In this episode, I talk to Kara M. Boyles, Ph.D., P.E., a registered professional engineer who became the City of South Bend’s first female city engineer in January 2017, about what it means to be a city engineer.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Kara:
- Tell us about your career journey and how it has led to you becoming the first woman to serve as City Engineer for South Bend?
- What are your current roles and responsibilities as the City Engineer for South Bend?
- Why is this job important to you and what made you stay on the public side?
- What do you find fulfilling about being the City Engineer, and about being a public servant?
- Can you give us an example of what robust and well-planned infrastructure means?
- What is South Bend’s desire to be “smart” and what does it mean?
- What key leadership principles and core values help guide you as a leader?
- Which course do you teach at ND and how does it relate to what you do as City Engineer?
- How can getting an MBA help engineers in their career?
- What research have you been doing around women’s career commitment?
- How do you avoid burnout and keep a balance in your life?