Sons and daughters of SOM staff recently joined their parents for Bring Your Child to Work Day in our San Francisco office. The Hawaiian-themed event included a lunch luau, Hawaiian entertainment, and educational activities centered on design and engineering. During the day, children built structures out of LEGOs, drew pictures of buildings and structures, made crafts out of candy, and joined parents in a yoga and stretching session. Children also spent time meeting their parents' teams in the office, "working" at their desks, and touring the office.
The event was sponsored by the SOM Women's Initiative (SOMWI) to highlight the importance of workplace flexibility and work-life balance and to provide opportunities for interaction among staff. SOMWI sponsored the first Bring Your Child to Work Day in our San Francisco office in 2016. The organizers and staff participants look forward to continuing the event in the future.
SOMWI was established in 2011 to cultivate and promote the continued development and success of women at SOM and within the design disciplines. SOMWI aims to encourage a sense of community and professional support within the firm through various mentoring programs, workshops, and internal networks.