April 13-14 • Virtual

Agenda

Tuesday April 13, 2021

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Opening Plenary Session with Marcus Lemonis

 

11:15 am – 11:55 am

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • People and Processes with Amanda King (Leadership)
    As contractors, often times the focus is productivity and profit. Being productive and profitable is an outcome we all want, however, are you taking the appropriate and necessary steps to get there? This session is designed to help you recognize the value of maintaining a “People First” mindset. Obtaining and retaining high performing talent must be your primary focus, followed by creating processes and systems that set them up for success. Create a more productive and profitable organization by focusing on your people first.
  • We Are All More Than You Can See: Intersectionality & Diversity with Michele Sullivan (DE&I)
    There is no such thing as knowledge about another person at first sight. Because we live in a world that frequently rewards us for looking a certain way, we’re often punished––from being bullied to teased to overlooked––for not measuring up to certain physical standards. To see a person’s real worth, and to help him or her realize it, we must grow beyond a reliance on visual cues like height and weight or skin color and shirt labels. This session will highlight how we all are so much more than we can see and why learning the skill of seeing past the surface of others leads to a more fulfilling life.
  • TSP: Truthful, Specific and Positive Feedback with Michael Allosso (Leadership)
    Feedback is a compound word with the first word being ‘feed’. Leaders nurture and feed the people who come to them for criticism with that very criticism we give them on a daily basis. Look at the first letters of truth, specificity and positive thinking: TSP. That’s the teaspoon. This session will give sources, anecdotes, guidelines, observations and pragmatic ways to give and receive feedback.
  • Driving Innovation From Within with Kaihan Krippendorff (Innovation)
    Nearly all of the most transformative innovations over the past three decades, from email and the Internet to DNA sequencing and MRI scans, were introduced by employees who did not quit their jobs, but instead took the challenge of innovating from within. This session will unveil the most common innovation barriers and share specific tools, frameworks and techniques used by successful innovators to manage and unlock the value of employees’ ideas to drive corporate innovation levels and deliver bottom-line results. You will leave this session with actionable next steps for testing and scaling ideas that generate value and growth.

12:10 pm – 12:30 pm

NECA Breakout Talks

  • Leading a Culture of Risk Management with Jeremy Cheek (Leadership)
    Every electrical contracting business, regardless of size, should promote a culture of risk management. Serious losses can reduce assets, disrupt employment, lower employee morale and create negative public perception. As a leader, you drive the elimination of negatives and foster the positives, which ultimately pays dividends to your company’s bottom line. Learn how successful contractors prioritize their risk management to gain a distinct advantage over their competitors and improve their finances at the same time.
  • Developing Inclusion Platforms and Employee Resource Groups with Karen Bazela (DE&I)
    As an organization that is focused on inclusion and diversity as a business necessity, employee resources groups are one of the avenues to offer those collaborative and safe places. At Southwire, FUSE is the umbrella with which all of the Employee Resource Groups fall under and is our overarching umbrella. These groups support our ONE Southwire approach to Build Organizational Capability through formalized training options, cross functional networking opportunities, onboarding new talent, external partnerships and collaboration with other Employee Resource Groups.
  • Disciplined Innovation with Todd Hart (Innovation)
    Innovation, left unchecked, is non-linear, unstructured, and difficult to wrangle. A disciplined approach to innovation is needed to move ideas into action. This session will discuss the business case for innovation, approaches, and how to get started.
  • Becoming a Catalyst for Growth with Bob Eaton (Leadership)
    If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that plans need to constantly change as well. This can be within your company, around you in your industry, or the entire world. In this session, we are going to explore what it means to be a catalyst for growth, the challenges that come with it, and the importance of offering customers a true knowledge base—not just a product.

