September 18-19 2019, Hyatt Regency, San Francisco
Vice President - Account Manager @ Skanska
Barbara Bouza, FAIA
Managing Director, Principal @ Gensler
Director of Centralized Engineering @ Turner Construction Company
Project Executive @ Gilbane
Regional Delivery Manager @ California High-Speed Rail Authority
Owner & Principal Engineer @ V² Engineering
President @ Cavalli Solutions and Intuitive Mind Strategies
Project Manager @ DPR Construction
Senior Project Manager @ Newmark Knight Frank
General Organizer @ Ironworkers International
San Diego Regional Executive @ Kitchell
Vice President of Architecture & Design @ Public Storage
Workface Planning Manager @ Bechtel
Senior Manager Industry Advancement @ Procore
Vice President @ Balfour Beatty
Deputy Regional Director, North America @ C40 Cities
SVP of Construction @ Compass Datacenters
Director of Business Development @ CRB
Partner @ McKinsey & Co.
Senior Director of IT @ JGC America
Environmental Health & Safety Manager @ Lendlease
Senior Preconstruction Manager @ Morley Builders
Founder & Director @ architekktur.de
Director - Policy, Strategy & Government Relations @ WSP USA
Diversity & Inclusion Manager @ PCL Construction
Senior Structural Engineer @ Fast + Epp
VDC Engineer @ VIATechnik, LLC
Partner @ Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
Founder @ Beyond the Looking Glass LLC
Founder & CEO @ CASSETTE
Senior Manager of Talent Management @ Southland Industries
Senior VDC Manager @ VIATechnik
Dr Giovanna Brasfield
Diversity & Inclusion and Inclusivity Manager @ Flatiron and LINXS JV
Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager @ Performance Contracting Group
Project Manager @ Jacobs
Sustainability Manager @ XL Construction
Founder @ Consults on Construction
Senior Project Manager @ Disneyland Resort
Sr. Executive, VP Talent & Resource Solutions @ AES
Founder & Principal Designer @ Preen Inc.
Director @ Webcor Drywall Group, a Division of Webcor Builders
Project Director @ McCarthy Building Companies Inc.
Director, Bay Area Real Estate + Construction @ Google
Assistant Project Manager @ AECOM
Director of Engineering @ EKI Environment & Water
Senior Vice President @ Jacobs
President @ National Association of Minority Contractors
Head of Technology @ Sellen Construction
Head of Construction Integrated Marketing @ Autodesk
VP, Associate General Counsel @ Suffolk Construction
Project Manager @ San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
President @ C2 Group
Vice President of Clean Transportation @ C2 Group
Lead Consultant & Trainer @ PlanGrid
Consulting Services Manager @ PlanGrid
Superintendent @ Dome Construction
Owner @ Tiffany’s Construction Company
Co-Founder & COO @ Buildher
Director of HR @ Rosendin
An Inclusive Leader @ Louis Berger, A WSP Company
Director, Project Management Office - Strategy @ Suffolk Construction
Vice President, Community & Citizenship @ Turner Construction
SVP of Operations @ Lendlease
Katie is a Vice President – Account Manager with Skanska in Portland, Oregon. She is the founding chair of the Skanska Woman’s Network (SWN) in Portland and is currently serving on the SWN National Board.
Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is on the Industry Board for Civil & Environmental Engineering there. She has served on numerous boards including Secretary of Oregon Tradeswomen and the American Heart Association focusing on healthy construction workplace.
Outside of work, Katie enjoys reading, hiking, paddle boarding, traveling, and spending time with her husband Bob and daughter Taryn.
Barbara is Co-Managing Director, Principal of Gensler Los Angeles and is a global influencer for wellbeing through design excellence. Through her collaborative leadership style, she brings strategic design management to highly innovative clients such as Netflix, JPL/NASA, Amgen and the City of Hope.
A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and member of the AIA California Council Board of Directors, Barbara will be 2019’s AIA Los Angeles Chapter President. She was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as Executive of the Year: Women Making a Difference, Woman of Influence: California by Real Estate Forum magazine, honored by Girls Inc., and featured on National Geographic’s documentary, “Origins: The Journey of Humankind – Building the Future.” Barbara is on the Board of Directors of Imagine LA, a leading not-for-profit dedicated to mobilizing the community to end the cycle of homelessness. She is active with Dress for Success, The National Organization of Minority Architects and Women Presidents’ Organization.
She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and studied in the Graduate Diploma Program at the Architectural Association in London. Her work has been published internationally.
si-Kilanga Bowser is the Director of Centralized Engineering at Turner Construction Company. She has been with Turner for 13 years and has been in the design and construction industry since 2001. She received her Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Miami and her Masters of Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
She currently holds several professional industry accreditations such as DBIA, LEED AP BD+C and, NCARB, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and National Organization of Minority Architects.
With Turner, Esi is honored to have worked on several notable projects around New York City such as Manhattan Cruise Terminal, NYU Energy Building, Brookfield Place’s Courtyard Renovation, Mt.Sinai Hospital KCC, One Court Square and Cadillac House just to name a few. She is currently working on projects at 375 Pearl St, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 230 Park Ave, Mt. Sinai Hudson Yards, and various other commercial and institutional fit-outs throughout New York City, as well as the lead for training and standardization for the engineering operations department within Turner’s New York City Office.
Esi is proud to exemplify Turner’s core values of Teamwork, Integrity, and Commitment and is excited to be here to help cultivate and inspire the panel discussion attendees. Esi lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband of 12 years and three children.
