How will engineering firms of the future be transformed from both internal and external forces in the coming decade? The next Engineering Change Lab – USA (ECL-USA) virtual mini-summit, The Engineering Firm of the Future (2030), to be held on June 16, 2021, will explore this topic. The summit will feature deep dives into two important themes of the future – Responding to Global Risks & Technology Accelerators and Developing and Sustaining Talent Cohorts.
Register for the summit at the link below.
Responding to Global Risks & Technology Accelerators
How will the external landscape within which engineering firms operate be reshaped by global risks and technology accelerators?
- How will clients respond? What new needs, fears, desires, and concerns may emerge?
- How might these changing dynamics and needs drive the creation of new value propositions and transformed business/practice models for engineering firms?
- What new mindsets and capabilities will be most prized as firms navigate the coming decade?
Developing and Sustaining Talent Cohorts
- What aspirations, values, and needs will new generations of engineering talent manifest as they join and build careers within firms?
- How do social and environmental values and attitudes compare/align across talent cohorts within firms as well as with organizational values?
- How will firms respond to resulting pressures to align visions, values, strategies and practices across talent cohorts within their organizations?
- How might firms leverage evolving aspirations and values to create new ways of working and new forms of value to offer clients?
- Will this generational shift allow firms to better address issues of social and environmental justice, equity, diversity and inclusion?
To inform the talent of the future discussion, ECL-USA is convening a series facilitated focus group workshops of professionals in consulting engineering firms. Firms represented by active ECL-USA stakeholders have been asked to nominate individuals to participate in focus groups from experienced-based cohorts – 1 to 3 years of experience, 5 to 10 years of experience, and 10 to 25 years of experience. The perspectives gathered in the focus groups will be presented at the summit.
An additional source of data-gathering for the summit will be an online values survey that is being developed by researchers at Arizona State University, led by Darshan Karwat who was one of the provocateurs for ECL-USA Summit 9. This survey, which is planned to be available in May, will provide additional data which will also be presented at the summit.
The Summit 12 provocateurs will inform and frame this discussion of the two themes from their different perspectives.
- Stephen Brockwell, Product Owner for AEC Integration, ESRI. Digital Practice – Accelerating to Meet the Speed of Change.
- Martha Rogers, Natural Capital Economist, The Nature Conservancy. Valuing Natural Capital – the Changing Landscape of Practice.
- Chris Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, Black & Veatch. Transitioning to Digital Business Models.
- Doug Melton, Program Director, Kern Family Foundation. Deploying an Entrepreneurial Mindset.
- Kyle Davy & Mike McMeekin, ECL-USA. Values & Aspirations of Talent Cohorts Within Firms.
- Darshan Karwat, Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School, Arizona State University. Social Justice, Environmental Protection & JEDI Values Survey.
This summit will be delivered virtually utilizing Zoom. Kyle Davy will again design and facilitate the summit. Kyle and all session provocateurs will present by live stream with opportunities for live questions and answers. In line with the tradition of past ECL-USA summits, there will also be opportunities for small group and large group activities and discussions.
The summit registration fee is $100. Free registration is available for a limited number of students or for others with financial constraints. Students and others interested in a waiver of the registration fee should contact Mike McMeekin (firstname.lastname@example.org).