Monthly Meetings & Calendar of Events

AEG May 2022 Meeting: Tuesday, May 24th (in-person!)

Please join us on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 for an in-person meeting at Aviators!

We are excited to welcome Wendy Key, PG, with Geosyntec Consultants for our May 2022 meeting. Wendy will give a talk titled Great Expectations (Improving Consultant-Client Relationships).

You can register for the meeting and find more information by clicking HERE. Costs for members and non-members has risen by $5 to account for rising costs of everything at the moment.

SPEAKER ABSTRACT:

Great Expectations (Improving Consultant-Client Relationships)

In this presentation, we’ll take a look at what makes a good consultant and what makes a good client by looking at both roles from their own vantage point.  As a consultant, I was shocked to learn that clients saw us as a necessary nuisance. As a client, I was blown away by how arrogant consultants could be.  And yet, we were all working towards the same objective- in the end, regardless of which “side” you’re on, we all want the client to be happy.  We’ll take some time to acknowledge the frustrations felt on both sides, work to improve our understanding of the pressures each role faces in their respective industries, look at the Top 10 things clients wish consultants knew and the Top 10 things consultants wish clients knew, and conclude by taking a look at some tips for how we can all start working together on the same side.

SPEAKER BIO:

Wendy Key is a licensed Professional Geologist (CA, WA) and Certified Environmental Manager (NV) with 16 years of experience in variety of environmental projects in both the public and private sectors. Wendy conducts environmental compliance assessments and audits to assist businesses looking to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal regulations. Wendy also provides support to companies with regulatory issues/violations and businesses seeking assistance with agency interaction, strategy, and litigation support/risk reduction.

Wendy joined Geosyntec Consultants over 10 years ago and after 12 years in consulting (6 years at Geosyntec and 6 years at other firms), Wendy took a break and joined the “client-side” becoming an Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager for an international telecommunications company.  During this time, Wendy gained industry management experience leading California environmental compliance programs and health & safety programs for a Fortune 500 company.  After 3 years on the client-side, Wendy returned to Geosyntec and has been applying (and sharing!) what she has learned on both sides of the client-consultant relationship.  

2022 Calendar of Events

DateEvent
January 19 AEG January Meeting (2021-2022 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer) w/ San Francisco Chapter

Speaker: Richard (Rick) M. Wooten, P.G.

Talk: Debris Flows, Big Slow Movers, and Rock Slides: Assembling the Geospatial Legacy of Landslides using Lidar, Drones, and Boots on the Ground

Location: Virtual

Registration: CLOSED
February 22 AEG February Meeting

Speaker: Dan Whisman, DWR CASP Program Manager; with contributions from Leroy Ellinghouse (DWR CASP Communications Manager) and Jeffrey Unruh (Lettis Consultants Intl., CASP Geologic Support)

Talk: DWR’s California Aqueduct Subsidence Program

Location: Zoom

Registration: CLOSED
March 30AEG March Event: Happy Hour at Jackrabbit Brewing, West Sacramento
April 20
Annual Student Night

Theme: Student poster presentations, student-professional interaction and networking, AEG presentation of scholarship recipients

Location: Drakes: The Barn

Registration: CLOSED
May 24AEG May Meeting

Speaker: Wendy Key, P.G. (Senior Geologist, Geosyntec)

Talk: Great Expectations (Improving Consultant-Client Relationships)

Location: Aviators

Registration: HERE
June 28AEG June Meeting

Speaker: Cindy Pridmore

Talk: Seismic Hazards Program/TBD

Location: TBD

Registration: TBD
July 26AEG July Meeting

Speaker: TBD

Talk: TBD

Location: TBD

Registration: TBD
August 23AEG August Meeting

Speaker: John Murphy (Central Valley Water Board)

Talk: Site Cleanup Program

Location: TBD

Registration: TBD
September 13-17No September Meeting: Annual Meeting Las Vegas
October 25AEG October Meeting

Speaker: TBD

Talk: California Geological Survey – Schools

Location: TBD

Registration: TBD
November 22AEG November Meeting

Speaker: Chase White & Jennifer Thornburg

Talk: TBD

Location: TBD
December 14Annual Joint GRA/AEG Holiday Meeting

Speaker: TBD

Talk: TBD

Location: TBD