Emerging Professionals Institute
Sponsored by Leland Consulting Group
$50, lunch included
APA’s Emerging Professionals Institute is designed for students and recent graduates entering the job market. In a highly interactive, small-group setting, you’ll:
- Get answers to your key career questions — from six top planners and consultants
- Discover the skills employers want — and what it takes to measure up
- Learn to send the right signals in an interview — and communicate effectively on the job
- Build skills for launching your career — and growing it in the right direction
- Network with peers from across the country — and create connections that can last a lifetime
APA's Emerging Professionals Institute is designed for students and recent graduates entering the job market. Top professionals in the field answer your most pressing career questions. Find out what skills employers are really looking for and walk away with strategies for getting hired and succeeding in the first years on the job.
It’s like having six mentors in one day. Plus the Institute is a great addition to your resume!
Past Participants Said ...
“The Institute gives attendees intimate access to national planning leaders. I secured an internship at one of my dream employers due to the contacts I made and skills and instruction I received.”
“Excellent session; this was extremely valuable and helpful for my professional development.”
“It’s insight that I wouldn’t normally have access to, so it really added value for me.”
Invited SpeakerErica Crumley currently serves as Resident Career Coach and Operations Manager at Sequence Staffing, one of the most well known and recognized executive search and staffing companies in the niche planning, construction, environmental and engineering industries in the US/Internationally. As a key contributor to the companies overall career planning and professional services offerings she has worked with thousands of jobseekers. Erica also manages Sequence's Business and Career Coaching Activities for the firm. She leads the Business Consulting Group that deals directly with client organizations for the company's solutions group nationally and internationally as part of Sequences Business Consulting set of services. A member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Erica is a practicing Coaching Professional with additional training and certification in Professional Coaching for Life and Work from University of California Davis. As a Coach, she strives to help clients reach their full potential while empowering them to grow internally as a person and show positive impacts on external objectives with definable results. While helping clients define their life and career needs through her consulting she works to assists individuals in understanding how those two aspects crossover into one another. Key to this is gaining insight into blocks which often hinder achieving individual goals. Her keen ability allows clients to view their life/work experiences as well as goals in out of the box/creative ways and help them to visualize careers and define their life vision. Serving with Sequence Staffing for nearly a decade, Erica is a respected industry recruiter and career/life coach. She is especially noted for her highly effective and commanding communication style and keen insight and creative approach to career planning and visioning. During her early years with the company she was responsible for functional duties that included understanding recruiting and hiring work processes and resource allocation as well as job development, sourcing/marketing, and client relationship management. This bottom up approach gave her unique insight into full cycle recruiting and all varied aspects of hiring in addition to fundamental challenges that affect both the employer and jobseeker with the advent of industry technological changes. Erica's unique experience has allowed her to help jobseekers and employers alike with their career and company goals through recruiting and business building processes. As a recruiter she has helped fill key positions within private companies as well as major Universities and government entities with Sequence's core group of Senior Recruiters.
Invited SpeakerOne of the most well-known and recognized executive search and career consultants in the niche planning, construction, environmental / sustainability and engineering industries in the United States and internationally, Frank DeSafey is a founding principal of Sequence Staffing. With more than 20 years of experience in the field, he is especially known and highly respected for the success of the firm and has personally undertaken thousands of high profile search assignments over the years. In fact, he has earned accolades for his ability to find and fill the most challenging positions with exceptional candidates that have not only made immediate contributions to their new employer, but have helped redefine organization’s corporate cultures that has achieved greater productivity and efficiencies. A seasoned business strategist, often he is often called upon by client organizations to formulate new business concepts and divisions and then recruit the personnel to actually build out those entities. Including undertaking and leading a good deal of acquisition and merger activities. His efforts have launched job boards, been strategic thought behind career networks with major media groups, led to development the Sequence Vitae Exercise and creation of resume and career services networks like www.sequenceresumes.com. A noted association speaker and professional networker, he is known throughout the industry as a strong proponent of continual individual career planning and professional re-investment. He is considered one of the key industry thinkers adding to concepts of branding and networking with consideration of the ever evolving and new technologically driven employment landscape. The impact of his thought in speaking and learning engagements with relations to careers has been called “life changing. He has consistently been an advocate for understanding the emerging workforce and the new dynamics of workers in this technology driven and constantly changing workplace. His aggressive style of challenging individuals to look at their careers as more than just jobs, their professional as more than just a direction, to work with passion, and be flexible and entrepreneurial in the new and quickly evolving employment landscape has been at the core of Sequence’s professional development services and product offerings.
