F21: First Job; First Steps Program


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Full Program

Monday, April 12

All Times EDT
10:45  - 11:00 a.m.

Conference Opening and Welcome

11:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.

Live Education Session

Little Things that will Make a Big Impact on Your Career and Project

Lessons learned from an experienced CM, junior CM, and new owner PM. Perspective from owner and consultant on the soft skills needed for success that were not taught in school. Come learn soft skills and real-world construction lessons that are not taught in class and how to apply the theories into real wolrd applications.

Brook Corney, CCM - Construction Manager - Jacobs
Tony Camarena - Project Engineer - Jacobs
Vanessa Estrada - Capital Projects Coordinator - Long Beach Airport

12:15  - 1:15 p.m.

Live Opening Plenary Session & Keynote

Think Like a Genius: Innovation, Creativity & Problem Solving

Creativity is vital to the success of your projects, and innovation is a huge key for your company to be more competitive. This session is essential for your competitive advantage and industry survival. Not only will you increase your own creativity, but you will implement ideas that will make you or company more innovative.

Brent Darnell - BDI Consulting

1:30  - 2:30 p.m.

Live Education Session

National Academy of Construction (NAC): Emerging Construction Management Technologies

This National Academy of Construction panel discussion will focus on emerging construction and construction management technologies and their potential to change tomorrow’s construction process as well as the tools available to the construction manager. Among the technologies the panel will address are 4D Construction Digital Twins, artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity. Panelists will outline both the “art of the possible” but also the new requirements and challenges they create.

Bob Prieto, FCMAA - Chairman & CEO - Strategic Program Management LLC
Greg Bentley - CEO - Bentley Systems
Aminah Robinson Fayek - Professor - University of Alberta
Carl Haas - Tier 1 Canada Research Chair - University of Waterloo, Canada

2:45  - 3:45 p.m.

Sponsor Demos

Join some of the industry's most innovative companies as they share the latest insights into the products, services, and other offerings.

4:00  - 5:00 p.m.

CMAA Focus21 Career Connection

Take this opportunity to meet with representatives from some of the industry's many organizations that are looking to fill positions. Designed to help you "get your foot in the door", you'll walk away with not only contacts at these companies, but insight on what they are looking for in new hires.

5:15  - 6:15 p.m.

Community Conversation

Please join four of CMAA’s emerging and established leaders for a conversation about how they began their careers and the choices they made over time.

Kelly Garrity, CMIT - Project Manager - Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Eric Hirani, CCM - President - Infinite Consulting Group
Carol Holland, PE, CCM - Associate Vice President - Dewberry
Drew Jeter - Executive Vice President & Chief Executive, Global Program Management - AECOM

Please note: schedule is subject to change.