2020 GWIC Agenda

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
8:00 am - 9:00 am PT
Program Welcome & Introduction

Janice L. Tuchman, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering News Record
Melinda Gentile, Partner, Peckar & Abramson P.C.

Opening Keynote

Advocating for Diversity at Target—and Beyond!


1 PDH; 1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU

Two leaders of retailer Target Corp.’s U.S. construction program will share their stories of leadership, navigating change and fostering industry diversity and inclusion. They also will provide attendees with an overview of the company’s current construction projects nationwide.

Learning Objectives
• Identify steps your company can take to bring employees from diverse backgrounds into leadership.
• Motivate the next generation on the value of utilizing diverse backgrounds to optimize your teams.
• Develop strategies to encourage companies to hire diverse subcontractors, suppliers and employees.
• Examine the U.S. construction plans of a major owner in the retail sector.

Amber Koehler, Senior Director, Construction, Target Corp.
Stephen Makredes, Vice President, Construction, Target Corp.

 


12:00 pm - 12:15 pm ET
9:00 am - 9:15 am PT
Break

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm ET
9:15 am - 10:15 am PT
Panel

The Director’s Chair: Why Women’s Board Voices Matter


Earn: 1 PDH; 1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU

More women are gaining a leadership voice as board directors—whether for their own firms or others—at a time when changing industry dynamics and competitiveness make oversight more critical than ever. This panel will explore gender differences in board interactions and company oversight, particularly in communication style, decision making and expectations. What strengths do women bring to boards? What are the key risks they face? Experienced women directors of AEC firms will share what’s critical today in effective board service and how it can be a career booster.

Learning Objectives
• Discuss what boards of directors do and critical skills needed to be a director.
• Identify critical board roles in reviewing corporate and management decisionmaking.
• Explore how gender plays a key role in board interactions and communication and effective company oversight.
• Examine how you can be considered for a director position in a company or non profit.
• Describe how board service can play a key role in your career development.

Moderator: Kristina Veaco, Founder and CEO, Veaco Group

Karen Colonias, CEO, Simpson Strong-Tie and Simpson Manufacturing
Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder & CEO, VIATechnik; Director, Ryan Cos. and J.F. Brennan
Margaret Foran, Chief Governance Officer, Sr. Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial Inc.
Jacqueline Hinman, former Chair & CEO, CH2M


1:15 pm - 1:30 pm ET
10:15 am - 10:30 am PT
Break

Take 15 for tea, sponsored by:


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET
10:30 am - 11:30 am PT
Panel

Women Supporting Women: How “Ally-Ship” Promotes Teambuilding

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For years, as women have competed in male-dominated professions, some have pushed down gender peers to succeed. But that paradigm is changing with the rise of a new kind of female leader—one who lifts others up as they climb. Panelists will discuss how to build teams with “ally-ship”—encouraging each other’s successes but also holding each other accountable. In this session, construction sector professionals will discuss how to recruit women to a team, build networks of successful women across organizations, and develop, train, and promote their success.

Moderator: Andrea Rutledge, CEO, Construction Management Association of America

Jessica Ostoyich, Project Executive, Mortenson
Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical; President, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association

 


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm ET
11:30 am - 12:00 pm PT
Networking Break

Join us in video meeting rooms to mingle with other attendees.


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PT
Panel

The Diversity Spectrum


Earn: 1 PDH; 1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU

Panelists will address their diverse backgrounds and obstacles they broke through to become successful construction role models. They will explain how their individual perspectives inform their decision-making processes and leadership approaches, with compelling stories that will inspire you to mobilize your own personal story to advance in the industry.

Learning Objectives
• Examine how diverse backgrounds influence an individual's leadership and mentorship approaches.
• Develop strategies to encourage companies to hire diverse subcontractors, suppliers and employees.
• Work on skills to overcome resistance to change among people and companies in the construction industry.
• Explore how the pandemic could amplify a demographic shift in the construction industry.
• Motivate the next generation on the value of utilizing diverse backgrounds to optimize your teams.

Moderator: Scott Blair, Managing Editor, Engineering News-Record

Menzer Pehlivan, Geotechnical Engineer, Jacobs
Jackie Richter, President, Heels and Hardhats and Endurance Utility Corp.
LaToya Thompson, Fire Sprinkler Specialist, Hilti North America and Public Relations Director, Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS), Northern California


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT
Virtual Roundtables

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Facilitators will host hour long small-group video meetings for full-conference attendees on various topics of interest.

Rooms hosted by:
4:00-5:00pm ET
Amber Koehler, Senior Director, Construction, Target Corp.
Topic: A follow up conversation to "Advocating for Diversity at Target - And Beyond!"

