The ACEC of Kansas Emerging Leaders Program is for individuals committed to developing their leadership abilities. This program imparts specific skills and competencies identified by top ACEC of Kansas principals as critical for leadership success. These highly interactive sessions are taught by experts in the field of business administration and people management in professional services firms. This program is only open to ACEC of Kansas member firms. The dates and locations for the 2019 ELP sessions are shown below.

 Download a PDF Schedule and Application

Wednesday and Thursday, September 11-12, 2019

Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS  66612

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Orientation – Scott Heidner, J.D. (ACEC of Kansas Executive Director)
Do you think 20 engineers will be too shy to get to know each other in a short time? Think again! ACEC Executive Director Scott Heidner will deliver a high energy presentation, and interactive sessions will have class members working and laughing together in no time at all. This critical session sets the stage for class members to work together for the next six weeks.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Leadership - Dan Oblinger (Leadercraft Corporate Education)
Leadership is an activity that improves when leaders become more skilled.  The foundational skill for leadership is listening.  An experienced hostage negotiator will give you a guided tour through the lost art of listening well.  Learn about building trust, influencing decisions, and gaining valuable insight into complex problems by being an intentional listener.  Participate in skill-building exercises that will enhance your natural style of listening by adding proven techniques used to train hostage negotiators all over the world!  Become a better leader and lover with these proven methods.

5:30 – 6:30 pm 
Reception at ACEC Office
825 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 500
Topeka, KS  66612
This will include a presentation from Steve Hall, ACEC National Vice President of Government Affairs and other ACEC Kansas leaders.

7:00 pm
Dinner as a group:  Celtic Fox

Thursday, September 12, 2019
8:30 - 10:30 am
Business Development – Mike Lally, PE, PG (Olsson Associates)
Instilling and encouraging a strong business development culture in your firm makes great business sense.  It can prove to be an important differentiator and can positively influence the firm’s project delivery, hiring and recruiting, and career development processes.  Developing a business development culture requires understanding the distinction between marketing and business development, exposing false common business development myths, recognizing the many ways in which technical staff can contribute to the business development process, and investing in strategies that yield the highest return-on-investment.

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Governmental Affairs –
  Kansas State Representative Blaine Finch  

The government’s leadership influences the overall business climate and an individual firm’s success. Business leaders need to know how to participate effectively in the public arena and build consensus.  They also need to understand how government affairs activities can help their business succeed and how to encourage active participation at the grassroots level in the firm.

1:00 pm
Voluntary Lunch (on your own):  Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant
                                                                            417 SW 37th Street
                                                        Topeka, KS 66611

Thursday and Friday, October 3-4-, 2019

Hotel at Old Town
830 E. 1st St. N.
Wichita, KS  67202

Thursday, October 3, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Risk Management - Wyatt Hoch, J.D. (Foulston Siefkin LLP)          
Carefully wording contract provisions minimizes risk to design professionals.  We’ll discuss how contract provisions allocate risks between parties and the legal effect of specific contract provisions.  Getting contracts right the first time can be the difference between a profitable project and incurring more liability than your firm can afford.

Dinner as a group: Public at Brickyard 6:00 pm
 129 North Rock Island Road
 Wichita, KS 67202

Friday, October 4, 2019
8:30 – 12:30 pm
Human Resource and Management – Dan Oblinger (Leadercraft Corporate Education)   
The most critical ongoing discussion managers have is the performance conversation. This session clearly defines the relationship between manager and employee and offers concrete strategies to manage performance, handle workplace issues, and ensure employees are engaged and satisfied

1:00 pm
Voluntary Lunch (on your own): River City Brewery 
       150 N. Mosley Street
        Wichita, KS 67202 

Monday and Tuesday, November 4-5, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kansas City - Overland Park
10100 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS  66210

Monday, November 4, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Economics of Private Practice –
Jenn Tozlian, CPA
 (KCoe Ism, LLP)

The Class will be split into two sections, the first portion will focus on basic finance terms and principles; how companies use these principles to make financial decisions and how they measure their financial success. The second portion of the class will focus on project cost fundamentals, how to interpret project cost information, and what it means to you.

5:45 pm
Dinner as a group: Garozzo's Ristornate
    9950 College Blvd
         Overland Park, KS 66210

8:30 pm
Bowling as a group:  AMF College Lanes 
10201 College Blvd
    Overland Park, KS 66210

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Senior Leaders Roundtable – Rod Young (PEC), Jeff Hancock (SMH Consultants), David Harwood (Terracon)

From Management to Leadership – Secrets of Success
Take the opportunity to network with a diverse panel of leading industry professionals. This session will culminate the Emerging Leaders Program experience.  The facilitated session gives participants a chance to ask industry leaders questions concerning industry, practices, and management.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Graduation Celebration and Lunch 


ownload a PDF Schedule and Application

If you have any questions about the Emerging Leaders Program or would like to be placed on a waiting list for the 2020 class, please contact Rachel Nincehelser at 785-357-1824 or


ACEC of Kansas
825 S. Kansas Ave, Suite 500, Topeka, KS  66612

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software