Step Up & Lead
4:00 PM16:00

Step Up & Lead

Step Up & Lead

with The Bolder Company  in partnership with The Construction Institute

Cause your inner dynamic leader to emerge

Dates: May 31, June 7, June 14, June 28

Time: 4:00PM-6:00PM

This four part class teaches the essential interpersonal behaviors that distinguish leaders from managers.

Learn It-Do It-Own It: Every session is a hands-on, experiential opportunity to grow. The fun and challenging practices build critical skills that increase your confidence and flexibility to meet the challenges and opportunities of the workplace and advance your career. Click here to register now.

Who should take this class? Established and aspiring professionals across all industries who are ready to cultivate the generous, bold leader they know is within them. Leaders who want to bring out the best in their people and support them in speaking up, taking ownership, and making a difference. 

What will I learn?

May 31, Class I, Listening:

Hone your skills to listen and respond in ways that build rapport and deepen trust

  • Support your ability to listen for opportunity and connection in conversations
  • Reduce disconnects between you and others by focusing how we receive and send information
  • Increase comfort with “out of the box” thinking, creativity, new ideas, and offerings
  • Reduce errors, miscommunications, and conflicts

June 7, Class II, Engagement:

Develop your confidence and ease with a variety of people and situations

  • Deepen relationships and services with existing and new clients
  • Increase comfort with asking for referrals and digging for additional connections that lead to profitable new business
  • Build creative thinking about prospecting to uncover new opportunities
  • Place focus on finding common ground and bringing creativity, engagement, and openings for new ideas

June 14, Class III, Influence and Delegation:

Maximize the capabilities of your team and promote cooperation

  • Separate delegation from collaboration and learn how to make clear requests of others
  • Identify your role in influencing outcomes
  • Practice different approaches to making requests of others
  • Elevate your professionalism and build strong relationships with co-workers and clients

June 28, Class IV, Emotional Intelligence (EQ): 

Learn to handle challenging individuals and situations professionally

  • Increase your ability to read the cues that others are giving and how to adjust your approach accordingly
  • Place focus on finding common ground and taking other’s perspectives and experiences into account
  • Develop your comfort with different personality and cultural styles and differences
  • Improve your situational awareness and communication; knowing when to step up or fade back in a conversation or situation to influence positive outcomes

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Executive Influence: Grow Your Ability to Connect & Lead
8:30 AM08:30

Executive Influence: Grow Your Ability to Connect & Lead

  • Chrysalis Training & Conference Center TCC (map)
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Are you a senior leader who wants to expand your style and behaviors for a new type of workplace or a manager charged with new responsibilities? Would you like to have more influence and impact,  more confidence and connection?

Join The Bolder Company and NY-based Koppett for Executive Influence: Grow Your Ability to Connect & Lead, at the TCC Chrysalis Center in Hartford on May23.

This full-day public workshop will help you build executive level influence skills through a series of practical and highly-experiential activities centered on your real-life challenges and goals.

You will exercise your agility, curiosity, listening, and personal presence skills and learn how to expand your leadership awareness and performance range.

The session runs from 8:30am-4:00pm and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and all workshop materials. For more information or to register, click the link below or email hello@theboldercompany for details. Early bird pricing ends May 12th



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Reading the Room: The Dynamics of Emotional Intelligence in Action
9:00 AM09:00

Reading the Room: The Dynamics of Emotional Intelligence in Action

Construction and heavy industry are traditionally based around skills and trades. However more organizations are realizing that essential skills such as teamwork, empathy, leadership, communication and self-awareness contribute to better performance, management and success. Some of the industry’s biggest challenges - attracting workers, improving safety, improving productivity - are related to ‘Emotional Intelligence’.

Initiafy is delighted to welcome The Bolder Company to Dublin. They will conduct a session - aimed at improving self-awareness and emotional intelligence - with participants made up of industry professionals from the construction and energy sectors. The event is hosted by Initiafy, a leading provider of online contractor management in heavy industry.

Click here to register now!

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 Women Who Build Summit
11:30 AM11:30

Women Who Build Summit

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3rd Annual Women Who Build Summit – Power Grid to Success
Join us for this inspiring day filled with women leaders making a difference in the A/E/C Industry and beyond.

Panel 1  - Harnessing the Power of Business Owners

Learn leadership lessons from our panel of women business owners about what inspires them, the challenges they've faced and the rewards of running a business.

Diane Petra, Business Development, Petra Construction Corporation, Moderator

Cindy Hersom, President, Dicin Electric Co., Inc.

Karin Patriquin, Principal, Patriquin Architects

Jennifer Pinck, President, Pinck & Co.

Joyce Reynolds, Owner, Reynolds Welding and Fabrication LLC

Panel 2  - Interactive Presentation: Asserting Your Value

Compensation, promotion - how can we be confident in our discussions? Our expert coaches share their knowledge and experience in leading women to success in an interactive session.

Joy Kacik, Certified Professional Coach, Kacik Consulting Services

Carol Kardas, Founding Partner, KardasLarson LLC

Panel 3 -  Women Innovators Transforming Our Industry

How is technology changing the face of our industry? What does it mean for you? Our panel of women innovators are trailblazers at the cutting edge of change in our industry.

Laura Pirie, Principal, Pirie Associates Architects, Moderator

Jessica Chambers, Senior Consultant, Microdesk

Deb Gearty, Build Better Ambassador, DIRTT

Ginger Chicos, VDC Engineer, Gilbane Building Company

Allison Scott, Director Market Strategy, Skanska USA Building

Panel 4 -  Giving Back: Sharing Our Power

We can use our skills to make a difference in the world. Come hear from our panel of industry leaders how they use their unique skills to give back to the community.

Lindsey Fortunato, Director of Planning & Strategy, Fortunato Construction, Moderator

Medria Blue-Ellis, Principal, Engineering Science University Magnet School (ESUMS)

Jessica Chambers, Senior Consultant, Microdesk/United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

Cathy DeFrances, Assoc. Director of Business Dev., Fuss & O'Neil EnviroScience/ACE Mentor Program

Julia Jack, Assistant Project Controls Specialist, WPS USA/Habitat for Humanity

Influence Instigators

Ellen Feldman Ornato, Founding Partner, The Bolder Company Inc.

Jenny Drescher, Founding Partner, The Bolder Company Inc.



Members: $125 / Non-Members: $165 

Members, please login prior to registering to receive the member discount.

Cancellation Policy


Recording and Photographic Release

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, Construction Institute events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities by the Construction Institute. No other recording is allowed.


7:45          Registration Breakfast

8:30          Welcome

8:40          Networking Interaction

8:50          Keynote Speaker - Melody Currey

9:15          Panel #1

10:30        Break

10:45        Panel #2

Noon        Keynote Speaker - Dr. Anamaria Popescu

12:45        Networking Interaction

12:50        Lunch

1:30          Panel #3

2:40          Break

2:50          Panel #4

4:00          Networking Interaction

4:10          Prizes, Raffles, Networking

4:30          Wine, Cheese, Networking


Program Attendance Credit

Construction Institute is an AIA Registered Provider, CCM Recertification Point Provider and NYS approved sponsor of CE - NYS sponsor # 9040


Program attendees wishing to receive AIA Continuing Education Learning Units and/or CCM Renewal Points should check in at the sign-in desk and fill out the appropriate attendance form(s) to receive credit.


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