Vice President - Green Infrastructure
Volkert, Inc.

Communication: THE Best Management Practice

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
2:10 - 3:10PM

Join IECA Emeritus Speaker of the Year, Barry Fagan with his valuable presentation on the Best Management Practice - Communication. Whether at the program or project level, trust is at the heart of every successful stormwater management effort. Trust influences technical outcomes; trust informs leadership; trust fosters understanding and grace during the inevitable and uncontrollable storm. Trust requires relationship; relationship requires connection; connection requires effective communication. In this presentation, Barry Fagan will present the connection between successful stormwater management outcomes and effective communication efforts. He will characterize communication as being THE best management practice and demonstrate practical applications for ensuring your success through trust, relationship, connection, and effective communication.

Barry Fagan has nearly 30 years of experience in guiding clients through the intersection of natural and built environments. Barry currently leads a green infrastructure service area for Alabama-based Volkert, where he fulfills his personal mission of helping good people get better at managing stormwater. Barry loves dirt, loves water, and enjoys the challenge of keeping the two separated.

David Williams, Ph.D., PE, PH, CPESC, CFM
David T. Williams and Associates

Dr. David T. Williams, a registered Professional Civil Engineer in eight states, has a variety of experience, including: National Technical Director for Water Resources for PBS&J (now Atkins), co-founder and President of WEST Consultants (a nationally recognized water resources engineering firm), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and adjunct professor at San Diego State University. Dr. Williams’ other professional experience includes more than twenty years as a hydraulic engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Waterways Experiment Station (WES, now ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, both the Nashville and Baltimore Districts, and the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) in Davis, CA.

Being an Expert Witness - The Process and What to Expect

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
9:10 - 10:10AM

In the litigious atmosphere of today, professionals are often asked to be expert witnesses in civil suits, or to simply provide services for mediations and forensic investigations. Learn what to expect when asked (or forced) to participate in legal processes or forensic investigations, how to prepare, and how to minimize your business’ exposure to possible legal actions.

  • Understand the procedures of the court process.
  • How to interact with your attorney, the opposing attorney, the judge and the jury
  • State opinions and conclusions in an understandable and defensible manner.

Ethics for Professionals

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
3:20 - 4:20PM

Every day we face decisions that have ethical implications. And while the safety of the organization and the public is every professional’s primary concern, time, personal, and resource pressures can often challenge these commitments. Taking a proactive approach to workplace ethics is the best course to mitigate risk, avoid legal implications, and build a working atmosphere of integrity, trust, and purpose.

  • Understand the pitfalls of ethics creep (slowly eroding your ethics).
  • Understand how to determine an ethical path when doing business with others.
  • Gain a clearer picture of the problems that are presented in ethically challenging situations.