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“Building a Better Life - Concrete Steps for Success”

By Joel K. Oppenheimer, PE

[4 Hour Workshop]



Thurs., Mar. 17, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration Fee:

$159 - Members

$269 - Non-Members



Community College of Baltimore County 800 S. Rolling Road
Catonsville, Maryland  21228
United States



To have a great day and a great life begins with attitude. We explore being proactive, positive and in control of your thoughts and your life. We address the importance of goal setting and how to write meaningful lifetime and daily goals. We discuss the value of time and how to manage one’s time most effectively including setting and managing priorities. We conclude by putting it all together into how a great day may look!


Detailed Synopsis:

ATTITUDE – We explore being proactive, positive, responsible and in control. We discuss what is success and what a makes a great life. We look at what makes a good habit. We then discuss the Law of Cause and Effect, the Law of Belief, the Law of Expectation, the Law of Attraction, the Law of Correspondence, the Law of Concentration and the Law of Substitution. The overall message is change your thinking and you can change your life.


GOALS – Goal setting is the master skill of success. We discuss the importance of goal setting and value of writing down goals. We discuss how to develop major goals and corresponding detailed plans of action. We will do some exercises in which participants can write out their goals and action plans.


MANAGING PRIORITIES - Do you feel like you never have enough time to get everything done? At the end of a busy day, do you wonder if you accomplished anything important? Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels?  Do you wonder what the top of your desk looks like (is it wood or metal)? This overview of time management looks at life management, setting priorities based on your goals and then offers tips to avoid wasting time. Come listen to how you can improve your life at work and at home by managing your time better.


 Specifically, the time management portion will cover:

·     Definition of Time

·     Life Management versus life leadership

·     Definition of Time Management

·     Keys to Effective Time Management

·     Time Management Matrix

·     7 Ways to Get More Done

·     Delegating

·     Time Wasters

·     Organize Desk

·     Other Time Management Best Practices

·     Meetings

·     Avoiding Procrastination


PUTTING IT TOGETHER TO MAKE A GREAT DAY – We conclude by wrapping attitude, goal setting and time management together and describing what makes a great day.



7:30-8:30        Check-In and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:45        Introduction and Attitudes for Success

9:45-10:00      Break

10:00-11:00    Goal Setting for Success

11:00-11:15    Break

11:15-12:30    Managing Priorities for Success and Wrap-Up


Bio for Joel Oppenheimer, PE (STV Incorporated)


Joel joined STV as a Vice President in May 2005. He manages the STV Baltimore office of more than 120 people and oversees the Transportation Department including more than 80 people. In addition, he actively leads significant planning and design projects. Prior to STV, Joel spent 9 years as a Vice President and the Baltimore Office Manager at Jacobs Engineering growing the office to more than 50 people. He also worked at Century Engineering for 12 years and managed a 35 person Transportation Division for seven years of those years.


He is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and 8 other states, received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Administration from The George Washington University. He has more than 35 years of planning, engineering and leadership experience.


Joel developed his first Building a Better Life presentation, Time Management for Success, for a manager’s retreat in October 2003. He has since presented it internally at STV and externally to clients, universities, businesses and professional organizations. The presentation has been expanded to include “Building a Better Life – Concrete Steps to Success” which includes Attitudes for Success, Goal Setting for Success, Time Management for Success, Communicating for Success, Personal Financial Management for Success, Change for Success, Interviewing for Success and Leadership for Success. If you wish to reach Joel for more information on his Building A Better Life series for presenting to other groups, his e-mail address is


Representative clients include (references available for each client):


  • STV University (regular presenter for different 1.25 hour lunch time presentations) – 5 lunchtime sessions presented every 6 months.
  • University of Maryland Honors Program (1.5 hour presentations), 2009-2012.
  • University of Maryland Senior Civil Engineering Capstone (1.75 hour presentation), 2006-present.
  • UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), 2012-13 (1 hour presentations on Goal Setting, Time Management and Interviewing for Success)
  • Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) Graduate Engineers Training Program (8 hours), 2009- 2011 (2 times per year), 2015 (3-all day sessions)
  • Maryland State Highway Administration Advanced Leadership Program (3-4 hours), 2007-present.
  • Maryland State Highway Administration Professional Enrichment Program (3 hours), 2011 Inauguration on 6/9/11.
  • Maryland Transit Administration, Construction Division & Planning Division (4 hours), 2007 to present.
  • Maryland Quality Initiative Conference (1.25 - 2.5 hours), 2007 to present.

Joel and his wife, Karen reside in Owings Mills, MD and have two adult children, Brad and Lauren.



Continuing Professional Competency Requirements

Enabling legislation became effective July 1, 2010 giving the Board the authority to adopt regulations to require continuing professional competency for a licensee as a condition of renewal of a license. The regulations became effective on July 11, 2011. See COMAR

2015 Conference Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing to  A full refund will be granted if cancellation is requested in writing to prior to 11:59 p.m. EST Sun., Mar. 13, 2016.  Cancellations received after 11:59 p.m. EST, Sun., Mar. 13, 2016 will be charged a $20 administrative fee. No refunds after 11:59 p.m. EST, Tues., Mar. 15, 2016. If a member of your firm has registered for the conference and is unable to attend you may transfer the registration to another employee free of charge as long as no refunds or credits are needed. Otherwise, the above cancellation policy is in effect. MDSPE reserves the right to cancel events/seminars and refund all fees.


Proof of PDHs

MDSPE will award certificates onsite to document attendance to meet state requirements.

The licensee is required to maintain records and documentation of the PHD units earned. To assist the licensee, two forms have been created. The Reporting Form (Word document, 72KB, download Word viewer for free) should be used to list all the pertinent information about the 24 PDH units earned over the renewal period. The Assessment Form (Word document, 57KB, download Word viewer for free) should be used when (1) a course provider does not supply a PDH form or a record of an outcome measure, or (2) an activity is offered by a provider described in .08 B(2) of the Regulations. The records must be maintained for at least 4 years from the date of the completion of the qualifying program.

Licensees will be subject to a random audit of continuing professional competency courses. If you are audited, you will be required to submit proof of the hours claimed as more fully described in Section .09 of the regulations.





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