Leadership Blueprint

Photos from the 2024 Leadership Blueprint Graduation Reception
2024 Leadership Blueprint Graduation Reception
Leadership Blueprint Testimonials

About the Leadership Blueprint Series

(Scroll down for schedule and nomination forms)

A major benefit to AGC of Minnesota members is the opportunity to enroll in AGC's professional development series for the emerging leaders in construction management!

Created in 2014, The Leadership Blueprint is anchored by Ken Bradford, author of Fearless and Persuasive Speaking and founder of The Leaders Course. Ken leads students through the principles of human relations and effective speaking. Participants complete a leadership assessment, set goals, report on activities to their peers and receive personalized feedback.

The class exercises, tied to real life experiences, stretch and equip students with added confidence and lifelong skills. With Ken’s leadership, the Blueprint will help students learn to:

  • Address groups comfortably and convincingly
  • Remember names
  • Organize thoughts
  • Increase listening skills
  • Apply leadership principles for working with others
  • Reduce conflicts and lower stress
  • Discover keys to building teamwork and morale
  • Lead better meetings
  • Improve customer service
  • Develop more confidence

Rounding out the individualized and group learning will be sessions on construction industry topics presented by local experts. The topics will cover construction safety, labor, finances, legal issues and current legislative topics and trends as well as hot topics determined each year.

Nuts and Bolts:
The series begins in November of each year and ends in April the following year. The first five sessions are held Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, once per month with four of the five sessions held outside the Twin Cities area. The sixth session is the graduation reception.

Each series is limited to 21 participants, and all students must be employed by an AGC member firm.

An advisory group will recommend candidates for acceptance into the program based on: (1) a notable passion for the construction industry; (2) keen interest in professional development and (3) responsibility for team leadership within the nominating firm.

Leadership Blueprint Leaders are:

  • Great communicators, who get more done with more people on their side.
  • Good with customers because they can think on their feet, gain rapport and build long-term relationships.
  • Able to attract people to their ideas and build a sense of teamwork.
  • Efficient with time, especially in meetings.
  • Great coaches who know how to bring out the best in others.

Participants must be nominated for the course and tuition covers the consulting fee, hotel, and meals. 

Merry Beckmann, Director of Member Services

2023-2024 Series Schedule

The 2023-2024 Leadership Blueprint cohort concluded on April 10, 2024 with our graduation ceremony.  Nominations for the 2024-2025 series will be open in July, 2024.


  • November 9-10, 2023 (St. Paul)
  • December 7-8, 2023 (Rochester)
  • January 11-12, 2024 (Mankato)
  • February 8-9, 2024 (Nisswa)
  • March 7-8, 2024 (Duluth)
  • April 10, 2024 (St. Paul)

Successful applicants should be available to attend all sessions.

Tuition for 2023-2024 is $3,500 and covers all expenses except travel and personal incidentals. Hotel is included in tuition. Invoices will be issued following candidate selection.