OPENING RECEPTION | SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2024


12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   WCOE Board of Directors Meeting
   
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Opening Evening Cocktail Reception
    Join WCOE leadership and colleagues for the Women Build America Opening Cocktail and Networking Reception.

Frédérique Irwin, President & CEO, National Women's History Museum
   
   

Dinner on Your Own

   
   

The following Program is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

PROGRAM DAY 1 | MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2024


MORNING PROGRAM  
     
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.   NETWORKING BREAKFAST & WELCOME
    Elisabeth DeCoursey, President, WCOE USA; President, Kansas City Testing & Engineering, LLC
   
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   POLITICS AND YOUR BUSINESS
    This session examines the impact of politics, economic trends and recent legislation on small businesses, with a focus on women-owned businesses.

Moderator
Dana Thompson, Washington Representative, WCOE

Panelist
Cate Benedetti, Professional Staff, Democratic House Small Business Committee

   
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.   WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS:
PREPARING FOR CHANGE
   

Regulatory changes may require a new narrative for your company to participate in select certifications programs such as SBA 8A, Small Business Programs, DBE programs or other MWBE programs.

Hear from regulatory and compliance experts on best practices to present your credentials to meet program requirements. This session will help you learn what you need to know to remain ahead of the curve and remain included in important programs to support your business growth.

Moderator
Karen Barbour, Owner, The Barbour Group

Remarks
Alisa Sheard, Deputy Director of Government Contracting and WOSB Program Director, Office of Government Contracting & Business Development, Small Business Administration

Panelists
Lorraine D’Angelo, President, LDA Compliance Consulting Inc.
Jamila Glean, Esq., Project Director, R.F. Wilkins Consultants
Ines Rivas-Hutchins, President, Intec Group LLC
Dena Mather, AFSB, Contract Surety Underwriter, RLI Corp./CBIC
Lisa Wood, Executive Director, Statewide Director, Virginia Apex; Accelerator, George Mason University

   
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   BREAK
   
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   BUILDING SUSTAINABLE TEAMS
   

The early development of teams for all types of projects, especially Design Build and other new Alternative Delivery Methods, are creating the need for early team building approaches.

Hear from several professionals from the country's leading construction and design firms who will share their approaches and successful strategies for building their teams for new projects.

Moderator
Jennifer Lee, Vice President, Loss Sensitive Construction, Travelers

Panelists
Chelsea Beacom, Operations Manager, Gilbane
Ali Chaudhry, SVP & Chief of Development and Government Relations, AECOM
Callie Hepler, LEED AP, Project Manager, Hensel Phelps
Jermaine Huell, VP Northeast Diversity Transformation Leader, WSP
Gus Maimis, Senior Vice President, STV
Maria Martinson, Program Director, LGA New Terminal C Project, Delta Air Lines Inc.
Eric Taylor, Outreach Manager, Barnard Construction Inc
   
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE BUSINESS PLAN
   

Infrastructure funding abounds, but where are the real opportunities? Leaders from the private sector and transportation agencies identify the top projects for you to consider as you build your business plan for today and into the next several years.

Moderator
Ali Chaudhry, SVP & Chief of Development and Government Relations, AECOM

Panelists
Jackson Brossy, Assistant Administrator, Office of Native American Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration
Aaron Singer, Commercial Vice President - Transformation, Global Transportation Business Line, AECOM
Eric Taylor, Outreach Manager, Barnard Construction Inc.
Mandy Wylie, MPA, Senior Small Business Specialist, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Department of Transportation
Lourdes Zapata, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

   
AFTERNOON PROGRAM

Lunch, leadership, excellent business information to fuel the afternoon program.

 
   
   
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

NETWORKING LUNCH

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Keynote Speaker
Katy Kale, Deputy Administrator, General Services Administration
   
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  

WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
How do you plan for the next stage of your company?

   

Facilitated by an industry expert in succession planning and mergers and acquisition, explore your options for building your business or transitioning to new ownership opportunities.