12:45 pm – 1:55 pm

Lunch

  • Gatherly Networking
    Want to network with fellow attendees, NECA staff and more during your lunch break? Log into Gatherly—an innovative virtual platform—and start interacting with all of NECA Now just like you would in person!
  • Power Golf Demonstration (All skill levels welcome)
    Get ready to hit longer drives! The class is both physical and instructional, and is meant for anyone looking to hit the ball farther. Follow along with one of our PGA golf professionals and TPI Certified golf-fitness experts through stretches, workouts, and golf practice drills to help you maximize your game. Over 80% of winners on the PGA Tour have a TPI certified coach, so you’ll be learning the same moves the help the best players in the world perform their best. What to bring: If you’d like to participate along with the instructors, please come prepared with the following items: Yoga mat, athletic clothing, water, a towel & a driver We have a variety of specialty golf classes like Power Golf, where we bring in a TPI Certified golf and fitness expert. Over 80% of PGA Tour winners have a TPI Fitness coach, so you and your guests will learn to stretch, workout, and swing just like the best golf athletes in the world. You don’t have golf clubs? Not a problem! Go ahead and grab an umbrella, a cane, a short broom, a plastic vacuum hose attachment, or anything else you can find that you can hold onto and learn to swing!

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • The One And The Nine: Building Teams & Organizations That Win with Jake Wood (Leadership)
    For every 100 people in a typical organization or on your team, there are 10 people who shouldn’t even be there, 80 who at their best have a neutral impact, 9 who perform exceptionally, and one who is a true leader capable of taking command and creating a winning team or culture. This reality is forcing organizations to rethink what they know about leadership, change management, and risk. Those that can adapt will thrive, while those that refuse change will flounder and fail. This session will show how you can find and build the team needed to win life’s battles and become the “one” others look to.
  • Inclusive Leadership: Break Bias, Lead Now with Torin Perez (DE&I)
    Leadership is becoming your best in the service of others. This session will weave together stories, psychology, and actionable ideas that will inspire you to become the inclusive leader that your workplace needs. You will walk away energized with a fresh perspective to recognize bias and lead from where you are, regardless of your rank, title, or role.
  • Amplifii Your Virtual Influence with René Rodriguez (Leadership)
    We are only scratching the surface of what is possible and every profession can benefit from fully engaging the human mind and brain. With a background in behavioral neuroscience, this session will help examine this new environment we face and, armed with a refreshed identity and mission, consider what kinds of leaders we are and who we will choose to be as our world begins to re-engage.
  • Building Company Strength Through Innovation, moderated by Tauhira Ali (Innovation)
    ‘Steel on steel sharpens the blade’ as the healthy push-and-pull of leaders within an organization can strengthen its resilience. Join us for a conversation with three distinct voices of Parsons Electric as each shares their perspective on the research and development of new solutions. In this session we will explore how to set up a successful innovation practice where everyone in the company is responsible to consider new ideas, how to approach innovation in topics like prefabrication, operational excellence, lean processes, and how to get out of your own way to invest in the future of your business.

3:25 pm – 3:45 pm

NECA Breakout Talks

  • Lead With Culture with LV Hanson (Leadership)
    Culture is a driving factor in business success. From attracting top talent to driving revenue to thriving in a pandemic age, our Procore story, and lessons learned, will offer relatable and transferable leadership insights elevating culture to a premier business differentiator.
  • Effective Strategies for Building a Great Team with Steve Pemberton (DE&I)
    Building a great team can take your company further than you can imagine. This session will discuss key strategies and behaviors that drive successful teams and further collaboration. Leveraging different views to improve outcomes, understanding how to ask the right questions to build a powerful team dynamic, and building a culture of inspired engagement will be discussed.
  • Seeing The Lighter Side with Michael Allosso (Leadership)
    What is the role of humor in the workplace? Is that more or less important now? Why? How does that translate to virtual? What are the types of humor to avoid? This session will model and give examples through coaching for focus, structure, creativity, risk-taking, finding the joy and objective playing. The lesson shines through more brightly by adding the light side.
  • A Culture of Innovation with Andy Hennig (Innovation)
    Since their founding in 1902, 3M has relied on the grit and insight of their employees to grow and succeed, and a culture borne of determination with freedom to innovate continues to this day.  Discussion on the origins and impact of 3M’s “15% Culture” rule, Tech Forum, and peer-recognition rewards will provide attendees with actionable insights as a path to grow through employee empowerment.

