AEC Virtual Spectrum 2021
July 28, 2021

Join your colleagues for a fun and information-packed event filled with educational content to help you do your job better and networking opportunities to reconnect with colleagues from around the country.

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July 28th, 2021 | 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Welcome + Federated Insurance Presentation

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Session Type: Educational/Training

July 28th, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Increasing Profitability and Positioning Through Owning Your Story

Session description not available at this time.

Session Type: Keynote

July 28th, 2021 | 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

15 Minute Break + Milwaukee Tool Presentation + Introduction of Next Speaker

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Session Type: Networking

July 28th, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Pride of Being An Essential Worker: Telling Impact Stories and Growing the Field

Leading an association demands unique storytelling skills and with 2020 demonstrating the key role that plumbers and HVAC contractors play in making our houses into homes, PHCC has an opportunity to bring more members into the network, enhance their skills and promote the field. Joan's workshop will help you to lean into the pride you take in your profession to make each of you more effective ambassadors for the association and the field

Session Type: Educational/Training

July 28th, 2021 | 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

15 Minute Break + Bradford White Presentation

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Session Type: Networking

July 28th, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Executives Only Session

This session is for Executive Directors only.

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Session Type: Meeting
Chance Wilson

Chance Wilson is a native of Buffalo, New York with over 18 years of experience as a small business and venture strategist for Binchmark. Binchmark is an award-winning project development company founded in 2003 that is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. You will find Binchmark at Since the inception of Binchmark, multiple projects and brands have been created under Binchmark. Some of the most known brands include Greater24 Media Network, GoResearch.Me and the Yes Affordable Housing Campaign. GoResearch.Me pioneered the development of a dynamic credentialing process for public figures, speakers and industry specialists for their personal use and business endeavors locally and abroad. Chance is currently active as a public speaker and has presented seminars on operational business strategies, cultural relations, and leadership practices. As an on-camera interviewer, Chance has conducted multiple television and online interviews from social developments with corporate executives to known figures such as TV/Film star Tommy Davidson, NASCAR’s Jeffrey Earnhardt, NBC’s Al Roker to the former Philippine President, Fidel V. Ramos and more. Through a short time in the political arena, Chance has been the campaign strategist for Councilwoman Wooten, who has historically become the first African American woman to serve on the Virginia Beach City Council for two consecutive terms. Developments by Chance have won multiple awards and have been recognized for their business innovation and contribution to the community. Overcoming project challenges and diversifying planning strategies along the way is what has contributed to a diverse career.

  • Session Name: Increasing Profitability and Positioning Through Owning Your Story
    Role:   Keynote
Joan Garry

Joan Garry began her career in 1981 as part of the management team that launched MTV. She followed this successful eight-year tenure with another successful run as an executive at Showtime Networks. Then, in 1997 while either having a midlife crisis or avoiding one, Garry was named the executive director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the U.S. She joined GLAAD to find an organization in deep financial crisis (18 staff and yes, $360 in the bank), led it out of the depths to a place of prominence focusing on the power of the media to change hearts and minds. From the accurate coverage of the murder of Matthew Shepard to the successful lobbying of The New York Times to include gay and lesbian couples on its wedding pages, Garry’s strategy was clear: keep GLAAD focused on the media because the road to acceptance begins with visibility and understanding. After her eight year run at GLAAD, Garry built on this expertise and became a successful political fundraiser, co-chairing the LGBT Finance Committee for the Obama 2008 Presidential campaign. She has been in a leadership position on a large national board and her family makes significant contributions to causes near and dear. She brings all of this experience to her work as the Principal of Joan Garry Consulting, a boutique firm that helps nonprofits across a wide variety of sectors to untangle strategic knots enabling them to have a clearer path in pursuit of their missions. From executive coaching to strategy engagements to crisis management, Joan works with organizations across a variety of sectors – independent schools, social justice, illness based organizations, LGBT advocacy. She works with large organizations like UNICEF USA and The Union for Reform Judaism to organizations that are anxious to move to the next level. Her blog for board and staff leaders of nonprofits reaches 100,000 unique leaders monthly from over 150 countries and her podcast Nonprofits Are Messy is frequently the #1 nonprofit / government podcast on iTunes. Lastly, she is the founder of The Nonprofit Leadership Lab, a monthly online membership site for board and staff leaders of small nonprofits who can afford neither coaching nor consulting. Through a vast array of content and a community moderated by experts, Joan is reaching over 2,000 board and staff leaders worldwide. Joan teaches at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Nonprofit Communications Strategy and Media and Social Change to undergraduate seniors Her book, Joan Garry’s Guide To Nonprofit Leadership (John Wiley and Sons) was published in early 2017. Lastly, in the spirit of using her voice for change, Joan was the first female singing member of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Joan lives in NJ with her wife of 34 years. Joan and Eileen were plaintiffs in a 1993 landmark NJ court case granting a lesbian couple a second parent adoption. Their three grown children all legally have two mothers (whether they like it or not). For more information about Joan, see this link:

  • Session Name: The Pride of Being An Essential Worker: Telling Impact Stories and Growing the Field
    Role:   Session Leader