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Leadership and Communications Skills for Young Engineers: A Two-Day Workshop
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Join other young engineering professionals for this interactive two-day workshop. You'll learn strategies for improving your leadership and communication skills from seasoned industry professionals alongside people just like you. We're mixing in some fun too - we hope you join us!

2/7/2019 to 2/8/2019
When: Feb. 7-8, 2019
7:15am-3pm both days; Happy Hour Thurs. Feb. 7
Where: Minnesota Society of CPAs Conference Center
1650 W. 82nd St. #600
Bloomington, Minnesota  55431
United States

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Leadership and Communications Skills for Young Engineers: A Two-Day Workshop


Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8
7:15am - Breakfast and Registration
  8am-3pm - Program (See session details and presenter information below)
  3:30-5pm - Happy Hour (Thurs. only)
$300/MnSPE members and subscribers  |  $500/Non-members  |  $800/Group of 3 (member and non-member)
Education sessions, handouts, breakfast, lunch, happy hour treats  
10.5 (certificates provided)
Friday, February 1
  All registrations between Feb. 1 - Feb. 5 will be assessed a $50 late fee.

No registrations will be accepted after February 5.


Workshop Details


Day One: Leadership Development


Registration and Breakfast

7:15 - 8:00am


Session One: Building Trust with Colleagues, Clients and Partners

8:00 - 9:45am


What is trust? Why is it important? What experiences have you had with building trust - positive and not so positive? Participants will learn:

  • The common characteristics of trusting relationships
  • How trust relates to social style
  • What you can do to practice building trust with others

This session will use an engaging workshop format to explore the topic of trust and reflect on each person's own social style.


Presenter: Ronald J. Bennett, PhD, PE is the Founding Dean, Professor Emeritus and 3M Thwaits Fellow in Global Technology Management in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. His prior experience included executive positions in industry for over 20 years. Ron remains an active teacher and publisher in leadership, engineering education, innovation, strategy and a number of other subjects. He is a member of numerous scientific and professional societies, including MnSPE, and serves on the board of the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation.



Session Two: Improving Your Leadership Strategies

10:00 - 11:45am


Leading others starts with how we carry ourselves, and transitions to how we understand the motivations of others. In this workshop, participants will take stock of their own professional attributes, set goals and action plans for continuous improvement, and acquire a working knowledge of the psychology of motivation. You will leave this workshop with new leadership strategies to employ immediately.


Presenter: Ron Ulseth, PhD, PE is the founder of Iron Range Engineering in Virginia, MN and an instructor at Itasca Community College. Ron has 30 years of teaching experience with a concentration in mechanical engineering. He is a retired Engineering Duty Officer from the US Navy Reserve.




Session Three: Engineers can be Business Leaders: What to Learn Now to Effectively Manage People and Projects

1:00 - 2:45pm


Add this topic to the column of "things they don't teach in engineering school" - Yet effectively managing people and projects is critical to career growth for many engineers. As a seasoned business leader with decades of experience successfully managing both people and projects, Bret will share insights young professionals can build on and apply now that will also lay the groundwork for future leadership success. Whether you aspire to run an engineering business one day or your focus is more on honing skills for managing projects, leading a team and/or establishing and nurturing one-on-one relationships with other professionals, you will leave this session with a greater understanding of the skills necessary to reach your goals and what you can do now to help make that happen. 


Presenter: Bret Weiss, PE, is founder and President/CEO of WSB, a forward-thinking design and consulting firm with offices in 12 states and over 450 staff. With decades of experience, Bret brings a unique blend of business philosophies, innovative thinking and a people-first leadership style to his staff, clients and projects. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Chamber Foundation. Bret has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.


WSB is recognized as a Top 100 Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune, a Hot Firm by the Zweig Group and a Top 500 Design Firm by ENR.


Happy Hour: Lucky's 13

3:30 - 5:00pm



Day Two: Effective Communication



7:15 - 8:00am


Session One: An Engineering Perspective on Presentation Skills

8:00 - 9:45am


Don't be a stereotype: an engineer with poor communication skills. Instead, learn to view presentations as an engineering problem. As an engineer, you're highly skilled at analysis, problem solving and solution building. Apply those skills to presentations through modeling of the communication process, understanding the human brain and applying emotional calculus to get the results you want. You'll stand out as an engineer with communication skills and accelerate your career and professional possibilities.


Presenter: Mark Kretschmar, speaker, mentor and communication consultant with They Understand LLC / EngineerSpeak. Mark helps engineers and business leaders avoid slowing down their projects and business because their communication skills don't measure up to their technical skills. Using his engineering background, Mark helps engineers and other technically-oriented people improve their presentation skills using methods and approaches engineers are already using and applying them to presentation design and delivery.


Session Two: Writing to Get Things Done

10:00 - 11:45am


Whether communicating with colleagues, subordinates or customers - or managing your boss - productivity soars when you clearly communicate what to do, why and how to do it, and when. As entire departments, divisions and organizations create a critical mass of people who are writing to get things done, things get done! This is a mini leadership course that uses business writing to inspire, direct and gain cooperation from all levels of personnel.


Presenter: Stan Berry, President of the Berry Writing Group, is an award-winning business communications coach, writing course trainer, author and executive presentation training coach. He has dedicated over four decades to improving the business writing skills of over 100,000 professionals. Stan has a unique an energetic approach to teaching business communications that makes his classes engaging and fun. 



Session Three: How Introverts Can Communicate in a Group Setting

1:00 - 2:45pm


Introverts CAN communicate in groups! This session will cover group dynamics, the stages of team development and how you can most effectively participate and contribute. There will be a combination of presentation and fun, interactive breakout sessions.


Presenter: Sal Modelli, CEO Advisor with The Bailey Group, has over 35 years of experience in general management, consulting, sales and marketing, and organizational development. A seasoned president and CEO, Sal understands the unique challenges faced by individuals in all types of organizations. He has served on boards of directors at 10 for profit and not-for-profit organizations.



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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