A Project Executive for Gilbane, Angela has been involved with many high-profile projects during her 22 years that have received multiple local, national and international awards.
A Penn State graduate, Angela was an ENR Texas/Louisiana Top 20 under 40 in 2015 and a 2018 STEAM Role Model for Houston Women’s Chamber. She is working with the AGC starting a local Women in Construction initiative
Mrs. Cotie is ACE Mentor Houston’s Chairman of the Board, a board member for PSU’s Architectural Engineering Program, a Galveston Career Connect leader, HISD chamber member, and active with her children’s school, FFA and activities.
Serving the Transportation industry for over 20 years, Noopur Jain is the Regional Delivery Manager (RDM) for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. She brings leadership, management, and technical expertise from both public and private sectors as RDM, and previously as an engineer on the California High-Speed Rail program since 2015.Noopur is a registered professional and structural engineer in multiple States including California, Washington, Utah, Illinois, Texas and Ohio. She is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Noopur currently serves as the Pacific West Region Council Chair for Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), an organization dedicated to advancing women in the transportation industry.
Jain received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and an M.S. in Structural Engineering, both with honors, from Universities in India.
Rebekah Morlock is the Technical Marketing Engineer for Nucor. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006. She has over twelve years experience working in all facets of the structural engineering industry, including residential, commercial, industrial, and even software sales and development. She has sat at the design desk as well as worn the hardhat onsite. She has a true passion for building and pushing the envelope in terms of design and structure.
Sophia Cavalli’s continually expanding expertise comes as a result of more than 20 years of experience in the field of inclusion and diversity. She has established herself as a sought-after speaker at US and European engagements and has lead inclusion and diversity programs for multibillion-dollar construction companies and nationally recognized programs for large public agencies in the US.
Sophia works with clients in the US and Europe at all stages of their journeys to adopt best-in-class practices for achieving business and operational goals. Sophia develops programs, conducts insightful workshops and connects clients to tailored solutions that drive results. Sophia additionally works with clients to reduce stress, increase performance, and improve focus with evidence-based brain strategies. She is currently completing her mindfulness brain-based and evidence-driven coaching certification with Mark Waldman, author and global leading expert on the brain.
With over 10 years in the Construction Industry, Allison is a graduate of Civil Engineering from Clemson University and a Project Manager in the construction industry. She began her career at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and later followed with various assignment rotations at Turner Construction. Her portfolio includes a variety of project types, including hospitals and medical office buildings, a higher education innovation center, and mission critical data center projects. Allison is involved in a number of industry organizations, and is the Board Chair of the Greenville ACE Mentor Program. Through her continued career growth and experiences, Allison has found her purpose and passion within the construction industry.
Ellen Haiying Yang is a senior project manager from global real estate services consultant Newmark Knight Frank / The CRE group now on assignment to a confidential fortune 50 technology client. She is managing several tenant improvement and office build-out projects as owner representative where her work ranges from project planning and permitting to design, construction and close out. Over her 11 years in project and program management, she also has worked on tenant improvement projects for other tech-sector clients like Google. Earlier, she worked on pharmaceutical, infrastructure, oil and gas, mining, and power construction projects for Cumming, Atkins and WorleyParsons in the US, Canada and Australia.
Vicki O’Leary joined the Ironworkers International in January 2016. Since that time she became Chair of the North American Building Trades Union (NABTU) Tradeswomen's Committee. She is a 34-year member out of Local #1 in Chicago. She completed her triple major Bachelor of Arts degree in Union Leadership & Administration, Labor Education & Labor Studies from the National Labor College in 2008 and her Master of Arts Degree at Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership in 2012. In 2018 she graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program and completed the Cornell National Labor Leadership Initiative (NLLI). As a General Organizer for Safety/Diversity she passionately strives for equal opportunity for all minorities and women within the building trades as well as the safety and health for all ironworkers.
Cecilia Kucharski offers more than two decades of construction industry experience in a leadership role at Kitchell, where she serves as Regional Executive of the company’s San Diego contracting division.
Over the course of her career, Cecilia has held various positions including construction operations, estimating, preconstruction and business development, resulting in the successful award and delivery of signature projects throughout California.
Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) from Purdue University and continues to contribute to the engineering program as a mentor with the Purdue Women in Construction Mentoring Program. She is a certified LEED® AP and DBIA Professional and serves on numerous boards including ACE Mentor San Diego and Urban Land Institute San Diego/Tijuana. She has been named one of San Diego’s Business Women of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal, and was honored by the YWCA “In the Company of Women” tribute with a Mentor Award.
Outside of work, Cecilia enjoys swimming, cooking, Girl Scout leadership and spending time with her husband Tom and three daughters Maya, Laura and Alina.
Bernadette Reyes is Vice President of Architecture and Design at Public Storage. Ms. Reyes brings more than 18 years of experience in the design and construction industry.
Ms. Reyes and her team lead the Company’s architecture, site planning, building system and interior design efforts. She ensures Public Storage standards are consistently applied to ground up and existing properties across the portfolio.
Since joining in May 2017 Ms. Reyes has led the design strategy for our portfolio providing support of architectural design, site planning, procurement, design specifications, branding and material selection. Ms. Reyes has also led the development of the reinvestment design and rebranding strategies for our capital reinvestment efforts.
Prior to joining Public Storage, Ms. Reyes worked at Austin Commercial as the Western Region Director of Preconstruction, establishing Austin’s expansion office in California. Prior to joining Austin Commercial, Ms. Reyes was a Senior Design Manager for Clark Construction, one of the largest general contractors in the United States and led over $3 billion of Design/Build and LEED projects.
