Orange County Branch Newsletter

June 2021

ASCE OC Mentorship Program

2020-2021 Mid-Year Check-in

By Lydia Chun, EIT | Mentorship Co-Chair

On May 6, 2021, the ASCE OC 2020-2021 Mentorship Program hit a milestone with the Virtual Mid-Year Check-In. On this date, exactly one year ago, was the Mentorship Program’s first ever virtual event after the statewide COVID-19 work-from-home order. At the time, the topic of the meeting was how to bridge the gap between different generations in mentorship and how to adapt during a time of crisis. The topic for this year was how to take care of yourself as a professional and individual as these trying times continue.

The guest speakers for this internal event were leadership coaches Sharmin Banu and Barbara Visser, who were also speakers at ASCE Women in Construction Week 2021. Sharmin and Barbara introduced a new perspective on the word “resilience” and how breaks are necessary for the brain and body. They shared examples of micro-habits that we can use in our busy schedules that don’t require much effort or time at all. The group broke into small groups on takeaway points, what kind of micro-habits work best for them, and how they can keep themselves accountable.

The event then ended with participants breaking into separate groups for mentors and proteges to discuss how the program has been for them. These small groups were a chance to meet other participants to share success stories, opinions on the program, and ideas for the remainder of the year.

Interested in being a mentor or protégé? Look out for our upcoming event, the Mentorship Panel, in July for a better idea of what our program is about. Check out our page for when the applications are open and previous years’ events!

About the Author

Lydia Chun is an Associate Traffic Engineer at Iteris, Inc. She is a UCI alumnus and previous participant in the Mentorship Program. She enjoys the outdoors and watches too many cat videos online. Lydia can be contacted at [email protected] or via LinkedIn.


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