The AGC MA ELDS is a structured program starting with a two hour DISC Assessment session followed by eight (8) 90 minute sessions delivered every other week over four (4) months. Sessions will focus on construction business and leadership/management topics. Each session will be taught by one or more senior personnel of an AGC MA Member Firm providing participants industry expertise and access to role models. The ELDS is intended to provide AGC MA members with the opportunity to invest in employees who are underrepresented in middle and senior management roles.
The AGC MA ELDS will include two networking opportunities: one between the participants, immediately following the DISC Assessment session and a second between the participants, their sponsors and the series instructors. The purpose of these events is to develop a network of support to the participants throughout their careers.
At the conclusion of the program, there will be a graduation in which students will receive a certificate noting their achievement. Participants must attend all sessions to be eligible. The objective is that the participants will receive a valuable credential that will increase their value within their organization and beyond.
Participants must apply with the support of a sponsor from their organization. Sponsors will play an active role throughout the series by conducting monthly check-ins and reviews.
ELDS 2021 Program Schedule
September 7, 2021: Pre-session DISC Assessment with Krysta Van Ranst followed by a networking mixer.
Understanding your DISC profile and the profile of others can help shape how you manage by recognizing how to work best and motivate those with different styles. In this workshop, you will learn how to apply your understanding of different DISC profiles and your knowledge of our company culture to your management approach.
September 14, 2021: The Business of Construction I (Technical and Leadership)
JC Burton, CEO, Maven Construction & John McLaughlin, President, Sullivan & McLaughlin
This initial session will discuss the program objectives and personal benefits to participants, including strategies to maximize the benefits of the program.
September 28, 2021: The Business of Construction II (Technical and Leadership)
Mike O'Brien, Business Unit Leader Massachusetts/Northern New England, Gilbane Building Company & Lisa Wexler, President, Elaine Construction
This session will focus on the business aspects needed in a successful construction business, including the profit drivers, primary risks, and steps taken to maximize success.
October 12, 2021: The Project Start to Finish (Technical)
Maureen Kirkpatrick, Vice President, Operation Manager, Turner Construction
A private hospital project is very different from a public water treatment plant. This session focuses on the different project delivery methods used in different types of construction, the distinctions involved and the life cycle of a project from start to finish.
October 19, 2021: Networking and Business Development (Leadership)
Andrew Baker, PE, Dellbrok | JKS & Jeff Cammuso, Director - Business Development, Shawmut Design & Construction
Relationships are an essential part of construction, both in procuring business and in getting things done. This session will discuss concrete strategies for creating an expanded network of meaningful connections.
November 2, 2021: Risk Management, Contracts, and Construction Law I (Technical)
Brad Gordon, General Counsel & Secretary, Gilbane Building Company & Paul James, Senior V.P. of Risk Management, BOND
This session will discuss the disputes process, including both informal and formal dispute resolution. The session will also discuss some of the legal frameworks affecting construction projects, including insurance considerations, the Massachusetts Prompt Pay and Retainage acts, the lien statute, and other rules that may impact the project.
November 16, 2021: Risk Management, Contracts and Construction Law II (Technical)
Ken Rubinstein, Director, Preti Flaherty & Michael Roche, General Counsel, Commodore Builders
This session will discuss the process of negotiating the prime contract. The discussion will include the pros and cons of the different project delivery methods, along with the key risk factors that Contractors should look to address in the prime contract. The session will also discuss the negotiation of the subcontract, including key provisions in most standard subcontracts and how these provisions operate to protect the contractor, and how to address common objections from subcontractors.
November 30, 2021: Building Relationships, Management and Effective Communication (Leadership)
Marianne Monte, Strategic Chief People Officer, Shawmut Design & Construction
Understanding how to communicate is critical in today's economy, and dealing with employees, supervisors, clients, subcontractors, and architects all takes different skill sets. This session teaches effective management and communication skills for dealing with all the constituents on a construction project.
December 14, 2021: Negotiation Skills (Leadership)
Shaun Lover, President, Columbia & Christy Murphy, P.M., Compass Project Management
Negotiation is an essential part of business, whether in securing new business or dealing with conflict on a project. This session will help you to become a better negotiator, by learning the most effective strategies and tactics for persuading others.