, Fehr & Peers
, Los Angeles
Invited SpeakerMr. Klop is a principal with Fehr & Peers in Los Angeles. Since joining the firm in 2002, Mr. Klop has led the planning and management of many of the firm’s award-winning public and private projects. He currently directs and oversees the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office. His background in multimodal planning, traffic operations, and education helps clients discover and deliver innovative transportation solutions for complex projects such as the City of LA’s Mobility Element, the LA Union Station Master Plan, and LA County’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan. He frequently lectures, trains practitioners on multimodal planning through UC Berkeley Tech Transfer in Complete Streets, and served as a chapter co-author for the ITE Transportation Planning Handbook.
, Clarion Associates
Confirmed SpeakerDonald L. Elliott is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a land use consulting firm with offices in Denver, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia. Don’s practice focuses on land planning and zoning, growth management, and international land and urban development issues. He has also advised numerous local governments in Russia on land use issues, served as the Democracy and Governance Advisor to the United States Agency for International Development in Uganda for two years, and performed independent research on Indian urbanization and slum upgrading in Delhi for two years. He has managed planning and zoning projects that have been state level award recipients from the American Planning Association in Colorado, Arizona, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Elliott is a member of the Denver Planning Board and teaches a graduate level course in Land Development Regulation at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is the author of A Better Way to Zone and a Co-author of The Rules that Shape Urban Form. He has a B.S. in Urban Studies and Policy Analysis from Yale University, a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Invited SpeakerDavid has 40 years of experience as an award-winning professional planner and manager for public and private sector planning and public works agencies working on public and private sector projects locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. He provides innovative, collaborative, and outcomes-based planning and communications expertise on land use, transportation, visioning, strategic planning, community development, and infrastructure projects. He has led or participated in the creation of countless community plans, downtown and town center plans, comprehensive land use plans, and long-range planning and policy studies, each being given its own unique approach. This breadth of experience, in conjunction with his background in visioning, communications, public involvement, and consensus-building provides clients with a deep and diverse understanding of community issues and planning principles. Mr. Siegel’s work has been diverse in nature, ranging from helping the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to refine a more sustainable vision for the urban form of new development and redevelopment within the metropolitan area and preparing a development management program for achieving it, to award-winning downtown and natural resource management plans, and to the 2012 APA National Planning Award-winning "Cool Planning: A Handbook on Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change". Mr. Siegel is a skilled facilitator, enabling individual stakeholders, interest groups community groups, stakeholders, and decision makers to identify and agree upon community and project visions, guiding principles, plan implementation strategies, and approval criteria. He is committed to the building of quality communities, the application of smart growth and sustainable development principles, and enabling community interests to develop and carry out a collaboratively envisioned future. Mr. Siegel is active in the community and in his profession, and is in demand as a facilitator and problem-solver for complex planning issues nationwide. His long relationship with the American Planning Association culminated with his service to the national Board of Directors as a Board member and as President. He is currently Senior Project Manager with Leland Consulting Group, Portland, Oregon-based urban strategists and development advisors specializing in real estate market analysis, economic forecasts and strategies, planning and development strategies, financial analysis, project management and implementation. Education Masters of Community and Regional Planning, Ohio State University Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Urban Studies, Wittenberg University
Mary Kay Peck
, MKPeck Associates
, Clearwater Beach
Invited SpeakerMary Kay Peck, FAICP, is the founding principal of MKPeck Associates, specializing in planning and management services. Peck has 30 years of local government experience as a city manager, assistant city manager, community development director and planning director. During her tenure as Henderson, Nevada city manager, the city was recognized by the International Association for City and County Managers for outstanding customer service and for its efforts in measuring and improving performance. The city also received the Trailblazer Award for Organizational Excellence from the Nevada Quality Alliance. Throughout her career, Ms. Peck has managed a number of award winning projects, including the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition Regional Plan, the Downtown Henderson Investment Strategy, the Henderson Visual Interactive Code, and the Springhill, Montana, Community Plan. While president of the American Planning Association, Peck laid the foundation for the organization’s first communication plan and led its first membership growth strategy, resulting in a 23 percent increase. She has given numerous presentations and keynote speeches throughout the United States and around the globe on a variety of topics, including leadership, management excellence and planning performance. Education Masters of Urban Planning, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Bachelors of Science, Urban Affairs, University of Evansville