‘The Future of Work’ Discussed at Buffalo’s Woman Up Conference

  • June 29, 2018
  • Author: Emily Gumkowski

The 2018 Woman Up Conference was recently held at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, N.Y. Emily Gumkowski from our Grand Island office attended the event, which was themed “The Future of Work.” Sessions were held around the influence and impact on women of all generations. Woman Up was founded by Joan Graci, Owner and President of APA Solutions, in an effort to bring women of Buffalo together under one roof to discuss, support and learn from one another, maximizing “the educational and empowerment opportunities that shape area women of today, tomorrow and beyond.”

It was a room full of “disrupters” — leaders ready to impact the future of work and bring something new to the table. Sheri Sullivan, VP of People Advisory Services at Ernst & Young, was the keynote speaker and provided tools necessary to implement the material and strategies discussed. Sheri spoke about leadership in the digital era and how to leverage it — and not avoid it. To round out the day the group broke into several different sessions covering everything from entrepreneurship to emotional intelligence. The event was not only inspiring and empowering but it provided a wealth of knowledge and insight about the future of the workplace. It is amazing what can be achieved when you bring a group of talented, strong and motivated women into one space.

CannonDesign Partners with Autism Services

  • March 15, 2018
  • Author: Emily Gumkowski

Recently, our Buffalo office hosted a student from Autism Services to give him a front row seat to a day in the life of an engineer. Although this organization primarily serves individuals with autism, they extend their career services to anyone who may have intellectual or development disabilities. Under this umbrella of services, Autism Services provides students who are either in their last years of high school or in early years of college the opportunity to learn more about careers they may be interested in by shadowing professionals.

The student visitor came to CannonDesign with his job coach and spent half a day shadowing two of our engineers – Jason Andrews, an electrical engineer and Austin Barrett, a mechanical engineer. Both Jason and Austin worked together to give the student a thorough overview of what a position in either discipline entails, as well as showed him specifics on being an engineer in the architecture industry. They even invited Amir Rezaei to speak to him about high performance buildings and energy conservation.

Both our employees and the visiting student found this to be a successful and rewarding experience. We hope CannonDesign can continue to collaborate with Autism Services on other similar opportunities moving forward!

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