Wednesday, November 15


Registration Opens

3:00 pm

Welcome Remarks
Tony Mancini, SGC Horizon Building Group Director-Principal and David Barista, Editorial Director, BD+C

3:15 pm


Learning to Lead in the AEC Industry 

This panel, led by Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP, President of Shepley Bulfinch, will explore the four participants' philosophies of leadership and their reflections on their experience in the AEC industry. Panelists will share their stories of mentorship, leadership, and professional development, which will foster a conversation between the panelists and audience to explore new thinking about leadership and what it means to be an effective leader. Topics covered will include: facilitating a culture of leadership; leading the implementation of people-focused initiatives; and fostering teams that can innovate.

Ryan Abbott, Senior Vice President, Southwest District Manager, Sundt Construction
Rachell Morris, Principal, HR Coordinator/Supervisor, ZGF Architects
Patricia Reiter, MBA, Executive Director, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP, President, Shepley Bulfinch

5:30 pm

Bus to Opening Reception (meet in hotel lobby)

6:00 pm

Opening Reception - sponsored by Western Window Systems


Thursday, November 16

8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 am

Introductions + Kick off

9:15 am


Leading Above: A Practical Guide On How To Create Impactful and Lasting Change In Your Career and Company
We've all heard about "potential versus credential," implicit bias, glass ceilings, and pay gap. Whether we like it or not, they exist and they are prevalent in our industry. And despite all of that, we're here because we love this industry and we love what we do. So what do we do? This session provides a practical guide to understanding and addressing the primary obstacles facing women in AEC. We'll review each issue and provide active solutions, ideas, and thoughts on what women can do to advance their career, as well as what leadership can do to influence company culture.

Ann Truair, Co-founder, Above Glass Ceilings
Nancy Novak, Visionary Champion, Above Glass Ceilings; Past National VP of Operations, Balfour Beatty Construction

10:15 am


10:25 am

AEC Leadership Talks
Morning Presentations

In this series of 15-minute talks, AEC business leaders offer sage advice and key lessons for the WiD+C participants.

Rebecca Udell, Executive Director of Marketing Strategy, KSS Architects

10:30 am

AEC Leadership Talk #1

Client Zippering: Grow Your Firm By Building Lasting Client Relationships
In AEC business development, relationships trump all and the right relationships position you to win. In this talk, 20-year business development veteran Danielle Feroleto will take the audience through a "client zippering" exercise to clarify strategic relationship management and alignment.

Danielle Feroleto, CPSM, Owner, President, Small Giants

10:50 am

AEC Leadership Talk #2

Lessons From Starting a Lean-In Circle in AEC
Three years ago, Haselden Construction started a Lean-In Circle to support, retain, and recruit women at our company. It's been a learning process as we solidify our group's specific long- and short-term goals as the group evolves. Company leadership has been involved from the start and supportive financially, which has allowed us to bring in guest speakers and organize retreats. This presentation will explore the group's origin, how it's matured since beginning, and the content of our different meeting types. We'll cover what we've accomplished over the few years since our founding: helping to establish a paid parental leave program, organizing charity events, etc. and the obstacles we've overcome, as well as the value a support circle like this can bring to other construction organizations and the industry as a whole.

Tasha Haselden, Construction Management Associate, Haselden Construction

11:10 am

AEC Leadership Talk #3

Learn To Be Selfish
The perfect woman is everywhere: on Facebook, Pinterest, television. She has the perfect career, diet, friends, exercise plan, children, and home. But the rest of us have real lives, real challenges, and real time constraints. How can we be expected to do everything? This presentation is about learning to be selfish with your time, reordering your priorities, redefining your career, and learning to say "no" when something doesn't make sense for you. We'll discuss "real" time management strategies, the pitfalls of trying to do it "all," tools to help you make better decisions, and share short narratives of what has worked—and what hasn't—for professionals trying to balance career goals with life goals and responsibilities.