Ms. Reyes holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, B.Arch. in Architecture and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Laura is an engineer, yoga teacher, speaker and workplace diversity and inclusion champion. Her mission is to empower women to thrive in work and in life.
As Workface Planning Manager, Laura leads a team responsible for constraints management and sequencing of construction execution for Shell’s world-scale multi-billion dollar Pennsylvania Chemicals project. Laura joined Bechtel in 2011, and has worked across design engineering, construction, commissioning and start up, in the UK, USA and Australia.
Alongside her work for Bectel, Laura is the Global Chair of Women@Bechtel, Bechtel’s Business Resource Group for Women, and is passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers, encouraging more women to stay and thrive in STEM, and exposing the inherent biases facing women in male-dominated industries.
Danielle is a multi-functional leader with 10+ years of experience developing strategic cross-channel programs focused on industry development, marketing, and technology. With a history of proven success in business development, intrapreneurship, product marketing, content, and digital, Danielle specializes in small to mid-growth companies.
In her current role, Danielle is responsible for developing and evangelizing a new benchmark for a modern construction industry. She runs Procore’s Women in Construction initiative, and oversees the tracks and session planning for Groundbreak, Procore’s annual industry conference. Danielle is also an officer and founding member in Procore’s Lean In ERG (Employee Resource Group) and the Procore Council for Diversity & Inclusion.
With over 2 decades of experience in the Construction of Educational and Public Work facilities, Gil currently serves numerous regions across California as a Vice President for Balfour Beatty and currently holds a business development & acquisitions role focusing on multiple market sectors. Gil received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management, from California State University, Long Beach; which includes, 2 years of post-graduate coursework in Civil Engineering. He is also a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), and has completed various leadership programs. Gil current serves as a member of the Legislative Advisory Committee for the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, he has also served as a member and Chair of various committees that support educational facilities. Gil is passionate about being an ally and mentor to peers, giving back to communities, through various mentoring and internship programs that support and prepare both co-workers and students for the future of our industry.
Laura Jay serves as a Deputy Regional Director for North America & Head of the New York Office at C40 Cities where she works with C40’s 15 cities in the US and Canada to help advance climate actions, from policies to mitigate emissions to strategies for adapting to climate impacts. Previously, Laura managed the Land Use Planning Network at C40, working with urban planners in C40 cities globally to support the development of land use policies to address the creation of more compact, connected and resilient cities. Laura holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Nancy Novak, Compass Datacenters’ SVP of Construction, has over 25 years of construction experience and has overseen the delivery of over $3.5 billion in projects during that time. Prior to joining Compass, Nancy was the National Vice President of Operations for Balfour Beatty Construction which she joined after serving in a variety of executive positions for Hensel Phelps Construction Company. Ms. Novak is actively involved in a number of organizations dedicated to the advancement of woman in business including Above the Glass Ceiling (AGC) who are working with Fortune 500 companies to aid in the advancement of women in STEM, Women in Government Relations (WGE), Women Construction Owners and Executives (WCOE), The World Trade Center Initiative, Fortune Media’s Most Powerful Women and the National Women’s Party. Nancy is a frequent speaker on the topic and has participated in the White House Womens and Diversity in STEM forums. Nancy holds a degree in Construction Engineering and Management from San Diego State University.
Being fulfilled in her work, Nicki revels in knowing that she connects people together and can be the initial light that sparks lifelong business relationships. Her experience, values, skills and passion has most recently led her to her current role as Director of Business Development for CRB where she is responsible for connecting their team of architects, engineers and construction professionals to the decision makers within the life science industry.
Nicki's success developing business relationships within the industry comes from being an instinctive information seeker and natural born connector. The true passion in her work comes from helping people realize their ideas, focus their visions, and achieve their goals. In this, she has come to understand the importance of the high level of tact required in making introductions and a well-versed knowledge of available solutions to successfully make referrals to products and professionals.
Nicki is a Founding Member and current COO of the Life Science League, a worldwide charity organization that promotes social responsibility, community services and charitable works. She sat on the San Diego Board of International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers for 7 years and continues to stay active as Past President.
Shannon is a leader in McKinsey’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure, Electric Power & Natural Gas, and Sustainability Practices. She brings extensive experience serving both public- and private-sector clients in infrastructure, transportation, and utilities. Prior to rejoining McKinsey, Shannon worked in the Office of the Chairman of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Outside of McKinsey, Shannon serves on the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management Undergraduate advisory board as well as the San Francisco Center for Economic Development.
Holly Frantz is the Senior Director of Information Services for JGC America, Inc., responsible for the development and execution of an integrated, long-term digital strategy for the company. She partners with senior business leaders to identify and implement technical solutions to improve business and user experiences. Before JGC America, Holly worked for Bechtel Corporation as the IS&T Global Service Transition Manager, where she designed and built a global group to oversee the implementation of technical services.
Holly is well-versed in looking at a process with fresh eyes and bringing new and innovative ways to improve performance. During her 20 years in technology, Holly has worked on a variety of projects all over the world, including the UK, Mexico, and Hungary.
Overseeing Environmental Health and Safety operations for Lendlease in San Francisco is 10 year industry veteran Ashlynn Dolcini. Ashlynn began her career in construction as a jobsite administrator for Cahill Contractors where she supported both field and safety teams onsite. Upon joining Southland Industries’ Safety team in 2013, Ashlynn found that her passion for people, health, wellness and safety would serve as the ultimate synergy in her career path and also bring a different level of value to the teams she worked with.
