Orange County Branch Newsletter

November 2021

ASCE OC Mentorship Program

ASCE OC Mentorship Program - Kicking Off 21-22 Like the Turkey Bowl

By JR Lagade, PE | Mentorship Committee Co-Chair

Much like every facet of every industry that has engaged in endless video calls, social distanced events, and stay-at-home activities, this year's Mentorship Program has undoubtedly dwindled by the numbers. However, the fire and passion have remained with this year's Mentorship Program cohort!

On November 4th, 2021 unknowing Mentors and Proteges stepped into the proverbial Zoom-room and left with 11 mentorship pairings. Given we just entered November - aka Thanksgiving month - the Mentorship Committee brainstormed the best way to reveal each pairing. Thanksgiving sides rankings! Each Protege was assigned a Thanksgiving side, and each Mentor was assigned a corresponding ranking number. This information was directly emailed to each participant prior to the meeting with no idea what the info meant. During the Kick-Off Event, our super-co-chair Natalie Jensen masterfully curated the pairings as an "Icebreaker Activity," and the entire group was engaged in figuring out which sides came on top. Suffice to say, and the Thanksgiving Sides Pairing Reveal was an engaging and creative way to navigate these blue screens. Everyone enjoyed the activity and was excited to begin their mentoring relationships. While Zoom has drained us and everyone abound, it indeed has made us resourceful and intentional with our programs. But oh-boy, we are excited to finally see each other in a month for our informal Happy Hour!

About the Author

JR Lagade is a Water Resources / Dams Engineer in SoCal. A Swiss-Army-Knife in- and outside of the office. Catch him if you can - he's anywhere and everywhere. Junior can be contacted via carrier pigeon or at [email protected].


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