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Plenary Session- A New Take on Diversity: Moving from Labels to Experiences

After growing up in foster care and being labeled as a boy “without a chance in the world” Steve Pemberton has never cared for labelling people. Drawing upon his experience as the former Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, this session will discuss how the conversation on diversity should move away from a sole emphasis on classifying people by their visible characteristics. Instead, we should focus on who they are and the life experience they bring. See how this approach brought increased shareholder value to Walgreens and Monster—and how it can be implemented by any company. By shifting the paradigm, you won’t just get more out of your employees. You’ll increase focus, company morale, customer engagement and top-line revenue.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Reception

  • Musical Guest: Taryn Papa
    With powerhouse vocals and a never-quit spirit, Taryn Papa is a Connecticut native who’s voice recalls the raw electricity of ‘90s country stars like Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood. With a classically charged sound built for a new era, she was a Top 17 standout on Season 19 of NBC’s The Voice in 2020, also tapping influence from vocal superstars stars like Adele, Chris Stapleton, Celine Dion, Faith Hill and Pat Benatar. Bringing a larger-than-life spirit and penchant for inspirational lyrics to her music, Papa released an ahead-of-its time independent EP titled Persuaded in 2016, and continues to fill her music rafter shaking vocal prowess and soul-stirring themes. Her first post-Voice single, “Dream Girl,” serves as the start of a new chapter, an autobiographic anthem with a timeless, country-politan sound and epic presentation. The slow grooving vocal showpiece was co-written by Papa with fellow Voice alums Gwen Sebastian and Leland Grant, as she looked back on her own story to capture the spark behind a musical drive that continues pushing her toward greater things. Sounding like a modern-day country classic with a chance to change lives, it’s just the first in a new wave of tracks to be released in the coming months, all focused on the bold optimism of taking life by the horns.
  • Virtual Jeopardy
    Inspired by the classic television game show, Virtual Jeopardy combines all the traditional game elements with state of the art technology, graphics, sounds, and game facilitation. Our professional game show host keeps the contestants engaged from the start, guiding topic selection, announcing leads and encouraging competitive banter among the contestants. Your group will be formed into teams who accumulate points together, but each participant will have the chance to ’buzz in’ an answer. For the speediest contestant, correct answers will earn points for their team. Categories include history, science, sports, pop culture or can also be customized for your group. Just don’t forget the original rule of Jeopardy – you must say your answer in the form of a question!

 

 

Wednesday April 14, 2021

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • The Kindness Diaries with Leon Logothetis (Leadership)
    Recognize your potential to give back in any way you can. This session will cover Leon’s incredible journey around the world relying solely on the kindness of others. What these good Samaritans didn’t know is the people that gave from their heart were given life-changing gifts. From a sending a homeless man back to school, to building a house for a HIV diagnosed mom in Cambodia, these gifts were his way of giving back.
  • The Age of the Multigenerational Workforce with Kim Lear (DE&I)
    Multigenerational teams outperform more homogeneous groups due to their unique and diverse experiences. While the advantages are numerous, managing multigenerational teams is easier said than done. Today’s teams are often plagued by issues regarding everything from work ethic and retention to succession and fairness and with changes each generation learns to adapt differently. This session will provide you a new appreication for the unique perspective of the generations as you navigate the challenges of building effective teams in this brave new multigenerational workforce.
  • Navigating the Overload of Construction Software moderated by Amanda Harbison (Innovation)
    There are over 4,000 software solutions that are applied to the construction industry, making the selection of construction software more difficult than ever before. This panel of NECA contractors will share their experiences with the “software overload” conundrum, discussing the issues surrounding the inundation of solutions; selection, integration, and deployment. Learn how to navigate the saturated construction software market, how their companies implement solutions, and how they approach change management to maximize data driven decisions.
  • Becoming a Change Agent in Your Environment with Dr. Rubin Cockrell (Leadership)
    Change Management and being a change agent plays a critical role in ensuring project success when changes in human behavior are required. Focusing on the personal / emotional aspects of a change agent is even more important than the organizational aspects of a business. This session explains why ongoing engagement with stakeholders is critical throughout all stages of the project and will introduce key principles, best practices, systematic framework, change elements and typical activities necessary to plan and manage effective, measurable, and sustainable change.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Plenary Session with Lisa Sun: From an Idea to a Movement: Choosing Self-Confidence and Pivoting with Purpose

