Future Leaders Program
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
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
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
Session 4: January 14, 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
Session 6: March 10, 2020
Session: Becoming a Leader
Speaker: Mel Lester, BizEdge
Location: Atlanta Regional Commission, 229 Peachtree Street #100, Atlanta, GA 30303
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
Session 8: May 12, 2020
Keynote Speaker: Jeffery Dingle, Vice President/Global Strategic Sales Leader, Jacobs Engineering Group
Location: Commerce Club