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Upcoming Events

  • 4/1 - IT - Online Team Collaboration Software – Amy J. Nanni, CDFA Request recording and handout
  • 4/8 - IT - Tom Hernandez Request recording
  • 4/15 - Operations – Peggy M. McGrath No recording
  • 4/22 - Wellness – Elena Gutierrez Request recording
  • 4/29 - Finance – Maria Iacovone Request recording
  • 5/6 - Immigration – Jeff Margolis Request recording
  • 5/13 - Marketing – Kim Celenza Request recording
  • 5/20 - Legal Issues Reopening your Workplace - Daniel Goldberg, Offit | Kurman Attorneys at Law Request recording
  • 5/27 - Reopening Our Offices - Sabrina Heard, FSDA Request recording
  • 6/3 - Employee Morale During COVID - Mary-Brett O'Bryan Request recording
  • 6/10 - SDA NY Member Happy Hour
  • 6/17 - Leading Through the Pandemic from a Principal's Perspective - Ronnette Riley, FAIA Request recording
  • 6/24 - SDA NY Virtual Roundtable Open Forum Request recording
  • 7/22 - SDA NY Summer Social
  • 8/12 - Back to Work Re-Entry Plan – Peggy M. McGrath Request recording
  • 8/19 - Construction & Infrastructure Opportunities during a Pandemic – Katie Devlin Request recording Presentation to be added
  • 8/26 - Updates to PPP Loan Forgiveness and Experience Opening the Office – Maria Iacovone Request recording
  • 9/16 - Returning to the Office: Ventilation and Indoor Air Strategies – David Cooper of WSP Request presentation and recording
  • 9/22 - Opportunities to Maintain Profitability Amid COVID-19 Challenges – Elizabeth Shriver
  • 9/30 - Employee Morale During Work From Home (WFH) – Farzana Ghanie
  • 10/28 - Reopening Strategies 2020 - Newell Chavis and John J. McCarthy
  • 10/29 - Halloween Networking and Social Event
  • 11/4- Virtual Reality: Tactics for Improving Your Presence and Communication with Vocal Inflection - Jen Newman, Elevate Marketing Advisors, FSMPS, CPSM
  • 11/11 - Virtual Communications Skills Workshop - Noël Kepler, Executive Communications Advisor and Global Communications Strategist
  • 11/17 - SDA New York Chapter General Business Meeting
  • 1/27 - Let’s Discuss…Building Better Managers - Omar Vega
  • 2/10 - Let’s Discuss...Covid 2021 - Pat Leyden, CDFA
  • 2/24 - Eat Yourself Healthy: Health & Wellness Webinar - Jason Rodriguez - Link to program info and video
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We have exciting up-coming programs, below are a few in the works:

Tips and Tricks on Controlling & Running Zoom Meetings

Setting Up and Using Google Forms for Interactive Workflows

Wednesday Series Roundtables

The SDA New York Chapter won the 2020 Best in Class Membership Campaign Award!

Congratulations to our very own Kim Celenza!

Kim is the new National Vice President.

Congratulations to our 2020 Star Award winner, Elena Gutierrez!

