415-527-0980 ExecDir@aebl.org

AEBL is a member-supported not-for-profit organization offering business leadership education and networking forums for  Northern California professionals  in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Environmental industries.  Our program portfolio includes topic-focused lunchtime roundtables; financial literacy mentoring; Step Up to Leadership Summer Series; half- and full-day workshops; CEO Roundtable; and our popular Annual Strategic Growth Symposium.

Our events are unique in the AEC industry, as most comprise multi-generational participants with a range of backgrounds— engineer, project manager, architect, marketing director, interior designer, planner, human resources director, scientist, etc.— which result in broad discussions with many perspectives.

AEBL Events

Lunchtime Roundtables

In these engaging, spirited lunchtime discussions, attendees take on issues that creative consulting professionals should be – but aren’t always – talking about. Among this year’s most popular topics: the right kind of leadership for today’s business climate, thriving in a shifting industry, adapting to leaner firm operations, managing your skills and network to stay relevant over time, and creating the firm of the future.

Step Up to Leadership


AEBL’s signature event is now a six-section summer program offering an annual sampling of best business practices among architecture, design, engineering, construction, and environmental consulting firms. This event highlights the unique character of AEBL event participation. Sections are led by a faculty of practicing executives and industry management consultants who bring their respective expertise and first-hand experiences to each topic, and attendees include a range of professionals along the entire career continuum. Click here for information about Step Up to Leadership 2018.

Executive Leadership Roundtables
AEBL’s leadership roundtables focus on the top challenges facing leadership teams today. Limited to 10 participants in lead executive roles, these facilitated small-group discussions offer excellent opportunities for attendees to share industry observations, compare success and horror stories, and make new industry connections. The agenda for each event is based on issues attendees want to discuss.
Strategic Growth Symposium


AEBL’s Strategic Growth Symposium is an annual event developed for executives and directors responsible for growth strategies in their organizations. This informative, day-long session addresses a range of growth strategies, including organic growth, external transactions and capitalization, and more. Participants engage in panels, presentations, and substantive discussions with peers, helping share their vision for their firms’ future.

Read more about our 2014 Strategic Growth Symposium.

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Welcome to AEBL, the Association of AE Business Leaders. 2017 promises to be another busy year in California with A/E/C companies leading in growth and economic recovery. As such, we are excited about our upcoming educational programs and networking events, which are open to everyone in your firm. This is especially true for those who wish to enhance their knowledge and further their career, while strengthening business and leadership skills. AEBL is an  unbiased not-for-profit, member-supported organization, which brings unique value to participants at all stages of their career. For membership information, please visit our Membership page, or feel free to call me with any questions, requests or ideas at (415) 307-9799 or ExecDir@aebl.org. I look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Kathryn Sprankle
Executive Director, AEBL

I first became part of AEBL more than 10 years ago.  I started going to the Executive Roundtables which allowed me to voice some problems I was having with my business.  The access to people in the same circumstances was unprecedented. The networking has been great and the professional relationships that have developed from my involvement are extremely valuable. I gained so much value from these sessions that I wanted to be more active. I started volunteering to teach a section of Step Up To Leadership, hosted roundtables and I have also been a Board member four years now.  Being a part of AEBL allows me to gain from other’s experiences and also give back to an industry that has been very good to me.  I highly recommend being involved in AEBL.
John Cowdery
Senior Vice President, TRC Solutions

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, and get you involved in our events.