Contributed by Cherise Lakeside
Yesterday was Halloween. It also marks the anniversary of a huge shift in my AEC career. One that I wish I would have explored sooner.
While many are celebrating ghoulish fun and shenanigans on this fun-filled holiday, I find myself celebrating today for an entirely different reason.
Five years ago I signed my name on the dotted line and officially became a member of CSI (The Construction Specifications Institute).
What? Odd you say? What kind of weirdo celebrates joining an industry association?
Yep, that would be me! Those that know me personally will not be surprised. They call me the #CSIKraken for a reason. Not only did I drink the Kool-Aid, but I went all in.
Honestly, since writing specs was a part of my job, it seemed to make sense. I had known about CSI for my entire career but other obligations had prevented me from having the time to get involved. As some of those time constraints faded away, I found that I could finally check it out. What the heck right? It was something new to do.
When I joined, I expected to learn all about writing specs. I mean really, that’s why I signed up. After all it is the Construction “SPECIFICATIONS” Institute right?
Why didn’t someone tell me there was so much more to CSI than just specifications? Why didn’t I know that I could learn:
Hello! Why didn’t someone tell me that CSI:
The sad truth is that I just didn’t ask. My bad! My loss! The silver lining is that I finally figured it out. Whew, that was close.
I have accomplished more in the last five years in AEC, education, leadership, public speaking and professional networking than I have accomplished in the last 20 years in many areas that are critical to my professional growth. The people who have become what will be my lifelong friends are just the super awesome icing on the cake!
These accomplishments are, unequivocally, due to two things:
So today, while I reflect on this five year journey and how much I have accomplished while still being considered just a baby in this organization, a few thoughts come to mind as I look forward:
So today I say – Happy CSI Anniversary to me! How lucky I am!
CSI is the best kept secret in AEC and I intend to change that! Be watching for me!
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