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Education Series Event: When Lightning Strikes: Taking Your Idea from Inspiration to Implementation

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

You go to an amazing conference or read an eye-opening article. As a result, you’re full of ideas and excitement…until the whirlwind of everyday responsibilities sweeps away your vision for a new initiative.

Sound familiar?

This seminar is designed to help you step out of the whirlwind and position yourself to start something new. We’ll discuss the key elements of implementing your idea, whether big or small, within your firm:

As part of the seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to create an initial work plan for your great idea, identifying goals, potential roadblocks, and immediate next steps.


Learning Objectives

1.       Identify the characteristics that make a potential project viable and meaningful for your firm.

2.       Describe how and why to gain leadership buy-in.

3.       Discuss how implementing new initiatives can create potential for leadership and growth opportunities.

4.       Begin an implementation plan for an initiative you would like to complete in the next year.


Speaker - Jennifer Wahl, Director of Business Development (Karpinski Engineering)

Jennifer Wahl cultivates Karpinski Engineering’s doer-seller culture. She works with the KE team to pursue opportunities for client development and thought leadership.

Jennifer understands how to get things done and advance in the workplace. Her 20 years in the industry encompass marketing for all three letters of A/E/C – architecture, engineering, and construction. She has worked as a one-woman department cranking out proposals, led a marketing team to deepen their contributions to the firm, and served as an internal business advisor to ownership. 

She is a founding member of the SMPS Northeast Ohio Chapter, where she currently serves as a Board Member At-Large and the Mentorship Committee Chairman.

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Event Location

Oswald Conference Center
1100 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
When: 7:45 am - 9:00 am

What our sponsors are saying...

“SMPS has been a tremendous resource to our company [CBLH]. It has reshaped the way we conduct marketing. All of their programs, seminars, articles and conferences have given us the ability to educate our marketing staff on the changing tactics and strategies facing our industry. Lastly, we have built relationships through all the networking opportunities SMPS offers. It only made sense to support our chapter through sponsorship as they have supported us”.

John Rach, AIA, Director of Marketing
CBLH Design, Inc.

“We are proud once again to support the local SMPS Northeast Ohio Chapter as renewing Annual Sponsor, and have been actively engaged with the SMPS NEO Chapter for over 5 years now. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the SMPS NEO family, as it has brought us closer together with the local A/E/C community and has created new partnerships with fellow SMPS'ers.”

PCS Annual Sponsor

"My membership with SMPS was gifted to me while working at Karpinski Engineering and while I was hesitant to get involved in the operations of the board, I can’t imagine life without SMPS and my fellow committee members. Volunteering has afforded me not only great professional relationships, but great friendships as well. I truly believe our board members are the best around and some of the hardest working individuals I know. In short, I joined SMPS for the educational resources and have stayed for the relationships and interaction with fellow contemporaries and the fun."

Vanessa Aron

"As someone who was new to the industry, I was inspired by the NEO board members and all the hard work and dedication they put in to provide this region with an organization that is educational, entertaining and that puts you face to face with some of the most significant people throughout the A/E/C industry. As Membership & Social Media Chair, if I can give back to others half of what SMPSNEO has given to me; my job will have been a success."

Dave Eyssen
Precision Environmental Co.

"I discovered SMPS while looking at a Properties Magazine (no plug intended) and had a discussion with the owner of my firm, Scott Maloney. He encouraged me to get involved but stressed to really be engaged and take a role in the organization to really get something out of your membership. He was right! It was easy to engage with such a great group of people but really getting involved, being a part of the organization and not just an attendee has really opened up doors and introductions that would not have been possible. Coming from outside of the A/E/C industry prior to working at K2M, SMPS really helped me to understand and grasp this dynamic industry."

Stephanie C.
K2M Design

“The Mentor/Protégé program provided me a third-party resource to help me clarify and realize some of my career goals. By working with a mentor, I was able to identify those areas where I could improve my marketing skills, but also helped me see where my strengths were of benefit to my organization. I highly recommend this one-on-one program!”

Tamara Zupancic
Tec Inc.