2019 Port Authority New York/New Jersey Conference Agenda

Reaching New Heights

7:30 AM

Registration, Breakfast, Networking, & Exhibits

Sponsored by: Skanska

8:00 - 8:05 AM


Amy Zucchi-Justice, Founder & Managing Director, The Karlyn Group

8:05 - 8:10 AM

Conference Program Introductions

Glenessa Gordon
General Manager Compliance, The Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights,
The Port Authority of NY/NJ

8:10 - 8:25 AM

Diversity Update

Michael Massiah

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Port Authority of NY/NJ

8:25 - 8:50 AM

Upcoming Opportunities -Procurement Update

David Gutierrez
Assistant Director, Procurement, The Port Authority of NY/NJ

8:50 - 9:10 AM

Expanding Opportunities and Challenges: 2017 - 2026 Capital Plan Updates

James Starace, P.E. Chief Engineer, The Port Authority of NY/NJ

9:10 - 9:50AM

Collaborating for Success an Inside Look at Diversity and Inclusion in action: The JFK Redevelopment.

Moderator: Suzette Bather- Taylor, Sr Program Director Capital Development, The Port Authority of NY/NJ


  • Marlon Smith, Managing Partner, JLC Infrastructure
  • Cheryl McKissack, President/CEO, McKissack & McKissack
  • David Garten, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Investment and Emerging Sub-Markets
  • Jeremy Watson, Manager, JFK Infrastructure Strategy and Development, JetBlue Airways

9:50 - 10:15 AM

United's Outreach within the MBWE Community. A one-on-one discussion with ENR

Jill Kaplan President of New York/New Jersey for United Airlines

Debra K. Rubin ENR Editor-at-Large for Management, Business and Workforce

10:15 - 10:50 AM

Networking, Refreshments & Exhibits

Join sponsors, exhibitors and the Port Authority of NY/NJ in the hall to network and learn about opportunities.

Sponsored by: STV

10:50 - 11:20 AM

Prime Time- Building MWBE Capacity “Barriers/Break Throughs

Moderator: Julie Harris, Executive Consultant


  • Barbara Armand, CEO Armand Corporation
  • Obi C. Agudosi, AIA President & CEO, OCA-Architects
  • Wilbur Milhouse, Chairman/CEO of Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc.
  • Simeon Terry, VP Diversity Affairs, Austin Commercial
  • Vickie Riley, President/CEO, The Finishing Touch

11:20 - 11:50 AM

Professional Women in Construction and Engineering: The Changing Face of the Industry

Moderator: Denise M. Berger, FAIA, Chief of Operations- Engineering Department, The Port Authority of NY/NJ


  • Mildred Tolentino, Owner/CEO, M To-Pros Development Inc
  • Myesha McClendon, LEED AP, Vice President, Milhouse Engineering and Construction Inc.
  • Schillivia Baptiste, PE, CEO, Baptiste Engineering
  • Connie Zambianchi, Founder, AMARACON
  • Dana Hecht, PMP, Program Director, Major Capital Projects / World Trade Center Construction, The Port Authority of NY/NJ

11:50 - 12:10PM

Capital Projects Overview

Steven Plate,
Chief of Major Capital Projects, The Port Authority of NY/NJ

12:10 - 12:40PM

Keeping the Region Moving (Volume-Value-Validation)

Moderator:Jose Febrillet, Director Project Management, The Port Authority of NY/NJ


  • Clarelle DeGraffe, Director, Rail & General Manager PATH
  • Sam Ruda, Director, Port Commerce
  • Robin Bramwell Stewart, Deputy Director Tunnels Bridges and Terminals, The Port Authority of NY/NJ
  • Huntley Lawrence, Director, Aviation, The Port Authority of NY/NJ

12:40 PM

Closing Remarks / Conference Concludes

Keith D. Wright
PhD. Sr. Program Mgr. Capacity Building, The Port Authority of NY/NJ