Women in Engineering & Construction
March 5-6, 2018
Denver, CO

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Overview

According to the National Association of Women in Construction, 9.8 million people worked in the U.S. construction industry in 2014. Of that number, just 8.9% were women. The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by providing insight into key engineering and construction trends and skills for personal and professional development.

This conference brings together women and men across related sectors in the engineering and construction industry, leading the way on diversity and inclusion issues. Come network with top professionals in the industry regarding the most pertinent developments in engineering and construction, and discuss the challenges of diversity in a traditionally male-dominated sector. We will cover strategies for leveraging both professional development resources in addition to technical advances in engineering and construction to invoke change for diversity and inclusion.

This event will ensure both women and men are prepared in the changing environment, and leave with the tools necessary to both continue the gender conversation in a solution-focused way, and utilize new developments and trends within engineering and construction to help advance in this career despite any roadblocks.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the business case for diversity with respect to including women and minorities in the decision-making process
  • Review new projects focused on sustainability in infrastructure & design
  • Explain lingering workplace challenges, including: transparency in pay, retention of women within the industry, best hiring practices, and work-life integration
  • Assess opportunities to partner with colleagues to achieve effective communication
  • Discuss how to obtain equitable representation in the workplace
  • Describe current cutting-edge projects and the women involved
  • Explain innovative sustainability projects, including net zero energy buildings
  • Discuss how to create the next generation of women leaders in engineering and construction

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 CEUs for each workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, site visit

Agenda

Monday, March 5, 2018

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Welcoming Remarks


1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: The Economic Case for Inclusiveness

  • The business case for diversity with respect to including women and minorities in the decision-making process
  • The effects diversity has on both creativity and innovation
  • Understanding the long-term impact diversity has on the company lifecycle
  • Tactics for being a change agent and stating the economic value of your contributions

Moderator: Renita Mollman, Vice President and General Manager, Burns and McDonnell

Colleen Layman, Vice President, Resources Business Group Water Principal, HDR

Renita Mollman, Vice President and General Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Alfredo Mendez, Vice President, Organization and Employee Experience, AECOM

Kim Davis, Controller, Jensen Hughes

Maryam Aboosaber, Senior Project Engineer, DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Barbara Jackson, Director, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Moving Forward: Sustainability in Infrastructure & Design

  • Case Study: Creating a Design Challenge to Promote Innovation and Sustainability
    • Moving beyond the “standards manual” mindset
    • Encouraging staff to share their sustainable design experience with clients, colleagues
  • Case Study: Innovation & Sustainability in Roadway Lighting
    • Flexibility & Resiliency in Design for a Smart Feature-Filled Streetscape
  • Case Study: Multi-year Project with a Zoo to Move Energy Efficiency Programs Forward to Meet Sustainability Goals
    • Assessment reports of entire campus
    • Utility bill tracking system
    • Various individual projects and studies
  • Case Study: The Growth of Renewable Energy on the CSU Campus
    • The commitments that helped pave the way for that
    • The economics/financing that are making it “easy”

Rachel Hayden, President, Hayden Consultants

Carol Dollard, Co-Chair- President’s Sustainability Committee, Colorado State University

Sandra Scanlon, Director of Electrical Engineering- Associate Principal, BCER Engineering

Maren Traeger, Project Manager, Iconergy

4:45 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Reality Check: Lingering Workplace Challenges

  • Transparency in pay
  • Retention of women within the industry
  • Best hiring practices
  • Work-life integration
  • Workplace challenges: Helping management acknowledge lack of diversity

Moderator: Megan Armstrong, District Engineering Manager, Kiewit

Brian Kundert, Senior Vice President, Arcadis North America

Rachel Hayden, President, Hayden Consultants

Martina Driscoll, Principal & Unit Manager, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Kim Davis, Controller, Jensen Hughes

Maryam Aboosaber, Senior Project Engineer, DeSimone Consulting Engineers


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Understanding Our Operating Systems: Partnering with Your Colleagues to Achieve Effective Communication

  • Travel back in time to the hunter gatherer days to see how the same characteristic that applied then still exist
  • Learn (2) separate operating modes that we interchange between at any given time
  • Get clarity on what you may have thought was just your own individual insanity is actually what is considered “normal”
  • Walk away with tools to identify who you’re working with and how to choose to come from a place of partnership in any given interaction

Ann-Marie Jennette, Project Manager, Suffolk Construction

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Obtaining Equitable Representation in the Workplace

  • Assessing/measuring diversity & inclusion
  • Taking a look at the corporate pipeline
  • Strategic planning
  • Ensuring that hiring, promotions, and reviews are fair

