The Project Leadership Academy provides training solutions to turn your Project Managers into Project Leaders.  We believe that the vast majority of managers can be great leaders if given the right techniques and tools.  Our goal is to provide you with those techniques and tools to make your managers more effective so that you can increase productivity and decrease staff turnover.  Our courses are interactive and built for adult education.


Light-BackgroundHeath Suddleson has more than 25 years managing projects in the design and construction industry where he has led teams in managing billions of dollars worth of projects. In these roles, Heath has served as the Contractor, the Architect/Engineer, and even represented the Owner.

Working for some great leaders, and some horrible managers, has helped Heath realize some of the subtle nuances in attitude that can make the difference in turning a manager into a leader. Having had the opportunity to be a manager and a leader himself, Heath had the opportunity to not only become a student of leadership, but a practitioner as well

He learned some of his most profound lessons by serving in volunteer leadership roles in organizations such as the American Legion, the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, and Toastmasters International. In his work with Toastmasters International, Heath served in roles from local clubs through many levels in the organization, even having served from 2009-2011 on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors during a significant restructuring.

Most recently, Heath worked in a corporate role for one of the world’s largest Engineering and Construction Companies developing and conducting training programs to help the next generation of Project Managers become more successful in their roles. He has experience with many types of construction including, vertical, heavy, civil and mining.

His bestselling book, “The Attitude Check: Lessons In Leadership,” has become a practical field guide for leaders to harness their attitudes to increase productivity and reduce turnover in the work place. Some organizations have incorporated his book into their standard training programs. He has been featured in many publications on the topic of how to engage teams, including Engineering News Record, CFO Magazine, Bloomberg Business, and Fast Company. Heath has presented to audiences all over the world who have included Bechtel Corporation, AECOM, Skanska, The Project Management Institute, The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, and the Construction Specifications Institute.


Specific Project Types Heath has worked on are varied.  It’s a shorter list to list what he hasn’t done.  That short list is mostly residential and Heath has even done a little of that.   Here is a small sampling of some of the more high profile projects where Heath held key roles.


Pentagon Renovation – Arlington, VA (1995-1997)

Kennedy Center Concert Hall Renovations – Washington, DC (1997-1998)

Peumansend Creek Regional Jail – Bowling Green, VA (1997-2000)

Washington Dulles International Airport – Dulles, VA (2000-2005)

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – Gravely Point, VA (2000-2005)

Center for the Intrepid – San Antonio, TX  (2006-2007)

Highway, Heavy Civil, and Industrial:

Bethlehem Steel Plant Renovations – Sparrows Point, MD (1989-1991)

Interstate 95 Bridge 111 – Bridgeport, CT (2000-2001)

Escondida Copper Concentrator – Escondida, Chile (2011-2013)

Escondida Water Supply Pipeline – Antofagasta, Chile (2013-2014)

Las Bambas Copper Mine – Fuera Bambas, Peru (2012-2013)

Dulles Corridor Metrorail, Phase I, Vienna, VA (2009-2010)

Power Generation and Transmission:

Panda Combined Cycle Gas Plant – Temple, TX (2013)

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System – Nipton, CA (2013)

Eastern Alberta Transmission Lines – Edmonton, AB, Canada (2013-2014)

Russell City Combined Cycle Gas Plant – Hayward, CA (2013-2014)


See Heath in action on the video link under TRAINING. Click here


Heath has been featured in:

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