Under 40 Executive Leadership Summit // Agenda

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Welcome Remarks – Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites (Lakeshore Ballroom, 3RD Floor)
Tony Mancini, SGC Horizon Building Group Director-Principal and David Barista, Editorial Director, BD+C

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

KEYNOTE – Lisa Picard
Lisa Picard kicks off the U40 Summit with an inspirational talk on new approaches to commercial real estate development, including a Hackathon-based RFP process for selecting project partners and the use of virtual reality game models to help market the project to potential tenants. Picard also will offer advice on how AEC professionals can better meet the needs of developers, owners, and end-users.

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

AEC Business Hackathon Introduction
Leading “Hackathonist” Paul Doherty sets the stage for the U40 Summit’s first ever AEC Business Hackathon. In this intense, half-day event, U40 Summit participants will work together as “hackers” on ad-hoc teams to solve some of the AEC industry’s toughest challenges (more information below).

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Awards Reception + Networking
We’ll kick off the opening night reception by honoring the winners of the BD+C 40 Under 40 Class of 2016. Join us to celebrate the next generation of rising AEC stars!

Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:00 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast and Introductions – Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites (Lakeshore Ballroom, 3rd Floor)
David Barista, Editorial Director, BD+C

8:15 am – 11:45 am

WORKSHOP: Innovation Intervention — U40 Summit’s AEC Business Hackathon
In this high-energy, collaborative workshop, U40 Summit participants will work in teams to develop solutions (“hacks”) to some of the biggest issues facing AEC firms and professionals—from technology disruption to talent acquisition/retention to innovation. The workshop will conclude with 10 ideas-packed presentations from the groups, complete with takeaways, lessons, and advice for the entire audience.
Facilitator: Paul Doherty, President and CEO, The Digit Group; Chairman, theBIMcompany; and leading Hackathon facilitator

Lead Judge: Karen Courtney, Chief Marketing Officer, Fanning Howey

Robert Benson, Principal, CannonDesign
Arlen M. Solochek, FAIA, Associate Vice Chancellor for Capital Planning & Special Projects, Maricopa County Community College District

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

“How I Made It”: 40 Under 40 Winners Share Lessons + Advice on Career Advancement
Back by popular demand! In this interactive panel discussion, senior-level Under 40 winners will share their wisdom, experiences, and secrets for how they “made it”—won the big project for their firm, transitioned into senior management, greatly exceeded revenue expectations, developed their dream team, launched a breakthrough technology, etc. Learn from your peers who are leading their firms.
Facilitator: Carolyn Ferguson, FSMPS, CPSM, Owner, WinMore Marketing Advisors (40 Under 40, Class of 2006)

Robert Benson, Principal, CannonDesign (40 Under 40, Class of 2007)
Rachel Hardesty Sowards, LEED AP O+M, Executive Director, National Business Development
Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (40 Under 40, Class of 2015)
Daniel Ulbricht, Vice President, Strategic Accounts, Leopardo Companies (40 Under 40, Class of 2014)

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm – 5:00 pm

AEC Business Hackathon, Part II
The Hackathon work groups reconvene for in-depth presentations on what they’ve learned and solution they’ve developed.

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Steel Building Trolley Tour
Discover structural steel’s significant contribution to Chicago’s rich architectural heritage. As part of this year’s Under 40 program, sponsor AISC will provide a one-hour trolley bus tour highlighting famous steel structures in the Chicago Loop.

6:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Networking Reception at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
622 N. Fairbanks Court
(10 minute walk from the Hilton Chicago)

Friday, October 28, 2016
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Boxed Breakfast – To take on Architectural Boat Tour

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Architectural Boat Tour
Chicago’s most popular tour and one of the top 10 tours in the U.S. (according to TripAdvisor), the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise takes you through 125+ years of Chicago architecture and its history. Learn how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. CAF-certified docents interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River during the 90-minute cruise.

11:30 am

Summit Adjourns