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Episode 6 of the Empowering Women Podcast

GUEST: Sepi Saidi, Civil Engineer & Entrepreneur, Founding Owner of SEPI, Inc.

Sepi Saidi is a visionary leader who founded SEPI Engineering & Construction in 2001 and has led the company to become a premier full service civil, environmental planning, and construction management engineering firm in the Southeast. The firm’s awards include Fast 50 firm by Triangle Business Journal, Zweig White Hot Firm List, Inc. 5000, and being ranked as a Top 500 Design Firm on the Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list.

Incorporating the firm’s core values, SEPI is dedicated to providing a unique work space and environment for its employees to plan, design, build, and give back to the communities in which we serve. With a dedicated passion to support organizations that align with the health, safety, and well-being of the families in our communities, Ms. Saidi and the firm are proud to be champions of community service.

A Professional Engineer and alumna of North Carolina State University, with degrees in Civil and Agricultural Engineering, Ms. Saidi has been named by the Triangle Business Journal as the 2018 Businessperson of the Year, was recently selected as a Charlotte Business Journal 2018 Women in Business Achievement Award winner, and has been inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

 

QUOTES

"Persistence is really really important, and believing in your vision, whatever that vision is... believing and being excited about that vision is extremely important."  

 

"When you're excited about your vision and you believe in it, you can do more."  

 

"If you love your career...  focus on ways you could do it with the help of a husband partner, or building a community around ourselves... building communities and not giving up o the idea that it's important for me to stay in this... that I am really passionate about.  

 

"You can start by really showing up when you say you show up, whether it is a committee you get involved in, whether it's a task you took on, or an extracurricular non-profit you're involved in - doing what you say you will do is really important - not coming up with excuses."  

 

"Have a voice, but also allow other people to have a voice. So collaboration, positivity, solution-driven and supporting each other-- those are the beginnings and then it builds. [Success] just builds and builds on that."  

 

"When you look at the world through the lens of curiosity, you are not being judgemental. You are open. You are interested in learning. You want to receive. And through that lens, everything is more inclusive... I feel that if we look at the world through the lens of curiosity, then we're not putting people, things, ideas in a box... and it creates more bonding opportunities."  

"I believe we can find a common point with everybody, if you approach it from curiosity."  

 

"Fundamentally, we are really all the same people... having freedom, having happiness, contributing to our communities, building a great career, contributing to our families. It's all the same. That's why I believe you can build bridges with people you think you have nothing in common. That has been one of the biggest secrets to my success. Embracing people from different walks of life. "  

 

"It's not really about balance, and it's not really about having it all. It's about choosing... making decisions that create happiness and balance for your family, your particular lifestyle, and what's important to you. [You can] craft that. Craft your life."   

 

"Have courage. Don't worry about if your choices don't fit the stereotype."  

 

"Get comfortable with that amount of risk that you're taking and then get in there... Don't back down and stay with it."

 

  "Self awareness is a key part of happiness."  

 

"A lot of times we live our lives from an angle of fear, rather than an angle of joy... If it's not fun, it's not worth doing; I really believe that."  

 

"The key to happiness is crafting your own life and making choices based on joy."

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