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4th Annual MCA Leadership Academy and 2nd Annual Construct*ium Pentathlon

April 21, 2017 @ 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
US Bank Stadium

Join fellow MCA members at the US Bank Stadium on Friday, April 21st for the 4th Annual Leadership Academy. This event will be held in conjunction with the Construct*ium 2nd Annual Pentathlon (visit www.constructium.org/events.html for details on the event competitions and registration for students and faculty).

MCA has two top-notch speakers lined up for this event (see below for session descriptions):

  • Dean Hyers with SagePresence will speak on Winning Presence for Business Development: Making the Most of Every Opportunity
  • Liz Weatherhead will speak on Four Easy Steps to Conflict Resolution

The event will close with a networking lunch for both industry professionals and students, followed by a panel presentation with industry experts (Mark Liska – Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Frank P. Grazzini – Carciofini & TBD).

Following the panel presentation, attendees will have the option to tour the stadium!

MCA Thanks Our Generous Event Sponsors

  • The Pursuit Competition Sponsor
    • Ryan Companies
  • Event Speaker Sponsor
    • Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
  • Venue Silver Sponsor
    • Association of General Contractors (AGC)

*If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you may sign up by clicking on the "Register Now" button below.  Scroll to the bottom of this page for details on the sponsorship opportunities available.

Registration Fees:

  • MCA Member: $100 if you register by Tuesday, April 18; $125 for onsite registration
  • Non-Member: $135 if you register by Tuesday, April 18; $160 for onsite registration
  • *Note – Online pre-registration will be available until Tuesday, April 18; register by that date to save $25.

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Leadership Academy Schedule

7:30 am – 8:00 am - Check-in
8:00 am – 9:15 am – Speaker #1 - Liz Weatherhead
9:15 am – 9:30 am – Break/Networking
9:30 am – 10:45 am – Speaker #2 - Dean Hyers
10:45 am – 11:00 am – Break/Networking
11:00 am – 11:45 pm – Lunch
11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Panel Discussion on Leadership – Mark Liska – A&P Construction, Frank Grazzini – Carciofini Caulking, & TBD
1:00 pm – Tours of US Bank Stadium

Construct*ium Pentathlon Schedule

7:30 am – 8:00 am - Check-in
8:00 am – 11:00 am – Student Competitions
11:00 am – 11:45 pm – Lunch
11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Panel Discussion on Leadership – Mark Liska – A&P Construction, Frank Grazzini – Carciofini Caulking, & TBD
1:00 pm – Tours of US Bank Stadium

Session Descriptions:

Winning Presence for Business Development: Making the Most of Every Opportunity
Dean Hyers (SagePresence)

We all experience them – those “in the spotlight” moments where success or failure seems to be riding entirely on what we say and do right now. We might be networking to meet prospects, leading business development conversations to learn about future opportunities, or presenting inside of new business interviews. Or, we might be looking to convince our team to step up their business development game. We feel the pressure of these moments, and don't know how to consistently handle them with confidence and effectiveness.

In this game-changing Q&A session, Dean Hyers and Pete Machalek of SagePresence address this challenge from their unique vantage as filmmakers who specialize in helping professionals deliver optimal performance in high-pressure scenarios.

Come prepared to talk about the business development situations you deal with the most and have the most questions about. Dean and Pete will take your questions and respond to them in the moment, providing nuggets of value that you can immediately implement and benefit from.

You will walk away from this session with a new understanding of how you can consistently pilot the moments that historically have challenged you the most, to produce the results you are looking to generate with anyone you are speaking to.

Four Easy Steps to Conflict Resolution
Liz Weatherhead

In this power-packed workshop, you will leave with a simple four-part tool in your back pocket to resolve those difficult conversations with clients, team members and supervisors. There are four basic questions that must be answered for situations to be concluded to the satisfaction of all parties and to move the issue forward. This tool is versatile enough for a two-minute conversation or a twenty-minute dispute. Leave this workshop ready to tackle your next dialog.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Job Interview Competition Sponsor - $2,500
  • The Pursuit Competition Sponsor - $2500 - SOLD
  • Toastmaster Competition Sponsor - $2,500
  • Pecha Kucha Competition Sponsor - $2,500
  • Negotiation Competition Sponsor - $2,500
  • Event Speaker Sponsor - $2,500
  • Venue Platinum Sponsor - $2,000
  • Venue Gold Sponsor - $1,000
  • Venue Silver Sponsor - $500
  • Event Food Platinum Sponsor - $2,000
  • Event Food Gold Sponsor - $1000
  • Event Food Silver Sponsor - $500


The benefits of becoming a sponsor are:

  • Your company name will be displayed on printed signs, in the printed program and announced during the presentations.
  • Recognition in MCA’s Construction Views Newsletter and inclusion in all promotions.
  • Leadership Academy Sponsors will receive one ad in MCA’s Construction Views Newsletter based on Sponsorship level:
    • Event Speaker, Job Interview, The Pursuit, Toastmaster, Pecha Kucha and Negotiation Sponsors – One full-page ad
    • Venue Platinum, Event Food Platinum Sponsors – 1/2-page ad
    • Venue Gold, Event Food Gold Sponsors – 1/3-page ad
    • Venue Silver, Event Food Silver Sponsors – One 1/4 -page ad
  • Recognition on MCA and Construct*ium websites for the next generation of Construction Industry professionals- Proceeds from the event will help fund student outreach and educational development

*Competition sponsorships are limited to one company per sponsorship.  See below for a description of the competitions.

*The Minnesota Construction Association is a 501© 6 nonprofit and donations may be a tax-deductible business expense. Consult a tax advisor for final determination.

Construct*ium® Event Descriptions

Students will get the chance to compete in five (5) events:

Job Interview contest
This mock interview provides students with an opportunity to experience a real job interview and receive valuable feedback and coaching. It involves two parts: an interview and a resume including a cover letter, which the students will be required to provide.

Toastmaster public speaking competition
Using the Toastmaster format, teams of students from the same school would participate in a Toastmaster Table Topic session, with a speech between one to two minutes. All contestants receive the same topic, which will be general in nature. The presentation should be reasonable in length and lead to a conclusion. It will not require a detailed knowledge.

The Pursuit competition
The Pursuit (formerly called the Capstone) challenges students to create and present a complete proposal to win the contract for a real project. Groups of 5 or 6 students will be required to submit qualifications, cost, schedule and project work plans for the project and present to a jury of professionals, who will judge and award the Pursuit Prize.

Pecha Kucha presentation
Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The images advance automatically and a presenter talks along with the images. For our contest, the topics need to pertain to the built environment, be well organized and well-rehearsed with a smooth delivery that holds the audiences’ attention and covers the topic in-depth with details and examples using excellent subject knowledge.

Negotiation Skills competition
The competition will provide students an opportunity to improve their skills on negotiating. This competition provides a real life experience to all the participants!! The competition simulates claim negotiations in which students, acting as a Project Manager, negotiate a series of disputed issues common within the industry. The simulation consists with a common set of facts known to all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side.

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