Suzanne Broadbent, Senior Director of Communications at Kennedy Jenks, has been named an ENR New England Top Young Professional! This annual recognition honors rising stars in the engineering and construction industry in ten regions across the U.S. who are committed to community development, industry advancement, and excellence in their careers.
Broadbent joined Kennedy Jenks in 2022 and went to work to establish a communications team and was named a Principal 2023. Under her direction, KJ has grown its brand through increased social and traditional media engagement, refined its approach to internal communications, and embarked on several new paths for connecting with clients, including the launch of a webinar program.
Broadbent started her career by joining the AEC industry fresh out of undergrad, inspired by the impact engineers have on communities around the world. Her professional focus has been in public relations, communications, mergers and acquisitions, social media, and corporate branding. She’s helped engineering firms evolve their content marketing approach while also earning media coverage in publications like The New York Times, ENR, and more.
As a working parent of two elementary-aged children, Broadbent has been a vocal advocate for work/life balance for all staff, particularly as the workplace adjusts to post-pandemic lifestyles and challenges. She is an active mentor to people working in Marketing and Communications within the AEC industry, demonstrated by her long-standing relationships.
Some of my most rewarding experiences have been supporting deserving professionals and junior staff as they grow their careers. Through one-on-one coaching in presentation skills, confidence-building, and public speaking, I love seeing others go on to do fulfilling and impactful work in the AEC industry.
Broadbent recently completed the eCornell Diversity and Inclusion Program to expand her personal management skills and deepen her understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. She also continues to serve an active role with the ALI Internal Communications conference as a way of giving back to the communications community.