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The Engineering Career Success Summit will help you fast-track you engineering career development in one powerful weekend.
The Engineering Career Success Summit will help you fast-track you engineering career development in one powerful weekend.
65 backers pledged $6,914 to help bring this project to life.

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The Event of the Year for Motivated Engineers

In late April 2015 engineering professionals of all ages, from students to executives, will converge on our nation’s capital for the first annual Engineering Career Success Summit.  We want you there.

The Engineering Career Success Summit 2015 (ECSS) will be THE conference for engineers who want to develop both personally and professionally and improve those oh-so-important non-technical skills that weren’t taught in school like:

  • Goal Setting
  • Communication and Public Speaking
  • Networking
  • Productivity
  • Leadership
  • And more….

Not only will you leave the ECSS conference motivated and inspired, you'll leave a BETTER ENGINEER.

What can you expect?

Attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on their choice of sessions.  There will be approximately 16 sessions in multiple rooms over 2 days broken down into the following categories ensuring there’s something for every attendee:

Category #1 Engineering Students
Category #2 Young Engineers
Category #3 Engineering Managers

The sessions will cover the following topics, some of which may overlap into multiple categories:

  • Establishing a Vision and Goal Setting
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Leadership and Management
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Networking and Social Media (LinkedIn)
  • Productivity and Building a Personal/Team Workflow
  • FE and PE exam preparation

Successful engineers have proven that these are the skills needed to advance as an engineer, but getting training on these skills specific to engineers has been difficult: UNTIL NOW!

And we'd be remiss to not talk about our keynote speaker who will take center stage to kick off the event. Julie Cohen is the author of Your Work, Your Life, Your Way: 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance.  Cohen has helped hundreds of professionals to become more balanced in their lives and will kick off the event with a 90-minute career and life-changing workshop.

If you are an engineer who is interested in rapidly advancing your career, then this is the conference for you. We want our mission to be clear: If you want to be a successful engineer and achieve a big impact in your work and in life, you’ll learn the skills you need to do so at this event. If you are just starting your career, you’ll get information to jump-start it.  Only come to the Engineering Career Success Summit if you have the burning desire to improve and succeed. 

Please help us make this event a reality. The engineering community needs it. 

We have a number of ticket options to fit any budget, and some awesome bonuses that will only be available here. (Be sure to check out the Early Bird option if you're on a budget but don't want to miss the event).

Who will be speaking?

Keynote Speaker:

 Julie Cohen, PCC - Cohen is a professional speaker and the author of Your Work, Your Life, Your Way: 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance.

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Session Speakers:

 Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP – Fasano is the best-selling author of the book Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career. He found success at a young age as an engineer and now helps others do the same through his website and and associated podcast at EngineeringCareerCoach.com.

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Christian Knutson, PE, PMP – Knutson has had an accomplished career as a military officer, engineer, and project/program manager and in the past few years has helped hundreds of engineers develop leadership skills and life design through his blog at EngineerLeader.com.

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Joel Erway, EIT – Erway is a mechanical engineer and author of the popular book 30-Minute EIT: How To Beat The FE Exam Without Beating Your Head.

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Patrick Sweet, P. Eng. – Sweet is a young successful electrical engineer. Sweet authors the Engineering and Leadership blog at EngineeringAndLeadership.com, through which he helps other young engineers learn about leadership, and develop their leadership skills.

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Clementina Esposito - Esposito is an entrepreneur who helps engineers get promoted.  She serves as a Professional Writing and Image Consultant for Engineers and also teaches writing and professional development courses for engineers at Manhattan College.

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Sandra Abdalian - Abdalian was able to create a career and life she loved as an engineer. Now, as a career coach and founder of Your Career Engineer, her goal is to provide professionals in engineering and technology with the tools, resources, and inspiration to do the same. Sandra provides resources and blogs at www.yourcareerengineer.com

More speakers pending....

Here's what you will get in return for funding the project:

Why Kickstarter?

This is the first (of what we hope to be many) Engineering Career Success Summits, and we want it to be a huge success. We know that we will need the support of the engineering community, and that is why we are sharing this with you.  The more funding we secure, the better the conference will be, so we decided to use crowdfunding as a way to put together the best event possible.

Where will the conference be held?

We're excited to have secured the state of the art Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol for the event. With over 200 rooms and an ideal location in DC’s vibrant NoMa neighborhood, the 14-story Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol is a contemporary hotel offering style and comfort to business and leisure travelers visiting the nation’s capital. 

