Unfiltered Career Insights
Presented By Fehr & Peers
In November 2018, we hosted our fourth Unfiltered Career Insights webinar lead by CEO, Matt Henry. Our panel of Fehr & Peers staff included Allen Wang, Jesse Cohn, and Sarah Saviskas. The panel shared about their career development at Fehr & Peers, providing insight on how they are accelerating their careers by participating in our robust career development program, contributing to our internal research & development initiatives, and availing themselves to opportunities that support their professional growth. If you were unable to join the live webinar, please take a look at the recording.
Meet Our Panelists
Senior Transportation Engineer
In 2013, Allen began his career at our Roseville office after graduating with a graduate degree in Transportation Engineering at UC Berkeley. During his first few years, Allen attended many internal training courses to learn about project management, travel behavior forecasting, and more. His eagerness to learn led senior staff to entrust Allen with early project management opportunities, encouraging him to grow into new roles and take on more responsibilities. Currently, he is part of our Mentoring Program and has a mentor to discuss day-to-day project questions as well as help him set action items for long-term career goals. Allen is also involved in our Multimodal Operations and Travel Demand Forecasting Discipline Group, through which he contributed to a TRB paper on the 2016 AV simulation research project.
Senior Transportation Planner
Jesse started at our San Francisco office in 2015 after graduating with a Master in Regional & Urban Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She moved to the Washington, D.C. office in 2017. Jesse’s entrepreneurial spirit is instrumental to the growth of Fehr & Peers, and led to her involvement in our Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Development Forum and leading our companywide Equity Initiative. Jesse works with project managers around the company to advance our community engagement approach and integrate equity into our technical analyses. At Jesse’s last annual review, her supervisors asked, “Who do you want to be, and how can we help you get there?” While she is still determining the answer, this sentiment reinforced Jesse’s understanding that Fehr & Peers supports her professional development and empowers her to achieve her career goals.
Senior Transportation Planner
Sarah joined our Seattle office in 2016 shortly after obtaining a Masters in City Planning at UC Berkeley. She quickly joined our Early Career Mentoring Program and attended Fehr & Peers training courses on project management, Synchro, and more. Taking advantage of these learning opportunities early in her career has fast-tracked Sarah’s growth and led to a promotion. She has also organized and presented on a panel discussion the Seattle office led for clients on Baby Steps to Vision Zero and then took that presentation to the APA Washington conference in October 2018. Through her involvement in our Bike Ped Discipline Group, she is spearheading the growth of the Seattle office’s bike/ped practice and leads a research and development initiative each year.
Matt Henry (host)
Matt has 30 years of experience in the A/E industry, and has spent the last 26 with Fehr & Peers. His responsibilities have ranged 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 growth initiatives and operational 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.
Watch Past Webinars
Unfiltered Career Insights - Part 1 - 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 - 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).
Unfiltered Career Insights - Part 3 - 2017
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.