2020 Conference Agenda

Building Design+Construction has teamed with 39 leading AEC women professionals to develop workshops, keynote talks, and education sessions focused on leadership training and professional development for leading teams and firms in disruptive times.

1:00pm

WELCOME INTRODUCTION

1:05pm

Opening Keynote

Leading Through Disruption

Speaker TBA

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion

A. Leading through disruption
B. Negotiation tactics and training
C. Planning for 2021
D. Personal brand and career planning

Introduced and moderated by some of the most knowledgeable women in the industry, these fast-paced roundtable discussions will give you the opportunity to ask questions, learn best practices and share your ideas with your peers.

2:20pm

TALK + WORKSHOP

Negotiation Tactics and Training

Speaker:
Brenda K. Radmacher, Partner @Gordon Rees Scully

We negotiate every day. We negotiate so many things–our job offers, promotions, contracts, working with others, our seat on a Southwest Airlines flight! However, many women still feel uncomfortable in their negotiation skills. Not only do many feel uncomfortable, there are studies and statistics that show that men out-negotiate women at least in some regard as seen in the gender pay gap. This interactive workshop will focus on the 4 Step Plan to Negotiation (Assess, Plan, Ask, Package), and will walk each participant through negotiation scenarios.

2:50pm

BREAK + MEET THE SPONSORS

3:30pm

Roundtable Discussion

A. Leading through disruption
B. Negotiation tactics and training
C. Planning for 2021
D. Personal brand and career planning

Introduced and moderated by some of the most knowledgeable women in the industry, these fast-paced roundtable discussions will give you the opportunity to ask questions, learn best practices and share your ideas with your peers.

3:55pm

PARTNER EXHIBITS

4:25pm

TALK + WORKSHOP

How To Create and Disseminate Your Personal Brand

Speakers:
Tami Hausman, President @Hausman LLC
Cathy Sewell, Principal @Rider Levett Bucknall

Leaders in the AEC industry are not only winning accolades for completing the biggest and best projects. These days, the top movers and shakers are selling big ideas. Instead of talking about her latest multifamily residential building, good leaders are talking about the future of housing. Instead of touting her most recent hospital, good leaders are talking about the patient experience. It's up to you to raise the conversation beyond your fees and services. Instead, start talking about your value and your promise that you can overcome your clients' challenges and meet their goals. That's why thought leadership is so critical for AEC firms: it gives you the opportunity to forefront your vision, expertise, and knowledge in ways that put you ahead of the proverbial pack. Co-presenters Tami Hausman and Cathy Sewell will show you how to create and disseminate your personal brand that can take you from satisfactory to sensational using proven methods and a broad strategy for building your reputation, such as: writing about relevant topics for print and online publications, leveraging social media to bring you increased visibility, speaking at conferences, organizing panel discussions, participating in professional organizations, and networking.

5:00pm

TALK + WORKSHOP

The Journey to a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Culture

Speakers:
Les Hiscoe, CEO @Shawmut Design and Construction
Mariann Monte, Chief People Officer @Shawmut Design and Construction

At the beginning of 2019, Shawmut set a goal to achieve 100% pay equity; by the end of 2019, the firm achieved it. Leading companies like Shawmut benefit from improving talent retention, particularly among under-represented and non-majority people. However, the journey to true diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) requires steadfast commitment. CEO Les Hiscoe declared DEI a business imperative for Shawmut in 2018, and is leading the journey alongside Chief People Officer Marianne Monte. From creating a Diversity Leadership Council (DLC), to pay equity and transparency, to mentorship and sponsorship programs, Shawmut has created a framework to attract and retain diverse, top talent. Each of these initiatives is backed by research and methodology. Shawmut has empowered male champions, effecting cultural and organizational change through majority group leaders advocating for and supporting non-majority group members. In this talk, Hiscoe and Monte will share Shawmut's journey to DEI, providing actionable takeaways for attendees to bring to their own workplace.

6:00pm

WINE TASTING

Lukas Dempsey, Sommelier @Le Bernardin

Lukas has worked in the New York City restaurant scene since 2016. First hired as a junior sommelier at Masa (3 Michelin stars), he later moved on to The Modern (2 Michelin Stars) where he took on a full-time sommelier role. In January of 2020, Lukas accepted a sommelier position at Le Bernardin, a Michelin 3-star restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, ranked #1 in the world on La Liste 2019.

11:00am

WELCOME INTRODUCTION

11:05am

Keynote

Planning for 2021: Strategic frameworks for ensuring success in a year of uncertainty

Speaker:
Danielle Dy Buncio, Founder/President/CEO @VIATechnik

Danielle will share lessons and advice from her years growing and managing a 170-person AEC consulting practice—especially strategies for leading teams and strategic planning during challenging times.

11:35am

Roundtable Discussion

A. Leading through disruption
B. Negotiation tactics and training
C. Planning for 2021
D. Personal brand and career planning

Introduced and moderated by some of the most knowledgeable women in the industry, these fast-paced roundtable discussions will give you the opportunity to ask questions, learn best practices and share your ideas with your peers.

12:05pm

PARTNER VIDEO AND BREAK

12:15pm

TALK + WORKSHOP

The Secrets To Being a Great Leader

Speakers:
Rachel Birnboim
, Associate Principal @Perkins Eastman
Rebecca Udell, Executive Director of Marketing Strategy @KSS Architects

The secret of great leading is what you DO. It's how you SHOW UP. It's what you STAND FOR. Through a series of defined concepts and research including video clips from noted experts, along with a series of interactive sessions, the session facilitators will lead the audience through the discovery of what defines a strong leader. The session will focus primarily on the importance of human connection and the 7 supporting principles; energy & passion, humility & authenticity, active listening, vulnerability, courage, individuality, engagement. Audience will be able to connect with the attributes that make them a strong leader, evaluate their individual ability to actively listen and self-assess, and have a series of resources and a toolkit to use to continue to develop their leadership strengths after the session.

12:50pm

BREAK, LUNCH, MEET THE SPONSORS

1:30pm

Roundtable Discussion

A. Leading through disruption
B. Negotiation tactics and training
C. Planning for 2021
D. Personal brand and career planning

Introduced and moderated by some of the most knowledgeable women in the industry, these fast-paced roundtable discussions will give you the opportunity to ask questions, learn best practices and share your ideas with your peers.

2:00pm

TALK + WORKSHOP

Three Different Perspectives: Architects, Engineers, and Contractors Discuss What Drives Them Crazy About Each Other, and How To Overcome Those Obstacles

Speakers:
Melissa Anderson @Art Anderson (engineer)
Ivi Gabales @Rice Fergus Miller (architect)
Sheryl Van Anne @Mortenson (construction)

By better understanding the complaints, shortfalls, and stereotypes among the AEC disciplines, we can gain a better understanding of each other's perspectives and adjust to create thriving relationships and project success. This is not a bashing session but an opportunity to address real problems that affect our relationships, our culture, and the success of projects. This presentation will be a combination of survey results, anecdotes, and research, and will be solution-oriented. A fun and opportunistic way to recognize differences and celebrate them.

3:00pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Topic and Speaker TBA