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Katy Kale icon

Deputy Administrator
General Services Administration

Katy Kale is the Deputy Administrator of the General Services Administration under the Biden-Harris Administration.

In this capacity, she leads a staff of about 12,000 GSA employees nationwide, overseeing more than 370 million square feet of property, approximately $75 billion in annual contracts, 5 million government credit and purchase cards, and 225,000 leased vehicles. She also serves as GSA’s Senior Climate Adaptation Official. In addition, she is the Vice Chair of the U.S. Access Board, which promotes accessible design, guidelines, and standards.

Prior to serving as the Deputy Administrator, and as Acting Administrator in early 2021, Kale was President and Chief Operating Officer of Elevate, a small woman-owned business that helps nonprofits create and strengthen their grant programs. There she led growth strategy, operational process, financial planning, and performance management, and ensured all were aligned with the broader purpose of serving the nonprofit sector.

A public servant at heart, she was a senior leader in the Obama-Biden Administration, serving in White House roles including Assistant to the President for Management and Administration and Director of White House Operations from 2009–2015. From 2015 to 2017, she was Chief of Staff at GSA. Previously, she served 10 years in the U.S. Senate working on operational and legislative issues for several senators, including Senators Chuck Robb, Ben Nelson, Bill Nelson, and Sherrod Brown. Kale earned a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics from George Mason University.

Frédérique Irwin icon

President & CEO
National Women's History Museum

Frédérique Irwin, president and CEO of the National Women's History Museum, has more than 25 years of experience in strategic management, nonprofit and commercial business, operations, impact, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the Museum, she served as Managing Director of Impact Strategy at the Sorenson Impact Center, where she managed high-level partnerships with leading organizations in the social impact sector.

During that time she also led initiatives around improving equity in higher education and driving systems-level change for equity for women in entrepreneurship. She was the founder and CEO of Her Corner, a company educating women on how to scale their businesses, from 2012 until its sale in 2021.

Irwin holds a Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at The College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian studies from Davidson College. She is a dual citizen of the United States and European Union, is fluent in English, French, and Spanish, and conversant in Russian.

Alisa Sheard icon

Deputy Director of Government Contracting and WOSB Program Director
Office of Government Contracting & Business Development SBA

Alisa D. Sheard, currently the Director of the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program (WOSB Program) within the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Government Contracting, is a dedicated leader empowering over 10,000 women-owned small businesses in the federal marketplace. Her journey at the SBA began in the 8(a) Business Development Program, where she guided numerous entrepreneurs toward contracting opportunities.

Sheard’s passion for fostering business growth in federal government contracting shines as she advises federal agencies on SBA's certification programs. Recognized as the Agency Advocate of the Year by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) in December 2021, her unwavering commitment to women in business is remarkable. Her impressive career also includes entrepreneurship and work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She holds an MBA and a Computer Science degree from the University of Maryland.

Karen Barbour icon

Board Member, WCOE President,
The Barbour Group

Karen Barbour, founder and president of The Barbour Group, LLC is a veteran of the surety bonding industry, starting her career in surety as a home office bond underwriter in 1985, where she is well known as an innovator and expert within the industry. Barbour helps construction companies, women-owned and minority-owned businesses, and small business owners located nationwide to achieve their goals by providing industry-leading surety bonding services, innovation, public policy advocacy, and community engagement.

Cate Benedetti icon

Professional Staff
Democratic House Small Business Committee

Cate Benedetti currently serves as a professional staff member, House Small Business Committee, for Ranking Member, Nydia Velazquez (D-NY). Previously, Benedetti was Vice President, Government Relations of the Professional Services Council (PSC), promoting effective government practices and policies, and improvements in federal contracting. She also served as Legislative Director for Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey. She holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Catholic University.

Chelsea Beacom icon

Operations Manager

Chelsea Beacom is the operations manager for Gilbane Building Company's Washington, DC office. In this role, Chelsea oversees project performance, recruitment, and retention throughout the DC metro area.