Ashlynn leverages a very diverse portfolio of project experience which include healthcare, life science, high-rise residential, and higher education. She is fully versed in local, statewide and federal health and safety regulations and is a certified Construction Health and Safety Technician. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and will be receiving her Masters in Occupational Health and Safety at the end of this year.
A nineteen-year veteran of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, Anna Jacobson has collaborated on some of the most complex and culturally significant new projects in Southern California at Morley Builders, an ENR Top 400 general contractor based in Santa Monica. She currently provides leadership and direction in all phases of preconstruction, engaging with new and existing clients to secure opportunities, providing technical expertise and oversight in cost estimating, and managing a diverse portfolio of other preconstruction functions including proposal and interview preparation, construction scheduling, BIM coordination, and design and constructability reviews. She also founded and leads Morley’s peer mentoring group for women in construction operations. Ms. Jacobson holds a BS from USC in Structural Engineering and is currently pursuing a Masters of Information and Data Science at UC Berkeley.
Kira Jungfleisch is a registered architect (Chamber of Architects Saar (AKS)), Int’l. Assoc. AIA and project manager with more than 10 years of professional experience in the fields of design and project management for the industry as well as the public sector. She has built projects in different countries of the world and has gained important experience managing multinational project teams. Currently Kira runs her own consultancy in Seattle, WA, and also works on a book project. The different markets in construction are one of her central areas of research. Furthermore she is a lecturer with the University of Applied Sciences Saar, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, providing her students with key skills to successfully start a career in construction.
Claudette has 35 years of experience in infrastructure-related government relations. She has served as staff for a member of Congress and led the government relations team at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its predecessor agency, LACTC. For the last 11 years, Claudette has been lead government relations professional in WSP’s Los Angeles Office, now Southwest District, serving as the firm’s senior liaison with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink). Claudette has a passion for mentoring, is active with CORO Los Angeles and strongly supports STEAM education. She received her MA in Government from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and an BA in Government from California State University, Sacramento.
As the manager of diversity and inclusion at PCL Construction, Priscilla oversees all aspects of government and labor relations, supplier diversity, and targeted workforce development. As a certified Master Compliance Administrator from Morgan State University, Priscilla is recognized as one of the industry’s leading compliance professional in Southern California. She’s passionate about discovering and creating unique ways to make a difference in the construction industry and in the community in which she lives and work. Recently, Priscilla was recognized as one of L.A’s Most Outstanding Women in Construction & Design by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Eloïse Allsop is a senior structural engineer at Fast + Epp in Seattle. With over 10 years’ experience in engineering, she has managed structural projects ranging from small, moving art installations to large metro stations with teams spanning multiple offices and geographies. Eloïse is a Chartered Structural Engineer in the United Kingdom and has a postgraduate certificate in BIM technical management. Most recently, she is working on a mass timber project that, when completed, is expected to be the tallest mass timber building in the United States.
Lauren is a virtual design and construction engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a background and education in architecture and continues to be compelled by the future of cities and globally engaged projects. She offers expertise in programming, historic integration, and site-constraint field reporting in the AEC industry with an emphasis on design technology. Lauren is passionate about being part of diverse project teams with unconventional delivery methods.
Laurie A. Stanziale is a partner in Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction practice. She represents domestic and international developers and owners, major construction companies, trade contractors, architects, engineers and consultants. Laurie handles all aspects of the construction process from the drafting and negotiation of design professional and construction contracts to prosecuting and defending construction defect and delay claims and payment and lien disputes. Laurie assists her clients with construction insurance, financing, project management and joint venture agreements. Laurie is an active speaker, published author and CLE instructor. A niche of Laurie’s practice is negotiating construction access and easement agreements. To that end, she has taught a popular CLE program with National Law Institute titled, "Welcome to the Neighborhood,” for the past nine years. She also teaches with her business partner a class focusing on the intellectual property rights of owner and architects titled, “Whose Line, drawing and Plan it is Anyway?”. Laurie is an active member of the New York chapter of CREW New York.
Laurie was named to Law360’s 2019 Construction Advisory Board.
Laurie has taken several leadership roles at her firm including service as the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and the co-chair of the Associates Mentor Program.
Catrina Alexandre, of Beyond the Looking Glass LLC brings clearer vision to companies globally. She provides project management services to businesses; so they can optimize their time and efforts to attain beautiful results. Partnering with CEOs, and entrepreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands. Before starting her business, Catrina worked many years as a construction project manager, quality control manager & public relations consultant for multi-million dollar projects in the public and private sector; including Toyota, Acura, Alcatraz Prison, and more all while attending school. Devoted to bringing more diversity & inclusion into construction; she created @BlackWomenInConstruction a digital platform uniting many.
Dafna Kaplan is the founding CEO of CASSETTE, a multi-family modular housing supplier & subcontractor. Kaplan’s industry expertise and executive leadership spans A/E/C, consumer tech, non-profit, and entertainment industries. In 2018, Kaplan’s study and analysis of the prefab/modular construction market sparked the founding of CASSETTE, a modular company with a uniquely collaborative business model and social entrepreneurship foundation.
Kaplan currently serves on the boards of the AIA | Los Angeles and the Wester Museums Association. She has also served on the ULI Executive, Communications and Urban Marketplace Committees, the A+D Museum board, the LA Stage Alliance board, and a division of the Consumer Electronics Association(CEA) board. Kaplan has an MBA, Summa Cum Laude from the UCLA Anderson School of Business, and a BA in Human Services from the University of Oregon.
