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“Thrive is the most valuable conference that our firm attends each year. Keynotes and speakers provide varied, real-world information and advice that always enables us to improve our operations and results.”
Jim Kleingers, P.E., P.S. | President | The Kleingers Group

"Absolutely amazing, blew my mind. This will absolutely turn Evergreen around in terms of pricing, marketing and negotiation. This is stuff we can use. Great conference!"
Aaron Edwards | Director of Business Development | Evergreen Engineering

"All sessions, including the pre-conference information, were exceptional."
Lauri Alty | General Manager | Efficiency Engineering Inc

"Fantastic conference!"
Edgar Hillsman | Principal | Hillsman Inc.

"Inspirational and educational to take the business to the next level."
Richard Peckham | Principal | CSArch

"I always leave the THRIVE conference with a multitude of ideas we can implement for our firm. It's the best conference I attend each year."
Brad Beck | President | Beck Engineering, Inc.

Early Bird Alert: Just $697 (SAVE $300) when you register by September 25!


Welcome to the architecture, engineering, and construction industry’s leading growth and profitability event. A/E/C THRIVE 2020 is LIVE and ONLINE to give key decision makers the latest business and management strategies that drive lasting success.

This is your unique opportunity to learn what other A/E/C firms are doing right now to THRIVE in a rapidly changing business environment, and plan how to vault your firm to the next level of growth, profit and performance regardless of economic challenges. Who should attend: 


Sustained business success is a team effort. That’s why A/E/C THRIVE is built to provide your entire leadership team with action-oriented and proven strategies to tackle the issues that matter most in every aspect of your firm, with multiple breakout session tracks, each targeting a key management responsibility:

Track 1:

Lead your firm into a brighter 2021 with strategic growth initiatives that maximize opportunities

Track 2:

Drive better top and bottom line performance with new metrics, reporting, and financial resources

Track 3:

Realize maximum return on Human Capital investment and keep your best performers engaged, even when working remotely

Track 4:

Win more profitable work and focus resources on BD activity that delivers superior results

Plus, keynote addresses from inspiring and experienced leaders ready to share proven insights, real-world case studies, and practical steps for taking your firm to new heights. And for 2020, a value-rich pre-conference workshop day for MAXIMIZING THE VALUE of your Live and Online experience!

A/E/C THRIVE is the must-attend business-practices improvement event for architecture and engineering firm CEOs, Principals, CFOs, Directors, Business Development Professionals, HR and Talent Managers, Emerging Leaders, and Project Managers. 

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes

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    Innovation versus Integration: Can Technology Really Change the Business of Building?

    Thursday, October 15, 3:15 PM ET
    Phil Bernstein, AIA
    Associate Dean, Yale School of Architecture
    Autodesk Fellow

    After thirty years of tech innovation, A/E/C leaders might assume that revolutionary improvements in process and results are just around the corner. From CAD to BIM to the emerging machine learning age, there’s always been something “just ready” to transform the way we design and build. Despite “innovation” and “integration”, and new digital tools and provocative delivery models touted as keys to reaching a new nirvana, many promised benefits remain elusive. Leading AEC tech researcher and futurist Phil Bernstein, AIA, examines the structural challenges and new opportunities of using technology to refactor the value propositions at the heart of project delivery, and suggest strategies big and small that current practices should explore toward more productive and profitable ends.
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    Innovation, Integration and Equity:
    What's Missing When We Talk About Change in the Industry?

    Friday, October 16, 11:15 AM ET
    Renée Cheng, FAIA, DPACSA
    Dean of the College of Built Environments, University of Washington
    Project Manager, AIA Guides to Equitable Practice

    Resistance to change in the AEC industry has been blamed on many sources and there are an equal number of silver bullets proposed to overcome the inertia. We've seen some limited success: new technology accelerates processes, alternative delivery shows the potential for new value propositions and deepening levels of integration change the discussion. In spite of this, widespread positive change is missing. The premise of this talk is that culture change is required in order for the industry to truly benefit from these positive forces. Understanding collaboration as fundamentally an issue of equity and inclusion, AEC culture needs to value, appreciate and bridge across our disciplinary differences. This talk imagines a future where fluency in equitable practices fosters trust, respect, and psychological safety. In this future, innovation thrives.
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    Be a Great Place to Work: Creative Ways to Build an Effective Culture and Successful A/E/C Business in 2021 and Beyond

    Friday, October 16, 3:00 P.M.
    Barry Barber, Executive Vice-President

    As we emerge from the COVID crisis into a new A/E/C project-execution reality, with some markets shrinking and others expanding, your firm’s success will be more grounded than ever on your employees’ skill, motivation, and adaptability. In his revealing keynote presentation, Barry Barber shares retention and engagement lessons Kimley-Horn has learned over its 50 years of growing into the 4500 employee powerhouse it is today, and what the firm did to be recognized 13 times as one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

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FREE A/E/C Hot Markets Day

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hot Markets Update

As we emerge from the first COVID-19 shocks and regain our footing, you need to know which markets are hot and which are cooling. Join us for this FREE interactive dialogue with public and private-sector decision makers to learn how they make A/E/C investment decisions. It's powerful business intelligence you can use to fine-tune your BD strategy for 2021 and beyond!





Full Conference Day 1

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Welcome and Official Conference Opening

11:15 AM - 4:15 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions




Full Conference Day 2

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Day Two Welcome and Day One Recap

11:15 AM - 4:30 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions


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