Beacom joined Gilbane in 2010 and has held various roles throughout the organization, most recently serving as project executive for Hyattsville Middle School, part of the Prince George's County Public Schools Blueprint Schools Program. In addition, she's managed several other large and complex projects, including the General Services Administration (GSA) US Diplomacy Center Pavilion, GSA Hoover Building Commerce Phase III project, and M&T Bank Stadium Renovations. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Jackson Brossy icon

Assistant Administrator, Office of Native American Affairs
U.S. Small Business Administration

Jackson Brossy has been selected to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Native American Affairs, at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this role, Brossy serves as a senior executive providing executive oversight, management, leadership, and championship of Native American entrepreneurship.

Before SBA, Brossy served as executive director for both the Native CDFI Network, a 501(C)(3) advocacy group, and the Navajo Nation Washington Office, the official intergovernmental affairs office for the largest tribe in the nation. An advocate of access to capital and technical assistance for Native entrepreneurs, Brossy also serves on the board of Prosperity Now, Change Labs, and the Federal Reserve Bank’s Center for the Indian Country Development Leadership Council.

He is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and attended Stanford University and Harvard University.

Deborah Bradley icon

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

Deborah Bradley is Founder and President of Deborah Bradley Construction & Management Services, Inc. (DBC), a full-service General Contractor and Construction Management Consultant to institutional and educational facilities and public agencies throughout New York State. Today, DBC celebrates almost 30 years in business and continues to be a 100 percent woman-owned and operated business enterprise.

DBC’s General Contracting Division specializes in site/civil construction, interior building renovations and electrical work. The firm is a union contractor and self-performs a majority of its work and is a licensed Electrical Contractor in NYC. DBC works within many industry sectors including transportation, corrections, education, healthcare, utilities, energy, parks, streetscapes and green spaces. Bradley is former President of the Women Builders Council, Inc. and today serves on its Board.

Michelle Burnett icon

Executive Director
HubZone Contractors National Council

Michelle Burnett is Executive Director at HUBZone Contractors National Council. Burnett is a dedicated advocate and seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in supporting and championing the HUBZone small business community. Her journey into the world of HUBZone began in 2008 when she joined the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a contractor. During this initial encounter, Burnett gained a profound understanding of the HUBZone program and the transformative impact it could have on communities and businesses alike.

Although her tenure at the SBA was brief, the impact of the HUBZone community left an indelible mark on her career trajectory. After completing her contract with the SBA in 2012, she continued her commitment to the HUBZone community by dedicating almost five years to volunteering with the HUBZone Council and its members. Her dedication and passion for the cause eventually led to her appointment as the Executive Director of the HUBZone Contractors National Council in 2018.

Before taking on her role as Executive Director, Burnett wore various hats within the Government Contracting industry. She served as a Facility Security Officer and a Business Development Representative, gaining a multifaceted understanding of the intricacies of the field. These experiences, coupled with her extensive involvement in various contract support roles, provided her with invaluable insights into the challenges and opportunities that businesses face in Government Contracting

Ali Chaudhry icon

SVP & Chief of Development and Government Relations

Ali Chaudhry serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at AECOM, a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm, which employs almost 100,000 talented professionals operating in more than 150 countries spanning 7 continents. In this role, Chaudhry focuses on developing market opportunities for all business lines, managing several public and private sector clients, cultivating industry relationships, and fostering brand awareness. As an attorney, he also serves as an alternative project delivery and financing lead on several pursuits at AECOM.

Previously, he served as Deputy Secretary for Transportation to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where he oversaw policy, funding, and operations at all transportation State agencies and public authorities, including the Department of Transportation, the MTA, the Thruway Authority, the Port Authority, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. He has also served as Governor Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Economic Development, as well as Assistant Counsel to the Governor for both Transportation and Economic Development

Ariel Coreth, PMP icon

Project Manager,

Ariel Coreth is a Project Manager in the NY Energy Business Line at WSP USA Inc. (“WSP”) In this role, she leads large technical teams in the design and construction of various types of projects, ranging form microgrid design to offshore wind transmission. Ariel is also the co-lead for WSP’s Developing Professionals Network (DPN) program in the NYC office that aims to empower emerging leaders and market the brand and culture of WSP.

This is Ariel’s first role out of uniform. She is a United State Naval Academy graduate and served 8 years active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer (SWO-N). She served onboard the USS SAN DIEGO (LPD-22) and the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as a Reactor Division Officer. While finishing out her service commitment in Norfolk, VA, she pursued a masters in Engineering Management from the University of Old Dominion, obtained her LEED Green Associates accreditation, and began volunteering with GreenHomeNYC—a non-profit focused on promoting an energy efficient and sustainable built environment and to support green career development in NYC. She also recently obtained her Offshore Wind Professional Certificate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a new member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the Veterans in Energy (VIE) group.