Wendy Montgomery is the Senior Manager of Talent Management and a member of the corporate HR Leadership Team at Southland Industries. Wendy currently focuses on managing the strategic implementation and facilitation of workforce planning, strategic talent management projects and talent acquistion. Before joining Southland in 2014, Wendy spent time in global human resource roles at Watts Constructors in Guam and Bank of America Military Banking in Okinawa, Japan. She also, proudly served as an Air Force Reservist from 2004-2016. Wendy is passionate about diversity and inclusion and strives to bring awareness and education to minority, veteran, military spouse and skilled trades recruiting efforts.
Jenn Thomas is a Senior VDC Manager at VIATechnik. She has a passion for utilizing VDC technology to integrate design, construction, and operations of built environments. Jenn has spent 11+ years implementing VDC with clients across the AECO industry along the west coast. In that time, she has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including the CPMC Cathedral Hill Hospital. Other projects include a new zoo in Qatar, a micro-processor manufacturing facility, high-rises, and corporate offices. She has also successfully helped designers, subcontractors, GCs, and owners make the transition to virtual design and construction.
With only ten percent (10%) of the industry consisting of women, Dr. Brasfield has been elevated to serve as the Senior Supplier Diversity and Community Inclusion Officer for Flatiron Construction as the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and also serves as the Inclusivity Manager for LINXS JV on the Los Angeles World Airport’s Automated People Mover (APM) project. She assists the Southwest District Manager and the Division Manager in meeting contractual requirements on current projects and upcoming project pursuits that engage women, diverse businesses, local workforce, and youth engagement. Dr. Brasfield is a true advocate, leader, and change agent within construction who is passionate about inclusion of others within construction and construction-related trades. Dr. Brasfield has been named by construction industry bloggers as one of the “2019 Top 50 Construction Influencers” across the United States, by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a finalist for the Rising Star Award, and by Diversity Professional Magazine as a “Game Changer”.
Cecily Bee is a Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager based in the Midwest region of the United States. Over the past six years, Bee has worked with large corporations to develop and implement diversity and inclusion initiatives on a national and global scale. As a Certified Inclusion Coach, Bee partners with teams and individuals to create a culture of belonging across the construction industry. In her current role, Bee leads internal diversity and inclusion efforts as well as develops strategic partnerships with external organizations, leading the way for inclusive practices.
Preeti Parthasarathy is a Project Manager at Jacobs since 2011, after having previously worked at Parsons, URS, and Turner Construction. She received her Bachelors in Architecture from Anna University, India followed by a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003.
Preeti’s portfolio of work has included construction projects in education, transportation, telecommunication and healthcare, namely the renovation programs at LA Unified School District and the Mineta San Jose International Airport, the Inpatient Tower at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital and the federal grant funded LA Regional Interoperable Communications System project. She currently is part of the $293M Facility Master Plan underway at the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.
Preeti also holds key industry certifications such as PMP, OSHA 30 hours and LEED AP. She is an advocate of Jacobs’ Beyond Zero program when it comes to fostering a culture of caring at work and elsewhere. When not working, she is often credited as an executive producer on her husband’s short films that have screened at Cannes and other film festivals around the world. Together, they raise two sons in Pasadena, California.
Courtney Lorenz leads the Sustainability department at XL Construction. With 14 years of construction experience, she knows how to work “behind enemy lines” as an environmental professional to influence the outcomes of high performing projects. Courtney aims to balance environmental, social, and economic variables on all projects and at XL. This goes beyond green building into supporting diversity of thought, increasing the impact of XL’s community investment, and increasing internal engagement in sustainability.
Courtney holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Environmental Management and Spanish from Indiana University, as well as a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
Aside from work, Courtney has a passion for National Parks and the protection of wild places. With 44 parks and 44 countries under her belt, she is eagerly looking to see the rest! She is also a proud and avowed cat lady.
Holly recently took on the new challenge of starting a consulting company, Consults On Construction. Holly works with her industry clients to plan the work to achieve the best outcomes and to resolve all emerging issues. A 32-year construction industry veteran, Holly provides construction experience to her leadership role within the industry. She has led onsite construction activities for projects throughout California, focused on at-risk and design-build construction. Holly’s ability to orchestrate multi-dimensional projects is echoed in her involvement in WiOPS (Women in Construction Operations). Launched in 2013, the professional organization was founded by Holly and 7 other women to provide support and mentorship to women in construction. Holly serves as the organization’s governing board president.
A Registered professional engineer (civil) in California and Hawaii, Holly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of Southern California.
Shadi Fallah is a Senior Project Manager at Disneyland Resort. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University at Fullerton in 2008. She went on to use her engineering degree at Disneyland for over five years as a Design, Field and Mechanical Engineer.
Shadi soon broadened her skill set by earning a Project Management Certification from University of California, Irvine. She then moved quickly to become a Senior Project Manager who executed several rehab projects through many challenges, bringing diverse groups of teams together to accomplish a common goal across all phases of development. She utilized her engineering background in her current role by synthesizing ideas across organizations and driving project teams to solutions that balance competing priorities. She brings the best of both worlds to her work and continues to bridge the gaps in all her current endeavors.
