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Wednesday Roundtable Series

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday Roundtable Series
with Peggy McGrath, Senior Associate, Director of Operations, Perkins Eastman - March 10, 12:30- 1:30pm EST

An Employee Tests Positive for COVID: Now What Do You Do?

  • 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
  • Upcoming
  • 2/24 - Eat Yourself Healthy: Health & Wellness Webinar - Jason Rodriguez

Latest News!


We have exciting up-coming programs, including the following:

3/24/2021 - Current Real Estate Market Conditions with Elliot Zelinger, Senior Managing Director, Savitt Partners LLC (free to all)

The SDA New York Chapter is making April Administrative Professionals Month with a series of three special programs focusing on Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word with Melissa Esquibel, MCT, President, MPELLC (there will be a small charge for members and non-members outside SDA New York, plus we will offer a discount for those signing up for all 3):

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 PhotosNo pressure, no diamonds! 💎 With the unusual pressure of the past year, our SDA National President Karen Roman is a true gem! Her secret to staying calm under pressure? Perhaps it's her hobby, diamond painting. Check out this week's multi-faceted Fridays After 5 feature. bit.ly/FA5KarenRoman ... See MoreSee Less
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This is going to be great!!Grab your favorite beverage and join us for our first "Quick in 30" learning session. Our first topic will be Canva. Get the quick overview from the SDA National MarCom (Marketing/Communications) team.This is free with your membership to SDA www.sdanational.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1487203#sdanational #sdabatonrouge ... See MoreSee Less
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Welcome Salema and Ashley!!It's Welcome Wednesday! Time to greet our newest SDA members including Salema Gumbs with Perkins Eastman from SDA - New York Chapter; and Ashley Marsh with Code Unlimited, LLC from our SDA Portland Chapter. We're glad you joined us and look forward to seeing you in a future networking event very soon! #sdanational #WelcomeWednesday ... See MoreSee Less
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These are so great we highly encourage you to attend!!Join us on February 11th as we discuss HR Trends That Will Shape 2021. There is no cost to register and everyone is welcome. Register at: bit.ly/2YHQWV8#sdanational #aecindustry ... See MoreSee Less
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Welcome New Members!!!!!!!!Time for another #WelcomeWednesday. Please welcome our newest SDA members including Jessica Besso with Weinstein AU Architects and Urban Designers in Seattle, WA; Mandy Broussard with Porch May Architects in Lake Charles, LA; Tiffany Rees with JHP Architecture / Urban Design in Dallas, TX; and Cole Wardell with BRW ARCHITECTS in Charlottesville, VA. We're glad you are here and look forward to seeing you in many future SDA programs! ... See MoreSee Less
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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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