NSPE PE Institute
Keep Yourself in the Game: A Panel of Women PE Leaders Present their Strategies for Successful Work/Life Balance
Organized by the NSPE Women's Leadership Program Task Force
Experience Level: Any level of experience
This session will be a moderated panel discussion with members of the Women's Leadership Program Task Force. We all wear many hats with multiple responsibilities. Sometimes our personal lives bleed into our work lives and vice versa as we attempt to manage it all. The panel members will discuss their individual approaches to dealing with the demands of their professional engineering work and their personal lives while avoiding burnout. Each of our panel members will share strategies and techniques for achieving work-life balance allowing for successful navigation of their careers with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction both professionally and personally. Participants will leave with a host of tested tips, tricks and techniques.
Attendees will learn several techniques for prioritizing, maintaining energy and focus, and personal management and know how to adapt these tools for their own use.
NSPE Members: FREE
Non-members: $75.00 (Join NSPE today and save on this purchase.)
Tricia Hatley, P.E., F.NSPE
Executive Vice President Operations, Central Plains and Southeast US Regions
Freese & Nichols
Tricia Hatley is an Executive Vice President for Freese and Nichols, Inc overseeing operations in the Central Plains, Southeast US and Gulf Coast Regions. Along with her wide variety of transportation, planning, and public infrastructure design experience, she is also particularly skilled in public involvement and outreach. Tricia is an Envision Sustainability Professional with proven success in assisting clients in the development of sustainable project alternatives. Outside of her work at Freese and Nichols, Tricia recently completed her term as the 2020-21 President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). While serving as President she led the organization in implementation of their strategic plan which includes a focus on the promotion of diversity and tomorrow’s engineers. Major accomplishments during her term as President include the hiring of the organization’s first female executive director and CEO and successfully navigating the impacts of the COVID pandemic. Tricia graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. An avid runner, Tricia has completed eight marathons.
Monica Fulkerson, PE
Senior Environmental Engineer
Monica Fulkerson, PE is a Senior Environmental Engineer with Jacobs (formerly CH2M) since 2006. Monica is located in Charlotte, NC. She has 19 years of experience and serves as a Senior Technical Consultant, Design Manager, and Project Manager, specializing in site management and remediation projects. Monica is currently the Past President of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina and will be leading North Carolina’s Women in Engineering Conference in 2024. Monica has a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Daphne King, P.E.
Lina T. Ramey & Associates
Daphne King, P.E. - Daphne is a licensed professional engineer with Lina T. Ramey & Associates in Dallas. She graduated from the University of Missouri KC and has more than 20 years of experience in transportation design, utility coordination, project management, and business development. She has served on her former company’s Board of Directors, D+I Committee, and Risk Review Committee. Daphne is passionate about supporting others in their path of individual growth, professional development, and small business advancement. Daphne has been involved with NSPE since 2007. She is a TSPE Preston Trail Chapter Past President and serves on NSPE’s DEI Advisory Committee and Women's Leadership Program Task Force.
Victoria Ballestero, PE, MBA, ENV SP
Vice President and Operations Manager
Victoria Ballestero, PE, MBA, ENV SP is a national-award winning Professional Engineer with nearly a decade of experience in Maryland and DC-Metro centric land development engineering. In her role as Vice President and Operations Manager at ATCS, Victoria launched the firm’s Prince George’s County office and leads a team of professional engineers, planners, and land surveyors. Victoria serves as President of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, Vice Chair for the Maryland Building Industry Association, and a Board Member for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council at her alma mater Clarkson University, among other industry roles. When not working, Victoria can be found running, backpacking, and ice climbing.