Leadership Conference for Women in Engineering & Construction

Leadership Conference for Women in Engineering & Construction

March 22-23, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“The conference was empowering. This industry leads us to isolation, but this conference showed that women belong and encouraged us to be leaders of diversity and inclusion.” Forensic Specialist, SBSA

“Very inspirational and offered great advice and strategies for navigating office challenges and for career development.” Senior Project Manager, National Grid

“An inclusive conference focusing on improving the workplace with safe and interesting discussions.” Senior Civil Engineer, Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District

“It was wonderful to hear from other women who have had similar experiences but are further along in their careers and are offering wisdom for my journey.” Design Engineer II, JVA, Incorporated

“I am very excited to go back and talk to my company about introducing a STEM program focused on girls in the local schools.” Utility Engineer, Westfield Gas & Electric

“Fantastic Conference! It was very Insightful, Empowering, and Educational!” Project Engineer, Wight & Company

“Amazing conference, a must for women at ALL levels in their career path.” Engineering Support Manager, Salt River Project

“This event creates a critical space for sharing experiences and learning from dynamic women in our industry – truly impactful.” West Region Business Development, Forgen

“Great discussions with women in high places.” Senior Civil Engineer, Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District

“The Women in Engineering & Construction Conference is more than a gathering of women talking about the industry. It is an opportunity for women to recalibrate, network and discuss solutions that can help the entire industry and make it better for everyone.” Chief Rail Transit Safety Oversight Manager, Illinois Department of Transportation

“I enjoyed listening to other women share stories that I could relate to. It is comforting to know I am not alone. Inspirational to know we can all work together toward a better future.” Forensic Specialist, SBSA

According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2021, women made up 27% of the engineering and architecture industries, and just 10.9% of the construction industry. This underrepresentation extends to leadership as well, with only 16% of firms employing women in C-suite positions. The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by providing insight into key trends and skills for personal and professional development.

Join the nation’s most successful women leaders in engineering and construction as they share their industry knowledge and strategies for positive organizational change and personal growth. You’ll participate in knowledge sharing and collaboration while building relationships and enhancing your professional network. 

You’ll leave this event with practical strategies, insights and guidance on how to propel your career forward.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the top women in engineering and construction.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how to succeed as a leader, including: leadership techniques, developing leadership styles, leading vs. managing, and key leadership qualities
  • Explain how the infrastructure bill will impact the engineering and construction sector
  • Gain tips for work-life balance in the changing workplace
  • Describe effective strategies for leadership in a difficult environment
  • Explore the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Review high-level executives’ journeys to the top
  • Define how to use your specific talents and abilities to succeed
  • Explain Emotional Intelligence and how to leverage EQ skills
  • Address how to cultivate an executive presence


    Tuesday, March 22, 2022 : Central Time

    1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
    Log In

    1:15 – 4:45 p.m.
    Conference Timing


    1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Opening Keynote: How the Infrastructure Bill Impacts E&C

    Lisa Fewins, Managing Director, Black & Veatch

    2:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Reality Check: How Far We’ve Come & Current Challenges

    • Uncovering current challenges with pay and negotiating tactics
    • Current best hiring practices, and what top companies’ diversity initiatives
    • Work-life integration and developing time and project management skills
    • Challenges in diversity beyond women: inclusion for LGBT and minorities and the effect this has on the workplace

    Aleisha Jaeger, Director, Engineering, Gilbane

    Catriona Winter, VP, Clark Construction

    3:15 – 4:15 p.m. ::  Cultivating Executive Presence

    Leaders with strong executive presence inspire others to follow them. Executive presence is comprised of both the internal and external qualities that allow someone to take charge of a room. In this panel, we will discuss ways of developing these qualities, including:

    • Reading the room/importance of EQ
    • Leading with influence vs direction
    • Addressing imposter syndrome
    • Overcoming perfectionism
    • Defining your personal brand
    • Projecting competence and calm

    Kate Sargeant, Sr. Associate, National Practice Leader, Electrification, Sam Schwartz

    Kate Ivanova, VP, James McHugh Construction

    4:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Emotional Intelligence

    Women can be tempted to undervalue skills. If you possess the right kind of EQ skills, you will be able to tackle perceptual differences head-on. Women who exhibit emotional intelligence can engage in negotiations and establish trust. The mutual understanding will allow you to stay true to yourself while you succeed in your workplace, so it is less about gender and more about the level of grit and commitment you have for your future career.

