Creating Genuine Connection in the Middle of “Social Isolation”

by Nancy Greenwald

If you look at the homepage of the Construction Institute, you will see these words: “Working Together to Take Responsibility for the Future of the AEC Industry.” Our core mission is fostering cross-industry collaboration and innovation. Information and education are our currency. Our magic lies in making genuine connections across professions and generations. Now is a time for us use our currency and work our magic to take care of each other as we travel through this unmapped territory.

Can we make genuine connections in a virtual setting? Of course, we can. “Social isolation” is a bit of a misnomer: Physical isolation and separation is what will keep us and others safe. We can still create ways to nurture our social relationships. Join us in our upcoming virtual events to learn, to connect, and to grow. Not used to the group online format? Join anyway and be open to what happens.

Here’s what we want to give you.

Virtual Events

We have created two free online group events that will bring us together to share stories and create together:

Our first Virtual Social – On April 2, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., we plan to enjoy an evening of personal connection and mutual support.  We will share conversation around our challenges and creative coping ideas during this time of social isolation. 

industryREdesign Online – April 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This year’s industryREdesign will be an experiment in collaboration as we discuss how to relieve our communication pain points. The content we generate will be incorporated into CI’s project Protocols for Best Practices in Project Communication.

Free Webinars

Through the generosity of some of our most experienced instructors, we’ve arranged for a series of free webinars in April. You do not have to be a member to take advantage of these valuable programs. Visit our website,, for details.

  • “The Impact of Government Shutdowns on Construction Contracts and Schedules”
    Wed, March 25, 10-11 a.m.
    Presenters: Gregory Faulkner, Robinson+Cole and Roy Cooper, Arcadis
  • “A Writing Survival Webinar for the Shutdown: How to Get People to Read Your Emails”
    Fri, March 27, 10-11 a.m.
    Presenter: Beth Richards, University of Hartford
  • “The Effects of COVID-19 on Employers”
    Wed, April 1, 10-11 a.m.
    Presenter: Johanna G. Zelman, Attorney-at-Law, FordHarrison
  • “A Discussion on Working from Home while Self-Isolating”
    Fri, April 3, 10-11 a.m.
    Moderators: Kara Gruss, TSKP Studio and Lee Sullivan, Lion’s Head Cost Consultants, Inc.
  • “Light & Joy: Illumination for Well-Being”
    Wed, April 8, 10-11 a.m.
    Presenter: Mark Loeffler, Mark Loeffler Design Consulting and LightCraft
  • “Decision-making in Times of Crisis: Avoiding Cognitive Biases and Catastrophizing”
    Fri, April 10, 10-11 a.m.
    Presenter: Nancy Greenwald, Construction Institute 
  • “Double Down on EQ: Manage Your Stress in Times of Crisis”
    Wed, April 15, 10-11 a.m.

    Presenter: Jenny Drescher and Ellen Ornato Feldman, The Bolder Company

We invite you to join our community.

Nancy Greenwald

Nancy Greenwald is executive director of the Construction Institute.