A woman’s journey to engineering success

In this episode, Marsia Geldert-Murphey, PE, F., Regional Director of the Lochmueller Group, recently elected to the ASCE presidential election in 2023, in honor of women across the country on Engineering Day. Talk to ASCE. Marsia is the author of the book Cross, Yield or Burn – Navigating the Bridges of Life, and in this episode, Marsia is touching about her career journey to her role as President of ASCE. I’m sharing a story. We will also talk about how to promote women’s diversity and gender equality in engineering.

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Here are some of the questions I ask Marcia:

  • How did the elevator accident change the way you look at life and the leadership of ASCE?
  • Did you need to develop new habits after the accident?
  • What are your visions and goals as an ASCE leader?
  • Why did you decide to write your own book, “Cross, Yield or Burn – Navigating the Bridges of Life”?
  • What do people want to rob your story, and where can listeners find your book?
  • What can we do to promote women’s diversity and gender equality in engineering?

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  • My accident caused me to shut down one of my work and my daily responsibilities, and I had to learn to redo all my daily work. That was the reason why the drive I had was able to recover like I did. This slowed me down and taught me that your career isn’t everything, and that there are many other things in life that are more important.
  • My accident helped me focus more on my health and well-being and realized that it was a much more comfortable way of life when you could step back and slow down.
  • In my role as ASCE President, I want to focus on the future of ASCE and make sure to reach out to all the young people there. I believe that the most reliable sources of undeveloped STEM people are from unrepresented groups.
  • The organization has become very strong by the people who have come before us, and I want to ensure that the organization adapts and continues to grow for future generations.
  • I was the owner of my first company and found that my parents were very ill with a young child at home. While I was with his father during his chemotherapy, I started vignetted to occupy my time without jeopardizing my state of mind. Many people have asked me how I manage all of this. At that time, I decided to put all the stories together in one book.
  • Hopefully this book will help others better understand the bridge in their lives and provide guidance on how to cross, give up and burn the bridge in their lives. I am.
  • To increase the diversity of professionals and professional associations, it is important to ensure that people feel safe and welcome. Everyone is having a hard time and sometimes it’s not clear when talking to people. When people are talking to you, be careful and listen carefully.
  • You can’t afford to lose the great talent there. If we are trying to solve some of the biggest challenges we have in our world right now, we need to have all the best and brightest minds involved in the solution. ..

Details of this episode …

Engineering womanAbout Marsia Geldert-Murphey, PE, F.ASCE

Marsia is the regional director of the Lochmueller Group, responsible for the growth and operation of the region, including Missouri and Illinois. She is an engineering executive with 30 years of experience in designing and building transportation infrastructure, improving utility capital, railroads, site development, federal government establishment, and commercial and industrial development. Marcia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is a professional engineer licensed in six states.

Marcia has been very active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since college and is currently chairing the Public Policy and Practices Committee, a board-level committee with eight constituent committees. I am. She was Director of Region 7 from 2016 to 2019. Region 7 consists of Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

In 2016, Marsia was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award for its outstanding civil engineering performance and dedication to civil engineering professionals. She was the second woman at the time to receive this award since it was founded in 1960.

She testified in the US House of Representatives at a hearing on the perspective of SMEs on the development and use of our infrastructure.

Marcia recently published a book, “Cross, Yield, Burn-Navigating the Bridge of Life,” at the Association’s Business Conference at the ASCE 2022 Convention in Anaheim, California, in October this year, in 2023. I won the election to assume the role of President-elect.

Books mentioned in this episode:

Cross, Yield, or Burn – Navigate the Bridge of Life

Marcia Gerdert-Murphy, PE, F.ASCE

Nonviolent Communication: Language of Life: Life-changing Tools for Healthy Relationships

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Source / References:

Cross, Yield, or Burn – Navigate the Bridge of Life
Connect with Marsia “Marsie” Geldert-Murphey, PE, F.ASCE on LinkedIn
Project Management Accelerator (PMA) – PM Skills Course
Engineering Leadership Accelerator (ELA I) – People Skills Course
Seller Doer Accelerator (SDA) – Business Development Skills Course

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