Kimberlee McKitish, PE, LEED GA, Manager, Structural Department, NuTec Design Associates

11:30 am

AEC Leadership Talk #4

Developing a Diverse Team: Find, Grow, Keep, Repeat
The old adage "everyone is replaceable" no longer applies in today's aggressive hiring market. Much time and effort is spent in recruiting the best talent, but the real value is gained in increased retention through professional growth and through development of a positive and supportive team culture. Following our firm's first ownership transition in 2015 since its founding over 40 years ago, we have achieved dramatic increases in retention. A notable correlation exists between higher recruitment and retention and an increase in both women in leadership positions as well as percentage of women firm-wide. This presentation will cover several key strategies to recruitment and retention. How can you stand out from the crowd? Once you have a great hire, how can you increase the chances that they will want to stay and remain engaged? And, what impact has diversity in leadership had in helping to shape these successful strategies?

Amy Gilbertson, AIA, Principal, Trivers Associates

11:45 am

Networking Lunch

1:15 pm


The Power of Emotional Intelligence: How EI Fosters Highly Collaborative Work Environments
Working in a male-dominated industry for more than a decade, Ann-Marie Jennette values shared experience and the support of other women in construction. Recognizing an overwhelming lack of confidence among females in the industry and the common theme of feeling unheard, she enrolled in a PAX program (Program of Academic Exchange) to earn her mastery and certification in the empowerment of women, learning how to break down "masculine" and "feminine" stereotypes. In this session, Jennette will equip attendees with the tools necessary to build successful workplace partnerships; describe how attendees can recognize gender-specific "operating systems" in the workplace; and showcase how emotional intelligence can foster a more productive, collaborative work environment.

Ann-Marie Jennette, LEED AP, Project Manager, Suffolk Construction

2:00 pm


Building Product Innovations & Enhancements 
Hear how industry suppliers and manufacturers are providing new and enhanced products to support the ever-changing design and construction industry.

Karen Davis, Architectural Consultant, PNW Region CSI, USGBC LEED GA, Western Window Systems
Danielle Edberg,
Senior Manager, Industry Advancement, Procore
Miranda Reeves
, Director, Product Management, Engineering & Construction Software, Trimble

2:30 pm


3:00 pm

AEC Leadership Talks
Afternoon Presentations

In this series of 15-minute talks, AEC business leaders offer sage advice and key lessons for the WiD+C participants.

Monica Blackwood, SPHR, SHRM-SPC, Director of Administration, Principal, Rice Fergus Miller

3:00 pm

AEC Leadership Talk #5

Women In Design By The Numbers: Key Findings and Takeaways From Equity By Design's Latest Research
As the founder of Equity by Design, Rosa Sheng will be presenting the key findings from the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey. The dataset—the largest ever collected on equity within the profession—documents the experiences of 8,664 individuals representing all 50 states and nations on six continents. The resulting analysis focuses on the differential experiences of professionals based on gender, as well as race and ethnicity. We present two closely related frameworks for understanding how issues of equity impact the lives of architecture school graduates. Career Dynamics explores underlying tensions that persist throughout our professional lives, and the factors that drive career perceptions. Career Pinch Points offers insight into personal and professional milestones that have the tendency to hinder career progression, and influence decisions to leave the field.

Rosa T. Sheng, Principal, SmithGroupJJR
Founding Chairperson, Equity by Design, an AIA SF Committee

3:20 pm

AEC Leadership Talk #6

Closing the Gap: Addressing Gender Bias and Other Barriers for Women
While women are gaining ground in the male-dominated commercial real estate profession, the majority are experiencing barriers to advancement. Take away key data points and action items from CREW Network's latest white paper to help close the pay and aspiration gaps, and eliminate gender bias and other barriers that persist for women.

Barbi Reuter, RPA, Principal, President, Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR

3:40 pm

AEC Leadership Talk #7

How to Cultivate Engaged and Productive Staff
In 2016, the Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Project surveyed over 2,100 structural engineers about issues related to engagement and gender equity. In this presentation, founder Natalie Tse will summarize some of the study's key findings and discuss ways in which firms can adapt their practices to retain an engaged, diverse, and productive workforce.

