Engage/incite is a series of talks led by community leaders and facilitated by Massaro Construction Group for our customers and colleagues. We engage thought leaders to incite the conversations that lead to breakthrough performance improvements and innovative thinking. We have been hosting this series since 2013. Some of our previous topics and speakers are listed below.

Allegheny County: Working Together For You

Speaker: Rich Fitzgerald

Rich Fitzgerald took office as Allegheny County Executive in January 2012. Rich’s work has resulted in stable funding for public transit, the passage of legislation which has invested funding in our roads, bridges and infrastructure, and increased passenger traffic, direct flights and economic activity around the Pittsburgh International Airport. Rich has also stabilized county finances while holding the line on property taxes through a smart refinancing of existing debt and operational adjustments. Rich continues to focus on working together as the key to success for the county, partnering with officials at all levels of government who share the goal of moving the county forward.


Faith, Hope and Love: Do They Really Matter for Pittsburgh’s Future?

Speaker: Mark K. Shriver

Mark K. Shriver is president of Save the Children Action Network, which seeks to build bipartisan will and voter support to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning and to end preventable maternal and child deaths around the world. Shriver’s career has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood. His New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.


Vision for Pittsburgh

Speaker: Mayor William Peduto

Pittsburgh’s Mayor William Peduto shared his vision for Pittsburgh, our current challenges, and how we compare to cities around the world


Conflict Management as it Relates to Negotiation

Speaker: Leanne Meyer

A roundtable discussion on negotiation and managing conflict facilitated by Leanne Meyer, program director for the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women.  We explored personal negotiation styles and gained an understanding of how others experience these in a negotiation setting. This session included reflection on attendee’s natural conflict management style and learning how we can use those instincts to best serve negotiation goals. Lastly, we identified areas of opportunity to strengthen negotiation approach. 


Facility Design, Security, and Critical Incident Response

Speaker: Sam Rosenberg

This unique lecture provided a perspective on security as it relates to facility design and use, providing balance between atmosphere and security in order to manage the potential for workplace violence, terrorism, or an active shooter. Sam Rosenberg discussed practical concepts in analyzing, designing, building, and retrofitting facilities and campuses to provide safer, more secure environments


Collaboration in Construction

Speaker: Bob Holland

Robert Holland, AIA discussed project delivery lessons learned, successes as well as challenges, integrated project delivery and building information modeling (BIM), academic trends in IPD and BIM education, and his experiences with Disney and Penn State University.


Allegheny County: Where We Are.  Where We’re Going

Speaker: Allegheny County Manager, William D. McKain, and the Director of Allegheny County Economic Development, Dennis M. Davin.

William D. McKain and Dennis M. Davin provided an update on the vision that continues to improve, promote and move Allegheny County forward. They also shared the plans for the county including developments with the Marcellus Shale, the airport and new economic developments.

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