The PENC Leadership Institute is based on the idea that aspiring leaders learn best when they receive instruction, put the lessons to work, get authentic feedback, and reflect on lessons learned.

All participants will benefit from:

  • in-depth leadership training and course notebook
  • frequent breakout exercises with classmates
  • application of lessons at your job
  • a mentoring relationship with the instructor
  • 39 PDHs


This course is designed specifically for engineers and is tailored to aspiring leaders in the field. Participants should have the support of their employer and supervisor and are expected to:

  • attend all scheduled training sessions
  • apply lessons from training on the job
  • report on how lessons were applied and what was learned from doing so
  • complete a Culmination Project to teach colleagues some of what you learned
  • deliver a  Final Presentation (10 minutes on lessons learned) at the PENC Summer Conference
  • attend a reception and graduation ceremony at the PENC Summer Conference


The PENC Leadership Institute is a unique leadership program designed to help engineers develop the skills they need to become exceptional leaders. It has been conducted nine times for 106 engineers across North Carolina This career-building opportunity is being offered again starting in February 2021. The only requirement is the desire to learn leadership skills. Though offered through PENC, being a member is not a requirement.This program uses hands-on training to develop a wide range of leadership skills like taking charge, setting direction, delegating, influencing, inspiring, coaching, and dealing with conflict. There is a special emphasis on people smarts called Emotional Intelligence and how to use it dealing with colleagues, clients, and regulatory agencies in emotionally tough situations. It also teaches public speaking skills and other valuable communication skills.This program is for those who want to develop the skills not often taught in the classroom. The class is limited to 15-people and 2 of those will be sponsored public sector employees. 

Spring 2021 PENC Leadership Institute (Feb 19-May 21)
Leading in a Virtual Setting
This Leadership Institute will be entirely online through Friday webinars from 8:30 – 11:30 am.
Download the application here  and reserve your spot for the 2021 Spring class now. 

Program Outline 

Leadership Institute Classes


Alex Adekoya,PE             WK Dickson                                                                         
Andrew Gliniak, PE           Terracon
Holly Christenbury, PE      WSP
Miles Grubbs, PE              Little Diversified
Tara Hofferth, PE              City of Raleigh
Beth Quinn, PE                 City of Raleigh
Nisha Thuruthy, PE           McKim & Creed
Mike Solano, PE                Mid-South Construction
Zach Trammel, PE            McKim & Creed
Nat Ume, PE                     Jacobs


Aaron Wagoner, PE          Land Design
David Isenberg, Jr, PE       NCDOT
Michael J. Fendrick, PE     ATCS
Courtney Potter, PE          Robinson & Sawyer
Lydia Ward PE                  Freese and Nichols
Troy Karski, PE                 McAdams
Carlos Nieves, PE             Little
Drew Ritter, PE                 Ramey Kemp
Colleen Brophy, PE           WK Dickson
Daniel Brown, PE              Jacobs
Haley Martin, PE               Formerly at Terraco
Stuart Woodard, PE          McAdams              
Cary Rodriguez, EI            City of Gastonia


Matt Alexander, PE           Terracon
Scott Beard, PE                  Duke Energy
Jon Becker, PE                   WSP
David Blankfard, PE          Little
Randall Brookshire, PE     WK Dickson
Elizabeth Reid Collins, PE Jacobs
Douglas Cooper, PE          McAdams
Kelly Dodson, PE              Jenkins Consulting Engineers
Janelle Griffin.PE              RTI
John Martin, PE                McAdams
Alexander McMillan, PE  WK Dickson
Sharareh Nejad, PE          Formerly at RTI
Kenneth Ritchie, PE         City of Raleigh
J. Dantzler Withers, PE    Ark Consulting

2017- 2018

Matt Bare, PE                   WK Dickson & Co
Matthew Barton, PE       CLH Design
Kristin Brickman, PE        Jacobs
Andrew Eagle, PE             Ramey Kemp and Associates
Aaron Evans, PE               Kuraray America Inc         
Steve Frey, PE                  Town of Mint Hill
Robbie Kirk, PE                 SEPI Engineering and Construction
Rob Kral, PE                      S&ME Inc
Mark McAuley, PE           ColeJenest & Stone
Matt Oblinsky, PE             Deltec Homes
Sonia Salgado, PE             City of Asheville
Aaron Singleton, PE         Kleinfelder
Ronyell Thigpen, PE         WSP USA
Rebecca Turner, PE         W.K. Dickson & Co
Jennifer Varnadoe, PE     Duke Energy


Elizabeth Goodson, PE      Town Engineer, Town of Pittsboro
Lou Misenhamer, PE         Duke Energy
Joshua Nelson, PE            Duke Energy
David Cale, PE                  Little Online
Tamara Murphy, PE          US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District
Sterling Baker, PE             NCDOT
Ebony Hagans, PE            WK Dickson
Pat Gunsch, PE                RTI International
Monroe Huckaby, PE        WK Dickson
Corey King, PE                 Kimley-Horn
Brian Wert, PE                  NCDOT
Chris Boggs, PE                NC State
Chad Bobrowski, PE         Vaughn-Melton
Bradley Kimbrell, PE         City of Raleigh


Robert Barrier,PE             NCDOT
Gabe Dobbs,PE                Kimley-Horn
Joe Piccirilli,PE                 Kimley-Horn
Stephanie Holloman, PE    WK Dickson
Lauren Wellborn, PE         Geosyntec
Melissa Taylor, PE            Little Online
Caroline Kone. PE             City of Hickory
Justin Biegler, PE              Dewberry

Kelly Becker, PE                NCDOT                           
John Core, PE                   Beacon Development
Chad Easter, PE                The Wooten Company      
Sean Gleason, PE             McAdams
Kristen Hill, PE                  S&ME                              
Greg Kershaw, PE             WK Dickson           
Simon Lobdell , PE            OWASA
James Michel, PE              Fayetteville Public Works
Mike Neff, PE                    Toll Brothers
John Norwood, PE            Kleinfelder             
Mike Shelton, PE               Kimley-Horn           
Christina Warr, PE            Mosler Engineering           
Ludmila West, PE              Porticos

Monica Fulkerson, PE        Jacobs (Charlotte)
Jeremy A. Rivenbark, PE, . CJS Conveyance
Jacob VandenBosch, PE     Black and Veetch
Crystal Freeburg,PE           Formerly at WK Dickson  (Charlotte)
Kevin Plemmons, PE         HDR (Charlotte)
Wes Carter, PE                  Lancaster County Water and Sewer District
Christopher Oliver, PE     NCDOT
Jamie Gregg, PE               City of Apex
Larry Mitchell , PE           Dewberry

Adrianne Elder, PE            Duke Energy
Virginia Norton, PE            REALTOR
Ian Jewell, JD, PE             Freese & Nichols
Tom Muse, PE                   Consultant Engineering Services
Heather Szews, PE           Duke Energy
Susan Habina Woolard, PE Town of Matthews
Neil Perry, PE                    NCDOT
Eileen Navarrete, PE         City of Raleigh
Reives Jones                    Grad Student, NC State
Beth Smyre, PE                Dewberry