People can’t be confident until they fully understand what makes them uniquely strong. Blending research from her time at McKinsey & Company and her personal story, Lisa will impart a powerful message about drawing on specific gifts to make the world a better place. Especially during challenging times, each of us can take advantage of our personal strengths, capabilities, and individual “superpower” to identify ways to uniquely contribute and open up an entire solution-set for change. With insights from her own experience pivoting GRAVITAS to support frontline workers during the pandemic, Lisa demonstrates that when you rethink elements of your life, your business, and your industry around an authentic purpose (not profit), everyone else will come along for the ride – raising their own hands to help and creating a long-term impact on their lives. You will walk away inspired and with actionable tactics to adapt to any situation in a way that has lasting purpose.

12:15 pm – 12:35 pm

NECA Breakout Talks

  • In My Experience: Why Mistakes are Useful with Tim Batty (Leadership)
    Feedback is an important mechanism to ensure that mistakes that are made aren’t re-made. Buckingham has developed a unique and proprietary system of feedback for those working in the factory. This session will explore topics like exponential feedback decay and why punishing mistakes is a mistake.
  • Building Diversity & Making Work with Candace Bridges and Michele Hix (DE&I)
    From hiring to promoting, this session will discuss key insights on how to focus on reducing bias in the workplace and create inclusive cultures that support retention and employee engagement.
  • Six Steps to Innovation with Lisa Sun (Innovation)
    Once you know your superpower, what’s next? This session will share a six-step approach to innovation, rooted in our strengths. Whether it be launching a revolutionary company, bringing that new idea to management, or pushing past failure to chase a big goal, this session will inspire you to draw on your strengths in pursuit of innovation and success.
  • Culture of Innovation with Shane Moll (Innovation)
    Milwaukee will take you through the keys to driving a cultural shift that can position your company for growth. Through this presentation they will discuss details of the journey, the changes required, and how they implemented a change in culture, that propelled the company for the future.

12:50 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch

  • Gatherly Networking
    Want to network with fellow attendees, NECA staff and more during your lunch break? Log into Gatherly—an innovative virtual platform—and start interacting with all of NECA Now just like you would in person!
  • Wine Demonstration:Insider Secrets to Exploring the World of Wine
    Masters of Wine Candidate and globe-trekking winemaker, Mike Kush, shares his insider secrets to help you explore the world of wine at home and with confidence at your next work event. In between making wine in New Zealand and Portugal, Mike teaches, sells wine, and enjoys it on his table every day. He will share his own personal wine industry insider tips from enjoying wines from every corner of the world including: how to order at meals, plan for special occasions, tips on tasting like a pro and how to learn more about wine on all budgets. Come ready, during this interactive session, Mike will answer your most pressing questions from winemaking to enjoying it in your glass.
    Topics discussed include:
    —Wine pairing tips to identify the best match for all types of situations.
    —Insider tips to help you shine during your next business event.
    —Wine trends and up-and-coming regions to explore wine on any budget.

2:15 pm – 2:55 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Getting Big Things Done: Leveraging Productivity and Optimization with Kim Lear (Leadership)
    Busyness has become a badge of honor. “I’m so busy!” now signifies status and importance. But in this quest for busyness, many people have been robbed of something much more rewarding and beneficial: true productivity. We may feel busier today than ever before because of technology, social media, and an endless array of distractions pulling at our attention, but are we accomplishing important tasks with precision? Are we focused? Are we meeting our goals? This session will provide optimization techniques to help you be more effective, more productive, and more focused on the things that really matter.
  • Diversity: Representation & Access with Lisa Sun (DE&I)
    It’s widely acknowledged that the most-diverse enterprises are the most innovative and highest-performing. This session will show how minorities can be seen and celebrated for their differences and ideas; and how everyone can create cultures where connection, equal access to senior jobs, and equal pay are the norm. Insights provided in this session will give you concrete tactics to unlock the secret of making diversity work.
  • Harnessing the Power of Belonging to Activate High Performance and Organizational Resiliency with Seth Mattison (Innovation)
    In a world of uncertainty, ambiguity, change, and transformation, leaders today face a stark reality to compete, grow, and scale the business. And while technology supports this evolution, people make it a reality. Backed by a decade of research on high-performance cultures, the neuroscience of change, and real-world applications from category-leading brands navigating transformation, this session will unpack one of the most important talent trends of the next decade to help leaders motivate, inspire and drive synergy across teams and organizational structures.
  • The Crucible: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom with Ron Bailey (Leadership)
    As a Leader, evaluating and understanding what actions need to be taken and what improvements you need to make are imperative. This session will challenge you to self-assess your leadership ability and give you an opportunity to grow your skills kit.

