2022 PinP Conference

2022 Partners in Progress Conference
March 1-2, 2022
Resorts World Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

Building the Future Together

A successful future requires labor and management to work together toward common goals. To do that, we need strong leaders who can build coalitions; who have the knowledge and skills to understand the needs and opportunities of where the construction industry is headed in the next 5, 10 and 20 years; and be willing to capitalize on the best practices of the industry. Above all, the future requires recruiting and retaining the best, most skilled workers into the industry. Partners in Progress 2022 is designed around the skills and knowledge necessary to meet these needs. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas on March 1 & 2, 2022!

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Tentative Agenda

*Subject to change.
Monday, February 28
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Tuesday, March 1
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Presidents’ Welcome
8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Construction Outlook/Economic Forecast
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. It’s Your Ship: Achieving Breakthrough Performance
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Communicating Through Difficult Conversations
New Industry Technology
Panel: IAQ Best Practices
Understanding a Changing World: “A Generational Dilemma”
11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Conflict Resolution Strategies
Identifying Emerging Markets
JATC Best Practices for Meeting Training Needs of the Future
Rising Leaders Raise Others
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Industry Thought Leaders – How We Use Industry Champions
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Change Agent, Modeling Change
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Emerging Leaders’ Reception
Wednesday, March 2
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Best Practices for Recruiting Quality Workers
Identifying Joint Legislative Opportunities to Build Market Share
Using New Technologies/Media for Recruitment
Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Skills
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Bias and Belonging
Coalition Building
Labor Management Best Practices
Mentoring vs. Coaching vs. Training
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. How Diversity Strengthens Our Industry
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Next Generation Workforce
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Closing Remarks/Project 150 Recognition
1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ADAPT: Overcoming Adversity


Keynote Speakers


Jim Abbott

Former Professional Baseball Player, New York Yankees

Jim Abbott was an All-American hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees vs Cleveland (September 4, 1993) all without his right hand. Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. His autobiography, Imperfect: An Improbable Life, was released in 2012 to glowing reviews.

Mike Abrashoff

Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author, It’s Your Ship

At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold – at the time, the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him on this under-performing Naval war ship were staggering: exceptionally low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. In many ways, the USS Benfold was actually an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today. Mike Abrashoff is the founder of GLS Worldwide. The firm challenges leaders at all levels to re-imagine their leadership thinking and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance.

Conference Fees

  • Attendee pricing (SMACNA & SMART members):
    • Early bird (ends Dec. 17, 2021) – $695
    • Regular – $950
  • Non-SMACNA contractor pricing:
    • Early bird (ends Dec. 17, 2021) – $950
    • Regular – $1,200