Diversity and Inclusion: One Answer to the Workforce Development Issue

Session Type:

Convention, Education


Washington State Convention Center

Room Number: 620

Available Dates & Times


Unintentionally, our workplaces may create an environment that doesn’t embrace diversity, negatively impacting both our recruiting and retention efforts. This session will explore our individual biases and ways to overcome them to create work environments that are more diverse and inclusive.


  • Brent Darnell

    Brent Darnell is the pioneer in bringing emotional intelligence to the construction industry. He began teaching it in 1999 before the AEC industry knew they needed it. In 2012 he was awarded Engineering News Record’s top 25 newsmaker’s award for his record breaking program that transforms Alpha males into service focused leaders.

    Brent is second generation in the industry. He grew up walking projects like the Plaza Tower in New Orleans with his Dad. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1981 and spent 15 years as a project manager on jobs such as the Brooke Army Medical Center and housing for athletes in the Olympic Village in Atlanta.