Leadership Conference for Women in Engineering & Construction

Leadership Conference for Women in Engineering & Construction

March 22-23, 2023 | Overland Park, KS

“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. Only 16% of firms employ women in C-suite positions. The goal of this event is to help female professionals advance their careers in these traditionally male-dominated industries.

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 leave this event with practical strategies to propel your career forward.

Register now for this prime 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, and key leadership qualities
  • Explain how to build a pipeline for women leaders
  • Gain skills for communicating effectively
  • Address how to cultivate an executive presence
  • Describe effective strategies for setting boundaries
  • Explore the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Review high-level executives’ journeys to the top
  • Define how to get your ideas heard
  • Explain how to set intentional behaviors to move your career forward
  • Define needed leadership skills for the future engineering & construction landscape

    Agenda

    Wednesday, March 22, 2023 : Central Time

    1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
    Registration

    1:15 – 5:00 p.m.
    Conference Timing

     

    1:15 – 1:45 p.m. :: Opening & Welcome Message

    Deepa Poduval, Global Advisory Leader, Senior Vice President, Black & Veatch

    1:45 – 2:45 p.m. :: Purpose-driven Leadership: Lifting Others Up

    In this session, female leaders will share steps to foster support, development, and promotion of women into executive roles. Panelists will discuss best practices for employee retention and strategies for building a pipeline of female leadership candidates from entry-level to the C-suite.

    Rowena Amelung, Director of Business Development, McCarthy Building Companies

    Ann-Marie Jennette, Project Executive, Suffolk Construction

    Gwenyth Searer, Principal, WJE

    2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

    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 session, we will discuss ways of developing these qualities, including:

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

    Clare Archer, Vice President, Gilbane

    Anna Gradishar, Washington DC Office Leader, Arup

    Maureen Kastl, PE, Client Relations, Civil Design Inc

    4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: How to Be Heard

    We’ve all been there: you speak up in a meeting and your idea is ignored – or someone else restates it and gets all the credit. In this session panelists will share key learning moments when they were not heard and how they used that experience to communicate more effectively going forward.

    Michelle Gangel, Market Team Lead, CRB

    Galina Leiphart, VP, RS&H

    5:00 p.m. :: Day One Adjourns

     

    Thursday, March 23, 2023 : Central Time

    8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Conference Timing

     

    9:00 – 9:45 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

    Jenn Miller, DE&I Partner, Henderson Engineers

    9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Candid Conversations: Attaining Leadership Positions

    In this session, you will hear a senior-level executive share her inspiring personal storiy of how she 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

    Pamela Monastra, VP, Acquisition & Development, Clark Construction

    10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Boundaries: The Power of No

    Learn to recognize your resistance to saying “no.” Get examples of strategies you can begin to implement immediately to get better results in your life. This panel will share tips and tricks for re-training your mind to only accept tasks that move you forward.

    Robin Broder Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer, Henderson Engineers

    Jessica Ostoyich, Market Director, Mortenson

    Megan Carter Poole, Director of Marketing, Ferreira

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

    1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Global Engineering & Construction Trends

    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 the engineering & construction sectors will look like.

    1:45 – 2:15 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 you’ll hear about Abbott Laboratories robust STEM internship program. The company has created a proven pipeline that leads from high school internships to STEM jobs for students from diverse backgrounds.

    Lynn Schroetter, Manager, Abbott High School STEM Program

    2:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Networking Break

    2:45 – 3:45 p.m. :: Intentional Behaviors to Move Your Career Forward

    If you are intentional with certain behaviors your career will naturally progress without feeling like you’re fighting every step of the way. At this session, panelists will share established behaviors that will get you to where you want to go. This session will take you through relatable, real-life examples and our panel speakers will highlight their lessons learned and strategies.

    Karen Hogan, VP & General Manager, Turner Construction Company

    Catherine Southers, Division VP, Business Development, Whiting-Turner

    3:45 – 4:45 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
    • New competencies, new context

    KK Clark, Project Executive, Clark Construction

    Meggan Krase, CFO, Garney Construction

    4:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Open Q&A

    5:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

    Speakers

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

    • Clare Archer, Vice President, Gilbane

    • KK Clark, Project Executive, Clark Construction

    • Megan Carter Poole, Director of Marketing, Ferreira

    • Michelle Gangel, Market Team Lead, CRB

    • Robin Broder Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer, Henderson Engineers

    • Anna Gradishar, Washington DC Office Leader, Arup

    • Karen Hogan, VP & General Manager, Turner Construction Company

    • Ann-Marie Jennette, Project Executive, Suffolk Construction

    • Maureen Kastl, PE, Client Relations, Civil Design Inc.

    • Meggan Krase, CFO, Garney Construction

    • Galina Leiphart, VP, RS&H

    • Jenn Miller, DE&I Partner, Henderson Engineers

    • Pamela Monastra, VP, Acquisition & Development, Clark Construction

    • Jessica Ostoyich, Market Director, Mortenson

    • Deepa Poduval, Global Advisory Leader & VP, Black & Veatch

    • Lynn Schroetter, Manager, Abbott High School STEM Program

    • Gwenyth Searer, Principal, WJE

    • Catherine Southers, Division VP, Business Development, Whiting-Turner

    Location

    Black & Veatch Headquarters

    11401 Lamar Ave

    Overland Park, KS 64114

     

    Nearby Hotels

    SpringHill Suites by Marriott Overland Park Leawood
    4081 Indian Creek Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66207
    (913) 340-7270
    4.3 miles/10 min.

    The Inn at Meadowbrook
    4901 Meadowbrook Pkwy, Prairie Village, KS 66207
    (913) 329-9000
    3.1 miles/10 min.

    Hyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Convention Center
    5001 W 110th St, Overland Park, KS 66211
    (913) 491-9002
    5.2 miles/11 min.

    Holiday Inn & Suites Overland Park-Conv Ctr, an IHG Hotel
    10920 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66211
    (913) 312-0900
    5.5 miles/13 min.

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    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

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    Leadership Conference for Women in Engineering & Construction

    March 22-23, 2023 | Overland Park, KS
    Individual attendee(s) - $ 1395.00 each(early bird rate)
    (price after March 03, 2023 is $ 1,595.00)

    Buy 4 in-person seats and only pay for 3! For this event every fourth in-person attendee is free!

    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 17, 2023 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

    CEUs

    Credits

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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.

     


    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: Basic
    Delivery Method: Group Live
    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. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

     

    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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