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ASCE OC Younger Member Forum: Younger Member Leadership Symposium (YMLS) Alumni Summit

On April 21st-23rd, ASCE Orange County members attended the ASCE Younger Member Leadership Symposium (YMLS) Alumni Summit held in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The YMLS Alumni Summit is an advanced leadership and soft-skill training workshop exclusively offered to ASCE Younger Members who have attended at least one in-person YMLS event before. This weekend was organized by ASCE's Committee on Younger Members (CYM), which included networking opportunities and advanced training on personal development, workplace leadership, and people/project management.

ASCE YMLS Alumni Summit Attendees

The weekend kicked off with a social networking event on Friday night with the local Las Vegas Younger Member Forum (YMF). On Saturday, the Summit hosted a full-day workshop, networking, and an evening social event. The workshop concluded on Sunday morning by noon, allowing for travel later in the day.

The workshops were presented by the University of Nevada-Reno's Kelly Kelsica Doyle, PE, and covered the following topics:

  • Networking and Holding Conversations

  • Difficult Conversations

  • Change Management

  • Decision Making 

  • Managing Different Personalities

  • Applied Design, Procurement, and Development

Overall, it was an amazing experience for professional development and building a more robust network. It was also an opportunity to contribute to developing future ASCE leaders and younger members. 

ASCE Orange County Past and Current Board Members at YMLS Alumni Summit

If you are an ASCE Orange County Younger Member and have not attended YMLS in the past, the regular YMLS (required before getting to attend the Alumni Summit in the future) will be hosted on August 18th-20th, 2023, at the ASCE Headquarters at Reston, Virginia! Save the date and make sure to sign up once the registration link is available!


About the Author:

Marionne Lapitan is a Civil Associate in the Traffic/ITS Department at Michael Baker International. She recently graduated from the MSCE program at Cal Poly Pomona and is a CSU Long Beach Alumni. She is currently the ASCE OC Publications Committee Editor-In-Chief and the ASCE OC YMF Communications Committee Co-Chair. Actively involved in various professional organizations, she is passionate about designing and building communities, both structurally and socially. She aims to make a difference in the world through civil engineering in hopes of building a brighter future for the next generation. She also enjoys traveling, graphic designing, and reading books in her free time. Marionne can be contacted via or LinkedIn.


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