• Future Leaders Program

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  • This program is a powerful investment in Georgia's next generation of engineers and distinguishes your firm as an industry leader. For 23 years, the Future Leaders Program has trained talented, up-and-coming engineers to set them on a track for leadership. Participants will learn from an array of professionals on topics such as business development, presentation skills and effective marketing. Plus, sessions over the nine-month program include an introduction to political advocacy, accounting and risk management. The 2019-2020 class began in September 2019 and will graduate in May 2020. Registration for the 2020-2021 program will open in the early summer of 2020.


  • 2019-20 Program Information:


    Session 1: September 17, 2019  

    Session: Managing Personalities to Build High-Performing Teams 

    Speaker: Perry Anne Scott, Owner and Principal, Converge Coaching & Consulting LLC

    Location: Terrace Garden Space at SunTrust Park, 755 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30339 

    Time: 3:30-9:00  

    Kicking off the 2019-2020 program, attendees will learn about the four DISC personality types, which type he/she is and how to use this tool to minimize conflict, improve communication and build more effective working relationships within your firm and teams. After the session, stick around to end the night with dinner and a Braves game.


    Session 2: October 8, 2019  

    Session: Getting Your Message Across: Developing Effective Presentation Skills for Business Development  

    Speaker: Katie Cash, Vice President, Smartegies LLC

    Location: Houck’s Grille, 10930 Crabapple Rd B130, Roswell, GA 30075 

    Time: 3:30-5:30 


    Session 3: November 19, 2019  

    Session: Engineering Business 101: Human Resources, Risk Management, Accounting & Profitability  


    • Kate Bell, Associate, Andersen, Tate and Carr P.C.
    • Lee Edmond, Vice President, Professional Liability Specialist, Risk Strategies Company
    • Joe Macrina, Chief Operating Officer, Wolverton
    • Mindy Toole, CPA, CGMA, CDA, T. Wayne Owens & Associates, P.C.

    Description: There’s more to a successful engineering firm than just doing good work and getting paid for it. Managing employment risks, litigation and contractual risks are an unfortunate but unavoidable part of it. So is understanding how to manage utilization, overhead rates and billing multipliers to increase the profitability of your firm.     

    Location: Monday Night Brewing Garage, 1003 White Street, Atlanta, GA 30310

    Time: 3:30-5:30 


    Session 4: January 14, 2020

    Session: Organizational Results Through Time Management  

    Speaker:​ Rose Zurawski, Director, Pond Center of Learning and Innovation, Pond

    Description: To achieve organizational results, leaders and managers alike need a plethora of time management skills in their tool kit. This session will empower participants to become aware of personal, habitual time management behaviors regarding skills such as attitudes, goals, priorities, and delegation.

    Location: CHA, 6745 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097

    Time: 3:30 - 5:30


    Session 5: February 11, 2020  

    Session: Impact of Politics on Engineering in Georgia  


    • Michael (Sully) Sullivan, President & CEO, ACEC Georgia
    • Ashley Jenkins, Director of Government Affairs, ACEC Georgia  

    Location: Georgia State Capitol, South Atrium reserved 8:00-12:00, 206 Washington St. SW, Atlanta GA 

    Time: 8:00-12:00  


    Session 6: March 10, 2020  

    Session: Becoming a Leader  

    Speaker:  Mel Lester, BizEdge 

    Location: Atlanta Regional Commission, 229 Peachtree Street #100, Atlanta, GA 30303  

    Time: 3:30-5:30   


    Session 7: April 14, 2020  

    Session: Bringing it All Together: A Last Word on Best Practices for Effective Business Development, Communications and Career Success   


    • Teresa Epple, Owner, Southeaster Engineering, Inc.
    • Erik Grandowski, Vice President, Pond
    • Don Harris, Senior Associate, KCI Technologies   

    Location: Pond, 3500 Parkway Ln #500, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 

    Time: 3:30-5:30  


    Session 8: May 12, 2020 

    Session: Graduation  

    Keynote Speaker: Jeffery Dingle, Vice President/Global Strategic Sales Leader, Jacobs Engineering Group

    Location: Commerce Club    

    Time: 5:00-7:00