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• Inclusion • Attracting Girls to Construction • Gender Pay Gap • Power of the Purse • Work/Life Balance
Janice L. Tuchman, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering News-Record Read Bio
Melinda Gentile, Partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C. Read Bio
Speaker: Carey A. Smith, President, Parsons Corp. Federal Read Bio
The highest ranking woman executive of this multi-billion-dollar engineer-contractor and a rising star in government contracting circles., Carey will share an “inside the Beltway” view for firms and women professionals in 2017—and beyond.
This dynamic panel will discuss the business case for diversity—the potential and realized economic benefits when businesses are diverse and, conversely, the detrimental long-term financial impact that a lack of diversity can have. Understand how the financial power of diversity incentive programs is evident through research and examples of companies that have women and minorities in their upper ranks.
Laura Abrahamson, Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Head of Litigation, AECOM
Lisa Mingoia, Corporate Counsel, Skanska USA Building Inc. Read Bio
Mara Johnston, Vice President Business Development, Star America Capital Read Bio
Jon Michael Pardo, Senior Vice President and CHRO, Dragados USA Read Bio
Panelists will share results of construction sector studies on gender pay gaps, their potential to increase throughout a career and their impact on industry retention and advancement. Learn strategies and innovative approaches that others have used to reduce actual and perceived pay differences and maximize total compensation and incentives to motivate future professionals and leaders.
Kellie A. McElhaney, John C.Whitehead Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and founder of Center for Gender Equity and Leadership Read Bio
Priya Kapila, Compensation Practice Leader, FMI Corp Read Bio
Angie Sommer, Associate, ZFA Structural Engineers and Co-Chair, Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Project Read Bio
Moderated by Kelli L. Kelly, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc. Read Bio
Facilitated Conversation Tables
Facilitators: Sarah Hodges, Director, Construction Business Line, Autodesk Read Bio
Danielle Dy Buncio, CEO, VIATechnik Read Bio
Facilitator: Lori A. Simpson, Principal, Langan Read Bio
Facilitator: Giana Morini, Virtual Project Delivery Engineering Task Supervisor, Bechtel Infrastructure Read Bio
Facilitators: Natasha Smith, Project Manager, P.J. Dick, Inc. Read Bio
Tamara Yang, National Learning and Development Director, Balfour Beatty Construction Read Bio
Facilitator: Ashly Coggins, Construction Area Manager, Fluor Corp. Read Bio
This session will offer an overview of changing requirements to become a certified Womens’ Business Enterprise-Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, followed by an in-depth review of how to prevent accusations of WBE/DBE fraud and claims against a firm under The False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to bring fraud claims and gain a percentage of monetary recovery—fertile ground for disgruntled employees or competitors.
Lorraine D'Angelo, President, LDA Compliance Consulting Inc.
Margery Newman, Partner, Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC Read Bio
Women have always been underrepresented on construction industry jobsites, which often are perceived as uncomfortable and unwelcoming. Women with jobsite experience will discuss the pros and cons of site work—from finding a bathroom to overcoming intimidation tactics and harassment. Learn how male peers and senior management can support their women colleagues in creating and maintaining an environment that will benefit all.
Kathleen Dobson, Safety Director, Alberici Constructors, Inc. Read Bio
Helen Robinson, Senior Project Manager, GEI Consultants Read Bio
Blue Coble, Journeyman Ironworkers’ Union Local 75, Phoenix Read Bio
Moderated by Patti Morgan, Continuing Lecturer, Purdue University Read Bio
Join a team at “National Tennis Ball Inc.’s” manufacturing plant to help the struggling company speed production and stay competitive. In this interactive session, you and your team of 10-20 will learn how innovative ideas can forge strangers into a collaboration engine. Discover your own creative spark while problem-solving with other construction professionals.
Gretchen Gagel, President, Continuum Advisory Group Read Bio
Kelcey Henderson, Operations Manager, Continuum Advisory Group Read Bio
Negotiation is at the heart of most, if not every, business transaction. Learn essential negotiating techniques to maximize your effectiveness and take control of a negotiation.
Amanda Goldsmith, Senior Estimator, Avalon Bay Communities Read Bio
Brenda Radmacher, Partner, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP Read Bio
How Failure Helps Women Succeed
This interactive session will explore why a lack of confidence widens the gender gap and how to move on from failure. Gain insights and tips from a veteran construction project manager and dispute resolution expert.
Facilitator: Kristen Ray, Manager, Exponent Read Bio
Notorious in comedy, improvisation highlights in-the-moment creativity. This interactive workshop will demonstrate techniques to help you create a safe environment for the professional and personal growth of team members. The skills will help with difficult conversations, strategy meetings and creative problem-solving.
Will Hightower, Creative Content Producer and Performer Read Bio
Jennifer Giralo, Marketing Coordinator, Archer Western Construction Read Bio
How can construction professionals use their skills, experiences and voice to show girls and young women that they, too, can enter the field, and succeed? We will see a clip from a new IMAX film—“Dream Big: Engineering Our World” —that highlights inspirational stories of young women engineers improving our world; one of them will join other panelists to share their career passions.
Samar Bedran, Project Manager, SBI Consultants Read Bio
Tannis Liviniuk, Construction Academy Director, Bentley Systems Read Bio
Menzer Pehlivan, Geotechnical Engineer, CH2M Read Bio
Moderated by Hilda Espinal, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, CannonDesign Read Bio
Speaker: Monique Tallon, CEO, Highest Path Consulting, Los Angeles Leadership Development Firm Read Bio
Founder and CEO of this executive coaching firm and a Silicon Valley veteran, Monique will tell us how to make confidence matter as much as competence at all career levels and how women can communicate their unique strengths to best advantage in current jobs and future roles.