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10 reasons to attend BD+C’s Under 40 Leadership Summit this fall

Why you really need to be there!

July 27, 2015 |
David Barista

Now in its fifth year, Building Design+Construction’s Under 40 Leadership Summit brings together more than 100 young AEC stars, including current and past BD+C 40 Under 40 winners, for leadership training, professional development, and networking. Here are 10 reasons you (or your staff) need to be there!

When: October 14-16, 2015
Where: Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites, Chicago
Cost: $295; after August 16: $395 (Space is limited. Book your spot today!)
Register at:


10. See the Windy City like never before

Learn about Chicago’s rich architectural history—from the South Loop’s resurgence to the city’s skyscraper marvels—during six exclusive walking tours hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


9. Stay the weekend and take in two can’t-miss architecture events

The U40 Summit coincides with two major (and free!) events. The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial kicks off in early October with several events and exhibits throughout the Loop. The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s highly popular Open House Chicago building tours will take place October 17-18.


8. Enjoy a trolley tour of Chicago’s rich history of structural steel buildings

Chicago is the birthplace of the steel-framed skyscraper (Rand McNally Building, 1911, Burnham and Root). This Wednesday evening trolley tour will take U40 Summit attendees through the history of the Windy City’s steel buildings.


7. Celebrate with the “40 under 40” Class of 2015 honorees

BD+C editors will honor the 40 under 40, Class of 2015, during a Thursday evening awards ceremony and networking reception. Find out what makes these young AEC superstars so special!   


6. Earn up to 11 AIA Learning Units

With multiple workshops, tours, keynote presentations, and educational programs, the U40 Summit is a great way to earn your learning units for the year.  


5. Develop the mindset of an AEC firm owner and leader

This high-energy workshop will draw on the expertise of firm owners and leaders at various career stages to explore the critical steps emerging professionals must take to develop the mindset to lead their firm now and into the future.


4. Learn how to transition your career from “AEC technician” to “rainmaker”

Karen O. Courtney, AIA, FSMPS, Chief Marketing Officer at Fanning Howey, will lead the Thursday morning workshop, “Making the Transition from Technician to Rainmaker.” Learn how soft skills like client relations, business development, and communication play a vital role in growing your firm and advancing your career.


3. Gain invaluable career advice from a pair of AEC legends

Gordon Gill, Founding Partner of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, will kick off the U40 Summit with a lecture on the business lessons from his storied career. Raj Gupta, CEO of Environmental Systems Design, will wrap up the conference with a talk on the future of the AEC marketplace.


2. Discover the career-advancement secrets of AEC leaders

In this interactive panel discussion, senior-level Under 40 winners will share their wisdom, experiences, and secrets for how they “made it”—won the big project for their firm, transitioned into senior management, greatly exceeded revenue expectations, developed their dream team, launched a breakthrough technology, etc.


1. Rub elbows with dozens of your AEC industry peers

The U40 Summit was created, first and foremost, to bring together the industry’s next generation of leaders. With multiple team-driven workshops and networking events, the U40 Summit offers numerous opportunities to connect with your AEC industry peers.


For more information on the event and to register, visit: Questions? Email David Barista, BD+C Editorial Director, at

David Barista | BD+C Editors
Building Design+Construction
Editorial Director

David Barista is Editorial Director of Building Design+Construction and, properties that combined reach more than 100,000 commercial building professionals, including architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners. David has covered the U.S. construction industry for more than a decade, previously serving as Editor-in-Chief of BD+C, Professional Builder, Custom Builder, and He has won numerous editorial awards, including six Jesse H. Neal Awards and multiple honors from the Construction Writers Association and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.


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