CONSTRUCT is the Only Industry Event that Offers a Day Dedicated to Young Professionals

Sep 06, 2017 - Dallas, Texas


CONSTRUCT is committed to helping Young Professionals advance in their careers and develop an active and dynamic voice in the industry by providing networking, professional development and mentorship opportunities designed specifically for professionals 35 and under.  That is the purpose of Young Professional (YP) Day which has returned for its third year at CONSTRUCT.  

CONSTRUCT 2017, held September 13-15th at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI, features a variety of options for young professionals who are looking to learn more about the industry, socialize and have fun with their peers.  YP Day at CONSTRUCT 2017 includes education, mentorship and fun!  All content for the day is prepared specifically for the young professional and includes networking tips, a speed mentoring activity, an innovative problem-solving luncheon and greater connection with peers and industry leaders.

Feedback from the 2016 Program:

"As a young professional, it can be tough to navigate the early part of your career. YP Day at CONSTRUCT took my career to the next level through valuable educational seminars, networking practice sessions and a chance to meet others at the same career level. In one particular session, I had an opportunity to network with seasoned mentors who I may otherwise not have access to and still stay in touch with today. I highly recommend YP Day -- it's the single best conference experience I have had thus far to take my career to the next level."  ~Lauren Conners Anderson, Architectural Sales Representative, Conners Sales Group & President, DC Chapter CSI  

The YP Package includes the Young Professionals Day Program, access to the Exhibit Hall, the General Session/Keynote, Show Floor Happy Hours, and the CSI Young Professionals Mixer (must be 21 years or older to attend the mixer).


8:00am – 8:40am       Continental Breakfast/Introductions/Goals
8:40am – 9:00am       How We Roll at CONSTRUCT 
9:00am – 9:15am       Networking Tips
9:30am – 11:30am      Speed Mentoring                                             
11:30am – 11:45am    Set Yourself Apart 
12:00pm – 1:00pm     Let's Fix Construction: An Interactive Luncheon featuring a hot buffet lunch 
                                   (1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 BOMI, .10 ICC)
1:05pm - 2:05pm       Tools of the 21st Century Architect (1 AIA LU, .10 ICC)
2:40pm - 3:40pm       Afternoon Session of Your Choice (1 AIA LU, 1 BOMI, .10 ICC)  
4:00pm – 5:30pm      Afternoon Session of Your Choice (1.5 AIA LUs, 1 BOMI, .10 ICC)

Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT, will be spearheading the program.  She has experience with many facets of the project team in the built environment. She has worked in many roles in construction, MEP Engineering and largely for two architectural firms during her 30-year career in AEC. Cherise, in addition to other skills, has most recently worked as a Specifier. She is the immediate Past President of the Portland Chapter of CSI and a Director-at-Large on the Institute Board. She is particularly passionate about her joint effort, grass roots project LetsFixConstruction.Com, young professional development and improving project coordination. 

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About the Event

CONSTRUCT is your most cost effective strategy for combining educational opportunities with practical, real-world, product and service solutions for your business success.  This event is dedicated to the institutional, industrial and commercial building industry. If you design, build, specify, engineer, renovate or operate in the built environment, this is your event. The show is owned and produced by Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate.  For additional information, contact CONSTRUCT at P.O. Box 612128, Dallas, Texas 75261-2128; call the main show line at (866) 475-6707 or (972) 536-6450.

About the Sponsor

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association dedicated to improving the documentation, management and communication of building information utilized by the construction community.  CSI accomplishes its mission through the development of construction standards and formats such as MasterFormat and UniFormat; the promulgation of those formats through master guide specifications and building information management (BIM) software; training and certificate/certification programs, including the Construction Documents Technology (CDT), Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) and the Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) exams; publication of Construction Specifier magazine; and an ever-expanding membership of decision-makers who identify and specify building product solutions.  CSI members include a cross-section of specifiers, architects, contractors, suppliers and other construction project professionals who are involved in touched by construction documentation.

About Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate

Informa operates at the heart of the Knowledge and Information economy. It is one of the world’s leading business intelligence, knowledge and events businesses with more than 6,000 employees in over 100 offices across 25 countries. The Dallas Exhibitions team produces a portfolio of 15 trade shows in various sectors of the construction and real estate industry. To learn more, visit 


Sylvia Wofford
Informa Exhibitions
(972) 536-6407