Emerging Leaders

You’re invited to the first ever joint networking event for young professionals in the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Construction trades!

Several Chicagoland construction trade associations have partnered together to bring you an afternoon of exciting lawn games and activities, gourmet food cart offerings and drinks, and unparalleled peer-to-peer networking, set in the beautiful scenic venue of the Bemis Woods Forest Preserve.

This event is geared towards young professionals who are passionate about learning from their peers, growing professionally and sharing ideas with other rising stars from across our industry.

Don’t miss out on this chance to become part of an exciting group of emerging leaders to network with your peers across the MEP trades!

Download the MEP-Palooza invite to share with your colleagues!


Event Information:

Thursday, July 20th, 2017


Bemis Woods Forest Preserve of Cook County, Large Grove Shelter #5
(The first area when entering from Ogden Ave)
1110 Ogden Ave, Western Springs, IL 60558


What to expect:

Outdoor fun, games, food and networking in a relaxed setting! Attire is casual—shorts and t-shirts are encouraged!


How to Register:   Register online here.

The registration deadline is July 13th.

The event is free to attend, but all attendees must be pre-registered to receive a free t-shirt.

We hope to see you there!

**If you are an industry supplier or corporation interested in sponsoring this event, please contact kyoungblood@ mca.org for information.


Watch the February 10th Emerging Leaders Town Hall, moderated by Sarah Sladek of XYZ University.
Together, we asked and answered:

  • What is the best way to motivate us so we want to work to our full potential?
  • How can we best manage those that are older than us?
  • How do we gain the trust and respect of older generations while building our credibility?
  • How can we best communicate our insights and thoughts to get our point across effectively?

About the Emerging Leaders Section
The Emerging Leaders Section is comprised of MCA of Chicago members and selected Trusted Industry Partners who are 45 or under and who wish to play a key role in shaping how our industry will transform. Those who participate in the Emerging Leaders Section will have a passion for discussing industry problems and devising potential solutions, will be interested in sharing and adapting new technologies to revolutionize the state of the industry, and are comfortable networking with others in similar roles across different companies.

Why should I participate in the Emerging Leaders Section?
The Emerging Leaders Section is a chance for younger industry professionals to enhance their capacity to work strongly and smartly. You will:

      1. Learn more about our profession in a comfortable environment.
      2. Network with people your age in the business.
      3. Connect with established industry leaders.
      4. Design and access educational opportunities for your career stage.
      5. Engage with relevant cutting-edge products and services.

Who is eligible to participate in Emerging Leaders Events?

      • If you are an employee of an MCA member company and are 45 or under, you are automatically invited to participate! Get on the list and sign up for event updates by emailing emergingleaders@mca.org.
      • In an effort to build long-lasting networks and foster an exchange of ideas between young industry leaders and suppliers, individuals who meet our Emerging Leaders criteria and hail from industry supplier companies may be considered for inclusion as a Trusted Industry Partner (TIP). To be invited to participate, a potential TIP must be first recommended by an MCA member whom they know and trust. Potential TIPs will then be considered and notified if approved to join.