Wednesday, September 16th

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Summit Workshop
Navigating Legal Risks in Recruiting and Retaining: How A/E/C firms Can Avoid Discrimination Claims, Limit Liability, and Build a Diverse Workforce

Thursday, September 17th
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Keynote
Unicorn Sighting! Find Mid-Career A/E/C Professionals With the Experience and Passion to Lead

Justin Smith, P.E. | S2R LLC

Justin Smith smol BWTo catch a fish, you have to know where to look, which tools to use, and use the right lure. Landing unicorns, those hard-to-find mid-career professionals with the experience, skills, and passion to lead, is the same. Learn a two-pronged approach to landing the people you need: developing talent from within and creating the high-growth environments and programs to attract it, so that the people you want, want you. Get guidance on how to adapt to changing demands and apply training and development opportunities in communication, project management, conflict resolution and more as a lure. Leading A/E/C talent consultant Justin Smith, PE shows you how to:

  • Recruit mid-career professionals with a passion to lead teams.
  • Assess and eliminate your outdated recruiting strategies.
  • Make internal skills enhancement a mission-critical commitment to employees – so you can prime your talent to grow into leadership roles.
  • Take specific action steps used by the most successful A/E/C firms.
  • Overcome barriers to your Unicorn landing plan implementation.


9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Coffee Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM



Turn A/E/C Employees Into Recruiting Ambassadors: A Branding Strategy Boosting Results and Shortening Time-to-Hire

Director of Brand Communications, Bergmeyer 


Your A/E/C Leaders as Talent Retention Tools: Empathy Emphasis and Manager Mentoring Slows Churn

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Talent Advisor, EXP Engineering  

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Developing Your Next Generation of A/E/C Leaders – What Will it Take?

Weierbach_Kristi BWKristi Weierbach
Stambaugh Ness 


Foster a Culture of Continual Improvement to Retain Your Best Employees

Joan Redhair web BWMaass_Andrew_BRR-1Joan Redhair, VP Human Resources & Andrew Maass, Executive VP
BRR Architecture

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Be a Great Place to Work: Creative Ways Kimley-Horn Builds an Effective Culture and Successful Business

Lori Hall
Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources | Kimley-Horn
Hall_Lori_raw BWYour firm’s success is grounded in your employees’ skills and motivation. In her revealing keynote presentation, Kimley-Horn Senior Vice President Lori Hall shares recruitment and retention lessons the firm has learned over its 50 years of growing into the 4000-employee powerhouse it is today, and what the firm did to be recognized 12 times as one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” You'll hear how to drive growth and corporate success through a culture and work environment that attracts, develops, motivates and retains top talent. 

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Break

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM



Recruiting Your Best to Stay: Make Leadership Development a Core Recruiting Practice

Jonathan Wilson web BWTom Wilson
Aviation Manager, KPG


Build High-Performing A/E/C Teams That Transform Recruiting and Retaining

Carrie Ann Williams BWCarrie Ann Williams
Adana Consulting 

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Is Your Firm Meeting Candidate and Employee Diversity Expectations? Practical Ways to Improve EDI

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

FROM THE INSIDE OUT: Use Emotional Intelligence to Transform A/E/C Leadership Recruitment and Retention

Clay Kirkland, Senior Consultant, Wisdom & Creativity Consulting

Clay Kirkland Smol BWHow can you find the leadership talent your backlog demands, as bigger A/E/C firms poach top talent, proven managers become part of the exploding retirement bubble, and rising stars seem less interested in greater responsibility? Learn creative and innovative approaches to improving your business culture, hiring techniques, and leadership development by recruiting for Emotional Intelligence. Clay Kirkland, a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach and Consultant, demonstrates how to increase EQ in current employees, explain how EQ development programs nurture emerging leaders, and guide you on creating an emotionally intelligent business culture that directly enhances your ability to recruit and retain top talent. This session will help you to understand, incorporate, and capitalize on EQ for the betterment of your firm and business.


5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Networking Reception

Join your colleagues and A/E/C PeopleMAX faculty for this casual get-together featuring drinks and light hors d'oeuvres.
Friday, September 18th
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Keynote Presentation:
More than Projects or Money: Attract and Retain Top A/E Talent with a Better Social Impact Strategy

Peter Atherton, P.E. | ActionsProve LLC

Peter Atherton large webBeating the competition for the talent you need means more than great projects, perks, pay, and stability. True recruiting magnetism, the kind that attracts A/E/C contributors, includes systems and supervisors that help employees make a strategic and effective social impact, enhancing both their own and their employer’s brands. Your firm’s social impact strategy should also addresses a cross-generational desire for more meaningful work connections. Despite convincing data that well-designed social impact programs have a high return on investment, barriers still exist for many leaders and organizations. Former engineering firm CEO Pete Atherton will explain the work-life seasons and ongoing demographic and societal shifts key to eliminating these internal barriers and making your firm highly attractive to the talent you need to hire and retain, and the clients you want to serve. We’ll look at both the data and ways to overcome those barriers this session. You’ll learn:

  • Why most A/E/C firms struggle with employee engagement
  • How effective social impact fits within both traditional and new era A/E/C firm growth models
  • How to make performance-based employee engagement and social impact initiatives work in tandem
  • The four archetypes A/E/C firms can model: “shareholder maximizers”, “corporate contributors”, “impact integrators”, and “social innovators”
  • Principles and practices for asset-based community development
  • The 5-step IMPACT process leaders and organizations can use to differentiate themselves: Inventory, Mission, Planning, Authenticity, Capacity, and Trigger
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM



Millennials and Gen Z: What’s Working In Recruiting and Retaining the Youngest A/E/C Talent?

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Good Company Consulting


2020 A/E/C Benefits Level Up: Defining Your Benefits Culture to Recruit and Retain Talent

DWetzlerLedbetter BWDavid Wetzler and Laura Ledbetter

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Networking and Refreshments Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM



Tell Your Firm's Story and Crush Recruiting Goals

DeanHyersBWDean Hyers


9 A/E/C Compensation Mistakes that Kill Engagement

Navard 400Jenifer Navard
Principal | Director of Finance, Eskew Dumez Ripple  

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch and A/E/C Employer of Choice® Awards Presentation

Employer of Choice AWARD_LOGO_2020_FINAL smolHave you entered to win the ONLY award that proves to candidates that your firm is a great place to work? Use it as a talent recruiting magnet for any position. See full details and entry instructions here

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Closing Keynote:
No Stone Unturned: How to Attract, Hire, Engage & Retain the 85% of A/E/C Talent Not Actively Looking

Barbara Bruno
Good As Gold Training LLC

barb bruno BW smol but thiccYour A/E/C firm's ability to attract, hire, engage and retain the BEST talent has a direct impact on your bottom line.  Website postings and job board ads only attract candidates in an active job search, NOT the 85% of the talent pool who are employed.  Skill based requisitions and long hiring processes could also put your company at a competitive disadvantage.  Barb Bruno will address the following topics:

  • Six words that dramatically improve the talent you will recruit and hire
  • Voice mail, email and in mail that will be answered by top talent
  • Triple your referrals of top talent and fill requisitions faster
  • How employee engagement and retention starts with recruiting
*Topics and agenda subject to change