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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 7:30 AM – 2:15 PM | Virtual

The Leadership Training Academy is going virtual! With our members’ health and safety top of mind and the new restrictions due to COVID-19, the 2021 LTA is turning into an exciting virtual event. Join us for fun competitions and networking with students, faculty, and industry professionals!

Students & Faculty – FREE
Industry Professional – Member – $15
Industry Professional – Member (3+) – $10
Industry Professional – Nonmember – $20
 Schedule Overview
Construct*ium Future Leaders Competition will take place during this schedule, students will be assigned times after registration.
7:30–8:00 am Virtual Networking
 8:00–8:15 am Opening Remarks
8:15–9:15 am
Panel Presentation: Healthy Building Solutions – How COVID 19 is Changing HVAC Design and Construction
9:15–9:45 am  Break
9:45–11:00 am Panel Presentation: Creating the New Normal – Leading During COVID-19 and Social & Political Unrest
11:00 am–12:00 pm Virtual Networking
12:00–12:15 pm Break
12:15–1:00 pm Networking: Breakout Sessions with Industry Professionals and Students
1:00–1:45 pm Keynote Presentation: Benjamin Jo VandenWymelenberg, Founder & CEO Woodchuck USA
1:45–2:15 pm Construct*ium Future Leaders Challenge Awards Presentation
 Construct*ium Future Leaders Challenge Event Schedule
Actual end time will depend on the number of students signed up for each event.
8:15 am–12:15 pm Pursuit Competition (30-minute sessions)
9:15–11:10 am  Negotiation Competition (20-minute sessions)
8:15 am–12:00 pm Job Interview (15-minute sessions)
9:15–11:40 am Freeform Presentation (10-minute sessions)
9:15–11:50 am   Table Topics Event (10-minute sessions)
8:15 am–12:00 pm Leadership Lounge Presentations (20-minute presentations)
Sponsorship Opportunities

As a sponsor you can help make the Leadership Training Academy a memorable event for our future industry professionals! Your support will help us offer this event to students at no cost. Become a sponsor today!

General Sponsorships

  • Platinum Sponsor – $3,000
  • Event Sponsor – $2,500
  • Gold Sponsor – $1,000
  • Silver Sponsor – $500
  • Bronze Sponsor – $250
  • Supporter – $125

Construct*ium Future Leaders Challenge Sponsorships

(Limited to 1 company for each competition)

  • Freeform Presentation Competition – SOLD!
  • Job Interview – SOLD!
  • Leadership Lounge – SOLD!
  • Negotiation Competition – SOLD!
  • Pursuit Competition – SOLD!
  • Table Topics Competition – SOLD!

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Company logo displayed during the presentations
  • Recognition on the MCA and Construct*ium websites
  • Company name announced during the presentations
  • Recognition in MCA’s Construction Views Newsletter and email promotions
  • Each company sponsoring at a level of $1,500 or higher has the opportunity to have an emerging professional from their company present for 15-minutes on a leadership topic during the Leadership Lounge.  Only available to sponsors who have paid by March 1, 2021. Presenting companies will also have a virtual booth where their presenter can engage with attendees and answer any additional questions.  Participating companies must attend a preparation session that will be held a month before the event date TBD.
  • One (1) ad in MCA’s Construction Views Newsletter based on sponsorship level:
    • Future Leaders Challenge, Event & Platinum Sponsors – 1 full-page ad (value $300)
    • Gold Sponsors – 1/3-page ad (value $125)
    • Silver Sponsors – 1/9-page ad (value $75)
  • Complimentary registrations to the event based on sponsorship level:
    • Platinum Sponsors – 5 registrations
    • Event Sponsors- 3 registrations
    • Future Leaders Challenge Sponsors – 2 registrations
    • Gold Sponsors – 2 registrations
    • Silver Sponsors – 1 registration
    • Bronze Sponsors – 1 registration
Construct*ium Future Leaders Challenge

Each student attending the Leadership Academy must participate in at least one event in the Construct*ium Future Leaders Challenge.  Event timeslots will be assigned by MCA staff and emailed to students the week before the event.

