Thurgood Marshall Ballroom Foyer
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
East Lawn
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
Madison Room
Exhibit Hall C
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom Foyer
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
East Lawn
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
Madison Room
Exhibit Hall C
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
13:00 - 15:00
Registration Thurgood Marshall Ballroom Foyer
15:00 - 15:15
Welcome Remarks Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
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Jon Finch
Chair, MCAA Career Development
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Brian Helm
MCAA President
15:15 - 16:15
The Psychology of Illusion Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Magic is much more than sleight of hand. It’s the ability to guide perspective, spotlight influence, and challenge belief systems. With humor, heart, and captivating showmanship, illusionist Vinh Giang transforms these three powerful components and shares how creating and cultivating the RIGHT influence in our lives can make the difference between tremendous success or limited mediocrity.

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Vinh Giang
16:30 - 18:00
DiSC Session Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Effective communication is a key factor in your future success. Your ability to positively interact with your coworkers, friends and family is impacted by your awareness and understanding of behavior styles.  Everything DiSC ™ is an instrument and process to help you identify behavior styles, and more importantly, how to use this knowledge to ensure successful outcomes in a range of endeavors.  Jon Finch will provide you with an experiential session focused on proven behavior styles you can use immediately.  Learn about yourself and how you can effectively engage with multiple different styles to produce positive results at work or at home.

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Jon Finch
Chair, MCAA Career Development
18:00 - 19:00
Reception & & Professional Headshot Session East Lawn

Attendees will have the chance to make new connections, and have the opportunity to get a professional headshot, which will be available at the conclusion of the conference.

19:00 - 20:30
Dinner Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Sit with different DiSC personalities and put to use what you learned at the dinner table.

07:45 - 08:30
Student Chapter Presidents’ Advisory Council Meeting Madison Room
07:45 - 08:30
Breakfast Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
08:30 - 11:00
MCAA Job Fair Exhibit Hall C

MCAA member companies from across the U.S. will be on hand to discuss internship, co-op and full-time job opportunities with students. They will spend the morning networking, learning about the company culture and gearing up for their future in the industry.

09:00 - 09:45
Faculty Advisors Program Madison Room
11:30 - 12:15
Lunch Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
12:15 - 12:45
Museum of the Bible Project Overview Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
Buses Leave for Tour
14:00 - 17:00
Museum of the Bible Mechanical Systems Tour

Students will be given an exclusive mechanical systems tour of the DC Museum of the Bible. Opening in November 2017, the $254 million, 430,000 square foot building took five years from concept to the grand opening. Portions of the museum occupy the Terminal Refrigerating and Warehouse Company Building, built in 1923. Over the course of the project, the team adapted 140,000 square feet of warehouse space, performed 240,000 square feet of infill construction and renovated an additional 50,000 square feet of existing space. HVAC Contractor and MCAA Member, Southland Industries, will tour attendees around the plant/chiller/boiler rooms/cooling towers/generators and the VRF System.

17:00 - 19:00
Free Time at National Monuments
19:00 - 21:00
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Doors will open at 7 PM sharp!

Take the time to explore the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artifacts, located in the heart of DC. Enjoy free time and dinner with peers.

Buses Return to Hotel
08:30 - 09:00
Breakfast Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
09:00 - 10:00
Student Competition Session Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Learn the scope of this year’s student competition, and gain insight on how to best manage a real world contracting bid.

10:00 - 11:00
Harnessing Headwinds of Change Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

In flying, headwinds slow you down. At their worst, they cause you to change your plans and impact the effectiveness of weapons in combat. Headwinds demand that pilots be resilient and resourceful, literally on the fly. Colonel Nicole Malachowski will inspire you to think differently about the headwinds of change you face – organizationally and personally. Drawing on her extraordinary Air Force career, Nicole wills candidly offer lessons on leadership, followership, and overcoming adversity. She will help ignite your own indomitable spirit in order to succeed far beyond what you have ever dreamed

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Colonel Nicole Malachowski
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Visit the Air and Space Museum

Join us Friday night at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Explore the world's largest collection of aviation and space artifacts, located in the heart of DC. Enjoy free time and dinner with peers.


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MCAA's GreatFutures Forum is the place where MCAA members and students come together for the best employment opportunities! It's where the serious business of your great future comes face-to-face with the serious fun of meeting new people and future employers!