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Sunday, March 24
12-5 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting
5-6 p.m.
Chair-elect Happy Hour
Monday, March 25
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Committee Meetings
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
On-the-Record Media Training
Monday, March 25; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Industry leaders, product managers, executives and others who see the value in capitalizing on the opportunity to use the media to build credibility and awareness will learn how reporters think, what they're looking for and what they hate. Know your rights and how to exercise them, plus get ready for a variety of interview situations with videotaped practice sessions including a mix of friendly and hostile experiences.

Media Strategies for ABC Chapters (only 40 seats)
Tuesday, March 26; 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Is your chapter seen as a credible, reliable source by local and regional media? Develop a strategy to position your chapter as a sought-after media source to generate positive news coverage. Learn what is news—and what isn’t (tip: your convention is not news). Discover how to make your story newsworthy, choose the most appropriate person for the interview and prepare that person to effectively represent you, the chapter, their company and the industry. 
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Registration Open
1-4 p.m.
This workshop will provide ABC membership and marketing staff who came on board during the last year with peer-based and professional training, including recruitment, goal planning, retention, volunteer management and engagement, membership sales, events and services. Learn about resources available through ABC National and chapter best practices, and build a network of peers whom you will work with throughout your tenure with ABC.
1-4 p.m.
This workshop will provide ABC chapter education and workforce development staff hired during the past year with the skills to respond to challenges and opportunities, including working with external stakeholders, growing programs, managing instructors and leading a successful chapter education program. Attendees will work together to master topics relevant to their education efforts and build a network of peers to collaborate with throughout their tenure at ABC.
5:30-7 p.m.
Kick off the convention and reconnect with ABC colleagues from across the country at this Monday night mixer. 
(Chapter staff only)  
Tuesday, March 26
6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Registration Open
7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
On-the-Record Media Training
Monday, March 25; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Industry leaders, product managers, executives and others who see the value in capitalizing on the opportunity to use the media to build credibility and awareness will learn how reporters think, what they're looking for and what they hate. Know your rights and how to exercise them, plus get ready for a variety of interview situations with videotaped practice sessions including a mix of friendly and hostile experiences.

Media Strategies for ABC Chapters (only 40 seats)
Tuesday, March 26; 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Is your chapter seen as a credible, reliable source by local and regional media? Develop a strategy to position your chapter as a sought-after media source to generate positive news coverage. Learn what is news—and what isn’t (tip: your convention is not news). Discover how to make your story newsworthy, choose the most appropriate person for the interview and prepare that person to effectively represent you, the chapter, their company and the industry. 
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
The ABC Safety Academy is designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management processes in achieving a world-class safety culture. The academy goes beyond the technical side of safety and explores the emotional and behavioral components that take safety from one of many priorities to the core value upon which all decisions are based. 

Day One
Tuesday, March 26;  8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two
Wednesday, March 27;  8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Three
Thursday, March 28;  8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
ABC Safety Academy Facilitator Orientation*

To facilitate the ABC Safety Academy, a candidate must have completed all four sections of the academy and be able to deliver a safety discussion during the course. Facilitator qualifications include intermediate-to-advanced experience in classroom management and presentation skills, an uncompromising attitude toward safety performance, working knowledge of STEP and the SPR and time and experience in the field with responsibility for safety performance. 
*Open only to those who attended ABC's Safety Academy at Convention 
8:30-9:45 a.m.
· Hackathon Design Tips to Unleash Fruitful Innovation
· Safety First: Safety Performance Report
· Creating the Member Story
· The Big Reveal: ABC’s New Brand Identity
· CHAD Education and Training Module
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Board of Directors Registration
10:15-11:30 a.m.
· CHAD Tips and Tricks Including Email/Word Merges
· The Big Reveal: ABC’s New Brand Identity
· Making the ABC Investment a No-Brainer
· Member Retention: Creating the Member Experience
· Customer Service Excellence as a Driver of Membership Satisfaction
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Includes the strategic breakouts and optional regional breakouts
12:30-2:30 p.m.
1-3 p.m.
Chapter Staff Peer Groups
1:30-3:30 p.m.
A question-and-answer session open to everyone who has a question about CHAD. Come with a question or sit in and listen to others. It’s a great opportunity to learn how other chapters are using the application to its fullest.
4-5 p.m.
Competitor Reception in Exhibit Hall
5:30-7 p.m.
So nice, we’re doing it twice. ABC is bringing the “wow” factor back to Long Beach for the opening of ABC Convention 2019. This upbeat, energetic session featuring entertainer Sekou Andrews, the world’s leading poetic voice, is the perfect opener for the merit shop event of the year.
(Open to all attendees) 
7-9:30 p.m.
Long Beach, often referred to as California’s Urban Coast, is full of surprises, and we have a few in store for you at the Opening Night Celebration. Join us on the Terrace Theater Plaza for a night of food and entertainment.
(Included with full social or full convention registration but can be bought a la carte) 
Wednesday, March 27
6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Registration Open
6:45-7:45 a.m.
7 a.m.-12 p.m.
National Board of Directors Registration
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Includes Member to Member and Chapter Presidents Business Meeting
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
The ABC Safety Academy is designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management processes in achieving a world-class safety culture. The academy goes beyond the technical side of safety and explores the emotional and behavioral components that take safety from one of many priorities to the core value upon which all decisions are based. 

