Heather Shinn
Proving her potential while helping others realize theirs

39, Vice President and Program Manager
Parsons Corp.
Washington, D.C.


For the past four years, Shinn has been part of the Parsons team supporting the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center campus through facilities design and construction projects. She serves as program manager of Parsons NASA GSFC Facilities Construction, Engineering and Technical Services contract in Greenbelt, Md.—the first woman to hold such a position in the 17 years that Parsons has been managing contracts at NASA GSFC. In her role, she oversees execution of about 1,000 IDIQ task orders a year on a campus with more than 3.5 million gross sq ft of facilities. Shinn joined Parsons in 2002 and has worked for the past 10 years on projects for federal clients. In 2004, she was selected to join the Parsons high potential employee program [HiPo]. After completing the program in 2010, she was invited to join the Parsons HiPo committee to help identify, nominate and select future HiPo employees.



Matthew E. Weko
Top achiever during a down economy

37, Senior Vice President, Project and Development Services
Jones Lang LaSalle


Weko was hired by Jones Lang LaSalle in 2007 to create a project management presence within the firm's emerging Philadelphia market. For the past four years, he has been recognized as a Jones Lang LaSalle top achiever. He increased his team's profit margin from 8.6% in 2008 to 41.2% in 2010—the highest profit margin of any of the firm's project and delivery services team in North America that year. In 2010, he established a regional cost center and strategy for sustainability business now operating out of the firm's New York office. In 2011, he spearheaded the Philadelphia launch of construction management services. Previously employed by Trammell Crow Co., Weko was the youngest TCC project manager (at age 26) promoted to senior project manager in regional office history, and he went on to lead regional project management as a vice president at age 29. Following the merger of TCC and CB Richard Ellis, he became managing director of design and construction project management for CBRE.