Julie Rothenberger joins the speakers of Women in Construction with over 20 years of experience providing talent, recruiting teams, growing organizations and building staffing strategies to help companies grow the right way. With a heavy background in Human Resources, Recruiting, & Talent Management, she has expertise hiring at all-levels, all skill-sets. Her passion is organized, planned growth with a high attention to detail and quality selection of the individuals to make up any company. Julie's areas of expertise are: Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Management Operations, Contingent Workforce Guidance, Retention, Employee Law (CA), Workforce Planning, Performance Management, Social Media and Recruitment Marketing, Building Compensation, also Legal & Regulatory Compliance.
Julie currently works for AES, where she joined to build out the Quality Resource Solution division of the company. QRS provides talented resources to companies nationwide & internationally. Through Julie’s leadership, the QRS division executes effective recruiting strategies while delivering top-quality talent at all levels. She teaches companies to understand organizational structure, company culture, plan staffing, successiimage003.pngon plan, build effective teams, fast yet conservatively, remain competitive, improve candidate quality/experience, and increase retention. Prior to AES, she served as SVP over the Recruiting & Staffing Division for a nationwide Engineering & Construction company, Congruex. Recruiting, building teams & growing organizations is her happy place.
Alexis Readinger founded the international award-winning hospitality design firm Preen, Inc., in 2005.
Preen creates magic, deepened spaces, vital for business and being. This includes some of LA’s most interesting restaurants including Howlin’ Ray’s, the lobby at Row DTLA, The Heroic, which just won Best Café design for 2019 by the American Institute of Architects and Tesse which was voted LA’s Most Beautiful Restaurant of 2018 by Eater blog readers. Preen’s projects range from remote adventure lodge to sacred space to chef restaurant and they extend from Los Angeles to Texas, Mexico, Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. A Texan native, Alexis holds a Masters in Architecture from UCLA and a Bachelors from Vanderbilt University. She is a LEED certified Green Building Advisor and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Alexis serves on the board of the Chinatown Business Improvement District (BID), the Chung King Road Association, and the Travel Experience and Trends Council at the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She stands for just and joyful business everywhere.
Allison McCue is project director at Webcor Drywall, a position she assumed recently after a short break to have her first baby. This is Allison's second rotation at Webcor, experiences she finds invaluable; she began in Webcor Concrete, then transitioned to the company's core-and-shell operation. Her construction career began with three internships at Webcor while in school at Purdue University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Construction Engineering and Management from the School of Civil Engineering.
After joining the company full-time 13 years ago, she began by managing material and scopes. Today she manages people and risk. Her most recent project, as a project director Webcor's core-and-shell operations, was Menlo Gateway Phase II, a LEED Gold project comprising four structures with seven and eight levels above ground, including two commercial office buildings to be occupied by Facebook.
Allison is a graduate of the Leadership San Francisco program through the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, through which she was able to make lasting connections with like-minded individuals who care about the problems and issues facing San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. Allison says she's at her best when she's had a least two cups of coffee and her mantra is, "Take a deep breath."
Ileana Holguin is a Project Director with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Minor from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. During her 21 years in the industry, Ileana has worked on a variety of successful projects in Southern California. She has moved up from project engineer to her current position by working hard, staying true to herself, and being honest and forthcoming with all project stakeholders. This approach has enabled her to help deliver successful projects while strengthening relationships with partners both in the field and office. In her current role, she leads design and construction teams to deliver results for clients across McCarthy’s Southern California Region.
Ileana is an active member of McCarthy Partnership for Women, participating on the national committee and as a Southern California regional champion. McCarthy Partnership for Women is an employee driven/executive sponsored group that focuses on personal and professional development, outreach, networking and recruiting. She is also an active member of the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS), as well as a leader in the Orange County March of Dimes fundraising efforts.
Susan Rozakis, Google Director, San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate and Construction leads the Design and Construction of Google work spaces in Silicon Valley. Susan's Bay Area Real Estate Project Executive team is responsible for the design and delivery of innovative and forward-looking work spaces from San Bruno to San Jose that embody Google's incredibly unique culture
Prior to joining Google, Susan spent 17 years at Stanford University leading projects including the GSB Highland Hall, Stanford Law School's Neukom Building & the McMurtry Art & Art History Building. Before Stanford, she was vice president/manager of an engineering & construction industry consultant specializing in construction management. Susan started her career as a cost estimator for a San Francisco Bay Area general contractor and as a cost/schedule engineer at Bechtel.
Susan earned a bachelor's degree in Construction from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's School of Architecture and a masters degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering & Management from Stanford University.
Ankita Sharma is Assistant Project Manager at AECOM, San Francisco. Her background is in Architecture Engineering and Construction Management. Ankita holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
She started her career as a Cost Manager and worked on projects worldwide, including government institutions, hospital, hotel, stadium, commercial facilities, industrial facilities and airport. Currently she is involved in a high-end, mixed use, high rise building construction in downtown San Francisco.
Ankita is a mentor at ACE San Francisco program and is involved in several industry organizations. She currently serves on the Dublin city Human Services Commission as a Commissioner. Her objective is to go “one step beyond” and make practical contribution to the progress of construction industry.
Jenn Hyman, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP is the Director of Engineering and Vice President at EKI Environment & Water, Inc. Jenn leads the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater infrastructure and environmental restoration projects for SF Bay area clients. She is often the only female engineer in the room, and she is passionate about helping other technical women succeed. She received her BS and MS in Civil Engineering from MIT. Throughout her 27-year career she has been committed to helping her clients solve complex problems, while protecting natural habitats and acknowledging the variability of climate change.