Home to a thriving cultural and culinary hub, Washington, DC is more than a well-known political scene. You’ll find notable landmarks and historic destinations around every corner. You can visit the National Mall for a glimpse at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White House and Smithsonian museums. The Hyatt’s ideal location in the up-and-coming NoMa neighborhood provides spectacular views of the US Capitol building and the more intimate setting along N Street. The conference hotel is also within walking distance of the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro station and more than a dozen local restaurants.

Who’s idea was this?

Anthony Fasano is an engineer who found success at a young age and now blogs and podcasts to help other engineers do the same.  Christian Knutson also provided time, effort, and energy in helping to plan this campaign and event. These engineers feel that there is a huge gap in training available to engineers on non-technical/professional skills and they plan to close that gap; this conference being one way they have identified to do that. Help them close the gap!  

Risks and challenges

The largest challenge at this point is getting the project funding off the ground. Kickstarter is not the most common means to fund these types of events, but we know that engineers need and want this type of event, so they'll be ready to invest. Once we complete funding, conference organization is a checklist-driven process with few risks.

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    ENGINEERING CAREER DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTER - This is an opportunity for those engineers who can’t make the event, to support the engineering career development cause. This will also get you on the list to stay up to date with next year’s event. Thank you!

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    ENGINEERING CAREER DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTER PLUS EVENT SUMMARY - This is an opportunity for those engineers who can’t make the event, to support the engineering career development cause. It will also get you a detailed write-up of the event with key takeaways in PDF format. This will also get you on the list to stay up to date with next year’s event. Thank you!

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    I SUPPORT THE CAUSE PLUS MOTIVATIONAL E-BOOK - This is an opportunity for those engineers who can’t make the event, to stand up for engineering career development. Please support the cause and you will receive Anthony Fasano's e-book: 50 Motivational Messages to Inspire You in Your Engineering Career and Life. This will also get you on the list to stay up to date with next year’s event. Thank you!

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    I SUPPORT THE CAUSE PLUS MOTIVATIONAL E-BOOK AND EYOS T-SHIRT - This is an opportunity for those engineers who can’t make the event, to stand up for engineering career development. Please support the cause and you will receive Anthony Fasano's e-book: 50 Motivational Messages to Inspire You in Your Engineering Career and Life and also a really cool looking Engineer Your Own Success t-shirt (see photo at bottom of this page). This will also get you on the list to stay up to date with next year’s event. Thank you!

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    EARLY BIRD CONFERENCE TICKET - This is getting serious! We're opening 10 super-cheap registrations for the first to claim them. Yes, you get a full pass to the conference for one, but you do have to hurry! This ticket does not include the Friday night party - see next reward for that. There will be options in the Spring to purchase only the Friday night ticket.

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    EARLY BIRD CONFERENCE TICKET PLUS FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY - Now we're getting good! Not only will you be a part of the conference and all of its engineering skill building goodness (for one), you'll also get exclusive access to Friday Night's event that you won't want to miss. Mix and mingle with the speakers of the conference, enjoy a free drink too ;-), and entertainment to boot! Details to follow!

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    REGULAR CONFERENCE TICKET - Missed the early bird? No problem, you're still awesome. Get everything the conference has got to offer at significantly less than post Kickstarter ticket prices (Post Kickstarter Tickets will START at $225 minimum)! This ticket does not include the Friday night party - see next reward for that. There will be options in the Spring to purchase only the Friday night ticket.

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    ULTIMATE CONFERENCE TICKET INCLUDES SIGNED BOOK, T-SHIRT AND COACHING SESSION - This is the full package right here! Not only will you be a part of the conference and all of its engineering skill building goodness including Friday night's special event but you will also get one 60 minute one-on-one coaching session with Anthony Fasano, PE, a copy of his soon-to-be published updated version of his best-selling book: Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career, and a cool EYOS t-shirt (see photos on this page). The value of this reward is worth over $500!

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    BRONZE SPONSORSHIP - Your organization gets bronze placement on the conference web site, banner signage, and sponsorship signage. Sponsorship is mentioned in mailings, program, and on social media.

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    SILVER SPONSORSHIP - Your organization gets silver placement on the conference web site, banner signage, and sponsorship signage. Sponsorship is mentioned in mailings, program, and on social media. You also get one full conference ticket and one exhibitor table.

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