Let's have transformative conversations.
It has been a year (and then some) since we’ve gathered for in-person events. Now that there’s a desire to get back together, it’s time to get real and talk about what’s important. And we’ll do that at A/E/Connections.
Business has changed and that means our conversations need to change also. We need to talk about the economy. Finding and retaining talent. Workplace culture. And not just leadership—the right kind of leadership.
With A/E/Connections, we’ll meet in person where we’ll have courageous and transformative conversations about what’s next in A/E/C marketing and business development, among other topics. From lively roundtable discussions on managing up and leadership to building and nurturing relationships and work balance, these networking-in-the-round conversations will expand your thinking around developing and implementing new strategies, which can be brought back to your team and firm. Sessions will be facilitated by industry trailblazers.
A/E/Connections is heading to Newport Beach, California on October 26 in partnership with the SMPS Inland Empire, SMPS Los Angeles, SMPS Orange County, and SMPS San Diego chapters.
Attendance for the one-day program is limited. We encourage attendees to sign up now and reserve your hotel room.
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel Reservation Portal
1107 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Hotel Room Block Dates: October 25-26, 2021
Event Date: October 26, 2021
- Single Rate: $199.00
- Balcony View: $209.00
- Pool View: $214.00
|8:00 AM – 9:00 AM||Registration & Breakfast|
|9:00 AM – 9:45 AM||Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote|
|9:45 AM – 10:00 AM||Break|
|10:00 AM – 12:15 PM||Networking in the Round | Facilitated Roundtable Discussions|
|12:15 PM – 1:00 PM||Lunch/Technology Break|
|1:00 PM – 2:00 PM||Panel Discussion|
|2:00 PM - 2:15 PM||Break|
|2:15 PM – 3:30 PM||Closing Keynote & Discussion|
|3:30 PM – 4:00 PM||Key Takeaways & Wrap- Up|
|4:00 PM – 5:00 PM||Happy Hour - Networking and Social|
|All sessions are in Pacific Time.|
A/E/Connections Featured Speakers
Nikkolas Smith: Opening Keynote Speaker
Leveraging Your Creative Voice To Be Heard
Nikkolas Smith, a native of Houston, Texas, is an Artivist, children’s book author, and Hollywood film illustrator. He is the author/illustrator of The Golden Girls of Rio, nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and My Hair Is Poofy And That’s Okay. As an illustrator of color, Nikkolas is focused on creating captivating art that can spark important conversations in today’s world and inspire meaningful change. Many of his viral and globally published sketches are included in his book Sunday Sketch: The Art of Nikkolas. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
With a simple drawing ritual that started as a therapeutic moment for him and shaped his career and style, illustrator and author Nikkolas Smith will invite you to create a speed painting with him, as a tool to reshape important conversations and topics in today’s world and how you can use your artistic voice and your important perspective in different career fields.
Stacy Stout, FSMPS, CPSM: Closing Keynote Speaker
Is it time to reinvent your swing? Building your brand is a continuous focus on elevating your game!
A continuous focus on elevating your brand is how you join the mighty. But what does it take the be the G.O.A.T.? The answer lies in a company’s willingness to innovate. Whether that’s in the form of technology or process, accepting change and driving for better outcomes separates the good from the great – or more importantly, those brands that thrive and not just survive.
|Registration Type||SMPS Member||SMPS Fellow||SMPS Nonmember|
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