Amy is a Director in Logistics at Hilti North America. Her responsibilities include Imports, Exports, Customs Compliance, Hazardous Goods Transport and all other Transportation related disciplines throughout the US and Canada. She has been with Hilti for 6 years holding various management roles in Logistics and Sales. Previous roles include Senior Logistics Engineer and Information Technology Analyst.
Amy holds a Bachelor degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s of Science in Information Technology Management.
With a passion for solving challenges and developing people, Tom Price leads Jacobs’ Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities (BIAF) Global Solutions & Technology (S&T) team and makes time to participate on committees that matter.
As the global lead for S&T, he is involved in elements of talent management, strategy & growth, global connectivity, innovation and project delivery excellence. Tom has worked on many significant infrastructure projects in his career while also serving as Group Leader, Project Delivery Leader, Geographic Manager, Regional Director, Client Account Manager and Global Technology Leader since 1991 when he joined the company as a Corrosion Control Technologist in Sacramento, California.
Tom enjoys serving on committees and especially proud to be a Male Champion for the Jacobs Women’s Network and spoke at the Jacobs Women’s Network – 2019 Global Summit. He serves as the Executive Sponsor for ENLACE, our Latino employee network, and was one of the original advisors for CH2M’s (now Jacobs) Junior- and Mid-Level Professionals (JuMP) Network and has been a tireless supporter of the group, understanding the importance of developing the leaders of tomorrow.
Sharon Coleman has been president of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) in Southern California for the past three (3) years. She's also a licensed and union General Contractor; Founder and CEO of Coleman Construction; plus, the General Manager of Coleman Equipment Rentals.
For the past twenty-five (25) years, Coleman Construction has specialized in performing work in multiple trades - namely Rough Carpentry; Drywall; Painting; Acoustical Ceilings; Flooring; and Demolition in eight (8) states. With over two decades of experiences in Leadership; Business Development; Estimating; Project Management; Equipment Rentals; combined with craftwork as a Laborer, Ms. Coleman's background covers many aspects of construction. Coleman Construction and Coleman Equipment Rentals possess multiple certifications.
The National Association of Minority Contractors is a 50-year old national nonprofit trades organization that champions access and engagement opportunities for minority contractors in commercial construction. Upon joining NAMC in 1995, Ms. Coleman has been relentless in elevating minority contractors. She continues to build as well as maximize strategic partnerships to benefit minority contractors in Southern California.
As a top executive, Jenny is the head of Technology for Sellen Construction, the largest commercial builder in Seattle. She leads the enterprise technology roadmap and strategy execution encompassing everything from construction lifecycle technologies, end user training, and emerging technology to network infrastructure, operations, and cyber security.
As a business-focused technology leader with infectious energy and enthusiasm Jenny thrives on applying innovation that allows for flexibility and adaptability while driving results. With more than 20 years as a technology leader, she applies a creative mindset to deliver better experiences for people across a variety of industries. Jenny has been at the forefront of encouraging new industry collaborations with a variety of industry partners.
Leveraging 13 years in the architecture and construction industries, Alli leads strategic marketing and innovation management as a part of Autodesk’s Construction Solutions team. Prior to this role, she supported the national Innovation group of Skanska USA's construction division helping to investigate and integrate game-changing tech like virtual design and construction technologies, wearables, IoT/sensors, and drones onto the jobsite. As a “technology translator,” she oversaw Skanska’s national innovation community; responsible for managing internal knowledge sharing, external communications, sales enablement, and business strategy for new products and services. Alli cultivated her career working in disruptive technology as a go-to-market specialist for renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, where she supported numerous initiatives like an AI-based cybernetic artist, the first hand-held reader for the blind, and a longevity company. She also spent six years in architecture, where she shaped niche services for energy-efficient data center design during the advent of cloud computing.
Sara is Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Compliance Officer for Suffolk. She is responsible for advising the company nationally on all employment law and corporate legal matters and ensuring the firm’s compliance with legal, regulatory and ethical obligations. Sara also oversees the Trade Partner Diversity team at Suffolk and is co-chair of Suffolk’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. Prior to joining Suffolk, Sara practiced law in Boston in the areas of construction law, employment law and litigation. She is a proud graduate of the University of Vermont and Suffolk University Law School.
Parand Maleki is a Project Manager with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in charge of managing over $100M in Capital Projects. She is an experienced professional with over 10 years in the Design and Construction industry and has been involved in different types of project delivery approaches including Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build and Public Private Partnership (P3). She understands the complexity of choosing the correct delivery method for each project and knows that the success of the project starts early in the planning process as decisions are made about the best approach to delivering the project.
She is a UCLA graduate where she received her BS and MS in Civil Engineering. After graduating at the top of her class at UCLA and being the only woman in that class, she decided to dedicate much of her personal time over the past several years to promote S.T.E.M. programs to young woman and school age girls throughout the bay area. Through her position as Co-Chair for the Engineering Advisory Board for the San Francisco Unified School District and her volunteer work at the Exploratorium, she continues to inspire young woman to expand their horizons. She lives by this mantra “To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breather easier because you lived here; this is to have succeeded”.
Omneya is the Co-Founder and President of C2 Group, a technology-driven program management and engineering firm based in San Diego. With her vision and leadership, C2 has provided scalable resource-saving solutions for municipal, utility, tribal and private clients, including drone-based inspections and mapping products, artificial intelligence for wildfire risk assessment, and augmented reality apps to visualize underground assets. An architect by background, she jumped to civil engineering early in her career and made her mark managing complex infrastructure projects before starting her company.
