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AEBL events are designed to strengthen business skills and talents within creative consulting firms. Our business-education and networking events offer rich forums for learning from peers at all levels and stages of their careers. Participants benefit from the results of others’ real-world experiences and the opportunity to contribute their own knowledge.

 

 

R_121012_N2Executive Leadership Roundtables – AEBL’s leadership roundtables focus on the top challenges facing leadership teams today. Limited to 10 participants in lead executive roles, these facilitated, small-group discussions offer excellent opportunities for attendees to share industry observations, compare success and horror stories, and make new industry connections. The agenda for each event is based on issues attendees want to discuss.

Business Technology Roundtables – Not just for IT professionals, AEBL’s Business Technology Roundtables provide a forum for multidisciplinary discussions of business technology. Among the most popular topics: the role of the chief information officer/chief technology officer, mobile technology, bring-your-own-device programs, knowledge sharing and content management, social networking, big data, cloud computing, agility, and budgeting.

Lunchtime Roundtables – In these engaging, spirited lunchtime discussions, attendees take on issues that creative consulting professionals should be—but aren’t always—talking about. Among this year’s most popular topics: the right kind of leadership for today’s business climate, thriving in a shifting industry, adapting to leaner firm operations, managing your skills and network to stay relevant over time, and creating the firm of the future.

Step Up to Leadership – AEBL’s signature event is now a six-section summer program offering an annual sampling of best business practices among architecture, design, engineering, construction, and environmental consulting firms. This event highlights the unique character of AEBL event participation. Sections are led by a faculty of practicing executives and industry management consultants who bring their respective expertise and first-hand experiences to each topic, and attendees include a range of professionals along the entire career continuum.
Citizen Hotel

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AEBL’s Strategic Growth Symposium is an annual event developed for executives and directors responsible for growth strategies in their organizations. This informative, day-long session addresses a range of growth strategies, including organic growth, external transactions and capitalization, and more. Participants engage in panels, presentations, and substantive discussions with peers, helping shape their vision for their firms’ future.

Feb
5
Thu
Executive Leadership Roundtable, San Francisco @ Hotel Nikko
Feb 5 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Guest facilitator: Sasha Dansky, principal, Mark Thomas & Company

AEBL Executive Leadership Roundtables offer small-forum opportunities for CXOs and directors to discuss shared business challenges and opportunities. Registration is limited to 10 company executives and directors. Roundtable agendas feature the issues participants bring to each event, so discussions are relevant to each group’s interests. 

All Tables begin at 1:30pm and conclude around 5pm with cocktails in the bar. There is a 15-minute, mid-afternoon break.

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Feb
17
Tue
Lunchtime Roundtable, Orange County: Setting Organizational Goals and Priorities for a New Year @ PSOMAS
Feb 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The new year is an excellent time to reflect on how we operate within our companies and to set goals and priorities–both internal and external–for the coming year. Join facilitator Katie Carr, executive leadership coach with LeftLane Advisors, and your peers for this roundtable to discuss decision-making, differentiation, values, culture, and more.

This lunchtime roundtable will assess topics such as:

  • How are we making decisions as an organization, and is there anything we would like to improve on this coming year?
  • How are we differentiating ourselves, and is it enough to be competitive?
  • Are we building the relationships we want to have with our clients?
  • Are we adhering to our core values and company culture?
  • Are we communicating the core values and company culture as a unified leadership team within our organizations so that all employees know who we are and why we do what we do?

Lunch will be provided.

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Feb
19
Thu
Lunchtime Roundtable, San Francisco: Recruiting in a Positive but Challenging Market @ BAR Architects
Feb 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

California is successfully coming out of the recession, and A/E/C firms are leading the way. With new buildings and structures dotting the skylines up and down the coast, new and improved roads, and  infrastructure projects throughout the state, firm growth is on the rise again. How are firms dealing with this upswing in hiring and recruiting? Join facilitator Liza Gregory Bass–Senior Associate and Director of Human Resources at BAR Architects–and your peers for this discussion.

Topics for this roundtable include:

  • Supply vs. demand in the job market
  • Does a firm’s brand give them a competitive advantage?
  • The use of social media to recruit
  • The challenge of the salaries being offered by the tech sector
  • Use of internal vs. external recruiters
  • High investment and time commitment to interview candidates
  • What is important to younger candidates, salary or voice?
  • Once in the door, how do we retain our new investments?

Lunch will be provided.

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Mar
18
Wed
Lunchtime Roundtable, Sacramento @ TBD
Mar 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Apr
22
Wed
Breakfast Roundtable, Orange County @ TAYLOR
Apr 22 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Apr
23
Thu
Lunchtime Roundtable, San Francisco @ Forell/Elsesser Engineers
Apr 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
May
7
Thu
Executive Leadership Roundtable, Orange County @ Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel
May 7 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Guest facilitator: Matt Henry, CEO, Fehr & Peers

AEBL Executive Leadership Roundtables offer small-forum opportunities for CXOs and directors to discuss shared business challenges and opportunities. Registration is limited to 10 company executives and directors. Roundtable agendas feature the issues participants bring to each event, so discussions are relevant to each group’s interests.

All Tables begin at 1:30pm and conclude around 5pm with cocktails in the bar. There is a 15-minute, mid-afternoon break.

Our 2015 Executive Leadership Roundtable schedule is capped with AEBL’s 5th Annual Strategic Growth Symposium in December with a program that examines the 2016 prospects for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms!

 

 

May
20
Wed
Lunchtime Roundtable, Sacramento @ TBD
May 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm