Management Education

Emerging Leader

A program for those moving into higher level leadership roles, from working in the business to working on the business

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Program Overview

The ABC of Wisconsin Emerging Leader program has been designed for future construction business leaders. This proven program offers sessions on relevant topics selected by a taskforce of next generation construction business owners and leaders. It is for individuals preparing for leadership or ownership roles.

  • Twelve, day-long, sessions led by contractor industry leaders
  • Includes sessions at the ABC of Wisconsin HR & Accounting Conference and SuperCon
  • Networking opportunities with industry peers

All classes, unless noted, will be held at the ABC Professional Development Center at 5330 Wall Street, Madison, WI.

Emerging Leader Registration

The Emerging Leader program consists of 12 sessions beginning September 22, 2022.

Who Should Enroll?
This program is for office level employees who are moving into higher level roles, transitioning from working in the business to working on the business. This includes general managers, new or soon to be company owners, CEOs, CFOs, and COOs.

Registration Deadline:
September 9, 2022.

Class Times:
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration Fee:
$2,800 for the first registrant from an ABC-member company
$2,500 for each additional registrant from the same company.
*Full program includes registration to both HR & Accounting Conference and SuperCon ‘23.

Course Outline

Day 1

DAY 1 – September 22, 2022
Transitioning From Employee to Leader: The Big Picture – Greg Crader

There is no doubt that “moving up the ladder” in a company takes a different set of skills than are required on the job site. Emerging leaders will learn the transitional skills needed to become successful business professionals.

Day 2

DAY 2 – September 23, 2022
Employee Relations/Labor LawDan Barker
The Secret of Leading OthersGreg Crader

The morning session will focus on employee relations and labor law. The afternoon session will provide participants with skills required to lead to their companies to continued success. We will also discuss the importance of interpersonal skills and how they can be applied in a person’s work life. This session will also cover understanding and valuing style differences and using the power of relationships to complete projects.

Day 3

DAY 3 – October 26, 2022
Company Culture and Employee Engagement – Mark Marsden
Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells

Creating a “culture that excels” is a key leadership skill. Engaged employees performing at their best have the greatest impact on company outcomes. This session will cover how to develop a company culture that encourages employees to thrive while bringing their best to work every day. 

In addition to the main session, participants will choose to attend one of two late afternoon 90-minute sessions, the HR Boot Camp and Employee Handbook.

Day 4

DAY 4 – October 27, 2022
HR and Accounting Conference – Select Your Own Topic
Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells

The HR and Accounting Conference offers more than two dozen sessions taught by industry experts. Participants can select topics most relevant to their role with the company.

Day 5

DAY 5 – November 16, 2022
The Great Leader – Mike Somers 

Becoming a great leader will result in better performance for the entire company. In this session, participants will learn the leadership skills they need to become top performers and to help others do the same. Topics include construction leader qualities, team leaders, leadership is hard, and the great leader. 

Day 6

DAY 6 – December 15, 2022
The Profitable Contractor – Aaron Mills 

The Five Secrets to Becoming A Profitable Contractor: You and others have successfully built a construction company, but you’re not making as much money as you think you should. You might be going broke and don’t even know it. Don’t be a part of the contractor’s dilemma. This session will share secrets to independence and start growing your company profitably. Sessions include financial basics, financial KPIs, comp rate basics, budgeting, and revenue recognition.

Day 7

DAY 7 – January 17, 2023
Contract Law/Breachless ExecutionJosh Levy

Emerging Leaders often deal with disputes. At times these can reach the level of arbitration or litigation. This session will discuss the concept of breachless execution. Topics include contracts & terminology, issues & resolutions, progress billing & the payment process, and performance issues, default, & termination. It will then cover dispute resolution & avoiding disputes. The emphasis will be on best practices each step of the process.

Day 8

DAY 8 – February 8, 2023
Your Professional PresenceBrad Humphrey
Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells

You are continually building your credentials within your own organizations. In this session, participants will learn ways to boost their presence as leaders within their organizations by building leaders around them.

Day 9

DAY 9 – February 9, 2023
SuperCon Conference – Select Your Own Topics
Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells

SuperCon offers dozens of management and safety sessions taught by industry experts. Participants can select topics most relevant to their positions. 

Day 10

DAY 10 – March 15, 2023
Insurance, BondingDiana Schmidt and Jay Zahn
Risk ManagementJared Weber

Emerging Leaders need to have a comprehensive understanding of bonding, insurance, and the importance of developing a safety culture. Participants will be provided a basic overview of surety bonds, including history, types of bonds, underwriting, decision making and financial analysis. This session will offer insight in the world of construction insurance. In the second half, participants will cover the importance of safety and risk management from a business operations perspective. 

Day 11

DAY 11 – April 12, 2023
Connecting the Dots Between Branding, Marketing, and Sales  – Scott Truehl  

This session addresses the differences between branding and marketing and how they work together to drive customer engagement and, ultimately, sales. We will explore the brands and the steps to create a marketing plan designed to generate new business and strengthen relationships with existing customers. We will also discuss the power of culture in leveraging employee influence to advocate for a company and promote the brand.

Days 12

DAY 12 – May 25, 2023
Succession Planning – Aaron Mills
Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells

This session will discuss succession planning. It will also challenge participants to use the skills and knowledge gained in the Emerging Leaders program. There will be an Emerging Leader graduation ceremony at the conclusion of this session.

Emerging Leader

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