Molly is a Vice President at C2 Group, responsible for leading clean transportation programs and the engineering team. Her career started as a civil engineer in an electric and gas utility, and she found herself frequently acting as a communication bridge between theoretical electrical planning and building and energizing a project. She found her passion in project and program management, and with her innate drive to improve efficiencies and lower costs, she’s a champion of using technology to drive smarter project solutions.
Laura is the Lead Consultant and Trainer for the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining PlanGrid, she spent four years as an engineer in the heavy civil construction sector, working on large-scale projects like the Bay Area Rapid Transit extension in the South Bay and Transbay Terminal in Downtown San Francisco. She also spent one year working as a consultant for Deloitte. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from UCLA, as well as a minor in Theater. When she’s not in front of customers helping implement PlanGrid, she enjoys traveling, music and working out so that she can enjoy all the food San Francisco has to offer.
Erica Gasbarro is a Consulting Services Manager on the ProServices Team at PlanGrid. As a former Document Controller and Project Engineer at a mid-size CM in South Florida, she now trains AEC companies worldwide and creates custom workflows for teams to help them work smarter, faster, and more efficiently in both the office and the field.
Wanting to follow in her father’s footsteps and work in the design and construction industry, Kaitlin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and graduated with her Masters in Construction Management in 2012. The combination of both degrees opens Kaitlin’s perspective to view the important aspects from both a design and constructability standpoint. Currently working as a Superintendent at Dome Construction, Kaitlin is specializing in high-end tenant improvement projects in downtown San Francisco, while consistently working to improve collaboration and technology in the field.
Tatu manages all aspects of the implementation and development of buildher, supporting functions to facilitate the implementation of the organization’s strategy. She has over 10 years’ experience in the built environment sector and has focused her career on exploring the intersection of culture and the built environment both locally and internationally in a variety of socio-economic and cultural contexts; linking her architectural background to human-centered participatory design, community engagement and investment to facilitate physical, social and economic development. Prior to Co-Founding BUILDHER, Tatu held the role of Kenyan Country Director at Kounkuey Design Initiative, an award winning Design and Community Development Non-Profit.
Julie has over 25 years of Human Resources senior management leadership experience in both the private and public sector, union and non-union environments. Experience in multiple HR disciplines including organizational development, employee recruitment and retention, staff training and development, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, payroll management, safety programs and OSHA, HR records management, HR policy development and legal compliance.
She currently serves as Rosendin’s Director of Human Resources. Rosendin is the largest private electrical contractor in the nation with over 7,400 employees with regional offices in 9 states.
As an inclusion leader at Louis Berger, A WSP Company and Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Hioki Creations, Inc., Nye Jones leads the charge on both company’s mission to foster an inclusive, collaborative and forward-thinking workspace by focusing on operational excellence, people, and expertise. Nye holds a Diversity and Inclusion certificate from Cornell University. She is a member of the National Diversity Council and sits on the Tri-State Diversity Council’s advisory board and on WSP D& I Council. She has worked for several fortune 100 companies where she’s heavily focused on developing an inclusive society for all backgrounds, lifestyles and preferences.
Nye is helping to empower all executives to succeed and contribute to developing solutions for a better world by building an open, inclusive and equitable culture where each person is respected, supported and valued.
Nye enjoys conducting deep dive assessments to help develop strategies that allow organizations to create an inclusive work culture. In September of 2017, Nye launched a dynamic creative silent skit for her clients that demonstrated exclusion, inclusion, engagement and lastly innovation, which challenged employees globally. She helped create unconscious bias training for her organization called, “Cultivating a Sense of Belonging”.
Nye is known by her powerful message which states “We need to dig a little deeper to debunk some of the stereotypes in our society to focus on better work relations and social ties.”
Deanne is Director, PMO - Strategy for Suffolk. She is responsible for developing and executing plans to ensure the company scales for growth, builds efficient business systems and can achieve its overall strategic plan. Deanne is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Council and sits on the Executive Steering Committee. Prior to joining Suffolk, Deanne was in Strategy at Ahold, most recently as Process Improvement Lead. She is a graduate of Tufts University, School of Engineering and holds an MBA from Anna Maria College.
Michelle Ballard has 38 years of construction experience with the past 18 years spent developing, administering, and monitoring diversity programs. She joined Turner in 1988 as a project accountant in the Los Angeles office where one her duties was to report dollars spent with minority, women and disadvantaged businesses. In 1999, Michelle left Turner and joined Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) where, for a short time, she served as construction project analyst. She was promoted to be AEG’s first Director of Supplier Diversity and remained in that capacity until 2007. In February 2008, Michelle rejoined Turner as Director of Community Affairs where she assists in administering Turner’s aggressive program which includes labor compliance, outreach, MBE/WBE/DBE spend monitoring to ensure Turner’s corporate goal is met in the Southern California business unit.
In 2016, Michelle was promoted to Vice President of Community and Citizenship, and serves on two internal national steering committees as Turner focuses on a more holistic approach to corporate citizenship including workforce development, veteran and LGBT outreach, as well as self-awareness through unconscious bias training.
Laura Bush has over 20 years of experience in the construction management industry. Her journey from the field, as a construction superintendent almost 20 years ago to her current position as Senior Vice President and Operational Delivery Director for Lendlease, represents a career growth success story for women in the construction industry.
Laura began her career at Lendlease working as a construction superintendent in the field at the Chiswick Park office development in London. In January 2001, she transferred to New York City to work on the AOL Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. Laura has since worked on luxury residential projects such as Fifteen Central Park West and 150 Amsterdam (Aire) and on the pre-construction of 250 West 55th Street, a midtown office development.
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