Society Mission

Build leaders and lead collaboration among government and industry to develop multidisciplined solutions to national security infrastructure challenges.

Vision

Serve our nation as the foremost integrator for leadership development and technical collaboration within the A/E/C profession.

2025 Strategic Outcome

Set the industry standard for active membership that creates lasting impact at the local and national levels.

Overview

For 100 years, SAME has been dedicated to patriotism and national security. As we start our second century, we hope members are inspired to further advance these aims of service through building leaders and leading collaboration across the spectrum of our involvement.

Through its programs, SAME offers Posts and members the opportunity to help achieve this goal. Program outcomes present a diversity of impact that ensures the Society endures for the next 100 years.

Leader Development Program

Developed with support from the SAME Foundation, LDP identifies and cultivates talent from within the SAME membership to address the nation’s grand challenges. Participants explore individual strengths and team dynamics. The program supports the development of the next generation of world class military, government, civilian, and industry leaders for the Society and our Nation.

As part of the LDP, participants identify and develop projects that address some gap with in SAME or the A/E/C industry. The project’s impact can be categorized in three areas:

I. Adding to the Body of Industry Knowledge

  • Leveraging Efficiency to Increase Resiliency, Sean Lebel
    The National Defense Strategy has challenged us “to succeed in the emerging security environment… to out-think, out-maneuver, out-partner, and out-innovate” our adversaries.
    -- Balancing energy savings projects with energy security and resiliency
    -- Need to leverage existing financing tools to increase resiliency and energy security

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  • Leadership in the AEC, Craig Bryant
    SAME has the opportunity to provide premier leader development to the A/E/C community. SAME must understand what echelons of leaders are most in need of development; what leadership knowledge/skills, and abilities are in need of development; and understand and overcome existing road blocks to leader development.

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  • Industry-Government Mentoring: Addressing “The Gap” & Can We Bridget It?, Holly Bigelow
    As someone who started their career as an active duty Air Force civil engineer and then a few years later transferred to the A/E/C industry I have witnessed first-hand the power of perception on each side of the fence. An underlying culture exists where the Government has certain thoughts on how the industry operates and the industry has perceptions of the Government. However, there is a mutual benefit to both sides to lessen and ultimately eliminate these perceptions. 

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  • Measuring Leadership, Zakary Payne
    Developing a framework to measure the overall effectiveness of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) as it relates to the mission, vision and long-term sustainability if our society. Creating LDP and supporting the program requires an investment from the society and its members in terms of both time and money. The society’s expectation is that there will be a return on that investment, but it is unclear what that return should be and there is no way currently to measure its effectiveness.

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II. Developing Best Practices

  • Using an App to Manage SAME E&C Camp Operations, Erin Krug and Claudia Penny
    The purpose of the utilization project is to identify and address a gap or opportunity within the Society. The SAME Camps mobile application project addresses the need to have a unified information delivery system during the week of a SAME Engineering and Construction Camp.

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  • Increasing Mentor and Camper Applicants Through Enhanced Marketing, Melissa Lewis, Tricia Graham, and Ben Nichols
    SAME camps have largely been operating independently over the course of the last 20 years and there has not been a consistent National strategic recruiting campaign to assist in developing growth and retaining the most talented campers and mentors. Our goal and mission for the project was to assist National in establishing a camp recruiting campaign by refreshing marketing materials/applications, recommending a professional video, recommending a targeted social media campaign, and reaching out to other STEM organizations to establish strategic partnerships.

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  • Establishing a Camp Curriculum Inventory, Mark DeSouza, Angela Gomez, and Jorge Rodriguez
    How do SAME Posts, STEM camp directors, and others access well-rounded, proven curriculum used across the Society? Create an SAME online library of activities and curriculum, ranging from multiple day engineering tasks to simple STEM ice-breakers, as well as inclement weather activities.

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  • A How-To Guide for Camps, Ilana Almquist and Mike Guaigua
    Revise/update existing SAME Camps checklist to support camp directors in the execution of their respective camps.

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III. Expanding the Presence of SAME

  • Establishing a Field Chapter, Sam Lee
    For several years the Seattle Post has been trying to establish a field chapter in the vicinity of Naval Base Kitsap on the West side of Puget Sound. Despite a large Navy presence in the Northwest Region, the Seattle Post has always had sporadic involvement from NAVFAC. Establishing a Kitsap Field Chapter will strengthen the Seattle Post and Northwest region of SAME and improve opportunities for Government Industry Engagement in the area.

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  • SAME-in-a-Box: A Toolkit for Deployed Servicemembers, Brendan Maestas
    My idea for enhancing SAME support to deployers was to develop some sort of “SAME in a box” type kit that could be sent to deployers. The effort is affectionately named “SEND-IT” as working title, after a common phrase servicemembers use while deployed. This phrase became a frequent reprise whenever we were trying to decide whether or not an expeditionary solution was adequate in our engineering judgement. In this case, “SEND-IT” stands for the SAME Expeditionary Networking & Development Information Toolkit

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  • Reinforcing a Student Chapter, Stephen Shattuck
    A framework to guide the operations of the University of West Florida (UWF) Student Chapter, sponsored by the Pensacola Post, is needed in order to reduce the gap in capacity and facilitate a strengthened partnership between students and professionals.

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Submit a Project Idea

The Utilization Project Implementation Capstone (UPIC) requires that LDP participants make use of the leadership skills they gain through the program. By initiating, leading, and completing a project, they apply their knowledge, as well as provide service, leadership, and value to the Society and our members.

 

Projects can vary due to the participant’s interest, chosen level of Society participation (Post, Regional, or National), local or national committee interests/needs, and availability to provide service to any SAME member, Federal Agency, SAME strategic partner, Posts, Regions, or SAME National. All projects are coordinated with their mentors and approved by the SAME Executive Director to ensure tangible and valuable outcomes.

 

To submit a project idea for the incoming LDP class, email Eddie Gonzalez, LDP Program Manager, at egonzalez@same.org.


Testimonials

In addition to impact to the Society, LDP helps the participants grow into the leaders SAME needs. These quotes were pulled from the end-of-program evaluation and speak to the impact of the program on the participants.

“I feel closer to SAME and more vested in the future. My cohort was amazing!”

“Completing an assessment and learning about yourself is key.”

“I was able to work with my mentor to identify growth opportunities and areas of improvement.”

“The most effective part of the program was direct interaction with other LDP members.”

“Celebrating diversity creates stronger organizations and leads to better decision making, wasn’t really discussed, should be a topic.”

“I think the LDP is an excellent program that is meeting a need in the A/E/C community.  As the program continues to develop and evolve it will pay dividends to participants, the Society, and organizations across the A/E/C community.”

“I will finish strong as Post President in 2020 and look for opportunities to continue serving at both the local and national levels.”

“I have become more self-aware…and thoughtful of my actions as a leader.”

Class Demographics (Inaugural Class of 2020)

 

Occupation Sector Position Gender Race Military Service
Private Sector 46%
Public Sector (DoD) 46%
Public Sector (non-DoD) 8%
Project Manager 61%
Engineer 31%
Marketing or Business Development 8%
70% Male
30% Female
85% White
15% Hispanic/Latino
31% Active Duty
31% Veteran
7% Reserve/National Guard
31% Never Served