3:10 pm – 3:30 pm

NECA Breakout Talks

  • The Importance of a Company Diversity & Inclusion Commitment with Joe Marchese (DE&I)
    Having a formal committment to diversity is important for your company. This session will discuss diversity strategy and how to develop formal commitment to diversity with respect to vendor/supplier inclusion and employee recruitment, hiring and promotion.
  • The Difference Between Leaders and Managers with Joel Smith (Leadership)
    Being a Manager and being a Leader are two very different roles and knowing the difference between these roles is important. In this session, David Meade talks with Joel Smith of Greenlee to explore these differences and ways to focus on leading, rather than managing.
  • A Practical Approach to Inclusion and Equity with Diane Melsness (DE&I)
    Having a formal committment to diversity is important for your company. This session will discuss diversity strategy and how to develop formal commitment to diversity with respect to vendor/supplier inclusion and employee recruitment, hiring and promotion.
  • Leading High-Performance Virtual Teams: Strategies for Succeeding With a Remote Workforce with Seth Mattison (Innovation)
    As we enter a new era of digital work, leaders are faced with the challenge of reengineering their organizations for a mobile-first culture in order to drive business performance and maintain cultural cohesiveness from afar. The challenges of isolation, social distancing and working from home will give leaders a unique opportunity to create compelling new digital remote work environments that are engaging, participatory, and full of the human connection we deeply value. This session will unpack new opportunities and provide research, case studies and best practices for leaders.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

NECA Update

Join NECA for important updates and announcements

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Closing Plenary Session with Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe is excited to be addressing NECA Now for this one-of-a-kind session, sharing his passion for work, the trades and much more. From the Baltimore Opera to the QVC shopping channel, executive producer, host and best-selling author Mike Rowe has had hundreds of jobs and relishes his role as a chronic freelancer. He’s best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series “Dirty Jobs.” Mike is the CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap.
 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Reception

  • Musical Guest: Michelle Pesce
    Michelle Pesce is an internationally acclaimed DJ, Founder/CEO of the artist agency, nona entertainment and a Co-Founder of woman. collective. She was recently featured on Forbes.com and in InStyle Magazine’s 2020 Badass Women issue along with 49 others including Nancy Pelosi, Billie Eillish, Judy Chicago, Melina Matsoukas, Hoda Kotb, Kelly Clarkson and Dakota Johnson. Michelle’s ability to read a crowd and mix old with new—in hip hop, R&B, rock, electro, deep house and pop—has kept top-tier clients coming back. She is currently the most in-demand DJ for major Hollywood Award Season parties, including those for the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Emmys and Academy Awards, and she is the only DJ to spin for the Recording Academy eight times on music’s biggest night: the Recording Academy’s Official Grammys after-party.
  • Breckenridge Brewery Demonstration & Happy Hour
    Join us for a virtual tour of the famous Colorado Breckenridge Brewery. Learn about the brewery’s history, brewing process, and tasting check that produces some of Colorado’s finest craft beer. After that we Todd Thibault will host a live Happy Hour and hold an open forum discussion about the brewery, and beer. Thibault has been with the company for 20+ years and has all the knowledge!
    Beers that we will be tasting:
    —Breckenridge Vanilla Porter or a local Flavored Porter (vanilla is preferred) or a local Porter
    —Breckenridge Avalanche Ale or a local Amber Ale
    —Breckenridge Juice Drop or a local Hazy IPA