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Timeline PhotosThe final day of EDS21 features a trio of events that will pack a triple serving of awe, inspiration, and fun! Hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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ESD21 Day 2 Kicked off today with a awesome and inspiring panel discussion from our SDA Fellows. Kicking Habits That Hold You Back. The discussion was based off of the book: “How Women Rise” by Sally Helgesen, Marshall Goldsmith and Suzanne Toren. SDA National #WomenWhoRise #sda2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline Photos🤔 Did you know that some of the very habits that got you where you are today are the very same habits that get in the way of your next career advance?Based on the book by Sally Helgesn "How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job" and co-author Marshall Goldsmith "What Got You Here Won't Get You There," SDA Fellows Deborah Gill, Sabrina Heard, and Sarah Wallace will share their experiences to leave you with practical advice and useful tips to advance your own career to the next level.Register here: bit.ly/EDS21Registration ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline PhotosSometimes in business, the problem just might be you. Join us for this presentation that will delve into organizational behavior theories and how leaders can help establish how they may actually be part of the solution in helping stem brain drain from firms. Consultant Simon Goodhead is Simon has extensive knowledge and background in operational leadership, strategic planning, and mergers & acquisitions. As a principal with management consulting firm The Coxe Group, he provides strategic and operational insights that help A/E firms achieve their desired success. He's a PE and Chartered Engineer has worked from Georgia to Ghana, Illinois to Ireland, and Kansas to Korea. He is a graduate of the University of Leeds with a BS in Fire Science and the University of Georgia with an MBA through the Executive Program.Register here: bit.ly/EDS21Registration ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline PhotosTGI Fridays After 5! 🍸Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage of choice and get the backstory on how SDA National Marketing + Communications co-chair Fran Carillo uncorked her talent for mixology. bit.ly/FA5FranCarillo As a special bonus, Fran will be the virtual guest mixologist at EDSymposium's closing cocktail party and PPC fundraiser. It's a not-to-be-missed event and only a tax-deductible minimum donation of $20 to participate. More details here: bit.ly/EDS21MeetMixMingle ... See MoreSee Less
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EDS21 Day 2 kicked off! We’re excited to hear from our Fellows! Today’s Panel Discussion is about: Kicking Habits That Hold You Back.
#WomenWhoRise #SDANYC @sdanational https://t.co/Q5oFRfWJDY

We drew the names of the winners of the Sawbucks Seminars certificates we offered to attendees of all 3 of the Melissa Esquibel MCT sessions that SDA New York hosted last month.

Congratulations to Sherie Russell and Drucilla Brookshire! https://t.co/gMqHqzAzsn
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What an amazing Saturday Afternoon. Looking forward to seeing everyone face to face in San Diego for EDS2021!! https://t.co/9s9XPmW81z
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Over 60 participants in our annual meeting taking place virtually! #SDAisResilience We are #SDAStrongerTogether #SDANatl #VirtualMeetings #AEC https://t.co/0rSMq4Ni0f

Going into 2020-2021 with a strong group of groundbreaking women!! Congratulations to 2020-2021 ExCom ⭐️ #SDANational #SDANewYork #ExCom https://t.co/f6vC4gg4VO SDA_NY photo

@GraceworksInc rocked it as always! Check out how engaged our @SDA_NY members and guests are.🤓 #gracewriting https://t.co/9l4zgFExsI SDA_NY photo

@SDA_NY Kicked off the New Year with a dynamic graceworksinc program. Fat-free Gracewriting: Put your Writing on a Diet! Thank you Jennifer Hebblethwaite for presenting and perkinseastman.newyork for hosting!… https://t.co/F7jEO7YLJD

Our biggest thanks and lots of appreciation today and everyday – Sincerely The SDA NY Chapter Board. https://t.co/SZZx1GoERf SDA_NY photo

Yesterday, Elisa Grandizio, founder of @elisagrandizio lead her 3rd and final session in the… https://t.co/9UlhzVQ6VK

Join SDA NY ( https://t.co/DOtCcHxpUy) tonight for a riveting discussion on Embracing Disruption: Why Change is Neces… https://t.co/3fUGH4dgAu

Looking fwd to SDA NY’s next Leadership Series installment on Embracing Disruption! Presented by @elisagrandizio
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SDA recognizes five core areas as vital to better practice management in A/E/C firms. By centering its educational content on these areas, SDA provides members with both the breadth and depth necessary to excel in the design industry. These 5 areas are the foundation for continuing education seminars, on-line resources, networking opportunities, and the SDA Certification Program.


SDA, the recognized leader in education for best practices in the A/E/C industry, offers a credential that recognizes your administrative and management expertise, the Certified Design Firm Administrator (CDFA) designation. The CDFA credential is a voluntary certification designed to test professional practice management and contribute to an administrator's personal and professional growth as well as their firm’s organizational growth and maturity through better practices in design firm management. Enhanced marketability and increased earning potential are just two of the many benefits CDFA certification provides.

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