Unfiltered Career Insights
from Transportation Industry Leaders
In November 2017, we hosted our third Unfiltered Career Insights webinar hosted by CEO, Matt Henry. Our panelists included Emily Gloeckner from City and County of Denver, Darleen Gee from HNTB Corporation, and Jenna Hornstock from Los Angeles Metro. The panelists were able to highlight some of the key differences about working in the public and private sectors, how students can stand out during the job application process, and more. If you weren’t able to join us for the live webinar, please take a look at the recording below.
Meet Our Panelists
Matt Henry (Host)
CEO | Fehr & Peers
Matt has nearly 30 years of experience in the A/E industry, with responsibilities ranging from Project Manager to Regional Manager to COO before becoming CEO at Fehr & Peers in 2004. His current corporate responsibilities include leadership and oversight of the firm’s strategic and operational initiatives, as well as personnel issues and financial performance. Matt has led major growth initiatives including several new offices, two acquisitions, a wide range of new technical service offerings, an internally-funded research and development program, and a significantly-expanded career development program.
“Get a glimpse behind the curtain and learn what a career in our industry is really like. Our hope is that by attending this webinar, you’ll have a better idea about the next steps you can take to find the right job for you.”
Director of Policy Planning and Sustainability | City and County of Denver
Emily has focused over 20 years of her career as a civil engineer on transportation planning and engineering. With a diverse background working in both public and private sectors, Emily is a known transformative engineer, taking numerous projects from planning into design and onto implementation. In her role, she is a collaborator and relationship builder for staff, stakeholders, engineers, planners, and community representatives. Her particular experience and expertise has focused on long-range transportation planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning and design, signal design, signal timing, traffic impact studies, intersection safety assessments, as well as car share and bike share assessments for communities.
“The City of Denver has just completed its Mobility Action Plan that highlights a shift in the way Denver will be delivering projects. The intent is to deliver more projects, faster with a focus on moving more people. Be part of the change and join us.”
Vice President | HNTB Corporation
Darlene serves as the Office Leader for Northern California. With more than 30 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry and has been an active member of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) for more than 15 years. Darlene has been deeply involved in the San Francisco Bay Area transportation community for over two decades, serving in numerous leadership roles for projects and programs in transit, highways, and rail. She is a former Advisory Board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and served on committees for multiple organizations interested in expanding the role of women and minorities in the engineering and transportation professions.
“We concentrate on recruiting people with multi-faceted interests in the transportation industry and then provide them with the opportunity for career growth on several tracks from the start of their tenure with HNTB. While we need very specialized talent, our strategic focus is on building staff with broad-based skills. We concentrate on detailed onboarding plans that help both HNTB and a new employee get off to the best start of a mutually productive experience.”
Executive Officer, Transit Oriented Communites | Los Angeles Metro
Jenna has been with LA Metro since 2011 and manages Metro’s Joint Development, First/Last Mile Planning and System-wide Design programs as well as the implementation of redevelopment activities around Union Station. Prior to joining Metro, Jenna spent nearly seven years at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), most recently as Chief of Strategic Planning and Economic Development. During her tenure at CRA/LA, Jenna worked directly on financing and implementing affordable housing, infrastructure, industrial and retail development projects, and secured grants for open space, healthy food access and land use planning. Jenna is Assitant Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Public Private Partnership National Product Council and a former Public Director for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
“I’m looking forward to sharing insights on Metro’s interview process, providing tips to help you better understand our job descriptions, and talking about best practices for approaching a potential career at Metro. I’d be happy to walk you through the basic questions you would be asked, and what my specific team looks for in candidates during the hiring process.”
Take a look at our past webinars.
Unfiltered Career Insights - Part 1 (October 2016)
In October 2016, a panel of Fehr & Peers staff at different levels in multiple offices hosted an external webinar engaging with transportation students across the country to share tips and answer pressing career-oriented questions. We answered questions that were intended to help guide students toward finding the career path that best suits their interests, and also prepare them to put their best foot forward. View the recorded webinar below.
Panelists included Ranjani Prabhakar, Transportation Engineer (DC office); Spencer Reed, Senior Transportation Engineer (Orange County office); Cassandra Allen, HR/Talent Acquisition Specialist (Corporate office); and Matt Henry, CEO (Corporate office).
Unfiltered Career Insights - Part 2 (January 2017)
In January 2017, three of our hiring managers and our CEO led a discussion about what it takes to succeed as a transportation consultant at Fehr & Peers. They shared what they’re looking for in an ideal candidate and the most desirable skills and traits we seek. Through this webinar, our hope is that students were able to get answers to their career questions and determine if Fehr & Peers is the right firm for them. If you weren’t able to join for the live webinar, feel free to watch the recording below.
Panelists included Meghan Mitman, Principal (Walnut Creek office); Ann Bowers, Principal (Denver office); Michael Kennedy, Senior Associate (Los Angeles office); and Matt Henry, CEO (Corporate office).
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