January 20, 2021 - 9:00am to January 21, 2021 - 11:00am

January 20th - Day 1: Upping Your Presentation Game: Getting Recognized for your work inside and outside your firm

Shelley Finnigan and Bill Bast are sharing their wealth of public speaking knowledge.  Shelley will focus on writing and speaking to a client-centered audience.  Her deliberate move from behind the engineering desk to more client-facing business development roles is one that many consider in their careers.  We are excited to learn so much from her experience.  Bill has a long history speaking as an industry expert.  His presentation topics span a variety of complex, interesting engineering concepts. He’s a coveted conference speaker and we are lucky to have him as an active SEAOI member. This seminar will help you boost your content on the page and in front of an audience.  Whether you are considering submitting your first abstract or looking for tips to up your presentation game, join us for an engaging presentation on presentations! 

January 21st - Day 2: 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 for single day and 4 CE Hours for both days.

This is a virtual event on Zoom. 


  • Single Day Member - $50
  • Single Day Non-Member - $100
  • Both Days - save 25%
        *  Member - $75
         *  Non-Member - $150

Both Dates/January 20 or 21 only: 1/19 by 2:00pm CST

About the Speakers

William D. Bast, PE, SE, SECB, Principal and Regional Director
LPI, Inc.

Bast has been a practicing structural engineer for over 35 years in Illinois, and has led the structural design teams in the renovations at Wrigley Field, Navy Pier, and Willis Tower.  He also serves as an expert witness in disputes and lawsuits.  Bast is a former President of SEAOI and NCSEA.


Shelley Finnigan, Global Technical Sales Engineer and Head of Technical Sales & Marketing

Shelley draws on more than 12 years of experience in structural engineering, marketing and business development to guide the technical marketing efforts of a team of engineers in the Americas division of ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company. Prior to joining ArcelorMittal, Shelley worked at Thornton Tomasetti, where she served for the majority of her tenure as a design engineer. She has worked on several steel-focused projects, including design involvement from schematic design through construction administration for a 30-story steel office building in North Carolina; design studies for the steel spire and steel canopies of Kingdom Tower; and participation in the conceptual design of a variety of slender, supertall structures featuring architecturally expressive steel framing systems. A licensed structural engineer in Illinois and active member of the design community, Shelley serves on AISC specification committees; she is the Chapter Chair and a co-founder of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Chicago; and she has co-authored several publications, with her most recent journal publication titled Steel and Skyscrapers: A Productive History and a Sustainable Future. Shelley holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Purdue University.


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



Zaida Morillo ( Primera Engineers, LTD )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
Scott Whitebone ( HED Architects )
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. )
Jovica Grbic ( Wight & Company )