5:00-6:00pm ET
Conference Hosts Jan Tuchman & Mindy Gentile
Topic: The future of GWIC

6:00-7:00 pm ET
Ruchira Banerjee, Senior Manager, Enstoa
Topic: The Importance of Diversity on Project Teams

6:00-7:00 pm ET
Yvette N. Stevens, Director, Economic Inclusion & Community Affairs, Gilbane Building Co.
Topic: Building Relationships between Sub and Prime Contractors

7:00-8:00 pm ET
Marielle Price, Vice President of Construction, Fieldwire
Topic: Going Digital: How to implement construction technology without any headache

7:00-8:00 pm ET
Eoanna Goodwin, Architect and Professor, Academy of Arts U. SF; Architectural Associate, San Francisco Public Works & Sameena Sitabkhan, Instructor, Academy of Art University
Topic: Women in Design-Build

 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
8:00 am - 9:00 am PT
Opening Keynote

What Works for Women at Work


Earn: 1 PDH; 1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU

Described as having close to “rock star status” in the field of work-family studies and modern workplace flexibility policies and one of the field’s 10 most cited experts, Joan has played a central role in reshaping the conversation about work, gender, and class over the past quarter century. A noted researcher and prolific author, she collaborated with the Society of Women Engineers on a seminal study of race and bias issues among 3,000 engineers, while her book What Works for Women at Work was praised in one review as a “how-to primer for ambitious women.” Joining Joan on stage will be co-author Rachel Dempsey, herself a successful employment attorney and Joan’s daughter. Don’t miss this two-generation view of how to navigate stubborn patterns of gender bias in any workplace.

Learning Objectives
• Recognize four basic patterns of gender bias.
• Identify strategies about how to navigate successfully through gender bias.
• Establish “bias interrupters” that women can use, both on their own behalf and on behalf of others, to interrupt gender bias.
• Examine the important workforce and gender research done by Joan Williams and the Center for WorkLife Law, University of California-Hastings College of Law.
• Develop effective leadership and mentoring skills in confronting and resolving gender and race barriers in the workplace

Joan Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law and Founder, Center for WorkLife Law, University of California-Hastings College of Law
Rachel Williams Dempsey, Attorney, Outten & Golden LLP


12:00 pm - 12:15 pm ET
9:00 am - 9:15 am PT
Break

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm ET
9:15 am - 10:15 am PT
Panel Discussion

Decoding the Gender Pay Gap: How Women and Employers Seek Equity


Earn: 1 PDH; 1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU

Laws and policies are shifting to demand that employers strive to balance the gender pay gap. This panel will provide perspective on how the imbalance is defined by more deep-rooted gender differences than just equal pay for equal work and how leaders approach compensation with transparency and data driven decision-making.

Learning Objectives
• Explain what the gender pay gap is and why it has developed in the workplace.
• Discuss how employers are becoming more transparent in confronting the gender pay gap.
• Examine how critical data has become more important in compensation decisionmaking.
• Determine if there is a gender pay gap in your workplace and how to equalize it.

Moderator: Jean McGrory, Director of Total Rewards, Mortenson

Kim Baxter, Vice President - Client Services, National Roofing Partners
Michael Headrick, Vice President & District Manager, PCL Construction
Stephanie Kaufman, Senior Associate - DHG Search, Construction & Real Estate Division

 


1:15 pm - 1:30 pm ET
10:15 am - 10:30 am PT
Guided Stretch Break

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET
10:30 am - 11:30 am PT
Presentation

Survive and Thrive in Construction: How Persistent Women Make Change Happen

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Earn: 1 PDH; 1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU

Practitioner-researchers share research that women who persist in construction do differ from non-persisters in level of occupational commitment and perceived ability to navigate in their organization’s culture.

Learning Objectives
• Examine key research detailing why women have been leaving engineering and construction careers.
• Explore new research in working through cultural hurdles to effect organizational change.
• Discuss how women can overcome organizational barriers in E&C workplaces and develop their career trajectories.
• Describe how women can lead lasting organization transformation in their workplace.

Amy Lewis, Construction Project Manager, Long Range Facilities Planning; PhD candidate, Oklahoma State University
Monica Perrin, Senior Project Manager, Capital Programs Management Group; PhD candidate, Arizona State University

 


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm ET
11:30 am - 12:00 pm PT
Break

Join us in video meeting rooms to mingle with other attendees.


