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07 Jan, 2020

Veteran Member Spotlight: Michelle Monnett

Anne Morris

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For this month’s veteran member spotlight, we spoke with Michelle Monnett, Associate Principal and Business Development Director at Page Southerland Page. Find out why Michelle stays engaged with SMPS and what drives her approach to our industry.


Name: Michelle Monnett

Company: Page

Title/role: Associate Principal, Business Development Director

Hometown & Current town: McLean, VA / McLean, VA

Alma Mater(s): Tulane University

Family/pets: A dog trapped in a cat’s body – Chip

Favorite DC-area restaurant: The Pig

Favorite DC tourist destination: The National Portrait Gallery

Favorite travel destination: In the US – San Francisco/Napa/Sonoma; Internationally – Italy and France

Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Food you always crave: Chocolate

Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: Right now, Captain (@CapsPup) and NachoFlay, but Carrie Underwood and Reese Witherspoon are also top on my list to follow – hard to choose just one…..

Favorite app: WeatherBug and InstaGram

Favorite movie: Love Actually (moves back to the top after watching it several times over the holidays)

Currently binging on Netflix: The Crown (I’m trying to catch up)

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: depending on the time of year – playing golf, at a Farmer’s Market, doing yard work, working out, drinking wine….

Dream job: Meteorologist (I love weather!!)

Let’s Get To It…..

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here?

I started working at Sverdrup (now Jacobs) when I was in college and continued to work with them after I graduated. I have stayed in the AEC industry because of the relationships I have built, the people I continue to work with and the opportunities to advance my career.

When and why did you first join SMPS, and what keeps you coming back?

I first joined SMPS in 1993 and I have stayed a member because of my network, the opportunities to give back to SMPS and the numerous resources available to members.

What advice do you have for our newer SMPS DC members about getting the most out of their membership?

Get involved!! You will get so much more out of your SMPS membership if you get involved with a committee or volunteer to help a program.

What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event?

There are several events that standout, and it would be hard to pick one. The people I have met through SMPS – Murphy Tuomey, Diane Schachner, Ray Kogan, Allison Carney, Tara McCarthy, Vicki White are my favorite SMPS moments.

Do you have your CPSM? If so, why did you get it and how has it impacted your career?

No, I don’t have my CPSM.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?

Connect!!! I love connecting with people and getting to know them as well as making introductions and helping people expand their networks. Definitely Connect!!

What is your favorite SMPS DC memory?

Receiving the Golden Tuba; that was a very special moment for me.

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten?

Do your research to understand who you are meeting with and understand their experience/background. Do the research to ask informed questions and be able to contribute to the conversation.