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The Podcast designed exclusively for engineering, architecture, and construction industry leaders who want to stay relevant and effective and help their firms grow and prosper

  • Episode 33

    HR as a True Business Partner

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Liz Uzzo, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Partner at H2M architects + engineers. Liz embodies the fact that HR done well is so much more than just essential overhead – it’s true strategic support that not only helps you succeed with leadership succession and major firm growth, it can also help you succeed during times of crisis, even when you’re at the epicenter of it all.

  • Episode 32

    Welcome to Season 2 of the AEC Leadership Today Podcast!

    Welcome to Season 2 of the AEC Leadership Today Podcast, a podcast for architecture, engineering, and construction industry leaders who want to stay relevant and effective and help their firms grow and prosper. In today’s episode, I’ll walk you through what’s in store for the upcoming season and how we expect to serve you moving forward.

  • Episode 31

    Advancing AEC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in 2020

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features our first return guest, Rico Quirindongo, a principal architect at DLR Group. Our conversation picks up right where we left off focusing on what leaders can do to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion, especially now.

  • Episode 29

    How to Maximize the Value of Your Firm

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Tracey Eaves. Tracey is a highly experienced and insightful business valuation consultant with Zweig Group, and our focus is on the actions we must take to maximize the value and the overall success of our firm.

  • Episode 27

    Change Management Essentials for Normal Times and Now

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Tammy Jordan, founder and principal of the Leader Consulting Group. We walk through the fundamentals of change management, the risks to both leaders and organizations when change is managed poorly, why change management can be so difficult, and how we can succeed with different types and aspects of change – especially now.

  • Episode 26

    Starting the Conversation to Advance Mental Health and Wellness at Work

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Mike Glen. Mike is a former professional engineer who became a vice-president at the Lindner Center of HOPE. Mike is an educator and advocate for greater mental health awareness at work, helping leaders start the conversation to both better serve their people and their business.

  • Episode 25

    Impactful by Design: Mission-Based Success in AEC

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Dr. Kit Miyamoto, global CEO of Miyamoto International and president of Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief. Our focus is on how to design business success through an impactful mission and a bona fide social agenda.

  • Episode 24

    Productizing Your Services for Success in AEC

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Gregg Yanchenko, a practicing architect and co-founder of both HELENE·KARL Architects and the AEC Tech platform, BidDocs ONLINE. We dive deep into what it looks like and what it takes to successfully innovate and productize a service in AEC.

  • Episode 22

    The Business Case and Starting Place for Better CX

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Ryan Suydam. Ryan is the Chief Experience Officer and co-founder of Client Savvy. Our focus is on client experience (i.e., “CX”) and how becoming better deliverers can help us drive better business outcomes.

  • Episode 21

    Building a Better Future Through Modern Leadership

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Mitch Fortner. Mitch is the President of KSA Engineers serving Texas and the surrounding areas, and he shares how we can advance our collective success by building people who build the future.

  • Episode 20

    The Power of Behavioral Assessments for Growth and Development

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Reid Tolley. Reid is president of Talent Matters, LLC and a Certified Master Coach. Reid has lived and worked around the world for well-known organizations as an HR practitioner, and has developed a practice bringing behavioral assessments to AEC firms and leaders.

  • Episode 19

    How to Design an Effective Firm-Wide Training & Development Program

    Today's episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Carol Martsolf, vice president and director of training for Urban Engineers. She has been leading the charge for Urban Engineers' training and development program for over a decade. If you’re a leader looking to develop an effective training and development program for your firm, this episode is for you.

  • Episode 18

    Better Onboarding for Greater Success

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Kristen Gallagher. Kristen is the founder and CEO of Edify and a learning design expert. Her work with onboarding is designed to increase talent retention, reduce time to productivity, and improve both knowledge sharing and business results whether we are growing organically or through mergers and acquisition.

  • Episode 17

    Building a Successful Recruiting Pipeline

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Lindsay Pearsall. Lindsay is the director of human resources at Aspect Consulting based in the pacific northwest. Lindsay has been on all sides of recruiting and she speaks around the country teaching others how they can be more successful.

  • Episode 16

    The Evolution of Employee Engagement and HR

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Bob Kelleher. Bob is an author, speaker, and president and founder of the Employee Engagement Group. Bob is an internationally known pioneer and expert in employee engagement and a long-time AEC industry insider.

  • Episode 15

    How to Successfully Start, Grow, and Lead a Firm Today

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Yung Koprowski. Yung is the Principal and Founder of Y2K Engineering. Yung is a successful modern leader and role model, operating with poise and wisdom well beyond her years. She has a deep personal drive and passion that both attracts and engages.

