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YAECPI 2023 (formerly YDPDI)

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Registration is now open! Please complete a copy of this registration form for each attendee by January 23.

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Young AEC Professionals Institute Presents: YAECPI 2023
9 months of 12 Business & Leadership Skills Sessions (January 25 – September 19)

BSA Members: $3500 // Non-members: $4500 // Discount for additional participants available

YAECPI enables you to:

  • Take on new tasks and responsibilities, through better confidence, improved job performance and productivity
  • Learn the most current professional best practices from industry leader instructors
  • Engage in small breakout discussion groups in all sessions to participate actively, comfortably and learn in greater depth from your peers. Sessions held jointly with AGC Young Contractors
  • Build an exciting, profitable design career with the hard and soft skills firms value most

Why YAECPI 2023

The Need. Early in your AEC career, job expectations enlarge. Your company wants you to take on new tasks: more project management more communicating with others, writing, managing finances, negotiating, presenting. You don’t need another degree, but you do need serious exposure, training and development --- and that’s exactly what YAECPI delivers.

Guest Instructors. One of the great benefits of working in the New England is our access to some of the best thinkers and thoughtful design professionals in the world. 10+ guest instructors - architects, contractors, engineers, owner/clients - assist in teaching and leading small breakout group discussions. You not only listen to, but connect and engage with them to explore the issues and ideas most important to you.

Hybrid Learning Mixes Online and In-Person Sessions. Between work time, personal life, and travel time, we’ve created unique hybrid sessions. Two sessions are In-Person; two other sessions are Hosted Online – Online for the learning content, followed by Hosted discussion and networking.

Group Projects. Piloted last year, Group Projects consisting of small, mixed profession groups, exceeded our expectations for delivering valuable learning and in-depth relationship building. You can view several of the projects – articles, young AEC professionals job survey and podcast episodes on the Insights blog page on

YAECPI Benefits and Outcomes for Participants
Training and development are intangible, but they can produce very tangible results, including:

  • Enhanced ability to add value in your firms, from taking on new tasks, managing others, winning new work
  • Increased performance in areas that matter most for the firm’s performance, resulting from improved understanding of financial management
  • Drawing on interaction with clients and participants in the program, gaining better capacity to initiate and develop meaningful client relationships
  • Improvement of essential skills resulting from the YAECPI and YDPDI programs, practice and feedback: from communicating, writing and presenting, to managing CA and CD

YAECPI Benefits and Outcomes for Sponsoring Firms
A beneficial return of investment for sponsoring firms and employers, including:

  • Improved retention, job performance and career development of key talent for raised expectations
  • Increased marketing and business development activity resulting from more confident talent through mentoring and coaching
  • Boosted employee morale and firm spirit resulting from a clear demonstration of the firm’s commitment to professional development for young designers
  • Acquisition of current ideas and a fresh perspective on best practices being developed by other participating firms and industry experts

Enrollment Information

The first 2023 session begins January 25, 2023, and enrollment is now open. Please complete a registration form for each registrant. Scan/email to Patricia Olshan at [email protected], or mail to YAECPI c/o BSA, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210.

Download a registration form available here.

For information about program content, contact William Ronco, program director at [email protected] or 617-686-5005.

Program Leadership

President of Gathering Pace, Inc., William Ronco, Ph.D., founded YDPDI 20+ years ago. He directs the program, partnering with the Boston Society of Architects. Dr. Ronco also founded and directs the Young Contractors Professional Institute, partnering with the Massachusetts Associated General Contractors.

Dr. Ronco consults on strategy, leadership and partnering with design, engineering, owner / client, construction, and biotech and science organizations. He is author of The Partnering Solution (Career Press) and Partnering Manual For Design and Construction (McGraw-Hill). A former professor in Northeastern University’s MBA program, Dr. Ronco earned his B.A. at Rutgers University, his Ed.M. at Harvard and his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Colin Milberg and Toni Loiacano assist with Institute leadership. A founding partner of ASKM Consulting, Colin is a construction industry expert in lean methods, facilitation and change management. Toni is a senior vice president at Cannon Design. She has extensive experience and interest in mentoring, presenting new design concepts to client associations.