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POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020: Young Engineers Leadership & Professional Development Workshop
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Join other young engineering professionals for this interactive two-day workshop. You'll learn strategies for advancing your personal and professional development and improving your leadership skills from seasoned industry professionals alongside people just like you. We're mixing in some fun too - we hope you join us!

3/19/2020 to 3/20/2020
When: March 19-20, 2020
7:15am-3:15pm both days; Happy Hour Thurs. March 19
Where: Minnesota Society of CPAs Conference Center
1650 W. 82nd St. #600
Bloomington, Minnesota  55431
United States

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Leadership and Personal/Professional Development for Young Engineers:

A Two-Day Workshop


Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20
7:15am - Breakfast and Registration
  8am-3:15pm - Program (See session details and presenter information below)
  3:30-5pm - Happy Hour (Thurs. only)
$300/Engineering Alliance MN (formerly MnSPE) members  |  $500/Non-members  |  $800/Group of 3 (member and non-member)
Education sessions, handouts, breakfast, lunch, happy hour treats  
11 (certificates provided)
Friday, March 13
  All registrations between March 14 - March 17 will be assessed a $50 late fee.

No registrations will be accepted after March 17.


Workshop Details


Day One: Personal and Professional Development


Registration and Breakfast

7:15 - 8:00am



Icebreaker: Learning with Legos

8:00 - 8:30am

Leader: Jacque Thompson, Engineering Alliance Minnesota Young Engineers Committee Leadership



Session One: Work-Life Balance: Dispelling the Myth and the Mystery

8:30 - 10:15am


This interactive session will explain what work-life balance really means to each individual and how to see balance over the long haul. You will explore what you truly value in life, discuss strategies to manage "life" and "work" and will learn how to prioritize what is truly important to you as a unique individual. Managing life, family and career is a marathon, not a sprint, and this session will help you identify ways to make the best use of your time and energy.


Presenter: Andrea Moffatt, Vice President of Environmental Services with WSB. Andi has more than 23 years of experience leading people and projects in the areas of planning, environmental energy, highway, natural resources, construction and development. As a well-respected leader in the industry who approaches her work with passion and positivity, Andi is known for her creative solutions to clients' complex challenges.



Session Two: How to Gain Respect and Influence: The Skills Beyond the Skills of Engineering

10:30am - 12:15pm


Beyond building a strong set of technical skills, how do you become a person others trust, listen to and want to work with? Using the science behind interpersonal interactions, in this session you will learn how to:

  • Present an image that others recognize as powerful
  • Make other people comfortable so they open up to you
  • Feel more comfortable with people different than you
  • Bring other people to your side or point of view
  • Have more choices about your work and life


Presenter: Wendy Nemitz has spent her career helping professionals and their firms develop greatness. Wendy is the founder of Ingenuity Marketing Group, focused on professional services marketing for several industries - including engineering. Wendy has spoken at professional conferences around the world and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Finders Coach. She is an idea-generator and a futurist, known for embedding her workshops with adult learning theory and active participation.






Session Three: Brave Conversations: How to Say What Needs to be Said Honestly and Respectfully

1:30 - 3:15pm


Sometimes the hardest thing to do in the workplace is have a brave conversation. Brave conversations require being clear about how you feel and what you want to be different. They require that you manage normal feelings of anger, confusion and frustration that we all experience - and learn to express them respectfully, at the right time and in the right circumstances. It is tempting to ignore interpersonal and professional issues that arise between colleagues. Many of us do just that, but ignoring these important issues will NOT make them go away and, in fact, often makes things worse.


Learn to identify the brave conversations you need to have and how to take the first steps to prepare yourself to have them well. This takes practice. This session will provide you with resources to aid you on your journey to braver conversations.


Presenter: Barb Krantz Taylor is a licensed psychologist and principal consultant at The Bailey Group. Barb helps leaders step back from their hectic lives to get clear on their unique vision and how to accomplish it. Her extensive background in psychology allows her to help clients understand human behavior and motivation, which in turn helps her clients use these elements to their advantage in all areas of their lives. This includes how to strike the right balance between building and maintaining relationships and getting things done.



Happy Hour: Lucky's 13

3:30 - 5:00pm



Day Two: Leadership Development



7:15 - 8:00am


Session One: Maximizing Your Strengths and Strategizing Your Future

8:00 - 9:45am


In this interactive session, our presenter will take participants through a number of exercises to help you learn more about yourself and your unique strengths. From this foundation, participants will discuss leadership skills and management techniques, and will be invited to challenge your own perception of a "normal" career path. 


Presenter: Mark Ray, PE, is a nationally-recognized, award-winning public works professional with leadership and management experience as a consultant, engineer, streets supervisor and currently as Director of Public Works/City Engineer with the City of Crystal - a position he started at only 31 years old. Mark has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering, a Masters in Public Administration and completed the Executive Leaders Program through the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.


Session Two: Building Camaraderie Through Leadership Styles

10:00 - 11:45am


Many have taken personality tests and done strengths tests with little or no focus on how to apply what was learned in order to improve. In contract, this interactive session will focus on:

  • Defining your leadership style
  • Understanding how to work with other leadership styles to maximize efficiency of a team
  • How to effectively work with other personality types and leadership styles
  • Learning the strengths of each leadership style


Presenter: Jacque Thompson is a design engineer in training with Bolton & Menk, where she works with communities through all phases of design and construction of civil engineering projects. The past few summers, Jacque has supervised interns and helped them to identify growth opportunities in engineering. Jacque is an active member of MnSPE and a leader of MnSPE's Young Engineers Committee, where she has taken on a leadership role in planning and organizing events. She is also an active member of the American Public Works Association and was recently selected as a participant in the prestigious APWA National Emerging Leaders Academy as one of only 16 participants nationwide.  



Session Three: Leadership Panel Discussion and Q&A

1:00 - 3:00pm


Are you curious about what personnel in leadership positions look for in future leaders? Would you like to hear what advice they have for those looking to advance into a leadership role? Ask the questions and have a conversation with successful engineering leaders. 


Confirmed Panelists:

Kerry Bruggemann, PE, Mechanical Principal, Michaud Cooley Erickson

Don Elwood, PE, Director of Transportation Engineering and Design, City of Minneapolis Public Works Department

Kristine Elwood, PE, State Aid Engineer, MN Dept. of Transportation

Kerby Nester, PE Leader of Transmission Line Design, Great River Energy

Eric Seaburg, PE, Project Manager, Bolton & Menk



You will leave the workshop with new insights
on leadership and communications from experienced industry experts,
and will have new tools to implement what you have learned.



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