Pre-Conference Workshops

AEC C-Suite Roundtable

Full-day Preconference Session
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 8:30am –3:30pm

Connect and collaborate at SMPS SWRC’s first ever AEC C-Suite Roundtable. This curated event brings AEC leaders together for a stimulating exchange of information, ideas and insights. In this intimate forum, you will have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and peers gaining exposure to insights, trends, and fresh perspectives through candid dialogue and interactions. This roundtable is a unique opportunity to hear from visionary thinkers and unlock the value of peer collaboration: share next practices, vet new ideas, discuss and find solutions to critical issues and build productive relationships with fellow leaders. This interactive experience cultivated by you will be guided by industry experts to lead collaborative, growth-oriented sessions that will help you think strategically about the challenges facing our industry and your business and how to better position your firm to succeed.

Who Should Attend
  • CEOs
  • CFOs
  • CMOs
  • COOs
  • CDO’s
  • Vice President’s
  • Senior executives

Your Guides 
Doug Parker, FSMPS, CPSM, Managing Principal & COO, Zweig Group
Jen Newman, CPSM, Managing Director, Zweig Group


Adobe InDesign

Half Day Preconference Workshop
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 8am - 12pm

In this interactive session, you will learn how to create a multi-page document (think: proposals) from scratch - from setting up the file to importing images, formatting text, and exporting to PDF - you will leave this session with a solid understanding of the A to Zs of InDesign. Attendees will learn how and when to apply tables, how to distinguish what areas of text are best fit for graphics, and how to create masters and styles to increase efficiency

Adobe Tips and Tricks

Half Day Preconference Workshop
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 1pm - 5pm
Infographics, editing photos, and more to make your proposals and presentations shine. This course is will build on the morning session while adding in some advanced features for optimal design and efficiency.

Your Guides
TankGirl Marketing


The Essentials of Writing with Grace

Half Day Preconference Workshop
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 8am – 11:30am

Are you struggling with a cover letter? Do you need to communicate complicated information to your staff? Want to get your boss on board with your new project? Our writing needs to be organized, persuasive and effective. But, most importantly, our writing should be less about “us” and more about the reader.

We’ll begin our workshop with a chat about knowing our audience and helping our reader. Next, we’ll have a conversation about “writing with grace” and how you can apply this concept to all your writing. Then, we’ll explore tips and templates for different types of writing to help you quickly organize information, making your writing process easier and faster! We’ll talk about:

  • Effective Emails
  • Better Cover Letters
  • The Informational Pattern
  • The Problem-Solution Persuasive Pattern
  • Reader-Friendly Technical Procedures
  • Graciously Grateful Thank-You Notes

We’ll wrap up the workshop with our capstone exercise – the Extreme LEGO™ Game – where we take learning with LEGO™ bricks to a whole new level!

The Human Connection®: Bring Your Presentations to Life!

Half Day Preconference Workshop
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 1pm - 4:30pm

Want to raise your shortlist interview hit rate? Want to better connect internally with your colleagues? Want more confidence when you speak in public? Strengthen your presentation skills in this highly interactive workshop. Through teaching/discussion, theater games and exercises, and individual coaching opportunities, you will learn to:

  • Connect with your audience, large or small
  • Identify & drop nervous habits
  • Experience freedom & self confidence as a presenter
  • Simplify & strengthen your message
  • Make technical material interesting
  • Prepare & practice your material

You’ll learn more than just public speaking skills. These principles apply to all types of interpersonal communication — from one-on-one and team meetings to networking/social events and phone calls/conference calls. Finally, due to our interactive approach, this teaching goes well beyond intellectual understanding. You will actually experience the presentation/communication principles being taught.

Your Guide
Jennifer Hebblethwaite, Senior VP & Champion of All Things Grace, Graceworks Inc.