2017 AMEC Speakers

Here are just a few of the speakers that will be presenting at the 2017 Annual Meeting & Educational Conference.  Click on their links to see, read, and hear what they have to say!  Please refer to the schedule for times and meeting rooms.


Aimee Cohen is a Keynote Speaker, Career Coach, and Bestselling Author of WOMAN UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success. Aimee empowers women to pull on those “big-girl panties” and take control of their careers. She has coached hundreds of clients in personalized one-on-one consultations, led outplacement transition seminars for Fortune 500 companies, and travels around the country delivering dynamic presentations to audiences of all sizes.www.womanuppower.com/speaking/

Barbara Khozam, Barbara Khozam, Inc. — Customer service is no longer a department. It is a culture that flows through the veins of every great company. Your customers can instantly rave or complain to millions of people with one click of their mouse. It’s no longer good enough to simply meet customer expectations. Customers who are merely satisfied with a service will remain flexible, but will switch companies after only one bad experience. Therefore, it’s more important to create exceptional customer experiences—a story that they can share with their friends and family. You will learn easy-to-implement lessons that not only create delighted customers and employees, but exceptional results as well. youtu.be/pXBGZoeBxks

Don Harkey, People Centric Consulting Group — Can culture really impact your bottom line? The answer is yes. Simply put, why we work determines how well we work. Sixty-eight percent of employees in the U.S. are not engaged or toxic at work, resulting in a loss of productivity that impacts everything you do. An easy way to improve your bottom line and move faster is to win over the people you already have. Don Harkey discusses how culture doesn’t have to be about ping pong tables and potluck suppers. Businesses can implement systems that influence high-performance cultures based on engagement, focus, and accountability. Learn how culture impacts profit and the systems you can install to create and manage a highperformance culture.

Holly Hoffman, Inner Depth, LLC — As we survive life’s challenges, we come face to face with fear and uncertainty. Challenges may allow us to step out of our comfort zone and push ourselves above and beyond our own self-limitations. It is how we choose to overcome challenges that make us who we are. It is our strength in times of difficulty that proves our character and self worth. Hoffman will share her experience of being on a reality show and will encourage you to think about how you decide to survive on a daily basis. She will encourage you to think about six words to develop your survival skills. With six simple words, you can take on any challenge you face. Adversity is not so much contending with problems as it is learning more about who you really are and what is inside of you.www.hollyhoffman.org/motivational-speaking/

Katie Snapp, Skirt Strategies — As we progress through any transition in work or life, our self-talk may direct us toward irrational thinking. You may not use the word “crazy,” but that’s what we often feel like, and we worry that our calmness may unravel, and our confidence wilt. When women lose composure, we may get regarded as poor leaders or incapable of handling stress. For women in technical careers or in male-dominated industries, this loss of poise can lead to ineffective decision-making, or even hinder her career progress. Being a woman means more scrutiny when in positions of power. It’s unfair, but true. This session will present a fresh view of the concept of change, one that parallels with nature. This cyclical growth model is adapted from biology and applies to us as living things. www.skirtstrategies.com/coaching-2/

Linda Swindling, JD, CSP - Ask Outrageously! The Secret to Getting What You Really Want.In a culture that encourages sensitivity and “good” manners, you need tactics and strategies to show up powerfully to negotiate for the best deals at work and in life with confidence and integrity. It’s possible to achieve breakthrough results just by asking. Based on her book, this research-based program will leave you with strategies on how to “Ask Outrageously!” www.lindaswindling.com/speaking/

Paul Stout, Instructor/Facilitator, Power Summit — Alternative Project Delivery methods are becoming increasingly popular as project owners search for more efficient ways to finance, design, build, operate, maintain, and manage facilities. In open-forum style, this breakout session explores the successes, challenges, and continuing evolution of the most popular methods of alternate project delivery and analyzes their advantages, disadvantages, and lessons learned for all stakeholders. Primary focus will be on design build and integrated project delivery. www.powersummit.com

Leslie A. Gutierrez, Attorney, and Joshua B. Levy, Partner, Husch Blackwell, LLP — Two attorneys experienced in litigating and resolving construction disputes will provide construction professionals with a helpful list of do’s and don’ts when on a construction project. The program will cover best practices for memorializing your contract terms properly, managing your contractual obligations effectively, and documenting project changes and costs, as well as provide tips for securing payment and avoiding disputes. General contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects and engineers are all welcome. www.huschblackwell.com

Kelly Wilson, Department of Homeland Security — This timely session focuses on the activities that management, human resources, and facility managers can take to prepare their workplace and employees for a potential active shooter or workplace violence event. It also addresses individual preparedness measures, suspicious activity reporting, and opportunities for intervention for employees who may be going down a path of violence. This presentation incorporates lessons learned from previous active shooter events, including the 2015 San Bernardino County terrorist event. www.dhs.gov/topics

Renee Hernandez, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Traffic Management, Inc. — This session focuses on utilizing behavioral and personality analysis to determine and apply effective leadership styles. Also, an impactful leadership approach, determined by situational applications, will be revealed. www.trafficmanagement.com