On November 11, 2015, representatives from the SOM Women's Initiative (SOMWI) participated in a panel discussion in New York City organized by the Women Builders Council. The event, titled "Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Builders," brought together women from across the building industry to discuss how their respective organizations support advancement and provide professional development opportunities, as well as how to encourage girls and women to consider careers in the sector. Caroline Yu, Senior Architectural Professional at SOM, spoke on the panel alongside representatives from Turner Construction Company, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, and the Office of the New York City Comptroller.
The event provided an opportunity to discuss the SOM Women's Initiative in the context of programs for women in other industry organizations. The Initiative was established to cultivate and promote the continued development and success of women at SOM and within the design discipline. It aims to encourage a sense of community and professional support within the firm through various mentoring programs, workshops, and internal networks.