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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.

Jul
23
Wed
Step Up to Leadership IV, San Francisco @ Nelson/Nygaard
Jul 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Engaging an Increasingly Diverse Workforce

Step Up to Leadership is a six-section summer program offering a sampling of best business practices and leadership skills. Join Laurie Dreyer, VP International HR at Stantec, stantec.com for this discussion about the benefits and challenges of the modern workforce and how to engage it in your firm.

You may register for the entire series or for individual sections.

Series Registration

Section 4 Registration

Registration is confirmed once payment has been received. Emailed cancellations received at events@aebl.org 48 hours or more prior to the event will result in credit towards future events.

 

Jul
24
Thu
Step Up to Leadership IV, Orange County @ TAYLOR
Jul 24 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Engaging an Increasingly Diverse Workforce

Step Up to Leadership is a six-section summer program offering a sampling of best business practices and leadership skills. Join Laurie Dreyer, VP International HR at Stantec, stantec.com for this discussion about the benefits and challenges of the modern workforce and how to engage it in your firm.

You may register for the entire series or for individual sections.

Series Registration

Section 4 Registration

Registration is confirmed once payment has been received. Emailed cancellations received at events@aebl.org 48 hours or more prior to the event will result in credit towards future events.

Aug
6
Wed
Step Up to Leadership V, San Francisco @ Rutherford & Chekene
Aug 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

What You Need to Know about Becoming a Shareholder

Step Up to Leadership is a six-section summer program offering a sampling of best business practices and leadership skills. Jennifer Suzuki, Partner at Long & Levit, longlevit.com will discuss the factors you need to consider when faced with the opportunity to become a shareholder in your company.

You may register for the entire series or for individual sections.

Series Registration

Section 5 Registration

Registration is confirmed once payment has been received. Emailed cancellations received at events@aebl.org 48 hours or more prior to the event will result in credit towards future events.

 

Aug
7
Thu
Step Up to Leadership V, Orange County @ ValleyCrest Design Group
Aug 7 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

What You Need to Know about Becoming a Shareholder

Step Up to Leadership is a six-section summer program offering a sampling of best business practices and leadership skills. Jennifer Suzuki, Partner at Long & Levit, longlevit.com will discuss the factors you need to consider when faced with the opportunity to become a shareholder in your company.

You may register for the entire series or for individual sections.

Series Registration

Section 5 Registration

Registration is confirmed once payment has been received. Emailed cancellations received at events@aebl.org 48 hours or more prior to the event will result in credit towards future events.

 

Aug
20
Wed
Step Up to Leadership VI, San Francisco @ BAR Architects
Aug 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Embracing Organizational Change

Step Up to Leadership is a six-section summer program offering a sampling of best business practices and leadership skills. In this section, Lisa Larrabee, CEO of Harris & Associates, harris-assoc.com will discuss embracing the challenging but inevitable factor of organizational change.

You may register for the entire series or for individual sections.

Series Registration

Section 6 Registration

Registration is confirmed once payment has been received. Emailed cancellations received at events@aebl.org 48 hours or more prior to the event will result in credit towards future events.

Aug
21
Thu
Step Up to Leadership VI, Orange County @ TRC Solutions
Aug 21 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Embracing Organizational Change

Step Up to Leadership is a six-section summer program offering a sampling of best business practices and leadership skills. In this section, Lisa Larrabee, CEO of Harris & Associates, harris-assoc.com will discuss embracing the challenging but inevitable factor of organizational change.

You may register for the entire series or for individual sections.

Series Registration

Section 6 Registration

Registration is confirmed once payment has been received. Emailed cancellations received at events@aebl.org 48 hours or more prior to the event will result in credit towards future events.

Sep
25
Thu
“How to Say Anything to Anyone” feat. Shari Harley, San Francisco @ Hotel Nikko
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

How to Say Anything to Anyone: Setting Expectations for Powerful Working Relationships

Take your communication skills to a new level! This is an interactive, fun workshop that will leave you with immediately applicable tools and techniques. The day will be divided into two sessions: in the morning, How to Say Anything to Anyone, and after lunch, Making Any Conversation Easy.

PROGRAM PART I

How to Say Anything to Anyone: Setting Expectations for Powerful Working Relationships

You have a request for one of your co-workers but don’t know how to say it, so you don’t say anything. A project you worked on for six months has become a black hole.  There is no information about the status. You’re frustrated, but you don’t say anything. Two employees aren’t working well together. It’s impacting the atmosphere in the office. You don’t know what to say, so you don’t say anything. Speaking up when we are frustrated is hard and, as a result, most of us don’t. Instead, either we tell other people (aka gossip) or we say nothing, and relationships become strained. You can say anything to anyone and have it be easy. You just need to lay the ground work to do so, and most of us don’t.

Learning objectives:

  1. Build trust in all of your business relationships, making it easier to say hard things.
  2. Find out what the people you work with need from you, so you don’t have to guess.
  3. Tell others what you need, making it more likely that your needs are met.

9:00                        Registration and continental breakfast

9:30                        Morning session begins

10:45 – 11:00       Break

Noon                     Lunch buffet

PROGRAM PART II

Just Say It: Making ANY Conversation Easy

No one wants to hear that she isn’t doing a good job. Thus no one wants to tell her. Telling your boss you’re frustrated or aren’t hitting your targets is even more difficult, and thus many of us don’t. Worse is that most feedback, positive or negative, is useless because it’s vague. Get a simple formula to make even the most difficult conversation easier. Conversations will be short, specific and on point. They won’t be personal. They will be actionable. You’ll be able to say what you want to say, when you want to say it, in a way that the other person can hear you and take action.

Learning objectives:

  1. Give clear and specific feedback that employees can act upon immediately
  2. Provide feedback to peers, direct supervisors, and others at a higher level in a way that does not elicit defensive responses
  3. Eliminate your blind spots. Receive more feedback without showing emotion or frustration

1:00                        Afternoon session begins

2:15 – 2:30            Break

3:30                        Program ends

Optional book signing with refreshments

4:00                        Optional cash bar cocktails and networking at the hotel

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Shari Harley runs Candid Culture, a training and consulting firm making  it easier to tell the truth at work. Shari is bringing candor back to  the workplace.  Before launching her business Shari led leadership  development training for OppenheimerFunds, conducted customer service  training for American Century Investments, and facilitated for Dale  Carnegie Training. Shari is the author of the book How to Say Anything  to Anyone, has a master’s degree in Communication, and taught leadership  development at the University of Denver. Shari’s practical approach has  led her to speak and train in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India,  Dubai and Australia. From ‘Making Meetings Work’ and ‘Delegating Better’  to ‘Managing Your Career’ and ‘Saying Anything to Anyone,’ Shari’s tips  are sure to delight and inform in a real, direct and very funny way.  Watch videos and learn more about Shari at www.candidculture.com.

Oct
16
Thu
Executive Leadership Roundtable, Orange County @ Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel
Oct 16 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Guest facilitator: Lisa Larrabee, CEO, Harris & Associates

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 2014 Executive Leadership Roundtable schedule is capped with AEBL’s 4th Annual Strategic Growth Symposium in December with a program that examines the 2015 prospects for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms!

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Dec
4
Thu
Strategic Growth Symposium, Sacramento @ The Citizen Hotel
Dec 4 all-day

AEBL’s annual Strategic Growth Symposium is a day-long opportunity to learn about and discuss strategic growth with your peers in a series of panels and interactive sessions. This year’s symposium examines the 2015 prospects for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. Registration includes lunch.

Further program information will be available this summer.

Visit us here for a summary of last year’s event

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