Your A/E/C PeopleMAX Orlando Agenda

Monday, February 3rd
                                                                                                                                                  Click on red triangle to expand session description
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:
Be a Great Place to Work: Creative Ways to Build an Effective Culture and Successful Business

Barry Barber, Executive Vice President, Kimley-Horn

barry barber bwYour firm’s success is grounded in your employees’ skills and motivation. In his revealing keynote presentation, Kimley-Horn Executive Vice President Barry Barber shares recruitment and retention lessons Kimley-Horn 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" and most recently, #5 on FORTUNE's list of "Best Workplaces for Millennials." You hear how to drive growth and corporate success through a culture and work environment that attracts, develops, motivates and retains top talent.  

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 Keynote Speaker
Is Your Firm Meeting Candidate Diversity Expectations? Practical Ways to Improve EDI

Samantha McCloud, AIA, Associate and Director of Community Involvement, Diversity and Inclusion, GastingerWalker&

Samantha McCloud bwEquity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the forefront of most A/E/C firms' recruitment and engagement initiatives, but moving into implementation is where things get challenging. The list of best practices is exhaustive and expanding. Lunch and learn from a leading voice in A/E/C diversity strategies the practical ways to improve EDI in your workplace to enhance your firm's culture and employee engagement. Whether you identify as a leader, an individual or a member of a team, this presentation offers helpful insight for influencing positive change and advocating for a more inclusive culture.

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Break

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM



War Stories: Battle for Employee Attraction, Retention, and Engagement

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


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

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Day 1 Closing Keynote
More than a Paycheck: How Niche Firms are Winning the Talent Battles with Industry Giants

Jorge Rico, Global Talent Acquisition Consultant & Talent Scout | AECOM

really bad jorge rico picThink you can’t compete for A/E/C talent when going up against the deepest pockets on the national and international stage? Think again. Many of today’s most desirable designers and engineers are more interested in work/life balance and personal growth opportunities than money. And that cracks the door open for firm principals and HR leaders hunting for contributors at every point on the path, from recent grads showing great potential to professionals with 7-15 years of experience and progressive responsibility. In his eye-opening keynote,   

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
Landing Unicorns: How to Find Mid-Career A/E/C Professionals With the Experience and Passion to Lead

Justin Smith,  PE

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.
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM



FROM THE INSIDE OUT: How Emotional Intelligence Improves Recruitment and Retention of A/E/C Leadership Talent

Clay Kirkland Smol BWClay Kirkland
Wisdom & Creativity Consulting


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

McRae_Jay BWJay McRae
PSMJ Resources, Inc.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Networking and Refreshments Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM



Two Birds, One Stone: Hacking AEC Employee Experience to Enhance Recruiting AND Onboarding

steven_keithSteven Keith
Founder, CX Pilots 


Winning with Impact: How to Standout in Both the Marketplace and the Retention Space

Peter Atherton large webPeter Atherton, PE
President and Founder, Actions Prove LLC 

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
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