Industry CEO Forum

2024 Annual Meeting


4.16.2024 at 5:00PM - 4.17.2024 at 4:00PM


The Four Seasons Chicago 120 E Delaware Place Chicago, IL 60611

The CEO Forum is an exclusive, high level and interactive meeting of peers. Since we first hosted our CEO Tech Forum in 2016, the AEC Industry has witnessed a tectonic shift in the role of technology. Once a function delegated to IT, industry players have increasingly recognized the critical role of technology in every aspect of their business including how they  recruit and retain talent, confront productivity and supply chain challenges, position for new work, manage risk, and chart effective growth strategies. Mobile, Cloud Computing, and IoT technology fueled by a tsunami of venture capital investment and growing M&A activity has made it imperative for CEOs to understand the landscape and to be able to formulate strategies for adapting their organizations effectively in the face of disruption.

Now, as business leaders face a myriad of opportunities to grow their organizations through innovation, they must develop strategies around one key question - which strategies are right for my organization?

CEO Forum Meeting Agenda

The Annual BuiltWorlds CEO Forum Meeting will consist of a welcome evening followed by a full day of talks and discussions.

Each of the four sessions on the 17th will include a presentation from a BuiltWorlds analyst on key trends and insights, a talk led by an industry leader, and an open discussion amongst attendees about strategies, pain points, and related topics.

Day 1 Schedule

5:00PM – 6:30PM
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Welcome Reception

Reception cocktails and Hors D'oeuvres in the reception hall as we welcome our annual meeting guests.

6:30PM – 8:00PM
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Welcome Dinner

8:00PM – 9:00PM
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Welcome Session: Perceptions on Productivity

Day 2 Schedule

8:00AM – 9:00AM
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Morning Coffee & Breakfast

9:00AM – 10:20AM
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Session 1: Winning Strategies for AI Adoption

Last year saw a rise in the next generation of technology through generative AI advancements and the widespread accessibility of AI technology. Every industry has worked tirelessly to understand how it will impact them, and what it means for their organizations. This year, companies have begun developing partnerships, data strategies, and initiatives to take advantage of this new technology. What are some successful approaches to this effort that will ultimately contribute to net margin growth?

10:20AM – 10:40AM
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10:40AM – 12:00PM
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Session 2: Investing for the Long Term

Construction organizations have employed various methods of investing to gain exposure to early-stage technology in the industry, including direct investments, raising funds, limited partnerships, fund of fund investments, or incubating their own startups. For organizations reviewing best practices and approaches to working with and benefiting from disruptive technology, which of these approaches are best suited to sustained profitability?

12:00PM – 1:00PM
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1:00PM – 2:20PM
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Session 3: Strategies for Combining Technology and Workforce

The construction industry does not carry a good reputation when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. This has for decades made it difficult for companies to hire the right people and then train and upskill them to grow their careers. The growth in technology within the industry is beginning to provide opportunities to change that trend. Not only has there been a rise in HR-related technology to assist with talent management, but the rise of technology-focused roles within the industry have begun attracting talent that might not otherwise be interested in the industry. How can industry organizations capitalize upon this trend to re-invent the ways they bring in, retain, and upskill talent?

2:20PM – 2:40PM
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2:40PM – 4:00PM
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Session 4: TBD

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