Your A/E/C PeopleMAX Orlando Agenda

Monday, February 3rd
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Summit Workshop:
Legal Minefields in A/E/C Recruiting and Retaining: How to Avoid Claims, Limit Liability, and Build a Diverse Workforce

Charles Plumb, Partner
McAfee & Taft

Charles Plumb smol BWCould your job posts on social media and networking sites be seen as discriminatory? Are your post-offer background checks fully compliant with state and federal law? Are non-compete agreements a viable way to retain your best designers and engineers? Join seasoned employment law attorney and captivating speaker Charlie Plumb for this eye-opening workshop on spotting and defusing the legal landmines lurking beneath the surface of your hiring and employee management practices. You get practical, use-it-now guidance for reducing your A/E/C firm's legal risks:  

Tuesday, February 4th
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Keynote:
Landing Unicorns: How to Find Mid-Career A/E/C Professionals with the Experience and Passion to Lead

Justin Smith, P.E., MBA

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  • Assess and eliminate your outdated recruiting strategies.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



Build a REAL Candidate Pipeline with Phone Interviews and Informational Interviews

Lindsay Pearsall web BWLindsay Pearsall
Aspect Consulting 


How a Value-based HR Team Lead Firm Growth During a Leadership Transition

Uzzo_ElizabethElizabeth Uzzo
H2M Architects + Engineers  

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Foster a Culture of Continual Improvement to Retain Your Best Employees

Mariah Meyer web BWJoan Redhair web BWMariah Meyer and Joan Redhair
BRR Architecture 


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

Weierbach_Kristi BWKristi Weierbach, Ph.D., SPHR
Stambaugh Ness 

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch with Panel Discussion:
Is Your Firm Meeting Candidate Diversity Expectations? Practical Ways to Improve EDI

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Break

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM






A Culture of Teamwork: Build High-Performing A/E/C Teams That Transform Recruiting and Retaining

Carrie Ann Williams BWCarrie Ann Williams
Adana Consulting 

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking and Refreshments Break

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2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Day 1 Closing Keynote
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.
Wednesday, February 5th
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Day 2 Opening Keynote Presentation
They Demand More than Projects or Money: Attract and Retain Top A/E Talent with a Better Social Impact Strategy

Peter Atherton,  P.E.

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Beating the competition for the talent you need means more than great projects, perks, pay, and stability. True engagement, the kind that the best A/E/C contributors seek, centers on systems and supervisors that help employees make a strategic and effective social impact, enhancing both their own and their employer’s brands. A firm’s social impact strategy also addresses a cross-generational desire for more meaningful work and connections both inside and outside of the office. Despite convincing data that well-designed social impact programs have a high return on investment, barriers still exist for many leaders and organizations. Understanding work-life seasons and ongoing demographic and societal shifts are key to eliminating these internal barriers and making your firm highly attractive to the candidates you need to hire, the talent you need to 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



War Stories from the Talent Attraction and Engement Front Lines

Tim Casto BWSamantha Platt Smol BWTim Casto and Samantha Platt
The Kleingers Group


2020 A/E/C Benefits Update: What's Working - and What Isn't - For Retaining the Best?

Ledbetter BWLaura Ledbetter
Hall & Company

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

DeanHyersDean Hyers


9 Compensation Mistakes A/E/C Firms Make that Kill Engagement

McRae_Jay BWJay McRae, PE
PSMJ Resources, Inc.

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Barbara Bruno, Good as Gold Training

Barbara Bruno web BWYour 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