Leadership Conference for Women in Engineering & Construction

Leadership Conference for Women in Engineering & Construction

March 5-6, 2024 | Phoenix, AZ and Online

“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

The rise of women leaders in construction and engineering is a remarkable transition in an industry that has long been dominated by men. As more women enter these fields, they bring diverse perspectives, innovative ideas, and fresh approaches, leading to improved project outcomes. But, in a recent poll by Levelset, only 1% of women in construction reported having female company leadership. The goal of this event is to help female professionals advance in the traditionally male-dominated fields of engineering and construction.

Immerse yourself in the collective wisdom of these trailblazing leaders as they share their industry knowledge and proven strategies for positive organizational change and personal growth. Register now to learn from and collaborate with the top women influencers in engineering and construction.  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 strategies to elevate women in leadership
  • Explain how to enhance your career growth with networking
  • Address how to embrace your potential & create executive presence
  • Describe effective strategies for conquering self-doubt
  • Assess lingering issues: transparency in pay, employee retention, and work-life integration
  • Explore the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Review high-level executives’ journeys to the top
  • Define the roles we play (at all levels) in advancing women in the industry
  • Define strategies to attract women to the engineering & construction sector
  • Explain how to set intentional behaviors to move your career forward

        Agenda

        Tuesday, March 5, 2024 : Mountain Time

        12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
        Registration / Online Login

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

         

        1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Opening & Welcome Message

        Antonya Williams, Executive Vice President, Operations, McCarthy

        1:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Discovering the Path to Elevate Women in Leadership

        An insightful panel discussion on fostering women’s advancement into executive roles, employee retention, and cultivating a pipeline of female leaders from entry-level to the C-suite.

        Clare Archer, VP, Gilbane

        Cassie Polman, Director Corporate Development and M&A, Ulteig

        Dara Himes, People Services Director, Arcadis

        3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

        3:30 – 4:45 p.m. :: Unlocking Possibilities through Networking

        Discover the power of mentoring and sponsorship in advancing careers, including feedback, coaching, support, and resilience.

        Galina Leiphart, SVP, RS&H

        Stephanie Mitrovic, VP, Science & Technology Studio Leader, Smith Group

        4:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Review/Open Discussion

        5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception

        Wednesday, March 6, 2024 : Central Time

        8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
        Continental Breakfast / Online Login

        12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
        Lunch Break

        9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
        Conference Day 2 Timing

         

        9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Welcome Message

        Mike Gonzalez, VP, McCarthy

        9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Embrace Your Potential and Conquer Self-Doubt

        Gain insights on moving past fears, building confidence, and pursuing your aspirations in the male-dominated energy sector.

        Michelle Gangel, Senior Architect and Laboratory Planner, CRB

        Diane Cowin, SVP, Director Global Transit – Growth Markets/ESG, AECOM

        10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Our Role in Advancing Women

        In this session we will discuss the role we all play (at all levels) in advancing women in the industry… for self, company & industry.

        Senior Representative, Mortenson

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

        11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Reality Check: How Far We’ve Come and Lingering Issues

        This panel of accomplished leaders will assess the progress made and dig into prevalent issues that need to be addressed.

        • Transparency in Pay
        • Retention of Female Workers
        • Work-Life Integration

        Kristen Braden, Managing Director SVP, Anser Advisory

        Vicki LaRose, President, Civil Design, Inc

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

        1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Demonstrating the Economic Value of Diversity

        Exploring the impact of diversity on innovation, creativity, and the company lifecycle. Strategies for advocating for the economic value of your contributions.

        Kimle Nailer, President, Nail-Rite Construction Company; President, National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC)

        2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: An Executive’s Journey to Leadership

        A senior-level executive shares her inspirational journey to leadership, focusing on leveraging opportunities, self-perception, leadership development, and adapting to a changing environment.

        Cara Lanigan, Clark Construction

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

        3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Recruiting the Next Generation: Strategies to Attract Women to Engineering and Construction

        Insights into planning, executive buy-in, marketing, mentorships, company culture, and community programs.

        Jan Karl, VP, Project Development, Morley Builders

        Kimle Nailer, President, Nail-Rite Construction Company; President, National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC)

        4:00 – 5:00 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. Panelists will take you through relatable, real-life examples and highlight their lessons learned.

        Rowena Amelung, Director, Start-up & Commissioning, McCarthy

        Jenn Miller, DE&I Partner, Henderson Engineers

        Jenn Abbott, SVP, Commercial Risk Solutions, Aon

        Workshop

        Defeating Your Inner Bully

        Tuesday, March 5, 2024 : Mountain Time

        8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
        Registration, Continental Breakfast / Online Log In

        8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
        Workshop Timing

         

        We’ve all done it. We’ve all been there. “You idiot!” “Why weren’t you paying attention!” “What were you thinking!” “That was stupid, stupid, stupid!” We’ve yelled at ourselves and beat ourselves down. And when we’re struggling, this voice gets increasingly loud, even starting to drown out all those positive mantras, affirmations, and any successes we experience. Why? Because most of us have a lot of negative external (and internal) input to overcome! The inner bully is a not-so-friendly voice or feeling within us constantly reminding us of our mistakes or failures from the past. Or what we don’t like about ourselves. Many up-and-coming female leaders must overcome these negative thoughts, sometimes referred to as “imposter syndrome”, as they advance into senior roles. In this workshop you’ll gain skills to:

        • Stand up to your inner bully by catching it and looking it straight in the eye
        • Acknowledge where the bully comes from, and instead of battling it, just hear it
        • Stop letting your inner bully run what you do or don’t do

        Attend this workshop to learn what your bully is saying and gain the skills to turn down its voice and regain the power in your life!

