Future Workforce Conference

Future Workforce Conference

Date & Time

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:30 am - 4:00 pm


UI Labs 1415 North Cherry Ave Chicago, IL 60642

The demand for skilled men and women in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries continues to rise, while the number of people available to fill these positions continues to decline.

AEC companies are taking concrete steps to cultivate and retain an empowered workforce via great benefits packages, innovative spaces in which to work, and continuing education programs.

At the same time, educational institutions are continuing to refine their curricula around developments in the field and are partnering with major industry players to create a two-way path of communication that will better prepare students for their career and create a conduit of innovation for corporate partners.

Although these efforts are changing the culture of the AEC industries and creating a new generation of men and women excited by AEC careers, entrenched workforce habits remain.

Diversity of women and minorities is still a concern, workforce health and wellness continues to be a challenge, work life balance is a perennial topic of debate, and workplace safety is vital.

Over the course of this full day conference, we will explore these topics in order to better understand how companies and employees are cultivating the next generation of AEC leaders in order to sustain the health and growth of their companies.


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Jennifer Suerth

Vice President - Technical Services, Pepper Construction

Brett Walsh

Vice President, Human Resources, Graycor

Emily Kocher

Director of Recruiting, The Walsh Group

Michael Bellaman

President and CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors

Collete English Dixon

Executive Director, Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Roosevelt University


Day 1 Schedule
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7:30AM – 8:30AM Breakfast and Networking
8:30AM – 9:00AM Opening Keynote
9:00AM – 9:45AM Hiring the Next Generation
9:45AM – 10:30AM Sourcing and Building Your Talent Pipeline
10:30AM – 10:45AM Break
10:45AM – 11:15AM Women and Diversity Hiring Initiatives
11:15AM – 12:30PM Employee Networks and Social Media
12:30PM – 1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM – 2:15PM Training the Workforce
2:15PM – 3:00PM Model Mentoring Programs
3:00PM – 3:15PM Break
3:15PM – 4:00PM Software of the BuiltWorlds
4:00PM – 4:45PM The 2020's Career Path
4:45PM – 5:30PM Networking


UI Labs 1415 North Cherry Ave Chicago, IL 60642


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