Women in Engineering & Construction

March 2-3, 2021


Tuesday, March 2, 2021 : Central Time

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Log In and Welcome

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

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Opening Keynote

Marietta Hannigan, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy & Communications Officer, Jacobs

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Strategies for Effective Leadership

When one moves into a leadership role, the position often demands a different skill set than skills developed in an original role with a company. This panel session will discuss:

Clare Archer, Vice President/Senior Director, Gilbane Building Company

Connie Determan, Vice President-Environmental, Kiewit

Vicki LaRose, President, Civil Design, Inc.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. :: Short Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Empowering Women Leaders through Mentorship

Jan Karl, Vice President, VP Project Development, Morley Construction

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Candid Conversations: Attaining Leadership Positions

In this session, you will hear three top executives share their inspiring personal stories of how they advanced into leadership positions and how they continue to grow their careers. Points to be discussed include:

Megan Calhoun, Vice President, Project Development, Clark Construction Group

Hope Luhman, Senior Vice President, WSP

Pamela Monastra, Senior Vice President- Head of Communications, Skanska

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. :: Virtual Networking Reception

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 : Central Time

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

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

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

Heather Polinsky, Chief Operating Officer, Arcadis

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Unconscious Bias

Stereotypes and unconscious biases create barriers to inclusion, performance, engagement and ultimately innovation.  Catalyst research examines today’s work environments and employees’ experiences within them, and by doing so reveals gaps in women’s and men’s experiences at work.  During this session, we will provide solutions to overcoming barriers and creating workplaces in which all talent can thrive.  

Martha Feeback, Senior Director- Corporate Engagement, Catalyst

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. :: Short Break

11:15a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: The Power of Emotional Intelligence

Kia Smith, Space & Launch Integrated Product Team Lead and Cybersecurity Domain Engineer, The Boeing Company

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00  – 1:45 p.m. :: Work-Life Balance in the Changing Workplace

Striking a balance between our careers and our personal lives has long been challenge for women in the workforce. In 2020 balance became even tougher with the demands of working at home, remote learning for children, and health challenges.  Research has shown that logging in long working hours and an extreme work environment negatively impact the overall physical and psychological health of employees and deteriorate family-life.   In this session, we’ll explore ways that you can work toward a healthier balance to achieve greater personal satisfaction and improved well-being.

Erica Carter, Senior Vice President, Kimley-Horn

Lauren Hubbard, Health & Safety Director, Arcadis

Meggan Krase, Vice President Corporate Controller, Garney Construction

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. :: The Role of Women in STEM

In this session, Evelyn will share stories from her book December Sky: Beyond My Undocumented Life, about her family’s immigration story, her fear of living as an undocumented student, and her journey to U.S. citizenship. Her activism reflects her STEM education advocacy for nearly three decades, in which she encourages girls and other underrepresented students to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Evelyn Cortez-Davis, Assistant Director of Water Resources, LADWP

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Global Engineering & Construction Trends

The pandemic has brought rapid change to the engineering & construction landscape. 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.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Short Break

3:00 – 3:30 pm. :: Women Who Mean Business

Vanessa Zambo, Senior Vice President/Senior Principal Director of Marketing & Communications, Terracon

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. :: Breaking Free from Barriers

Cheryl Luther, General Superintendent, JE Dunn

4:00 -5:00 p.m. :: Cultivating an 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:

Kristen Braden, Vice President- Construction Operations, H.R. Gray

Catherine Southers, Vice President- Marketing, Whiting-Turner

Maggie Walsh, Vice President, Strategic Client and Pursuits, HDR

5:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns




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.

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