CONSTRUCT Young Professionals Program

Engaging the next generation of the AEC industry.

Young Professionals are the future leaders of tomorrow. At CONSTRUCT we understand the importance of equipping these bright minds with the right tools to succeed in the AEC industry. CONSTRUCT has tailored a program just for Young Professionals to provide them with the training, networking, mentoring, and education they need to boost their careers to the next level.  

Young Professionals Program

Benefits of the Young Professionals Program

Benefits of the Young Professionals Program

As part of the Young Professionals Program at CONSTRUCT, you will be able to take advantage of the following benefits to help you expand your career and industry knowledge.
  • Networking and relationship building with a diverse group of industry peers
  • Mentoring with industry veterans to increase knowledge and support
  • Professional development through education sessions*, demos, and hands-on training
  • Reduced registration rates for Young Professional attendees
  • Interactive Luncheon as part of the Young Professionals Program*


"As a young professional, it can be tough to navigate the early part of your career. YP Day at CONSTRUCT took my career to the next level through valuable educational seminars, networking practice sessions and a chance to meet others at the same career level. In one particular session, I had an opportunity to network with seasoned mentors who I may otherwise not have access to and still stay in touch with today. I highly recommend YP Day -- it's the single best conference experience I have had thus far to take my career to the next level."  

~Lauren Conners Anderson, Architectural Sales Representative, Conners Sales Group & President, DC Chapter CSI

Young Professionals (YP) Day Program

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

2018 Program Details:

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • 8:00am – 8:40am    Continental Breakfast/Introductions/Goals
  • 8:40am – 9:00am    How We Roll at CONSTRUCT with LeeAnn Slattery
    • Explore how to get the most value out of Young Professionals Day and CONSTRUCT 2018
  • 9:00am – 9:15am      Networking Tips with Eric Lussier
    • You know networking is important, but do you really know how to make new connections? We'll show you how!
  • 9:30am – 11:30am     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.
  • 11:30am – 11:37am     Clueless to Dangerous with Beth Stroshane
    • Learn a couple of tricks about both the industry and CONSTRUCT, so you go home with something valuable from the exhibit hall, the education sessions, and the networking.
  • 11:37am – 11:50am     Set Yourself Apart with Cherise Lakeside
    • Explore ways that Young Professionals can set themselves apart and stand out among their peers on the road to leadership and success.
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm    Archispeak Interactive Luncheon: Real Talk About Challenges, Opportunities & Innovations Surrounding AEC Teams
    • Join the conversation with the hosts of the popular Archispeak Podcast, Evan, Neal, and Cormac as they share their brand of real talk. Event will be moderated by Cherise Lakeside 
  • 1:10pm - 2:25pm        Afternoon Session of Your Choice
    • Select from sessions WE16, WE17, WE18, WE19, WE20, or WE21
  • 2:40pm - 3:40pm      Afternoon Session of Your Choice
    • Select from sessions WE22, WE23, WE24, WE25, or WE26 (2:40 pm to 5:30 pm)
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm      Afternoon Session of Your Choice
    • Select from sessions WE27, WE28, WE29, WE30, or WE31

YP Day Program Developed By: Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT

"I am incredibly honored to be leading my 4th YP Day at CONSTRUCT in 2018.  Helping our young professionals grow, connect and set themselves apart in the industry is critical and rewarding beyond measure.  This program is valuable for YP's in any area of the Architecture, Engineering, Construction industry and facilitates connections and knowledge that will resonate for years to come.  Professionally, this is my higher calling!"  - Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT

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 two architectural firms during her 30-year career in AEC. Cherise is currently a Specifier at LSW Architects in Vancouver, Washington and Co-founder of  She is the immediate Past President of the Portland Chapter of CSI and a Director-at-Large on the Institute Board. She is particularly passionate about her joint effort, grass roots project LetsFixConstruction.Com, young professional development and improving project coordination and communication. They call her the #CSIKraken. Connect with her on LinkedIn or you can follow her on Twitter @CheriseLakeside.

*Applicable to YP Full Education Package and YP Day Program Package registrants only.