SSOE’s Jennifer Wuertz Participates as Panelist at the L.I.F.T. 2018 MIDWEST African American Professionals and Allies Conference

TOLEDO, Ohio, November 1, 2018 – SSOE Group (, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today that Jennifer Wuertz, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCHP, Vice President and Director of Human Resources, was invited and participated as a panelist at the L.I.F.T. 2018 MIDWEST African American Professionals and Allies Conference. The year’s event took place October 24-25, 2018 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Wuertz was part of a panel discussion titled “Acknowledging Corporate Excellence: Showcasing Companies Getting Diversity Right and the Steps They Made to Get There.” Joining her on the panel were Darlene Slaughter, Chief Diversity Officer for United Way Worldwide, and Alan Nevel, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and HR Officer for The MetroHealth System. With offices and projects across the U.S. and around the world, SSOE has made a commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive culture that promotes personal and organizational growth—building these values into the firm’s vision, core values, and corporate priorities. As a panelist, Wuertz shared SSOE’s journey to broader diversity and inclusion, focusing on building a strong foundation to ensure it becomes sustainable and ingrained in the firm’s culture.

L.I.F.T. 2018 MIDWEST African American Professionals and Allies Conference brings together African American professionals from the state of Ohio and cities in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and nearby Pennsylvania, for a unique learning experience centered in the areas of L.I.F.T. – Leadership, Influence, Focus and Talent. Conference participants gain exposure to proven thought leaders, advocates, and change-making entrepreneurs, equipping them with behavior and knowledge insights needed for accelerated leadership and business performance. The conference is culturally relevant, engaging, and fun.

Wuertz joined SSOE’s Human Resources department in 1993. She served in various positions within the Human Resources Department before being named Director, Talent Management, in late 2014. In 1999, Jennifer was named an Associate, and in 2006, she became a Sr. Associate, and finally a Principal in 2016. Twice a graduate of the University of Toledo, Jennifer has received both her Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management and her Master of Business Administration (MBA). She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), having attained certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). She is a member of both the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association (NOHRA).

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About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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