Annual Conference Speakers

General Sessions

Opening General Session
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Kris Lengieza, Procore

2020 A Construction Tech Odyssey

The construction landscape is changing quickly due to a rapidly evolving tech landscape.  Join us as Kris Lengieza will discuss what the job site of the future could look like leveraging existing and evolving technology.  From current trending technologies such as Drones, IoT and 360 Photos to the future of Robotics, Big Data and Automation, come along for a peek into the future of the industry and how we can build great things together.


Kristopher M. Lengieza, is the Director of Business Development, Marketplace at Procore Technologies. The marketplace team oversees the development of partnerships and integrations built upon the Procore platform.  Kris has been a long time construction technology evangelist and continues to push the construction industry forward.  Prior to working at Procore, Kris was the Vice President of Operational Excellence at Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Kris oversaw a team that led many initiatives including Quality, Safety, Innovation, Training, VDC, and Financials.  Kris has also been instrumental in the implementation of VDC, LEAN and LEED principles at several other companies over the course of his career.

Kris has earned a multitude of awards for his work and has been nationally recognized as one of the top 40 construction professionals under 40 by ENR and BD&C. He is constantly seeking to further the use of technology and foster innovation in the construction industry. As such, Kris has been a sought-after speaker for national conferences including Autodesk University, BIMForum, Ecobuild, SPAR and many other regional events. More importantly, Kris is always willing to volunteer and share his knowledge and has taught for numerous organizations over the past 5 years, including AGC and AIA to name a few. Kris earned his Civil engineering degree in 2004, from Lehigh University.

General Session
Thursday, October 25, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Building a Healthy and Respectful Workplace; the Green Dot Prevention Strategy

The construction industry is mobilizing to create positive, safe, and inclusive work environments for all employees. The Green Dot Prevention Strategy, first established in 2006, is an innovative approach to violence and harassment prevention, that mobilizes community members to both intervene in the face of concerning behavior and to set norms that are supportive of a healthy and thriving workplace. The strategy has been adapted and implemented all over the world, positively impacting college campuses, the US Air Force, government agencies, and other specific workplaces.  In 2014, Oregon Tradeswomen (OTI) and Green Dot began a collaboration to adapt the program to address harassment, bullying, hazing, and other forms of aggression in the construction trades and jobsites. This customized program is currently being piloted on the Multnomah County Courthouse project in downtown Portland, led by Hoffman Construction. In several studies, conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky and funded by the CDC, the Green Dot program has shown a reduction in harassment and other forms of violence and aggression. When applied to the construction industry, the goal is to also show increases in retention of the construction workforce; specifically, for the Millennial population, women, people of color, and other marginalized populations.

Dr. Dorothy Edwards

Dr. Dorothy Edwards Biography
Melissa Emmal

Melissa Emmal Biography
Gerry Hein
Hoffman Construction

Gerry Hein Biography
Tiffany Thompson
Oregon Tradeswomen

Tiffany Thompson Biography

Closing General Session
Friday, October 26, 2018
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Katie McConnell, CPA, PHR, Hire Education Consulting Group

Build a Better Hiring Blueprint, Gain a Competitive Edge

Are you making strategic decisions about hiring and retention? Are you effective? Are you poised to grow? In today’s market, a strong talent brand and hiring process is a competitive advantage. 

Learn about the stages of the hiring cycle and evaluate its key components. What are you complaining about? Let’s fix it. What are you struggling with? Let’s address it. What are the best in the biz doing to attract and retain talent? Let’s talk about it, and why you should be doing it, too.

Start thinking about your hiring and retention practices to build a better blueprint.


Katie is a licensed CPA and PHR (Certified Public Accountant, Professional of Human Resources) with a background in both accounting and talent acquisition. Prior to launching Hire Education Consulting Group, Katie has been involved in several start-up ventures and led a search practice with a national CPA firm.

Her practice focuses on strategic recruitment initiatives including organizational assessments, hiring initiatives and full-service search consulting.

Katie is a frequent speaker with organizations throughout the United States on topics including talent acquisition strategy. You can also find her publications on LinkedIn Pulse. Her passions include helping businesses grow, cooking and wine. She has been quoted in a variety of industry publications on topics including hiring and developing talent.


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