Carlo Scissura

To expand on its efforts to attract, retain, mentor and engage the next generation of industry leaders, the New York Building Congress recently launched a Young Professionals Committee.

The Committee is made up of nearly 100 professionals, representing 70 firms and companies from the design, construction, and real estate industry.  It was born from the Building Congress’ understanding that for the industry to be successful, it must embrace new technology, best practices, and innovation.

Young professionals are wired to be creative and enter the industry with a fresh set of ideas and willingness to challenge conventional wisdom. Therefore, the industry must do its part to recruit and mentor the young workforce that will formulate innovative strategies and practices.

“At the New York Building Congress, we are forward thinking, helping to create not only the projects of tomorrow, but the biggest projects of the day after tomorrow – and the men and women of this committee will be the ones who conceive, design, and build these projects,” said Building Congress President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “By launching this committee, the entire industry will benefit from the young workforce having a forum to exchange ideas and discuss potential solutions with their peers.”

Added Andrew Werner, who Co-Chairs the Young Professionals Committee with Marilisa Stigliano, "Many fresh faces in our industry — and even those with several years of experience — spend much of their time deep in the weeds, solving complex problems and helping to push the limits of our built environment. Through events focusing on mentorship, professional development, advocacy and charitable outreach, the Young Professionals Committee provides a venue for everyone to come together and gain a better understanding of how their work fits into the industry and the rest of the world at large."

The Young Professionals Committee focuses its efforts on four main components: Advocacy, Networking, Mentorship, and Community Engagement.

Working with the Building Congress, the committee looks to advocate on behalf of the industry on the city, state, and federal levels. Through networking events, it encourages a professional exchange of ideas and offers the opportunity to connect with peers.

The committee provides mentorship for its members, creating a forum for young professionals to engage with industry leaders to enhance career development. In addition, working with the Building Congress and its philanthropic arm, the New York Building Foundation, the Young Professionals Committee will work to serve communities across the five boroughs through volunteer efforts and other services.

The Building Congress recently celebrated the new committee with an official launch event at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan. The event offered the opportunity for young professionals to socialize with peers and learn about the goals and priorities of the new initiative, and also featured a panel of distinguished industry executives.