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PT
Panel

Continuing Legal Education credits offered

Enhancing Women’s Skills in Dispute Resolution

Dispute avoidance and early dispute resolution are important legal strategies for which attorneys need well developed skills. This panel will enhance lawyers’ existing proficiency and share critical tools to save project time and cost and maintain strong business relationships. Learn how to achieve successful resolutions for all parties and how to recognize and diffuse potential disputes early before they reach the litigation, arbitration or mediation stage. We will also examine how artificial intelligence and predictive analytics are creating new efficiencies.

Moderator: Melinda S. Gentile, Partner, Peckar & Abramson

Deborah S. Ballati, Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS
Leslie O’Neal, Associate General Counsel, Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Carla Rydholm, Director of Product Management; Lex Machina
Joan Stearns Johnsen, Mediator and Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association; Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Florida Levin College of Law

 


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT
Virtual Roundtables

Sponsored by:

Facilitators will host hour long small-group video meetings for full-conference attendees on various topics of interest. Advance sign up required.

Rooms hosted by:
4:00-5:00pm ET

Joan Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law and Founder, Center for WorkLife Law, University of California-Hastings College of Law & Rachel Williams Dempsey, Attorney, Outten & Golden LLP
Topic: Tightrope to the Maternal Ward and Beyond

5:00-6:00pm ET
Stephen Makredes, Vice President, Construction, Target Corp.
Topic: Adopting Digitized Workflows in Construction

5:00-6:00pm ET
Annette Fleishmen, Product Manager , ACS
Topic: Advocating for Diversity Discussion

6:00-7:00 pm ET
Rachael O'Meara, Author and TEDx Speaker
Topic: Power of Pause

 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
8:00 am - 9:00 am PT
Keynote

What Drives Engagement, Empowerment & Innovation:
How 2020 Has Sharpened Our Vision

This talk will feature a look back at the last decade on what drives engagement, empowerment, and innovation among women and men in construction and engineering. It will offer ideas on ways to sharpen our focus for creating engaged, empowered, and inclusive workplaces that foster creativity and innovation – in 2020 and this new decade.

Romila Singh, PhD, Associate Professor, Lubar School of Business, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


12:00 pm - 12:15 pm ET
9:00 am - 9:15 am PT
Break

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm ET
9:15 am - 10:15 am PT
Panel

Why Psychological Safety Matters in Construction

A recent Google study found that of five key attributes found in winning teams, psychological safety beat dependability, structure and clarity, meaning, and impact as most critical. It also concluded that the team with the most experience was not always the most successful, but the one whose members perceived they could take risks in front of their peers, had each other’s trust and felt safe without judgment. Panelists will share insights into working on jobsite and office teams with—and without—psychological safety, and what they have done to make positive changes in their workplace team dynamics.

Moderator: Melinda S. Gentile,Partner, Peckar & Abramson

Monique S. Cardenas, General Counsel, Suffolk Northwest at Suffolk Construction
Kevin McCain, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Seattle, Skanska
Romila Singh, PhD, Associate Professor, Lubar School of Business, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm ET
10:15 am - 10:30 am PT
Break

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET
10:30 am - 11:30 am PT
Panel

Broaden Your Influence Beyond The Project

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Earn: 1 PDH; 1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU

Changemakers are revolutionizing collaboration among stakeholders in delivery of projects and more broadly to practitioners and clients beyond the project with similar challenges. This session will present a wide view of what is possible in an AEC career as we stretch beyond “project centric” to become true influencers in the industry.

Learning Objectives
• Explain why it is important to expand your influence beyond your project or workplace.
• Gain positions in construction sector organizations and use these roles to advocate for broader workplace and industry change.
• Create and develop your own industry networking and advocacy groups.
• Examine how gender plays a role in broadening your influence and how women can be most effective in advocating their position.

Moderator: Jumoke Akin-Taylor,Project Manager, City and County of San Francisco Public Works; Member, CMAA NorCal Board of Directors

Michelle Macauley, Founder and Principal Engineer, Macauley Trenchless; Board member, North American Society for Trenchless Technology
Alicia Wachtel, Executive Director, Cedars Sinai Health System
Barbara Wagner, Senior Vice President, Clark Construction
Carol Warkoczewski, Senior Architect, City of San Antonio and Founder, Institute for leadership in Capital Projects

 


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm ET
11:30 am - 12:00 pm PT
Break

Join us in video meeting rooms to mingle with other attendees.


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PT
Panel

A Wakeup Call about Unconscious Bias


Earn: 1 PDH; 1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU

It’s easy to recognize biases expressed by others, yet how often do we take a step back and admit our own? In the workplace, bias can limit people’s understanding, empathy, and negatively impact individuals, teams and cultures. This panel will explore the importance of unconscious bias awareness and discuss strategies to assess workplace dynamics with candor, counteract biases, develop training that works and create equal opportunities.

