Monday, June 5, 2023

A/E/C Compensation Workshop:

Balance and Benchmark for the New Talent Market

jenifer navardJenifer Navard
Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Registration/Networking Breakfast

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


12:15 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 4:00 PM


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A/E/C Compensation Workshop and A/E/C TalentMAX Attendee Cocktail Reception

A/E?C TalentMAX is the leading conference tot HR and talent executives in the architecture and engineering industry
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

A/E/C TalentMAX Conference: Day 1

Click the red triangle icon: red triangle-1 for complete session description.
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration, Networking Breakfast, and Opening Remarks

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Opening Keynote

Melissa Furman Headshot sqA/E/C Talent Watch: Let's Find and Keep the People You Need to Grow the Bottom Line!
Dr. Melissa Furman, Nationally Recognized Speaker, Author, and Consultant 

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

tim-asimos sqProven Strategies for Engaging Top A/E/C Talent on Your Firm’s Website
Tim Asimos, Partner, circle S Studio  

Mary Moore PULSEDennis Burns Pulse design groupA/E/C Firm Culture Breakthrough: Reinvent and Reinvigorate Growth Through Manifestation!
Mary Moore, Associate Principal and Dennis Burns, President, Pulse Design Group ▼ 

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Networking Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Victoria Campbell WalterFedyGarth Cressman WalterFedy squareIs Putting People First the Answer? A Proven Talent Strategy For Becoming a Destination Employer
Victoria Campbell, Director, HR, and Garth Cressman, CEO, WalterFedy  

Collin George HeadshotLuke CarterLeadership Adaptive Capacity: The Root of Retention
Collin George and Luke Carter, TalentMatters 
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Special DEI Presentation

Mel ButcherPrepare Tomorrow's Leaders -- Today! Creating Equity in Your Leadership Pipeline

Mel Butcher, Lead to Soar

Advancing in any A/E/C organization requires achieving and sustaining extraordinary outcomes. Although many more women earn engineering degrees today, they exit the profession at a higher rate than male counterparts because they aren't adequately supported. We know that the advice/training given to women is too often focused in becoming more confident, being more assertive, and team-building, managing staff, not the training, mentorship, and feedback in the areas for which their success most deeply depends --  achieving and sustaining the firm's business, strategic, and financial outcomes.

We cannot afford to continue losing talent. Nor can we expect equitable outcomes in closing the gender leadership gap without taking steps to level the playing field. In this luncheon presentation, leading A/E/C DEI process development expert Mel Butcher provides research-based methods for supporting women to advance.  

  • The three components of A/E/C leadership, and where women need support.
  • Women's and men’s perceived leadership strengths and weaknesses
  • Actions for women, managers, HR, and firm leadership to address training and retention of your talent pool.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Shaun LeeperCreating a Talent Acquisition Strategy to Win in the Current Market
Shaun Leeper, AEC IQ  

Jonathan WilsonMore Than a Paycheck: Persuasively Communicate Your Firm’s Purpose, Mission, and Values to Engage and Retain Superstars
Jonathan Wilson, Senior Consultant, PSMJ Resources

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Kristal Genwright

Jennifer King of KleinschmidtHand-in-Hand: A/E/C Talent Acquisition and Talent Management Throughout the Life Cycle

Kristal Genwright, SHRM-CP, HR Business Partner, and Jennifer King, P.E., SPHR, Talent Management Business Partner,  Kleinschmidt Associates  

Troy parkinsonHyers DeanHow to Create Dynamic Team Unity Anytime, Anywhere!
Troy Parkinson and Dean Hyers, SagePresence

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Keynote

Don RheemWhat's Driving A/E/C Talent Retention: The Neuroscience Behind Employee Behavior
Don Rheem, E3 Solutions

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

Join your fellow attendees and speakers for a casual light hors d'oeuvres and cocktail reception. A great way to make new connections in the A/E/C industry and share your best takeaways from day one!

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

A/E/C TalentMAX Conference: Day 2

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Day 2 Opening Keynote

Clay Kirkland Smol BWFROM THE INSIDE OUT: Use Emotional Intelligence to Transform A/E/C Leadership Recruitment and Retention
Clay Kirkland, Senior Consultant, Wisdom & Creativity Consulting

How 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.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

jenifer navardIs Your Comp Strategy Smart and Equitable? Win the War for Highly Trained Professionals
Jenifer Navard, Chief Financial Officer, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple  

Don RheemA/E/C Employee Engagement Workshop: Move from Theory to Action!
Don Rheem, E3 Solutions  

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Networking Break

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Jeff TibbittsA/E/C Leadership Focus Shift: Coaching for Culture, not KPIs
Jeff Tibbitts, Senior Vice President, CESO, Inc.  

McRae_Jay BW

Radical Open Communication as A/E/C Talent Retention Tool: Stop Your Revolving Door with C-Suite and Business Unit Feedback
Jay McRae, PSMJ Resources
12:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Lunch and Closing Keynote Address

Barbara Bruno webThe A/E/C Workforce and Workplace Has Changed – Have You? Land Critical Talent with Proactive Recruiting, Performance Objective Communication, and Career-Arc Planning!
Barb Bruno, Good As Gold Training LLC

2:30 PM

Conference Concludes

*Topics and agenda subject to change