Tentative Agenda is in Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Wednesday, October 12

Federal Construction HR Workshop

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Lunch & Sponsor Presentation

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Session (To Be Announced)

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Break

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Session (To Be Announced)

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Session (To Be Announced)

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Break

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

First-Time Attendee Orientation 

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

HR & Training Networking

Thursday, October 13

2022 Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Culture & Retention Unlocked: Clarity, Commitment, Consistency

The game has changed for organizations around attracting and retaining talent, and the dynamics of employee experience that produce engaged, high-performing teams and reduce turnover. This hands-on, extremely engaging session will fundamentally transform how attendees understand and drive culture and employee experience in their organization. Galen simplifies this complex topic into a tangible, practical approach to establish an exceptional organizational culture that employees will thrive in. Participants will laugh and learn while gaining knowledge, tools, and useful takeaway resources to put Galen’s content into practice immediately. This session will permanently raise the bar for leaders, team members, and organizations in a profound way.

Speaker: Galen Emanuele, Keynote Speaker + President, Shift Yes

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Construction HR 101 Panel

Speakers: Jaime Andress, MBA, SPHR, Caddell Construction

Seniye Groff, Fortis Construction Inc.

Louis Pounds, PHR, SHRM-CP, SAK Construction LLC 

More information coming soon.

How to Effectively Onboard and Develop Field Staff

Onboarding and training are crucial steps that set a directional tone for new and existing employees. It is a great opportunity to enhance your culture and show your employees their value. In our increasingly competitive market, in order to stand out as a leader, we have to offer first-in-class onboarding and training programs. During this session, we will show you how to create a comprehensive onboarding and training program that delivers the necessary training to develop employees in their job roles, understand their development path, and participate as active and healthy team members.

Speaker: Andrea Wright, CTP Solutions, LLC;

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Designing a Culture of Feedback

Feedback done well within organizations is imperative to building trust, growth, and accelerating improvement. The ability to skillfully give and receive feedback is a requirement for personal and professional growth, effective leadership, and it reduces a lot of unnecessary static and conflict on teams.

In this session, Galen shows teams how to build a culture of feedback where it is not viewed as criticism, but an opportunity to improve, strengthen relationships, and contribute to each other’s growth and success. Attendees will learn how to establish and embrace an environment that is open and receptive to feedback; where it’s productive, safe, welcome, and sought after. He will provide a simple, effective model for skillfully giving and receiving feedback to create a familiar structure and common language so that the process and experience is positive and consistent across the team.

Speaker: Galen Emanuele, Keynote Speaker + President, Shift Yes

Outreach to Future Workforce

A panel of organizations in Central Florida working together to reach out to students from kindergarten to 12th grade will review what has been done to get students interested in construction. They also will discuss how members of the construction industry and education sector are partnering together to encourage the youth to think about careers in construction by offering summer camps, events, internships. and partnerships.

Speakers: Christina Lopez, Garney Construction (Moderator)

Panelists: Tara Hagood, NCCER; Kelly Phelan, NAWIC; Debbie Rodriguez, iBUILD

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Session To Be Announced

More information coming soon.

Considerations in Designing an Inclusive Wellbeing Program

Health, well-being, and human performance continue to be a strategic imperative and value of many organizations. To be effective, workplace wellness programs need to evolve beyond HR function and move into full-scale corporate initiatives.

Speaker: Julie Taffera, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

1:30PM – 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Using Actionable Data to Lower Healthcare Costs

With employee retention and talent acquisition critical in today’s recruiting environment, offering a competitive benefits program is imperative. However, with trend averaging 7-10% annually, how can employers afford to continue to offer medical benefits that attract employees? 

Speaker: Julie Taffera, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. 

Project Fast Start

This session will provide an overview of a 3-month program that has been implemented with groups of Nabholz employees starting in 2018, including why they needed a Project Fast Start Program, how it started, and what the program looks like today.

The specific mission of Project Fast Start is to educate and empower new and future managers at the project level to help prepare them for success on their projects and in their career.

Speaker: Chris Kotter, Nabholz Construction

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Two Down – Two (or Six) to Go: Labor & Employment Law Update After Two Years of the Biden Administration

The two years of the Biden Administration has proven to be an eventful one in labor and employment law for construction industry employers. This session will provide an up-to-date summary of the recent developments in labor and employment law and offer practical tips on how construction employers can adapt to satisfy them. 