    Dr. Beth Offenbacker, SVP, MDL Partners

    4:45 – 5:15 p.m. :: Virtual Networking Session


    Wednesday, March 23, 2022 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In and Welcome

    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Conference Timing


    9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: The Importance of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    • The business case for diversity
    • The effects diversity has on creativity and innovation
    • Enhancement of social equity and stakeholder engagement
    • How diverse teams can help with driving equity and human centric design qualities.

    Heather Polinsky, Global President, Arcadis

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Candid Conversations: Attaining Leadership Positions

    In this session, you will hear two senior-level executives share their inspiring personal stories of how they beat the odds to reach leadership positions. A few of the points to be discussed include:

    • Leveraging opportunity and relationships
    • How self-perception impacts our opportunities for success
    • How women can develop their leadership capabilities at each stage of their career
    • Strategies for navigating a changing environment

    Lois Vitt Sale, SVP, Wight & Company

    Pamela Monastra, SVP, Head of Communications, Skanska USA

    11:00 – 11:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

    11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Work-Life Balance in the Changing Workplace

    Over the past two years balance became even tougher with the demands of working at home, remote learning for children, and health challenges.  Research has shown that long working hours and an extreme work environment negatively impact the overall physical and psychological health of employees.  In this session, we’ll explore ways that companies can better support women in the workforce.

    Sarah Beckman, Program Director – Key Client, Ulteig

    Sheryl Van Anne, General Manager, Mortenson

    12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

    1:30 – 2:00 p.m. :: Global Engineering & Construction Trends

    The funding provided by the infrastructure bill will increase opportunities and bring meaningful benefits to the engineering and construction sector. More than ever, the engineering & construction industry needs to adapt to meet changing needs and demands.  In this session, we’ll look at current key areas and what the short-term and long-term future of engineering & construction will look like.

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: The STEM Gap

    Women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. In this session we’ll discuss ways to change policies to increase opportunities in STEM for girls and women.

    Evelyn Cortez-Davis, P.E., BCEE, Director of Water Engineering, LADWP

    3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

    3:15 -4:30 p.m. :: Leadership Skills for the Future Engineering & Construction Landscape

    • Looking beyond financial results at social and physical results as well
    • Shifting the focus from just profits to profits + purpose
    • Developing leadership potential
    • Leading vs. managing
    • New competencies, new context

    Hope Luhman, SVP, WSP

    Rowena Amelung, Director of Business Development, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc

    Jan Karl, Vice President, Project Development, Morley Builders

    4:30 – 4:45 p.m. :: Open Q&A

    4:45 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns


    The Keys to Unlock Your Network

    Tuesday, March 22, 2022 : Central Time


    During this time of uncertainty, effective leadership has never been more needed. Now more than ever, the value of a properly leveraged network is LIMITLESS. The development of specific strategies can make networking engaging, fun and effective…and eye-opening to possibilities bigger than imagined! Whether within a company, an industry or a community, an expansive network connects you to new resources, new opportunities, and promotions. Attendees of this workshop will walk away with tools and resources to further their success and professional growth while simultaneously creating an influential network to leverage change. Register now for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn, practice and immediately grow your network.

    Learning Objectives

    • Discover the 2 essential skills to transform new contacts into valuable relationships
    • Create a networking strategy to impact the depth of your network
    • Gain networking strategies bases on personality: introverts and extroverts
    • Implement strategies for new and meaningful connections
    • Discuss best practices for developing relationships with mentors and allies


    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Workshop Timing


    Understanding the How and Why of Networking

    Networking is not about connecting to as many people as possible. It is about engaging with the ones who can endorse your skills, show you opportunities, and direct you to others


    The 2 Essential Skills to Transform Contacts into Valuable Relationships 

    Learn how to leverage your relationships to create a competitive advantage


    How a Networking Strategy Impacts the Depth of your Network

    Learn step-by-step processes to create a strategy for leveraging your relationships.