Moderator: Madvi Pitani, Employee Relations and Compliance Specialist, AECOM

Sarah Beckman, Market Director- Power, Ulteig

Katherine Warzynski, Chief Estimator, Kiewit

Lois Vitt Sale, Senior Vice President- Chief Sustainability Officer, Wight & Company

Gloria Shealey, President & CEO, The Daniele Co

Alfredo Mendez, Vice President, Organization and Employee Experience, AECOM

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: Current Cutting-Edge Projects and the Women Involved

  • Case Study: Commissioning HVAC Systems in New University Stadium and Laboratory Buildings 
    • Working with systems including chilled beams, Konvekta heat recovery and ERVs. 
  • Case Study: Precision UAS Topographic Mapping for Civil Engineering Design
    • Accuracy of UAS data and cost savings
    • Completed projects including:
      • Great Sand Dunes National Park collection
      • Denver Avenue road widening project
  • Innovative methods to manage contaminated sites during construction
  • Engaging regulatory agencies as partners
  • Case Study: CDOT Region 2 Design Build Project

Moderator: Sandra Scanlon, Director of Electrical Engineering- Associate Principal, BCER Engineering

Mary Wohnrade, Principal Engineer, Wohnrade Civil Engineers

Karlene Thomas, Principal, Pinyon Environmental

Nicole Kanizay, Project Manager, Iconergy

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: Innovative Sustainability Projects: Net Zero Energy Buildings

It wasn’t very long ago that net zero energy buildings seemed more aspiration than potential.  But the imperative to address climate change and put the brakes on our carbon footprint remains vital.  And net zero energy buildings are paving the way forward for understanding how to make aggressive reductions in energy use.  In the past year, Wight has designed three net zero energy buildings, each with a different pathway to the goal: on site generation of the amount energy consumed by the building on an annual basis.  In this session, learn:

  • The vocabulary of Net Zero Energy Buildings
  • How to determine if your project has the potential to achieve to net zero energy
  • Different paths to achieving Net Zero Energy
  • To sell or to keep solar renewable energy credits
  • How to prove your project is Net Zero Energy

Lois Vitt Sale, Senior Vice President- Chief Sustainability Officer, Wight & Company


3:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Creating the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Engineering & Construction

  • Advancing your career: Strategies & advice from leaders
  • Developing a valuable mentoring relationship
  • Negotiating skills
  • Building relationships

Moderator: Renae Coleman, Associate HR Director, AECOM

Colleen Layman, Vice President, Resources Business Group Water Principal, HDR

Alison Jones, Operations Director, Senior Vice President, Arcadis North America

Sarah Derdowski, Director of Strategic Development & Operations, Global Energy Management Program, CU Denver Business School, University of Colorado Denver

Sarah Beckman, Market Director – Power, Ulteig

Allison Gries, Manager – OE Strategic Initiatives, AECOM

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshop

Post Conference Workshop


Negotiation 101

March 5, 2018

Overview

Negotiations are not just about the billion-dollar deals, boardroom strategies, or company takeovers; it’s a process we use daily. This interactive discussion is designed to help you understand the process of negotiation, using techniques and steps you can apply to getting what you want successfully. Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming interview, asking for a pay raise, negotiating to determine where to dine, or getting a better car insurance rate, knowing how to effectively negotiate compensation is necessary for every profession.

Learning Outcomes         

  • Prepare a negotiating strategy
  • Discuss how to avoid common mistakes in negotiating
  • Describe the role of influence and persuasion in negotiating
  • Determine basic bargaining techniques
  • Participate in interactive activities that will engage attendees who want to practice their negotiating skills in person

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, and a site visit will be used in this event.

Program Agenda

Monday, March 5, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

  • Basic Bargaining Techniques
    • Take-it-or-leave-it negotiation strategy
    • Belittling the BATNA (Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement)
  • Preparing a Negotiating Strategy
    • Four pillars to include in each negotiation whether business or personal
    • Dealing with difficult people without burning bridges
  • Common Mistakes in Negotiating—and How to Avoid Them
    • The good, the bad, and the ugly: Emotions in negotiation to get more of what you want
    • Navigating gender stereotypes that can lead to unsuccessful results
  • Understanding the Role of Influence and Persuasion in Negotiating
    • Balancing power in negotiations
      • Get more of what you want without giving away too much
    • Managing “no” in negotiation
      • The “how and when” strategy for saying no without losing the deal
  • Interactive Activities to Practice Negotiation Skills

Instructor

Jacqueline Twillie/Millennial Career Advisor and Bestselling Author

Jacqueline Twillie is the Amazon Best Selling author of Navigating the Career Jungle: A Guide for Young Professionals. She is a career mentor for Levo League + The Black Career Women’s Network. She has an MBA in Leadership. She began building her expertise in career development and coaching while working for an IT staffing and recruiting company in Metro Atlanta. During this time, she worked closely with hiring managers from Fortune 500 Companies assisting them with filling in-demand job positions. She’s coached numerous professionals, resulting in them successfully landing new positions. Her mission is to eliminate the gender wage gap by working with companies, women leaders, and millennial female entrepreneurs to strategically negotiate while creating win/win deals.


