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Professional Development Opportunities

Leadership Breakfast Series
The Leadership Breakfast Series has been developed for executives and aspiring leaders to further evolve and develop themselves as thought leaders for their firms, the consulting engineering industry, and the business community. Last year this series explored Trends in Mergers & Acquisitions and hosted two exciting panel discussions - Minnesota Executives discussing the economic outlook for 2020, and state and national experts investigating the present and future for Connected and Automated Vehicles.

Women In Engineering Professional Development Series
The Women In Engineering (WIE) Professional Development luncheon series provides a meaningful opportunity for participants to identify and develop professional competencies that will support them in contributing to their organizations, communities, and advancing their career goals.

Brown Bags
Technical seminars covering many fields of practice, Brown Bag seminars are free to ACEC/MN members and provided by the presenting organization.

For the 2020-2021 program year, Brown Bags will be going online as the Virtual Brown Bag program. Presenters can apply to sponsor a session at this link.

Virtual Town Halls
ACEC/MN hosts a series of informational events with elected officials and candidates for state, federal and local office to provide our members with the opportunity to get to know these officials / candidates, learn about their priorities, share member thoughts, inform them about member firms and the engineering industry in Minnesota. These events aim to provide a friendly atmosphere to discuss engineering, infrastructure, and other policy issues facing state, national and local policy makers.

If you are an elected official / candidate who would like to participate in this series, please click here for more information.

Emerging Leaders Training
Two series for individuals committed to developing their leadership abilities. These series impart specific skills and competencies identified by top principals and young leaders within the ACEC/MN membership as critical for leadership success.

Capitol Consulting Day
Each year as part of our lobbying efforts, ACEC/MN brings a group of engineers to the Capitol to be briefed by elected officials and agency staff. Many attendees also set appointments with their own legislators, which helps to build lasting bonds with policymakers. Changes in policy have huge impacts on the engineering profession, learning how to effectively communicate your needs as a constituent and engineer is vital to making sure the voice of engineering is heard and heeded.

Other Seminars
ACEC/MN offers a wide array of programming across many topic areas - here's a sample of what was hosted in 2019-2020.

  • Primer on Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
  • The Surprising Truth to Managing Today’s Workforce
  • Energy, Mining & Renewables: A Look at the Future

Emerging Professionals Committee
This multidisciplinary hub provides professionals in the early stages of their career access to skills development, political advocacy, and outreach opportunities in a social setting.

Building Engineering & Construction Conference
This conference digs into innovation and noteworthy developments in the mechanical, electrical, and structural vertical construction markets.

Minnesota's Transportation Conference
Minnesota’s Transportation Conference, the largest transportation event in the state, explores the latest transportation innovations and provides attendees with the chance to network with other professionals.

Visit the events calendar for a complete listing of upcoming ACEC/MN events.


Please note that all ACEC/MN programming is currently being delivered online only in response to the COVID-10 pandemic.