On April 25, 2018, Integral Consulting Inc. (Integral) will cosponsor a networking Women in Environment (WIE) event to be held at Foster Pepper PLLC in Seattle, Washington. From 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., this informal fun-filled evening will give environmental professionals an opportunity to network and learn more about each other and their experiences. Integral technical staff Nicole Ott, Jennifer Sampson, Emily Guyer, and Reid Carscadden of the Seattle office will attend.
A Northwest-based organization, WIE’s mission is to further professional development and opportunities for women in the environmental field. Mentorship plays an important part. As supporters of WIE, Integral staff across the Pacific Northwest serve in various roles within the organization. In Seattle, Principal Linda Baker has mentored several WIE members. In San Francisco, Senior Consultant Mala Pattanayek and Project Engineer Carolina Zuri played key roles in designing and rolling out the Bay Area chapter’s mentorship program in January 2018. Ms. Zuri serves on the Bay Area WIE chapter mentorship and communications steering committees, while Ms. Pattanayek leads the Bay Area WIE chapter mentorship committee and was recently appointed a member of the WIE Board. Integral Vice President Laura Jones has been a strong supporter since WIE started in Portland in 2009.
“Integral Consulting is unique because nearly half of our technical staff are women,” says Ms. Pattanayek, “Integral is very supportive of women and now has an internal mentorship program in place to help both women and men gain more leadership skills.” A WIE member since 2016, Ms. Pattanayek joined the organization because “I saw this as an opportunity to connect with women in the environmental field and learn to navigate my professional development through shared experiences. In a short period of time, this has turned out to be a tremendous networking experience for everyone involved and I am excited to be part of this energetic group.”
Although about half of all U.S. jobs are filled by women, only 24 percent of women hold jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and math industries, according to a recent U.S. Department of Commerce report.Back to List