Stacey Russell – Corporate Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Coordinator/Brand Manager for GPI Geospatial

Stacey is passionate advocate for an inclusive workforce, is GPI’s Corporate Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Coordinator and Marketing Brand Manager for the Geospatial branch in Orlando, Florida. In her dual role as a Branch Marketing Brand Manager, she is also responsible for brand consistency and adherence to branch and corporate marketing initiatives. Stacey’s 18 years of diverse marketing experience specific to the A/E industry includes proposal strategy, developing digital content, social media engagement, as well as business development activities. Stacey serves as the Membership Co-Chair for WTS Central Florida and the 2019-2021 Transportation Program Lead with SMPS Central Florida.


(Left to right: Christer Ericsson, P.E., Vanessa Cifuentes, Jessica Ciccarelli, Stacey Russell, and Kristie Norris)

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