About this project
Project Update: We are three $125 tickets away from funding this project - please help us help engineers succeed!
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
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?
Julie Cohen, PCC - Cohen is a professional speaker and the author of Your Work, Your Life, Your Way: 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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