    Skills for Introverts and Extroverts Alike 

    Discover effective ways to foster communication with people who aren’t like you and embrace different ways of thinking.


    Making New and Meaningful Connections  

    Discover techniques to create connections that result in inspiration and driving innovation.


    Workshop Leader

    Jamie Dandar McKinney, Founder – Jamie Empowers & Author – Speak Up, Sister!

    Jamie Dandar McKinney is a Keynote Speaker, Confidence Coach and acclaimed “Barista of Bravery,” serving up cups of confidence for women every morning! Throughout her career she has specialized in technical industries, all of which rendered her one of very few females. Upon being featured in an article in Scale It magazine as a ‘Strong Female in Male Dominated Industry,’ Jamie received requests for more information. Thus, was born her official mission to share her insider strategies on fostering confidence and properly navigating what could otherwise be perceived as intimidating or challenging situations…particularly for women in the business world. She empowers by sharing lessons learned first-hand in business environments and instills confidence by igniting action. Jamie embraces differences in personality styles and is highly effectively in working within them. She earned her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and an entrepreneurially focused MBA from the University of Colorado. Jamie resides in Lakewood, CO with her husband, Rob, and their dog, Penny. They enjoy hiking and she touts her HIGHEST accomplishment as seeing the sunrise on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro when she and her husband completed a charity climb.


    • Rowena Amelung, Director of Business Development, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc

    • Sarah Beckman, Program Director – Key Client, Ulteig

    • Evelyn Cortez-Davis, P.E., BCEE, Director of Water Engineering, LADWP

    • Lisa Fewins, Managing Director, Black & Veatch

    • Kate Ivanova, VP, James McHugh Construction

    • Aleisha Jaeger, Director, Engineering, Gilbane

    • Jan Karl, Vice President, Project Development, Morley Builders

    • Hope Luhman, SVP, WSP

    • Pamela Monastra, SVP, Head of Communications, Skanska USA

    • Dr. Beth Offenbacker, SVP, MDL Partners

    • Heather Polinsky, Global President, Arcadis

    • Kate Sargeant, Sr. Associate, National Practice Leader, Electrification, Sam Schwartz

    • Sheryl Van Anne, General Manager, Mortenson               

    • Lois Vitt Sale, SVP, Wight & Company

    • Catriona Winter, VP, Clark Construction

    Online Delivery

    We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
    • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
    • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
      • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
    • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
    • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


    Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

    Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

    If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

    Event Standard RateAttendees
    Single Seat - Leadership Conference for Women in Engineering & ConstructionUS $ 1295.00
    Pack of 5 SeatsUS $ 5,180.00
    Pack of 10 SeatsUS $ 9,065.00
    Pack of 20 SeatsUS $ 15,540.00
    Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts
    * all other discounts do not apply to seat packs

    This event has the following workshops:

    The Keys to Unlock Your NetworkUS $ 495.00
    Pack of 5 SeatsUS $ 1980.00
    Pack of 10 SeatsUS $ 3465.00
    Pack of 20 SeatsUS $ 5940.00

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    Cancellation Policy

    Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before February 18, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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    EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

    EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.


    Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

    Course CPE Credits: 11.0
    There is no prerequisite for this Conference.
    Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
    Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
    Delivery Method: Group-Live presented online due to COVID-19
    Advanced Preparation: None

    CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.



    Who Should Attend

    Female professionals within engineering and construction looking to develop the necessary skills for success in a male-dominated field.

    Women and men within engineering and construction firms in search of a solution-oriented discussion on how to implement change in the industry, including:

    • Construction executives
    • MEP engineers
    • Project managers
    • Civil engineers
    • Structural engineers
    • Building consultants
    • Architects
    • Government representatives

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