Laland Baptiste and Baptiste Engineering’s Robert Baptiste, CCM, DBIA and CMAA’s director of C.O.D.E (Creating Opportunities for Diversity and Equality) helped arrange and moderate the CMAA Metro NY/NJ panel discussion. During this event, relevant topics were discussed, such as barriers that women and minorities encounter in the AEC industry; changes in the next 5-10 years that will affect the way AEC firms operate and how minorities can prepare for this shift; constructive changes and actions of leadership that can foster an inclusive, inviting, and productive environment; and how we can design, build and manage a better AEC industry as we witness changes occurring across the globe in: social injustice, pay inequalities and healthcare.