Presentation
Julie Witecki Senior Consultant, Strategy Practice, FMI

   
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.   BREAK
   
   
1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.   FEDERAL AGENCY ROUNDUP
   

30-minute intensive sessions with procurement specialists from the country’s leading agencies will be followed by your questions and answers.

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

Meet the General Services Administration
Meet top officials from the GSA who review their plans and upcoming projects for building modernization and upgrades, with a special focus on building electrification.

Facilitator
Deborah Bradley, WCOE USA, President-Elect; President, Deborah Bradley Construction & Management Services

Presenters
Jennifer Groman, Assistant Commissioner for Project Delivery, Public Buildings Service, GSA
Natalie Huber, Chief Engineer, Public Buildings Service, GSA
Tracey Marsinowski, Assistant Commissioner for Acquisitions, Public Buildings Service, GSA
Judith Stackhouse, Director of Small Business Advocacy and Engagement, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Jetta Wong, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Climate, GSA



2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

Meet the Army Corps of Engineers
This session is an opportunity to meet the Army Corps of Engineers and learn more about how to work with them as well as discover what’s in their project opportunities pipeline in your region.

Facilitator
Elisabeth DeCoursey, President, WCOE USA; President, Kansas City Testing & Engineering, LLC

Presenter
Elizabeth (Liz) Walker, Director of Small Business, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Meet the US Department of Energy
Learn more about new opportunities in clean energy infrastructure. from government agencies from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Facilitator
Ariel Coreth, PMP, Project Manager, WSP

Presenter
Dr. Emanuele Francesco Pecora, Strategy and Program Development, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, U.S. Department of Energy

   
NEW! SPECIAL WCOE ‘HOW TO’ WORKSHOPS

Our program concludes with a series of special ‘how to’ workshops that provide important take-aways and tools to navigate new opportunities in construction.

 
   
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   HOW TO NAVIGATE FEDERAL PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES

How do you navigate Federal Procurement agency procurement requirements? Government doesn’t make it easy, but this special Tool Kit session will help you gain a practical understanding of how to find the right opportunities for your firm across multiple market sectors and procurement portals.

Moderator
Michelle Burnett, Executive Director, HubZone Contractors National Council

Presenters
Michelle Burnett, Executive Director, HubZone Contractors National Council
Tim Haggerty, CEO & Founder, Teaming Pro

   
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.   WOMEN BUSINESS LEADERS AT THE TABLE

Women business leaders share lessons learned, relationship building strategies and best practices for identifying, pre-qualifying and bidding on Federal procurement opportunities.

Moderator
Lynette Thompson, Vice President/Construction Practices Specialist, HUB International

WCOE BUSINESS LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Virginia: Doris Zografos, President, EASE Painting and Construction, Inc.
California: Deborah Wilder, President, Contractor Compliance Monitoring Inc.
New York: Deborah Bradley, President, Deborah Bradley Construction Management Services (DBC)
Maryland: Karen Barbour, President, The Barbour Group
Long Island: Lisa Decina-Muroff, President, Crown Watertight Inc.         
Kentucky: Ines Rivas-Hutchins, President, Intec Group LLC
California: Misha Homara, President & CEO, TriCore Panels
Kansas City: Rosana Privitera Biondo, President, Mark One Electric Company, Inc.

     
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

Dinner on Your Own


PROGRAM DAY 2 | TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2024


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   BREAKFAST
   
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   HOW TO TALK TO YOUR LOCAL LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

Politics is local and you are your best advocate. This how to session will help you advocate for issues important to your business with your local legislative representatives. The session will prepare you to speak to legislative officials at today’s capitol hill meetings, as well as when you are in home state.

Presenter
Dana Thompson, Washington Representative, WCOE

   
CAPITAL HILL VISITS   Capitol Hill visits are the focus of Day 2. WCOE’s Government Relations Team will plan and coordinate the meeting schedule. You will be armed with legislative issue papers, agenda, top talking points and an On-the Go Lunch Bag.
     

Join the women who build America and discover new opportunities in the construction industry at the WCOE Women Build America Conference.


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