Thursday and Friday, September 20-21, 2018
Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS 66612
Thursday, September 20, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Orientation – Scott Heidner, J.D. ACEC of Kansas Executive Director
Do you think 20 engineers will be too shy to get to know each other in a short time? Think again! ACEC Executive Director Scott Heidner will deliver a high energy presentation, and interactive sessions will have class members working and laughing together in no time at all. This critical session sets the stage for class members to work together for the next six weeks.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Leadership - Dan Oblinger (Leadercraft Corporate Education)
Leadership is an activity that improves when leaders become more skilled. The foundational skill for leadership is listening. An experienced hostage negotiator will give you a guided tour through the lost art of listening well. Learn about building trust, influencing decisions, and gaining valuable insight into complex problems by being an intentional listener. Participate in skill-building exercises that will enhance your natural style of listening by adding proven techniques used to train hostage negotiators all over the world! Become a better leader and lover with these proven methods.
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Reception at ACEC Office
825 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 500
Topeka, KS 66612
This will include a presentation from Steve Hall, ACEC National Vice President of Government Affairs and other ACEC Kansas leaders.
Dinner as a group: Pennant
Friday, September 21, 2018
8:30 - 10:30 am
Business Development – Mike Lally, PE, PG (Olsson Associates)
Instilling and encouraging a strong business development culture in your firm makes great business sense. It can prove to be an important differentiator and can positively influence the firm’s project delivery, hiring and recruiting, and career development processes. Developing a business development culture requires understanding the distinction between marketing and business development, exposing false common business development myths, recognizing the many ways in which technical staff can contribute to the business development process, and investing in strategies that yield the highest return-on-investment.
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Governmental Affairs – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt
The government’s leadership influences the overall business climate and an individual firm’s success. Business leaders need to know how to participate effectively in the public arena and build consensus. They also need to understand how government affairs activities can help their business succeed and how to encourage active participation at the grassroots level in the firm.
Voluntary Lunch (on your own): Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant
417 SW 37th Street
Topeka, KS 66611