  • Episode 14

    Impacting Lives and Communities Through Caring and Connection

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Avery Bang. Avery is the President and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, an organization that literally connects isolated communities to essential healthcare, education, and commerce. Her and her team’s work both saves lives and creates opportunities and positive change for people today and for generations to come. And this is not an overstatement!

  • Episode 13

    The Intersection of Gratitude and Excitement

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features an overview of where we have been thus far on the podcast. It features a reflection of all the guests we’ve had over the first dozen episodes and previews some of the guests and topics we have planned moving forward.

  • Episode 12

    Achieving and Succeeding with Employee Engagement

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Nikki Lewallen. Nikki is a champion for employee engagement and the development of a people-first culture. Nikki is an accomplished leader, business development pro, speaker, and philanthropist. In addition to being a leadership mentoring and performance coach partner, Nikki is the host of a popular employee engagement podcast and CEO of Rainmakers, and she is here to talk all about how to become a people-first leader and organization.

  • Episode 10

    Cyber Security Threats and Protections

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features J. Dale Crow. Dale is a Senior Vice President at Risk Strategies, and he is passionate about risk management for AEC and professional services firms.

  • Episode 9

    Setting a Standard in Disaster Relief Engineering

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features David Bowman. David is an accomplished professional engineer and leader at Neel-Schaffer. He has held various roles serving communities throughout Mississippi and adjacent States on environmental, water, and wastewater projects over the course of his career. He also played a lead role in designing the clean-up and restoration effort in several communities following Hurricane Katrina.

  • Episode 8

    "Walking the Talk" and Elevating the Industry

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Chad Clinehens. Chad is the president and CEO of Zweig Group, a leading research, publishing, and consulting firm for the AEC industry. His mission now that he is in this position is to elevate the AEC industry.

  • Episode 7

    Advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Rico Quirindongo. Rico is a principal architect at DLR Group and Civic Design Leader for their Northwestern Region. Rico believes that through proactive design, vision, and multi-agency collaboration, opportunities for social change can be realized through our work as professionals.

  • Episode 6

    The ROI of Coaching

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features John Ramstead. John is a certified leadership coach who works with top leaders and organizations to implement effective coaching for the benefit of their employees and their organizations as a whole.

  • Episode 5

    Developing Engineers and Managers

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Anthony Fasano. Anthony is an author, a speaker, and the host of three highly downloaded engineering podcasts. He is the founder of The Engineering Management Institute and an engineering career coach.

  • Episode 4

    Behaviors that Build Winning Cultures

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Patrick Veroneau. Patrick is the founder of the Emery Leadership Group, where he works with organizations to develop behaviors that help leaders and employees foster lasting relationships.

  • Episode 3

    Engaging, Growing, and Retaining Your Female Engineers

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Stephanie Slocum, the founder of Engineers Rising LLC and an author who previously worked as a structural engineer for fifteen years. She is also the creator of the Fearless program where she manages virtual group mentoring and career development for female engineers.

  • Episode 2

    Strategic Planning that Works

    Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Doug Reed, management consultant, former AE principal, and author. Doug is the president of FosterGrowth and specializes in strategic planning and strategy execution.

  • Episode 1

    Welcome to the AEC Leadership Today Podcast

    Welcome to AEC Leadership Today, a podcast for architecture, engineering, and construction industry leaders who want to stay relevant and effective in the modern workplace. In today’s episode, listen to our host Peter Atherton introduce himself and the podcast.

About the Podcast

This show takes on the most pressing issues facing the AEC industry in the 21st century from EX to CX, strategic planning to succession planning, and everything in-between associated with the business of AEC, industry trends, HR and recruiting, marketing and branding, and personal and professional growth and development.

Watch this space and join the conversation with host Peter C. Atherton, PE, and other AEC industry insiders, practitioners, and subject-matter-experts!

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About the Host

Peter C. Atherton, P.E. is an AEC industry insider having spent more than 20 years as a successful professional civil engineer, principal, major owner, and member of the board of directors for high-achieving firms.  Pete is now the President and Founder of ActionsProve, LLC, author of Reversing Burnout. How to Immediately Engage Top Talent and Grow! A Blueprint for Professionals and Business Owners, and the creator of the I.M.P.A.C.T. process. Pete works with AEC firms and leaders to grow and advance their success through better strategic planning and implementation, executive coaching, leadership and management development, performance-based employee engagement, and corporate impact design.