Freeform Presentation Competition

Focused on talking points and engagement with the audience

Sponsored by Rochon

The Freeform Presentation provides students the opportunity to present on a topic of their choice within the construction industry. Presentation materials and visual aids are encouraged but not required for the competition. This informal style presentation focuses on the student’s engagement and interaction with the audience, knowledge of talking points, and a professional approach. Each presentation will be approximately 5-7 minutes.

Job Interview

Interviewing skills developmental experience

Sponsored by KOMA

This event involves two parts: A resume review and a mock interview (students must bring a resume with them to the event to receive resume feedback). The mock interview, conducted by a construction professional experienced in interviewing, allows the student to participate in a real job interview and receive actionable, on the spot, feedback. The student can expect to be asked real life behavioral based interview questions like those they will answer when interviewing for a job. Feedback will revolve around how well they presented themselves physically and verbally as well as how they used real life examples to demonstrate experience or proficiency in a particular skill or competency.

Check out MCA’s guide How to Ace Your Job Interview for tips and to help you prepare for this competition.

Leadership Lounge

Sponsored by Kraus-Anderson

The leadership lounge will provide small group networking and learning opportunities for young professionals and students in between their scheduled competitions and/or general session presentations. It will also provide an opportunity for young professionals from sponsoring companies to prepare a presentation and share their knowledge in a semi-formal setting. Topics may include networking (inside and outside your company), working with difficult people, ethics and customer service. Presenting companies will also have the opportunity to have a table where presenters could have follow-up conversations on topics presented.

Negotiation Skills Competition

Real-world construction claim with multiple perspectives and feedback

Sponsored by Adolfson & Peterson Construction

This competition provides students a real-life opportunity to improve their skills on negotiating. Prior to the event, students registered will be given detailed information about the construction claim – a list of parties involved, a copy of the contracts, and foundation of the claim. Details of the claim will be drawn at random during the competition and be used as the topic of negotiation. Each student will be given a role and will need to defend and negotiate the best outcome based on the detail being discussed. View the Negotiation Exercise.

The Pursuit

Create and present a complete proposal to win the contract for a real project
Sponsored by Ryan Companies

The Pursuit (formerly the Capstone Competition) challenges students to create and present a complete proposal to win the contract for a real project. Groups of 5-6 students will be required to submit qualifications, cost, schedule and project work plans for the project and present to a jury of professionals, who will judge and select the winners. Please note, there is no “day of” registration for this competition. Teams need to be pre-selected from each school to participate.

Table Topics

Thinking on your feet, public speaking developmental experience

Sponsored by Loeffler Construction & Consulting

Using the Toastmaster format, students will be provided a topic and will speak for 1-2 minutes about that topic. The topics will generally be construction related and will provide the student an opportunity to demonstrate some knowledge of the topic in an organized and concise manner. Students will receive feedback on their ability to think on their feet and clearly articulate their thoughts in the time allotted.

2019 Winners

Job Interview Competition

1st Place – Katrina Smith (Dunwoody)
2nd Place – Lisa Breitenfield (Minnesota State University, Moorhead)
3rd Place – Maxwell Ammann (St. Cloud State University)

Toastmaster Table Topics Competition

1st Place – Matthew Clark (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
2nd Place – Marcus Lambert (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
3rd Place – Josiah Fuchs (St. Cloud State)

Freeform Competition

1st Place – Tyler Fish (Dunwoody)
2nd Place – Matthew Clark (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
3rd Place – Jon Willemssen (University of Minnesota)

Negotiation Skills Competition

1st Place – Josiah Fuchs (St. Cloud State)
2nd Place – George Onufer (NDSU)
3rd Place – Tyler Fish (Dunwoody)

Pursuit Competition

1st Place – Minnesota State University, Mankato
2nd Place – Minnesota State University, Moorhead
3rd Place – University of Wisconsin, Stout




Thank You 2021 Sponsors








Negotiation Competition

Table Topics Competition

Job Interview

Leadership Lounge

Freeform Competition

Pursuit Competition