Natalie Y. Tse, SE, LEED AP, Project Manager, Tipping Structural Engineers, SE3 Project Co-founder and 2015-2016 Co-chair

4:00 pm


Building Sustainable Work+Life Balance in Today's Cultural Climate
Anthropologist Solveig Brown discusses her thought-provoking research on our cultural expectations for women as mothers and workers. In this interactive workshop, WiD+C participants will increase their personal and cultural awareness; identify stress triggers; learn strategies to optimize their response to stress; and design a plan to enhance their work+life balance and satisfaction. Participants will also learn a powerful exercise to expand their confidence, inclusivity, and personal presence.

Speaker, Facilitator:
Solveig Brown, PhD, Anthropologist, Qualitative Researcher, Author, Solveig Brown Consulting

6:00 pm

Networking Reception - sponsored by Procore


Friday, November 17

8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 am


Advanced Negotiation Skills Workshop: How To Tackle Any Negotiation
In this hands-on discussion, attendees will learn key negotiation skills, including tips on how to break an impasse, negotiate "without looking like it," and leverage different negotiation styles. Negotiation expert Brenda Radmacher will lead WiD+C participants in putting techniques into practice using one-on-one negotiations and small-team negotiation exercises. Attendees will come away more confident in their negotiation abilities and will be able to put their new skills to immediate use.

Brenda Radmacher, Partner, Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani

10:30 am


10:45 am

AEC Leadership Talks
Friday Presentations

In this series of 15-minute talks, AEC business leaders offer sage advice and key lessons for the WiD+C participants.

David Barista, Editorial Director, BD+C

10:45 am

AEC Leadership Talk #8

Three Improv Concepts To Inspire Thought Leadership
Notorious for comedy, improvisation is an art form practicing in-the-moment creativity. Beyond the jokes, improv is a lifestyle of communication and connectivity with many shared qualities of influential leaders. In this talk, Jennifer Giralo and Will Hightower will detail three important improv concepts that have helped them become better leaders and communicators. Recruiting, developing, and retaining talent requires a company culture built on respect and inclusiveness for all. Companies such as Google, Pixar, and PepsiCo have implemented similar improv techniques to reach their branding and company culture goals. As leaders, we can use these improv techniques to form a safe environment for the professional and personal growth of your team. Participants will gain skills applicable to team brainstorming, mentoring, difficult conversations, strategy meetings, active listening, and creative ways to approach problem solving.

Jennifer Giralo, Marketing Professional, Improv Instructor, DPR Construction
Will Hightower, Founder, Theatre Think Tank

11:05 am

AEC Leadership Talk #9

First Impressions and Beyond
You have seven seconds. Make them count! People whom we meet make quick decisions about us. Should they hire us? Trust us? It takes a blink of an eye and like it or not, you are going to be judged. Simply because our brains are built to size each other up quickly. The good thing is that this impression is something you can control, and Sylvie di Giusto will show you how you can influence the message you send to others. It's a combination of your dress, your attitude, how you communicate, and how you present yourself. These are all things that you can shape and mold to work in your and your organization's favor, and help you to become the leader that you deserve to be.

Sylvie di Giusto, Corporate Trainer, Image Consultant, Executive Image Consulting

11:25 am

AEC Leadership Talk #10

It Takes a Village: Building a Successful AEC-O Team
No professional succeeds alone – in every career step and on every project team, a supportive villageprovides tools and guidance for success. Imagine an ideal AEC-O team supporting your efforts to succeed in developing outstanding results: the Owner who has the vested stake in the project, the Architect and Engineer who invest their passion into creating meaningful experiences, and the Contractor who pours endless sweat into materializing the vision. This conversation highlights the critical, intentional, and meaningful strategies that key AEC-O leaders implement upon themselves and their teams to ensure successful professional development, productive team building, and outstanding project results. Such leaders form our villages.

Rita S. Carter, AIA, Principal, Higher Education Studio, Little

11:45 am

Closing Remarks