Day One
Tuesday, March 26;  8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two
Wednesday, March 27;  8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Three
Thursday, March 28;  8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
ABC Safety Academy Facilitator Orientation*

To facilitate the ABC Safety Academy, a candidate must have completed all four sections of the academy and be able to deliver a safety discussion during the course. Facilitator qualifications include intermediate-to-advanced experience in classroom management and presentation skills, an uncompromising attitude toward safety performance, working knowledge of STEP and the SPR and time and experience in the field with responsibility for safety performance. 
*Open only to those who attended ABC's Safety Academy at Convention 
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
The ABC Apprenticeship Trustee Academy will provide new and current apprenticeship trustees with the knowledge and tools to effectively lead the essential programs that develop our future construction professionals. In addition to world class trustee development, the academy provides the unique opportunity to network with fellow merit-shop trustees from across the association and witness the premiere craft competition in the construction industry at ABC’s National Craft Championships.

Day One (only 25 seats available)
Wednesday, March 27; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two (only 25 seats available)
Thursday, March 28; 8:30-11:30 a.m.

9-10:15 a.m.
· Managing and Leading Great Staff and Team Meetings
· You Didn’t Grow up in My Momma’s House! Keys to Motivating in the 21st Century
· Membership Engagement – Part 1
· Safety in the Workplace: Five Immediate Actions One Must Know When Confronted by a Threatening Situation
· HR Impact: The New Model for Human Resources Success
· Digital Persuasion: Sell Smarter in the Modern Market
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
· Digital Persuasion: Ignite Your Social Influence
· Workplace Security and Safety: Planning to Protect Your Organization
· Engaging the Generations: Success Beyond the Labels
· From Distracted to Productive: Finding Your Focus in a Hyper-interrupted World
· Membership Engagement – Part 2
· Coach ‘Em and Keep ‘Em: A Supervisor’s Guide to Improving Performance and Retention
12:30-5 p.m.
2-4 p.m.
Chapter Presidents Peer Groups
2-4 p.m.
Refresh, engage, encourage and inspire. Join your peers for an opportunity to network in a fun and informal setting and share key takeaways and insights.
Thursday, March 28
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Registration Open
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Stephen M. R. Covey, author of the bestseller The Speed of Trust and an expert on leadership, ethics and high performance, shares his insights on transforming teams and organizations, maximizing human performance and leveraging trust as a strategic multiplier.
(Open to full conference registration attendees only) 
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
The ABC Apprenticeship Trustee Academy will provide new and current apprenticeship trustees with the knowledge and tools to effectively lead the essential programs that develop our future construction professionals. In addition to world class trustee development, the academy provides the unique opportunity to network with fellow merit-shop trustees from across the association and witness the premiere craft competition in the construction industry at ABC’s National Craft Championships.

Day One (only 25 seats available)
Wednesday, March 27; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two (only 25 seats available)
Thursday, March 28; 8:30-11:30 a.m.

8:30-11:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
The ABC Safety Academy is designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management processes in achieving a world-class safety culture. The academy goes beyond the technical side of safety and explores the emotional and behavioral components that take safety from one of many priorities to the core value upon which all decisions are based. 

Day One
Tuesday, March 26;  8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two
Wednesday, March 27;  8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Three
Thursday, March 28;  8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
ABC Safety Academy Facilitator Orientation*

To facilitate the ABC Safety Academy, a candidate must have completed all four sections of the academy and be able to deliver a safety discussion during the course. Facilitator qualifications include intermediate-to-advanced experience in classroom management and presentation skills, an uncompromising attitude toward safety performance, working knowledge of STEP and the SPR and time and experience in the field with responsibility for safety performance. 
*Open only to those who attended ABC's Safety Academy at Convention 
9-11 a.m.
10-11:30 a.m.
· CHAD Online Event Setup, Registration and Import
· Networking with Ease
· Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Its Impact on Construction
· Making Cents Out of ABC Surveys
· Precision Construction Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things
12:15-2:15 p.m.
Get inspired at the second annual ABC Association Excellence Awards, which honors the best of the best in chapter management and programs. Join ABC recruiters, educators, committee members and chapter staff as we recognize outstanding achievements in membership, STEP participation, accreditations and more. Plus, you won’t want to miss the presentation of the coveted Beamer of the Year award to the ABC member who recruited the most companies in 2018.
(Included with full social or full convention registration) 
1-3 p.m.
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Merit Shop Proud. That sums up the inspirational Careers in Construction awards, where competitors and winners of the National Craft Championships, Construction Management Competition, Student Chapter of the Year, Craft Professional of the Year, Craft Instructor of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year will be honored and celebrated.
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Say goodbye to Long Beach and hello to Nashville, Tennessee, the home of ABC Convention 2020. Known as “Music City” for its country and rock music and everything in between, Nashville is also foodie heaven and has a vibrant arts scene. At the Closing Night Celebration, you’ll get a glimpse of what’s waiting for you March 23-27 in Nashville.
(Included with full social or full convention registration but can be bought a la carte) 
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