At CONSTRUCT we have an educational program and sessions that were developed for the Emerging Professionals in the AEC industry. The goal of the program is to provide the next generation with the opportunities for AEC community engagement, expand their industry knowledge, and provide them with professional development. From the specialized Emerging Professionals Day program to sessions like Passing your CDT exam, we have a variety of education to fit the needs of emerging professionals.

Emerging Professionals Day - Developed By: Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT

The Emerging Professionals Day Program is available to professionals or students that are 35 years or younger. 

2019 Program Details:

Wednesday, October 9th

  • 7:30 – 8:00 am    Continental Breakfast/Coffee/Meet & Network with your Peers
  • 8:00 – 8:15 am     Introductions/About the Emerging Professionals Program with Cherise Lakeside & Eric Lussier 
  • 8:15 – 8:30 am     How We Roll at CONSTRUCT with LeeAnn Slattery 
    •   How to get the most value out of Emerging Professionals Day and CONSTRUCT.
  • 8:30 – 8:45 am     Networking at CONSTRUCT: Lifetime Connections with TJ Gottwalt
    • How best to connect and network with other industry professionals at CONSTRUCT.
  • 8:45 – 9:00 am     Leadership has No Age Requirement with Ali LaManna 
    • Leadership can take many different forms. Learn from this Emerging Professional’s leadership experiences.  Put your fears aside and learn why it is important to say “yes” to new and unfamiliar opportunities.
  • 9:15 – 11:00 am     Speed Mentoring 
    •    Meet one on one or in very small groups with leaders in the industry.  Learn more about their career paths,  challenges they have overcome, and advice they have for those just starting out.
  • 11:15 – 11:30 am     Your Personal Brand - Build, Deploy and Win! with Brent Williams  
    • Knowing how your personal and business reputations translate onto social platforms is critical. This discussion will teach you what a personal brand is, how to define it, how building it will increase your  value to your employer and the importance of moving your reputation into the digital environment.
  • 11:30 – 11:45 am     Set Yourself Apart with Cherise Lakeside 
    • Explore ways that Emerging Professionals can set themselves apart and stand out among their peers on the  road to leadership and success.
  • 11:45 – 11:50 am     Q & A 
  • 12:00 - 1:15 pm     Lunch on Own OR Register to Attend LUN: “It’s All BS!  How Your Belief System Keeps You From Winning”  presented by Dr. Jason Richardson.   
    • The luncheon is discounted from $65 to $15 for Emerging Professionals who have purchased the Emerging  Professionals Program.
  • 1:25 - 2:25 pm     Attend an educational sessionincluded with Emerging Professionals Program (select from WE16-WE20)
  • 2:40 - 3:40 pm     Attend an educational session included with Emerging Professionals Program (select from WE21-WE25)
  • 4:00 - 5:30 pm     Attend an educational sessionincluded with Emerging Professionals Program (select from WE26-WE30)

Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT, has experience with many facets of the
project team in the built environment. She has worked in many roles in
construction, MEP Engineering and largely for three architectural firms during her 30+ year career in AEC. Cherise is now the Senior Specification Writer for RDH Building Science.  She is a Past President of the Portland Chapter of CSI and a Director-at-Large on the Institute Board. She is particularly passionate about young professional development, public speaking and improving project coordination and communication. They call her the #CSIKraken. Connect with her on LinkedIn or you can follow her on Twitter @CheriseLakeside.