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The construction industry has been struggling to meet workforce demands for over a decade, and since the pandemic, it has only gotten worse. There are steps employers can take to overcome this and meet their hiring needs. We’ll hear from experts in our field, and other industries, on how they are setting their firms apart, attracting and retaining talent, and leading the industry into the future.

Our Agenda

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Before our Symposium panels begin, this is your chance to network with fellow educators or members of the industry and to discuss workforce needs.

The Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation will give opening remarks, ways to get involved with MCCEI programs, and we’ll discuss how our programs are shaping the industry.

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s Yvette Diamond and UMD CEE Chair Dr. Nii Attoh-Okine will lead our welcome.

Hear from an industry leader on how to create a healthy and safe work environment.

Jessica Bunting, MPH – Presenter – The Center for Construction Research and Training
Rebekah Rafferty – Panelist – DPR Construction

Building your workforce is more than just hiring. Inspire passion in your employees. ACE Mentor, Apprenticeships, and Internships are some ways the industry is building their own pipeline and educating the future workforce.

Darius Johnson – Moderator – ACE Mentor
Grant Shmelzer – Panelist – IEC Chesapeake
Bonnie Cronin – Panelist – Harkins Builders 
Neil Schulman – Panelist – University of Maryland 
Minah Woo – Panelist – Howard Community College

Thibault Manekin (Partner, Seawall) delivers the keynote address about how construction shapes the world around us.

Thibault Manekin – Keynote Speaker – Seawall

Construction innovation was born out of necessity to fit the needs of tomorrow. This panel outlines ways to leverage innovative techniques in hiring and recruiting.

Michael Riegel – Moderator – AEC Business Strategies
Craig Davis – Panelist – DPR Construction
Ellie Giles – Panelist – Virtual Apprentice
Elyse Korsyn – Panelist – The Superhero Project INC

DEI efforts are making a measurable difference in culture, recruiting, and the bottom line. A diverse company is 33% more successful than their competitors and our panel discuss why.

Dr. Estelle Marie-Montgomery – Moderator – Globaleyez Consulting
Kristen Bucher – Panelist – BG&E
Manny Sampson – Panelist – Turner Construction Company
Jolsna Thomas – Panelist – Rosendin
Morgan Traynor – Panelist – Procore

Network with colleagues and mingle with educators, industry professionals, or students before our Pathway Awards.

During the 2022 Pathway Awards, MCCEI will celebrate the amazing work in the built environment, hand out awards to students, industry leaders, and organizations and scholarships to future members of the workforce.

Keynote Speaker: Thibault Manekin

From the time he was little growing in Baltimore City, Thibault wrestled to understand why we as human beings seemed so divided. Bothered by how real estate and the control of land seemed to have done more to divide us as people then actually bring us together, in 2006, Thibault moved back to Baltimore where he helped start Seawall, an impact driven company made up of passionate social entrepreneurs who believe in re-imagining the real estate industry as we know it.  Seawall believes that all facets of the built environment should be used to empower communities, unite our cities, and help launch powerful ideas that create important movements. Since its inception, the company has focused its energy and resources on providing discounted apartments for teachers, collaborative office space for non-profit organizations, workforce housing, community-driven retail, public markets, launchpads for chefs, and creative space for charter schools. In 2011, Thibault was honored by President Obama’s White House as a Champion for Change and Seawall’s projects have received numerous local and national awards.

Be amongst thought leaders and sponsor the Symposium for Maryland’s Construction Industry.

Join us in-person on October 27th in a celebration of the amazing work being done in Maryland to promote career pathways in the built environment. 

The Pathway Awards were created to recognize all the people, companies, and partners in the AEC industry who embody of the values of MCCEI and who have championed workforce development initiatives in the built environment in the past year.

Have any questions? Reach out to Jennifer Sproul (

Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation