April 6, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The 3-Cs of Top Engineers: Communication with Clients and Collaborators

Communication is the transfer of ideas and, in this seminar, we are exploring the most effective ways to work together to get our jobs done.  Emily Hereford, Eamonn Connolly, and Scott Whitebone are will share project team navigation challenges and solutions in a lively panel discussion format.  Each panelist brings with them a perspective from a different team player position: Emily, a structural engineer with Stantec, Eamon, a structural engineer with McHugh, and Scott, an architect with Harley Ellis Deveraux.  Collaborating with different personalities, listening and addressing others’ concerns, and standing up for your ideas will be at the heart of the discussion. Join us for an engaging discussion about how we can use communication to work more effectively with our clients and collaborators.

2 CE Hours 

This is a virtual event on Zoom. 


  • Single Day Member - $50
  • Single Day Non-Member - $100

April 6th Only - Register by April 5th at 10:00am

About the Speakers


Emily Hereford, Structural Engineer

Emily is a structural engineer at Stantec with ten years of experience.  Her focus is on transportation projects including both bridges and station structures.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia University.

Eamonn Connolly, SE, PE, LEED AP, Director of Engineering
James McHugh Construction Co.  

Eamonn is the Director of Engineering at James McHugh Construction Co. He is the former chairman of ACI Committee 309 Consolidation, and a member of ACI Committees 117 Tolerances, 134 Concrete Constructability, 301 Section 9 PT Concrete, 318 Sub A General, Concrete & Construction,  347 Formwork and 435 Deflection. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL and his Master of Philosophy in Engineering from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois and a licensed Professional Engineer in seven states. Eamonn has over 20 years of extensive and wide-ranging experience as a structural engineer and manager in the design and construction of numerous high-rise buildings and infrastructure projects. 

Scott Whitebone, AIA, Senior Architect and Associate Principal

Scott is a senior architect and associate principal at HED, with over 20 years of experience.  Scott has a varied experience, with a focus on the design and management of large, multi-phased projects within multiple sectors including, healthcare, hospitality, civic, housing and commercial. He takes am inclusive approach to design, listening and learning from his team and clients throughout the design process



Caitlin DiDonato ( Stantec )
Dena Abakumov ( Stantec )
Sarah Soprovich ( Stantec )
Eric Wheeler ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Ben Tark ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Indira Oraziman ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Armen Avedoumian ( Thornton Tomasetti )
James Mysliwiec ( Rex Engineering Group )
Jason Kuo ( Rex Engineering Group )
Garry Auerback ( Rex Engineering Group )
James Pawlikowski ( REX Engineering Group )
Tamara Voss ( Rex Engineering Group )
David Tea ( Rex Engineering Group )
Bassem Saab ( Rex Engineering Group )
Tianshu Qi ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Joel Villanueva ( CTA )
Raffi Ounjian ( CTA )
Derek Boeldt ( CTA )
Alejandro Flores ( CTA )
Matthew Gibbs ( CTA )
Adam Whicker ( CTA )
Miles Churchill ( CTA )
Timothy Sotiros ( CTA )
Guy Bertini ( CTA )
Brian McDonnell ( CTA )
Kevin Bergthold ( CTA )
Blanca Aranda ( CTA )
Jesus Alquicira ( Chicago Transit Authority )
David Yoon ( CTA )
Lee Fink ( LPI,Inc. )
Rupert Price ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Tejasvee Prasad ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Dan Jaconetti ( HED )
Mehmet Civelek ( Atlas Engineering Group LTD. )
Kyle Cunningham ( K2NCrest )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Jeff Ruhde ( Burns & McDonnell )
Fernando Saz ( The Structural Group )
Zaida Morillo ( Primera Engineers, LTD )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
Shelley Finnigan ( ArcelorMittal )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Mary Jane Davis ( SEAOI )
William Bast ( LPI, Inc. )
Emily Hereford ( Stantec )
Eamonn Connolly ( James McHugh Construction Co. )
Scott Whitebone ( HED Architects )
Jovica Grbic ( Wight & Company )