Transforming Leadership & Culture in the AEC Industry

Hi, I’m Barbara Jackson and I love the design and construction business. But more importantly I love the people who make up the design and construction business. It’s filled with noble, hardworking people without whose work nothing would exist in society. It’s time to write a new story about who they are and what they do.

An Industry Visionary & Pioneer:

Barb Jackson has always been about a decade ahead of her time. She started her firm Design-Build Services Inc. in 1984, about 9 years before there was a Design-Build Institute of America. Always sensing there’s a better way to do this business, she is constantly scoping the horizon, looking to advance the industry and leverage its contribution.

On a Mission to Transform &
Change the Face of the Industry

LEADERSHIP BOOT CAMp

For Women in Construction

SPEAKING

DESIGN-BUILD

ESSENTIALS

Webinars

SPITFIRE PUBLISHING

Consulting & Training

Everything is at stake, and leadership and culture are at the heart of it all.

I believe that women participating and leading in the industry is key to its transformation. And by building a network of connection and support for women in construction, we are securing the future of the industry.”Barbara Jackson

February 5-8, 2023 BOOT CAMP

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Women Building Change

Come Discover the power of your own purpose


 

The leadership boot camp is a three-and-a-half-day outcome-driven immersive “Boot Camp” to engage with other women to effect transformative change in the construction industry. The program is designed to provide benefit and value to all women who attend, regardless of their experience or position. Women at every level and position have attended. You will advance your own effectiveness as a leader from wherever to are to the next level and beyond. If you are committed to taking control of your own future and making a difference, then this boot camp is for you.

HERE’S THE SECRET:
You already have all the right tools. You just haven’t discovered them yet.

“Boot Camp was the most inspirational leadership training I have been to.  It helped me understand myself and navigate my way to success.  A very good use of time and an incredibly refreshing course that is individually tailored to you.  Through this experience you learn to believe in yourself more than ever.”

Katy Barr Corrigan

Senior Project Manager, JE Dunn Construction – Denver

“The Boot Camp helped me to really dive deep into what drives me and motivates me to do what I do.  It helped me to articulate my long-term goals for my piece of our organization and bring those goals to the forefront of what I do every day.” 

Kristy Attaway

Vice President - Regional Manager, Hill & Wilkinson – Austin

“It is a big day for me, we are announcing my new role as Director this evening. I just wanted to pause for a minute and reflect back on how far I have come over the past (2) years since Bootcamp.   At that point, I began a complete transformation on my focus and priorities both at work and personally.   I am very excited for this opportunity and I am positive that we can do something different at Dome.  I would love to create a path forward that others in the industry can follow.”

Melissa Berg

Director & Shareholder, Dome Construction – San Francisco

Listen. Watch. Read.

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PODCASTS

Listen to the latest episode of “Stirring Up Dust with Barb Jackson” as she discusses challenges impeding the industry and shares how to lead the way forward to create a new vision for its future.

Watch

Videos

Watch the latest presentation, interview or vlog session featuring Barb speaking at various events or just sharing words of inspiration and insight.

Read

Blog

Catch up with Barb on her latest blog posts covering topics from leadership, to culture, to communication, to living a life you love and much more.

SPEAKING & Presenting

Barb Jackson is a nationally recognized speaker known for her passion and energy and delivering industry challenging topics. Always positioned ahead of the curve, she leaves every audience hungry for more.

 

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Most Requested Speaking Topics

DELIVERING THE FUTURE

MAKING THE MENTAL SHIFT TO DESIGN-BUILD

INTEGRATED PROJECT LEADERSHIP

GENERATING YOUR OWN FUTURE

THE INDUSTRY’S INNOVATION GAP

CREATING A LIFE YOU LOVE

CULTURE IS KING

WHY WOMEN WHY NOW

EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED & YET NOTHING HAS CHANGED

SHIFTING FROM ORDER TAKER TO VALUE GENERATOR

What They’re Saying about the experience

“I first heard Dr. Jackson speak at a DBIA conference.  Everyone was moving in the direction of the room where she was presenting and someone said to me, ‘You don’t want to miss this, but you better get there early or there won’t be a seat left.’ I joined the crowd and wow; am I glad I did.  I make a point to hear her speak wherever and whenever I can.  She is so inspiring and never disappoints.”