Lorraine D’Angeloicon

LDA Compliance Consulting Inc.

Lorraine D'Angelo is the President of LDA Compliance Consulting (LDACC) Inc., which promotes principled contracting in the construction industry and provides consulting services on all aspects of contractor compliance, monitoring, and reporting. D'Angelo is a leading expert on issues, programs, and policy implementation related to SBE, M/WBE, and DBE and frequently lectures and conducts training on regulatory and ethics compliance best practices.

D'Angelo is an accredited ethics and compliance professional with over 30 years of experience in commercial and construction law litigation. In 2022, she was elected national president of WCOE and is widely recognized as a dynamic, forwardlooking executive and thought leader on ethics and compliance issues facing the construction industry. She serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for Women Builders Council, a New York-based trade association.

Lisa Decina-Muroff icon

Crown Watertight Inc.

Lisa Decina-Muroff, Founder and President of DKM Risk Advisors, established in 1999. DKM Risk Advisors is a Certified Woman Owned Business, WBE with New York State and New York City, and a Certified DBE, Disadvantage Business Enterprise, and Certified with The Port Authority NY & NJ providing Insurance, Risk Management, Subcontractor Qualification platform and Consultant.

Decina-Muroff has over three decades of experience as a recognized Insurance Industry Leader and a subject matter expert for Construction and related industry. She started her insurance career at Rollins Burdick Hunter Group/AON, from National to Regional brokerage experience working on all business verticals. She spearheaded the Property & Casualty start-up for the only recognized MTA Broker working in conjunction with the acclaimed Mentorship program. She has worked on construction projects in excess of $100,000,000 for private and public sector.

She is the founding President of Metro New York, Women Contractors Owners & Executives Metro Chapter. WCOE, USA is committed to making a positive difference for women in the Construction industry.

Elizabeth DeCoursey icon

President, WCOE USA President, Kansas City Testing & Engineering

Elisabeth DeCoursey the current President of WCOE USA and is the managing member and president of Kansas City Testing and Engineering LLC. This D/WBE-certified firm specializes in civil and geotechnical engineering, drilling, construction materials testing and inspection, and environmental consulting. Founded in 1894, KC Testing has a long tradition of expert problem solving, excellent communication, and quality service.

Under DeCoursey's leadership, the company has tripled in size and contributed to multiple iconic development projects throughout the region. KC Testing has Engineers licensed in KS, MO, IA, NE, and IL. In addition to her work with WCOE, Elisabeth is a leader in Kansas City for fairness in construction and small businesses.

Jamila Glean, Esq icon

Project Director
R.F. Wilkins Consultants

Jamila Glean, Esq. is Project Director at R.F. Wilkins Consultants. She is a business-minded attorney specializing in compliance and transactional contracting. Hear strong analytical skills help set me apart and she also has excellent skills in drafting and negotiating intellectual property, financing and organizational documents, leases, purchase and sale contracts, and brokerage and property management agreements across property types and jurisdictions. Glean’s work in compliance and ethics have provided a strong foundation throughout her career, and she is passionate about creating opportunities for underrepresented individuals.

Jennifer Groman icon

Assistant Commissioner for Project Delivery, Public Buildings Service,

Jennifer Groman serves as the Assistant Commissioner for Project Delivery of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

As the Assistant Commissioner, she is responsible for ensuring GSA meets its construction delivery commitments for repair, alterations and new construction. Key goals of her organization are to drive interest in Federal construction projects and continuous improvement in the delivery of GSA’s construction projects.

Groman has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of design, historic preservation, construction and environmental management. Before joining GSA, Groman worked for over ten years for NASA in various roles, including Strategic Infrastructure Architect, Chief of Facilities Engineering Branch and Federal Preservation Officer. She also worked for the Pentagon and Army’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health as the Army’s Deputy Federal Preservation Officer. Prior to joining the Federal government, Groman worked overseas in Australia and Southeast Asia in historic preservation and strategic planning.

Groman graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and Latin American Studies. She later pursued a master’s in architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Groman enjoys mentoring early to mid-career individuals and inspiring girls in joining STEM fields.