Speaker: Stuart Buttrick, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP 

REACH: Difficult Communication Made Simple

Communication problems are at the root of employee disputes. Teaching communication skills hasn’t made it better. With a simple concept called “REACH,” you can help your employees solve their most difficult problems and improve their relationships in and out of work. 

Speaker: Eli Embleton, Zachry Construction Corporation 

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mental Health in the Workplace

The topic of mental health is a hot button issue in society, and the workplace is no different! Telling employees to “leave their home life at the door” is no longer acceptable, nor is it possible. Employees need to know that good mental health is just as important as good physical health, and that their employer is supportive of this initiative. In doing so, we can help end the stigma associated with mental health issues. 

Speaker: Richard Rouse, Force Construction Co., Inc./Force Design, Inc. 

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Break

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Event / Cocktail Reception


Friday, October 14

2022 Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Soar With Your Strengths

This session will provide attendees with an overview of Gallup’s extensive, ongoing research into how people can become highly effective by intentionally applying their unique talents and strengths. Session attendees will learn about their own natural potential for excellence and receive information on how to use their CliftonStrengths report to start to apply their unique talents for greater personal and professional success.

Note: attendees are encouraged to take the CliftonStrengths assessment prior to attending this session.

Speaker: Shawna Hunt, Gallup

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Break

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Year Two Engagement Survey Follow Up

This session will provide a follow up to the Gallup Engagement Survey deployed by the STO Building Group in 2022, representing the second year in the process. We will explore how the organization changed, what challenges we face going forward, how data reflects current culture, and share unique insights between year one and year two. 

Speaker: Mark Surma, STO Building Group 

A Lot is Happening in the World of I-9 Compliance

As the construction industry and the working world return to post- COVID normalcy, lots is happening related to I-9 compliance and I-9 Audits conducted by ICE. Since mid-March 2020, DHS has permitted Remote Virtual Verification in some situations. It has had little impact on the construction industry. But now DHS may permit Remote Virtual Verification in most cases. What will that mean for the construction trades? DHS has also proposed to return to the 1-page Form I-9 with Section 3 as a supplemental page and many other smaller changes. Is this a good thing? DHS issued new priorities in October 2021 for Worksite Enforcement. What are these priorities? Additionally, after a 2-year pause in ICE I-9 Audits, they have returned. Are you ready for an ICE I-9 audit? 

Speaker:  Bruce Buchanan, Littler Mendelson 

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Construction Compensation – Getting Ready For 2023

Are we venturing into “construction compensation 2.0” or is time to get back to basics? By studying our explosive inflation, turnover, expansion needs, talent shortages, and the growing cost of labor gives us an opportunity to overhaul and improve our compensation programs for years to come. This is one of those rare times when we get the chance to turn a negative into a positive; call it a reset. This session will explore pay practice research, trends, behaviors, practices, and strategies of successful, and not so successful, compensation programs.  

Speaker: Jeff Robinson, PAS, Inc. 

(REPEAT) A Lot is Happening in the World of I-9 Compliance

As the construction industry and the working world return to post- COVID normalcy, lots is happening related to I-9 compliance and I-9 Audits conducted by ICE. Since mid-March 2020, DHS has permitted Remote Virtual Verification in some situations. It has had little impact on the construction industry. But now DHS may permit Remote Virtual Verification in most cases. What will that mean for the construction trades? DHS has also proposed to return to the 1-page Form I-9 with Section 3 as a supplemental page and many other smaller changes. Is this a good thing? DHS issued new priorities in October 2021 for Worksite Enforcement. What are these priorities? Additionally, after a 2-year pause in ICE I-9 Audits, they have returned. Are you ready for an ICE I-9 audit? 

Speaker: Bruce Buchanan, Littler Mendelson 

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Break

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

DEI Session

Speaker: Seniye Groff, Fortis Construction Inc. 

More information coming soon.

Construction Outlook: Recession or Rebound?

Demand for many types of construction has been strong despite labor shortages, volatile materials costs, and clogged supply lines. But there are growing concerns that a slowing economy may drag down construction in the near future. Ken Simonson, chief economist for AGC of America, will review the latest developments affecting construction labor, materials, and project types, and provide his fearless forecast for the coming year. 

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM

Break

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Closing Plenary Session (More Information Coming Soon)

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Your flight home should be scheduled to depart after 3:00 PM MST

About the Conference

AGC’s Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference is the premier education and networking destination for HR, training and workforce development professionals in the construction industry.

For Training Professionals: Stay up-to-date with the cutting-edge techniques being used in the world of training and development.

For HR Professionals: Find out whether you’re maintaining compliance with current employment laws and best practices.

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