Alejandra "Ale" Spray

Marketing & Business Development Professional, Diversity Advocate, Mortenson Construction – Denver

“I have known and admired Barbara Jackson since 2010 when I took her DBIA Certification Boot Camp. Since then I always make it a point to attend any presentation where Barbara is speaking. She is always very knowledgeable and timely in her presentations.  And no matter how complex the content may be, she always makes it clear and easy to understand. I always enjoy hearing her and I certainly feel better informed after each opportunity.”

Larry Hendrick, DBIA,CPE, LEED AP

Lead Senior Estimator, Swinerton – San Diego

Speaking Engagements

Companies, Associations, & Public Entities:

Interested in Having Barb Jackson Speak?

DON’T MISS HEARING HER SPEAK

October 19, 2022

AI engineers

Middletown, CT

Jumping the Curve – Advancing an Agile Culture

November 1, 2022

DB conference & expo

Las Vegas, NV

2 Workshops

  • Women Leading Change

  • Developing Design-Build Done Right Leaders

November 3, 2022

DB conference & expo

Las Vegas, NV

Why Women Why Now – Leveraging Gender Intelligence to Optimize Design-Build Success

November 7 – 10, 2022

Sylvan Dale Ranch, Loveland, CO

WBC Leadership Boot Camp

January 26, 2023

AGC Inland Northwest

Spokane, WA

CLC Leadership Workshop

February 5-8, 2023

Sylvan Dale Ranch, Loveland, CO

WBC Leadership Boot Camp

March 9, 2023

Empower

Seattle, WA

Women’s Leadership Conference

April 30 – May 3, 2023

Sylvan Dale Ranch, Loveland, CO

WBC Leadership Boot Camp

Consulting & Training

Areas of Focus

 

Culture

Culture mapping to distinguish current state and desired state against 6 organizational dimensions.

Communication

Communicating with intention to achieve extraordinary results.

Teaming

Developing an integrated mindset for high performance teaming.

Leadership

Discovering the gaps between the leaders you have and the leaders you need.

Strategy

Mapping the future through strategic foresight and intelligence.

Diversity

Applying gender intelligence to leverage organizational strengths.

Most recent Clients

Company Endorsements

“Haselden Construction (Haselden) hired Barbara Jackson for a consulting project and our goal was to determine the perception of Haselden within the industry, confirm our company culture was being demonstrated, and find out what differentiates our “brand.” Barbara accomplished this goal by interviewing clients, design professionals and trade partners, as well as internal key personnel. The feedback that Barbara was able to capture from her consulting work was instrumental in creating initiatives to establish a more competitive standing in the Denver marketplace, as well as carve out a more strategic position for the future of Haselden. Because of Barbara’s work we were able to define the company vision and benchmark our company culture which in turn has created opportunity to grow the Haselden brand. Barbara has a no-nonsense approach and I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. I fully endorse Barbara and her work.”

Byron J. Haselden

CEO & President, Haselden Construction

“Barb is a joy to work with and very knowledgeable of the industry.  We asked her to do research and give us feedback about how our firm is perceived in the marketplace.  With that relatively vague goal, she set up numerous interviews with folks inside and outside our company.  Barb’s excellent and widely known reputation in the industry opened all the doors and presented a quality experience to our clients and partners. We learned that our almost myopic focus on relationship was perceived and understood with significant alignment both internally and externally, by our clients, our staff and our partners.   At the same time, we learned that we could focus more on process and making ourselves better known to the wider market.  This feedback was valuable and is now baked into our strategic planning as a regular course of action.  Barb’s work for us was impactful to say the least.  We reaped significant benefit from her insightful observations and recommendations.  We would highly recommend Barb to any company who wants to get an honest picture of their reputation and positioning in the market and then leverage that information to better serve their clients and gain strategic advantage.”

KL & A Engineering
Greg Kingsley, P.E., Ph.D, President and CEO
Brant Lahnert, P.E., Founding Principal and CFO

 

Interested in learning more about Barb Jackson’s consulting services and training programs?

Each program and service is custom designed to target your company’s unique challenges.

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Transforming leadership & culture
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