Conference Topics

Topic I: Amplify Your Leadership Power Skills

Beyond being technically qualified and committed to ethical practices, PEs are leaders. NSPE is seeking skills-focused presentations for all career levels.

  • Communications
    • Presentation skills
    • Public speaking
    • Media relations
    • Preparing to be an expert witness
    • Technical report writing (TX has done this in past and has suggested speaker)
    • Proposal writing/preparation (TX has done this in past and has suggested speaker)
    • Communicating with political representatives and community stakeholders
  • Management
    • Goal setting
    • Delegating
    • Problem-solving
    • Evaluating performance
    • Recruiting and managing talent (and retention)
    • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Collaboration
    • Working with clients and stakeholders
    • Managing diverse teams
    • Maximizing performance of engineering and multi-disciplinary teams

Topic II: Stay informed about Issues and Trends Impacting the Profession

The workplace environment is constantly changing and evolving. NSPE is seeking presentations addressing the latest issues and trends impacting PEs and the engineering industry. What are the areas PEs should know, understand, and be able to discuss as leaders in their firms, organizations, and engineering community?

  • Engineering Trends and Issues
    • Food and water security
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data securing
    • Climate variability, sustainability, and resilience
    • Power grids and supplying robust power
    • “It’s all infrastructure.” Understanding PEs’ responsibility in infrastructure change
    • Supplying renewable energy when the wind isn’t blowing
    • Understanding Infrastructure funding
    • Big data usage on projects – capturing, understanding, using, securing
  • Workplace Trends and Issues
    • Managing and leveraging remote and hybrid workplaces
    • Lessons learned from COVID and working in a post-COVID environment
    • Supporting staff in times of crisis
    • Understanding multi-generational workplaces
    • Creating an inclusive work environment
    • Personal development needs for entry level engineers post COVID (COVID impacts on academic skills) Identify gaps…
    • Crisis Management (Active shooter scenario preparation)

Topic III: Invest in Your Career

Choosing a career as a professional engineer is an intentional act by engineers committed to the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Whether newly licensed or a PE with years of experience, engineers manage their careers to stay relevant, build on past performance and “create a world where the public can be confident that engineering decisions affecting their lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professionals.” NSPE is seeking career development topics that will help engineers at all career stages achieve their highest potential.

  • Business basics
    • Multi-jurisdictional licensure
    • Engineering ethics
    • Risk-management
    • Marketing and business development
    • Compliance and reporting
    • The business case for diverse teams
    • Conducting meetings in a hybrid world
    • QA/QC
    • Professional practice: starting your own firm, business plan, M&A impacts & personal decisions
    • Contracts
    • Finance for non-financial managers
    • Work in the federal/state arena
  • Networking and interpersonal relationships
    • Building a personal brand (social media, how to build your LinkedIn presence – could be a good webinar)
    • Mapping a career path
    • Seeking mentors and building networks (handling outside recruiters)
    • Leading at the local, state, and national level
    • Interviewing in a post COVID world
  • The professional landscape
    • The future of the profession
    • Serving society
    • Global priorities
    • Protecting the license through advocacy and outreach (advocacy/legislative/government relations, ARPL update – could be a good webinar)