Learning Objectives
• Discuss how to engage decisionmakers and leaders to make a cultural shift.
• Identify tools and resources for companywide workshops on bias.
• Explain how data can inform strategies to generate open dialogue.
• Describe the steps you can take personally to combat your own unconscious bias.
• Assess the impact of discrimination due to unconscious bias on staff productivity and attrition.

Moderator: Julie Moss, Human Resources Director, Rosendin Electric

Kelly Cowan, Project Executive, XL Construction
Heidi DeBenedetti, Senior Vice President, Gilbane Building Co.
Dredeir Roberts, In-House Counsel, Core-States Group; former President, Black Law Student Association, Drexel University


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT
Virtual Roundtables

Sponsored by:

Facilitators will host hour long small-group video meetings for full-conference attendees on various topics of interest. Advance sign up required.

Rooms hosted by:
4:00-5:00pm ET
Majd Ello, Customer Success Manager, ACS
Topic: How to Empower Your Construction Network

5:00-6:00pm ET
Jennifer Todd, President & Owner, LMS Contractors and Deryl McKissack, President & CEO, McKissack
Topic: Inclusion issues for W/MBE prime and subcontractor firms

5:00-6:00pm ET
Lacey Ahlf, Vice President of Operations, Skanska & Lindsay Corotis, Account Manager, Skanska
Topic: Corporate sponsored women’s groups and their role in the D&I Discussion

5:00-6:00pm ET
Rachel O'Meara, Author and TEDx Speaker
Topic: Power of Pause

6:00-7:00pm ET
LaToya Thompson ,Fire Sprinkler Specialist, Hilti North America; Public Relations Director, Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS), Northern California
Topic: Mirrors: Seeing Ourselves within Urban Infrastructures

7:00-8:00 pm ET
Kari Martin, Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing, Simpson Strong-Tie
Topic: Constructing Stillness: How individual meditation breaks down silos

 


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PT
Virtual Trivia at GWIC!

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Play in groups of up to 6. Assemble your team of colleagues (or play at home with family) via the meeting technology of your choice and tune in for 90 minutes of GWIC inspired trivia. Prizes for the winning teams! Want to make new friends while playing? You can sign up ahead of time to be randomly matched with other participants.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm ET
9:15 am – 10:15 am PT
Presentation

Breaking Through the Concrete Floor: Tradeswomen Leadership, Advocacy and Support Networks in North America


1 PDH; 1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU

Tradeswomen leaders update key successes and continuing challenges in moving women into top ranks of union and company leadership and advocacy and in expanding support networks in North America.

Learning Objectives
• Describe why craft trades offer a well-compensated and diverse career track especially for women.
• Explore the new benefits now available to women in craft careers, including apprenticeship college credits and maternity leave and how union membership plays a role in gaining benefits.
• Recognize and confront different forms of jobsite harassment and the success of hew anti-bullying and jobsite safety programs.
• Identify how women can seek protection from changing federal, state and local laws and regulations.
• Examine how women can build upward mobility in leadership roles in unions and in transitioning to technical and management tracks in AEC firms.

Leah Rambo, Director of Training for SMART Local 28, Sheet Metal/Labor-Management
Lauren Sugerman, Director and Co-founder, National Center for Women's Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment, Chicago Women in Trades

 


1:15 pm - 1:30 pm ET
10:15 am - 10:30 am PT
Guided Stretch Break

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET
10:30 am - 11:30 am PT
Panel

More than a Diversity Goal: Black Women in Construction

Recent events highlighting social and racial injustice in the United States and around the world have opened the door to more frank discussions about race and diversity in all industries, including construction. Despite major construction firms generating billions per year, Black construction firms account for 2.6% of the industry. What will it take for Black women and businesses to see a change in construction?

Our panelists will discuss the current barriers to true inclusion in Construction, Architecture, Engineering and related industries, including the implicit bias that Black people endure in the workplace. The panel will address how Black women and businesses are severely underrepresented and underutilized throughout the industry, and actionable steps that major firms can take to create viable opportunities. Discussions will also address the importance of mentorship, sponsorship, and partnership, and how an inclusive workplace culture positively impacts the bottom line.

Moderator: Jennifer Todd, President and Owner, LMS General Contractors Inc.

Stephanie Burns, Vice President, Head of Community & Citizenship NYC, Turner Construction Co.; President, Women Builders Council
Sharon Coleman, Owner & President, Coleman Construction Inc.
Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President & CEO, McKissack
Audrey-Jane Morgan, Employment Coordinator, Nontraditional Employment for Women NYC (NEW)
Gloria Samuel, Vice President, Retail Construction, Fifth Third Bank

 

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