Peer-to-peer interaction and engagement!

ACEC's Women's Leadership Forum brings together professionals from engineering firms for a day-and-a-half of open discussion and roundtables where they share best practices, explore problems and solutions, and gain valuable insights into industry trends.

Network with professionals in the A/E space

Attendees are connected to a network of their peers to share best practices, discuss emerging trends, and problem-solving in the workplace.

Roundtable Discussions

The Women's Leadership Forum agenda is built around interactive roundtables so attendees can dive deeper into session topics and share personal challenges and triumphs in their work.

Access to the Forums online communities

ACEC National members of engineering firms can join online communities and continue receiving valuable insight with their peers year-round.

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Forum Highlights

  • Candid Conversations: Communication & Feedback Workshop
  • CEO Panel
  • Business Development for the Future
  • Advancing Your Career Through Volunteer Opportunities
  • Open Roundtable Discussions

Candid Conversations Workshop

This year's Women's Leadership Forum features a special two-part workshop focused on communication. Throughout, you'll explore communication strategies that will help set expectations to better manage a team, as well as navigate difficult conversations and feedback.

How to Say Anything to Anyone: Setting Expectations for Powerful Working Relationships

Speaking up when we are frustrated is hard and, as a result, most of us don’t. Instead, either we tell other people (aka gossip) or we say nothing, and relationships become strained. You can say anything to anyone and have it be easy. You just need to lay the ground work to do so, and most of us don’t. Learn how to:

  • Build trust in all of your business relationships, making it easier to say hard things.
  • Find out what the people you work with need from you, so you don’t have to guess.
  • Tell others what you need, making it more likely that your needs are met.

Just Say It: Making Any Conversation Easy

Giving critical feedback is uncomfortable, and too often the message is lost in an effort to soften the blow. Get a simple formula to make even the most difficult conversation easier. Conversations will be short, specific and on point. They won’t be personal. They will be actionable. You’ll be able to say what you want to say, when you want to say it, in a way that the other person can hear you and take action. Learn how to:

  • Give clear and specific feedback that employees can act upon immediately
  • Provide feedback to peers, direct supervisors, and others at a higher level in a way that does not elicit defensive responses
  • Eliminate your blind spots. Receive more feedback without showing emotion or frustration

Meet Your Instructor

Shari Harley
Shari Harley

Founder and President
Candid Culture

Shari Harley, author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone, is known globally as an engaging, funny, content-rich business speaker. Her international training firm, Candid Culture, is making it easier to tell the truth at work. Shari is bringing candor back to the workplace. A former HR practitioner and operations leader, Shari’s practical approach has led her to speak and train in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Dubai and Australia. From ‘Making Meetings Work’ and ‘Delegating Better’ to ‘Managing Your Career’ and ‘Saying Anything to Anyone,’ Shari’s tips are sure to delight and inform in a real, direct and very funny way. Watch videos and learn more about Shari at


Early Bird Rate

$499 ACEC Member Rate
$699 Non-Member Rate

Offer ends 7/12/2024

ACEC Member Rate


After 7/12/2024

Non-Member Rate


After 7/12/2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! You'll earn up to 10 PDHs when you attend a Forum.

Women's Leadership Forum

See you in Denver!

Questions? Please email Maureen Brown.