The Real Opportunity for Diversity and Inclusion
How to Build a Culture that Maximizes Inclusion and Honors Diversity

March 7, 2018 :: Denver, CO

Overview

This workshop will explore the challenges that confront organizations when it comes to building a diverse workforce and how to increase inclusion.  Even in firms that have achieved a significant amount of diversity representation within their workforce and customer base, can see difficulty in achieving a strong culture of inclusion.

This interactive session provides participants with real-world examples of inclusive cultures that are successful. The dialogue and program will also provide attendees with five activities that leaders need to build inclusion into the management process, culture and overall environment. It will also take a hard look at the pitfalls to long-term diversity and inclusion success.

Learning Outcomes         

  • Discuss the value of achieving inclusion in a diverse work environment
  • Establish a set of values, organizational practices, and individual behaviors
  • Equipping your employee pool with tools and resources to effectively lead your organization
  • Building diversity into the management process
  • How inclusion creates management and associate engagement
  • 5 critical activities for diversity & inclusion success
  • Key actions critical to creating inclusion within your team

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, and a site visit will be used in this event.

 

Program Agenda

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental  Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

  • The Value of Achieving Inclusion in a Diverse Work Environment
  • Establishing a Set of Values, Organizational Practices, and Individual Behaviors
  • Equipping Your Employee Pool with Tools and Resources to Effectively Lead Your Organization
  • Building Diversity into the Management Process
    • Goals
    • Key actions
    • Culture change process
  • How Inclusion Creates Management and Associate Engagement
    • Effective communication/feedback
  • 5 Critical Activities for Diversity & Inclusion Success
  • Key Actions Critical to Creating Inclusion within Your Team
    • Diversity needs assessment
    • Training development & implementation
    • Managing diversity efforts to strategic goals and initiatives
    • Managing conflict

 Instructor

Anthony K. Moore, Principal and CEO, Paradigm Group Consultants

Anthony Moore is the Founder of Paradigm Group Consultants, LLC, located in Philadelphia, PA. As the Principal and CEO of the management consulting firm, Anthony guides the change theory and consulting direction that Paradigm Group implements with its clients. Prior to the development of PGC, Anthony enjoyed a successful career with Xerox Corporation. During his tenure, he held a number of marketing and senior management positions, culminating as Senior Partner and District Manager of the Philadelphia Operation.

Anthony serves as the lead principal of the Talent Management and Diversity practices, building organizational competencies and strengthening organizations through diversity and leadership. He is a Temple University graduate and Wharton Executive Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Speakers

Maryam Aboosaber, Senior Project Engineer, DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Sarah Beckman, Market Director- Power, Ulteig

Kim Davis, Controller, Jensen Hughes

Carol Dollard, Co-Chair- President’s Sustainability Committee, Colorado State University

Martina Driscoll, Principal & Unit Manager, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Allison Gries, Manager- OE Strategic Initiatives, AECOM

Rachel Hayden, President, Hayden Consultants

Barbara Jackson, Director, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver

Ann-Marie Jennette, Project Manager, Suffolk Construction

Alison Jones, Operations Director, Senior Vice President, Arcadis North America

Nicole Kanizay, Project Manager, Iconergy

Colleen Layman, Vice President, Resources Business Group Water Principal, HDR

Alfredo Mendez, Vice President, Organization and Employee Experience, AECOM

Renita Mollman, Vice President and General Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Lois Vitt Sale, Senior Vice President- Chief Sustainability Officer, Wight & Company

Sandra Scanlon, Director of Electrical Engineering- Associate Principal, BCER Engineering

Gloria Shealey, President & CEO, The Daniele Co

Karlene Thomas, Principal, Pinyon Environmental

Maren Traeger, Project Manager, Iconergy

Mary Wohnrade, Principal Engineer, Wohnrade Civil Engineers

Katherine Warzynski, Chief Estimator, Kiewit

Location

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street
Denver, CO 80202

To reserve your room, please call 1-303-436-1234 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $249.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of March 4 – 6, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to February 12, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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