Tim Hagerty icon

CEO & Founder
Teaming Pro

Tim Hagerty is CEO and Founder at TeamingPro. Within his 20-year career in the federal contracting industry, Hagerty served as GS-12 and then GS-13 (Government Service Employee) at the Norfolk Naval Safety Center, building large software systems supporting the Safety Center’s core mission.

The transition to private industry took place within a few years where he continued building big systems for government customers as a major subcontractor to prime companies. Here he earned four software patents for software solutions he created to automate manual tasks using big data.

After taking on a business development role, he realized quickly that big-data and automation could solve a major problem to growth for all participants in the federal market and developed the concept to solve his immediate business development needs.

Callie Hepler, LEED APicon

Project Manager
Hensel Phelps

Project Manager Callie Hepler joined the Hensel Phelps family over 10 years ago and has spent eight years in the Southeast District. Throughout her career, Callie has spearheaded Southeast’s summer intern program, helped grow Hensel Phelps’ presence in the Mid-South region and has presented at the Hensel Phelps Women’s Leadership Seminar (WLS).

Her commitment, knowledge and grit stand as a foundation for her leadership role on the Nashville International Airport Terminal Lobby & International Arrivals Facility in Nashville, Tennessee. Her passion for developing the next generation of builders motivates her to be a strong mentor to her project team—especially women joining the industry. Callie’s dedication is evident not only to her project team, but to her two children and spouse, a fellow Hensel Phelps Project Manager.

Misha Homaraicon

President & CEO
TriCore Panels

Misha Homara is a highly accomplished leader in the construction industry, serving as CEO of TriCore Panels, a 2nd generation family business specializing in design, fabrication, and installation of architectural paneling systems for commercial and residential projects. Homara's strong background in business management and communication stems from her degree in Communication and Media Studies from San Francisco State University.

Since joining TriCore Panels, Homara has been instrumental in driving the company's growth. Under her leadership, TriCore Panels has become a major player in the industry, providing innovative solutions to clients throughout the bay area.

In addition to her work at TriCore Panels, Homara is the President of the Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE) California Chapter, where she advocates for women's empowerment and equal opportunities in the construction industry.

Natalie Hubericon

Chief Engineer, Public Buildings Service

Natalie Huber has been the Chief Engineer for the GSA's Public Building Services since 2015. Before joining the GSA, Huber served at the Department of Defense as the Pentagon’s Deputy Operations and Maintenance Program Manager where she was responsible for all mechanical and electrical systems.

Prior to her six years with DOD, Huber worked for Parsons supporting the Pentagon Renovation Program, or PENREN, on design and construction projects, including the Pentagon’s 9/11 Memorial.

Huber served in the U.S. Army as an Engineer Officer from 1999-2006 where she commanded Bravo Company, 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) and served in the 20th Engineer Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC and the 130th Engineer Brigade in Germany.

Jermaine Huell icon

VP Northeast Diversity Transformation Leader

Jermaine Huell is the diversity transformation lead for the Northeast district at WSP, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy. In this role, he focuses on fostering partnerships between WSP and minority, women, and disadvantaged business enterprises, as well as service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Huell brings a wealth of experience, having served in key leadership positions for major projects, including airport redevelopments and healthcare facilities. Prior to joining WSP, he held roles in supplier diversity leadership and served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the New York Air National Guard. Huell is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in business administration.

Ines Rivas-Hutchinsicon

Intec Group LLC

Ines Rivas-Hutchins is President at Intec Group LLC. She is a Senior Executive in Construction Management with broad experience in MILCON and Government projects around the Continental US. Ines is the Founder and President of INTEC Group, LLC, a general contractor specializing in construction services for the Federal Government. With over $200 MM in contract awards, INTEC Group has successfully managed close to 300 Federal projects and is considered one of Western Kentucky's top woman-owned government contractors.

As a resident of Paducah, Kentucky, and a proud mother of two, Rivas-Hutchins devotes much of her spare time to helping the community through local organizations. Serving as a member of several boards, including the Paducah Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Paducah Bank Advisory Board, Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority Board, Sprocket, Inc. Board, and the role of Vice-President within Women Construction Owners & Executives – a national organization headquartered in Washington, DC.

