Bridging the Gap

15-Minute Sessions to bridge the gap between you and the opportunities in the room.

Location: Expo Floor, northwest corner

Times:  10:30, 10:50, 11:10 and 11:30


Topics (Times TBD):

The Art of Networking – How to start and develop business relationships

Chat with an industry role-model for making and keeping great connections.  Learn techniques for introductions, asking for meetings, follow-ups, and staying relevant with new contacts.

Presenter:  Patrick McGarry, Hill International Vice President


You, too, can be certified! But, where and with whom?

DBE, SBE, SBC, VOSB, WBE, MBE, etc.! Certifications (and/or designations) are not interchangeable.  Understanding which certifications are relevant to a client can help you better market your firm for projects.

Presenter: Valerie Churchwell, City of Phoenix Aviation Department Special Services/Small Business Engagement Manager


Are you on the list? Certification vs. Registration on Procurement Portals

If you’re sure you are on the list, yet you never seem to know about upcoming projects; you might not be registered in the right place.   Big agencies (and companies) often compartmentalize certifications and project procurements.  This session will cover the major procurement portals for transportation opportunities.

Presenter: Wendy Taylor, Kuniklo Corporation Diversity Program Coordinator


Social Media for Business – Is your business like-able?

You are proud of your work, people, and services – let others know. Social media is an effective way to develop your company brand and personality. Learn quick ways to get more views, and therefore more “likes” for your business.

Presenter: Alex Albert, WSP Arizona Public Involvement Lead