        Learning Outcomes

        • Define Imposter Syndrome & the language of your inner bully
        • Gain insight into origins of negative thoughts
        • Develop strategies to overcome negative thoughts 
        • Explore best practices for gaining core confidence
        • Identify methods to take back your power and find your inner warrior

        Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

        Participants must sign in/out and be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

        Instructional Methods 

        PowerPoint, group discussion, and interactive Q&A will be used in this workshop. 

        Workshop Instructor

        Theresa Byrne, CPF, CPQC

        Theresa Byrne is a global TED.com speaker (over 300k views on her talk, “The Dangers of Your Inner Bully”) and an award-winning author and trainer. Theresa is a nationally recognized expert in self-empowerment and a Master Instructor in martial arts, and personal self-defense, and uses her experience to teach others (she’s worked directly with over 40,000 clients) how to activate their inner power using concepts like how adrenaline affects our bodies and mindset, and why boundaries are the secret to staying sane.

        Theresa also healed a devastating TBI from a car accident! Many speak about neuroscience, but how many people have HAD to use it to rebuild their brains and their lives? She has. She had to – there was no other choice other than to stay “neurologically disabled”. A natural-born protector, she’s a self-defense expert and the first woman to earn the rank of Master Instructor in her system of martial arts. She helps people get unstuck, find balance, and use positive boundaries.

        Speakers

        Rowena Amelung, Director, Start-up & Commissioning, McCarthy

        Clare Archer, VP, Gilbane

        Kristen Braden, Managing Director SVP, Anser Advisory

        Diane Cowin, SVP, Director Global Transit – Growth Markets/ESG, AECOM

        Michelle Gangel, Senior Architect and Laboratory Planner, CRB

        Mike Gonzalez, VP, McCarthy

        Dara Himes, People Services Director, Arcadis

        Jan Karl, VP, Project Development, Morley Builders

        Cara Lanigan, Clark Construction

        Vicki LaRose, President, Civil Design, Inc.

        Jenn Miller, DE&I Partner, Henderson Engineers

        Stephanie Mitrovic, VP, Science & Technology Studio Leader, Smith Group

        Kimle Nailer, President, Nail-Rite Construction Company; President, National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC)

        Kris Newman, Chief Financial Officer, McCarthy

        Cassie Polman, Director Corporate Development and M&A, Ulteig

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

        Location

        McCarthy Construction Companies, Inc
        Innovation & Craft Workforce Center
        411 N. Roosevelt Ave., Chandler, AZ

        Nearby Hotels

        Hilton Phoenix Chandler
        2929 W Frye Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224
        (480) 899-7400
        5.2 miles from venue

        Cambria Hotel Phoenix Chandler – Fashion Center
        3165 W Frye Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226
        (520) 448-3434
        4.7 miles from venue

        Courtyard Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
        1100 S Price Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286
        (480) 855-8600
        5 miles from venue

        Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center
        1205 S Price Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286
        (480) 899-8100
        5.5 miles from venue

        Register

        Seating is limited. Please register soon.

        Group discount rates are available! 

        • Every 4th attendee is free, a 25% discount
        • Larger discounts are available for groups of 10 or more – call us at 1.303.770.8800 for more information

        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

        REGISTER NOW FOR THIS EVENT:

        Leadership Conference for Women in Engineering & Construction

        March 5-6, 2024 | Phoenix, AZ
        Individual attendee(s) - $ 1695.00 each
        - OR - I choose to attend remotely
        Individual remote connections(s) - $ 1495.00 each

        Volume pricing available for remote connections

        Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

        Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,980.00 (20% discount)
        Pack of 10 attendees - $ 10,465.00 (30% discount)
        Pack of 20 attendees - $ 17,940.00 (40% discount)

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


        RELATED WORKSHOPS:

        Defeating Your Inner Bully

        March 5
        Individual attendee(s) - $ 695.00 each
        - OR - I choose to attend remotely
        Individual remote connections(s) - $ 695.00 each

        Volume pricing available for remote connections

        Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

        Pack of 5 attendees - $ 2380.00
        Pack of 10 attendees - $ 4165.00
        Pack of 20 attendees - $ 7140.00

        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 02, 2024 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 conference and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

        Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

        Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

        Instructional Methods

        Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, panel sessions and group discussion will be used in this event.


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

        Conference CPE Credits: 11.0
        Workshop CPE Credits: 4.0 
        There is no prerequisite for this Conference.
        Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
        Program Level: Basic
        Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
        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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