Career Advice from STEM Women Leaders - A Sun Coast Women in Planning Event

APA Florida Chapter, Suncoast Section


Friday, March 15, 2019
3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST

Tampa, FL, United States

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For this session of Women in Planning, we will be inviting distinguished women leaders from allied professions in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to share career advice, insight and leadership strategies. Although women are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, these three panelists have risen to senior leadership roles within their respective professions in both the public and private sector. This moderated panel discussion will feature their stories and recommendations for advancing women in planning. Topics includebuilding a career foundation, positioning yourself for leadership, and creating a network of support. The event is open to all. 

Panelists include:

  • Kim DeBosier, National Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida

  • Kim Byer, Director, Hillsborough County Solid Waste 

  • Lynn Spivey, Director, Plant City Utilities


3:45: Doors and Registration
4:00: Panel Discussion
5:15: Networking and happy hour at The Attic

The panel will be moderated by Section Chair Melissa Dickens, AICP. Happy hour and networking to follow at The Attic.


Kim DeBosier

Kim DeBosier is a licensed professional civil engineer. In a field somewhat non-traditional for women, Ms. DeBosier was the first female engineer in each of the offices in which she worked. In 1995, she and two colleagues formed Bayside Engineering, Inc., a women-owned consulting civil engineering and surveying firm. Ms ... Read More

Kim Byer

Kim Byer is Hillsborough County’s Solid Waste Division Director. She is a Licensed Professional Geologist and a graduate of the University of South Florida. She has over 25 years of experience in the solid waste and environmental;industry. Kim was selected to serve as Hillsborough County Solid Waste Director ... Read More

Lynn Spivey

Lynn Spivey is the Director of Utilities for the City of Plant City, Florida, with over 25 years of experience in a wide range of areas related water resources management including potable reuse, water and wastewater treatment, and distribution. As Director of Utilities at Plant City, she oversees the City ... Read More

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Melissa Dickens,