Jennifer Leeicon

Vice President, Loss Sensitive Construction

Jennifer Lee is Vice President – Loss Sensitive Construction at Travelers. She works with large accounts, Loss Sensitive Construction customers. Working for Travelers for more than three decades, she has a reputation for being a straight shooter. In her role, she has responsibility for Loss Sensitive construction business consists of setting strategy, monitoring profit and loss, and executing service to Travelers’ customers that buy a loss sensitive program.

She works with field Regional Vice Presidents to align appropriate resource for this product, as well as set local strategy to retain existing clients and align the company with new clients that are a good match with Travelers Construction. Lee is also responsible for distribution, which consists of setting the overall Construction strategy with our Top 10 Brokers and working with the field Regional Vice Presidents to execute on that strategy at a regional level. Overall responsibility for the profitable growth with this group of Brokers.

Dena Mathericon

AFSB, Contract Surety Underwriter

Dena Mather is AFSB Contract Surety Underwriter at RLI Corp, a leading insurance company known for its innovative products and exceptional customer service. Mather started at RLI surety as a part-time processor 17 years ago. She completed her bachelor’s degree, achieved her AFSB designation and is currently a contract surety underwriter. For the last five years she has specialized in providing surety bonding for contractors in partnership with the SBA Surety Bond Guarantee program

Gus Maimisicon

Senior Vice President

Gus Maimis, LEED AP is Senior Vice President at STV. Maimis brings close to 35 years of construction experience to his position as Senior Vice President for STV Construction, Inc., a project management and construction advisory firm. He has been responsible for the oversight of numerous successfully executed and completed projects for cultural, higher education, healthcare, transportation centers, multi-tenant housing, and commercial clients.

Some of his past and current projects include the Jacob Javits Convention Expansion Project; Stevens Institute of Technology Academic Center and Dormitory; National September 11 Memorial and Museum; and Grand Central Terminal Restoration amongst others. His responsibilities typically involve the oversight and management of projects on behalf of his clients and of all construction activities from the early design phases thru completion and turnover.

Maimis, as Senior Vice President for STV Construction, Inc. is responsible for the profitability, growth and overall operations on a variety of projects, ranging from commercial to institutional on notable projects and clients such as: Port Authority of NYNJ; Columbia University; New York University Langone Medical Center; United Airlines; and New York City Housing Authority. Maimis holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering) and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University.

Tracey Marcinowski icon

Assistant Commissioner for Acquisitions, Public Buildings Service

As the Assistant Commissioner for Acquisitions at the General Service’s Administration, Public Building Service, Tracy Marcinowski is responsible for the Service’s acquisition environment, including policy development, acquisition reform initiatives; category management; and Acquisition Workforce development and career management.

Marcinowski began her contracting career as an Air Force active duty Contracting Officer, serving all over the world, and has served in roles of ever-increasing responsibility with the Department of Defense, the US Coast Guard and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Marcinowski, who is Level III Federal Acquisition Certification—Contracting (FAC-C) certified, holds two master’s degrees, a master’s in business administration from Saint Leo University and a master’s of contract management from American Graduate University, as well as a graduate certificate in Program Management.

Maria Martinson, icon

Program Director, LGA New Termial C Project
Delta Air Lines Inc.

Maria Martinson is the Program Director of Corporate Real Estate at Delta Airlines, responsible for overseeing the design and construction of the $4B LaGuardia Airport Terminal C Redevelopment project. She is dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of the LaGuardia Airport Terminal C project is executed to the highest standard and meets the needs of Delta's customers and stakeholders.

With over 20 years of experience in various construction roles, Maria has successfully managed and led complex construction projects. Prior to joining Delta, Maria worked for Skanska USA Building, a worldwide construction company, where she led numerous complex construction projects, including at the LGA New Terminal B Redevelopment.

Originally from Sweden, Maria brings a unique international perspective to her role at Delta. Her experience in managing complex construction projects spans two continents, allowing her to leverage the best practices and techniques from different regions to deliver exceptional results. Maria holds a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Lund University in Sweden.

In addition to her technical expertise, Maria is skilled in team motivation, human accountability, coaching managers, and managers-of-managers. She understands the importance of balancing attention to technical details with motivating a larger team to be accountable and meet deadlines. Maria enjoys traveling, hiking, and skiing with her husband and two children. She has set a goal to hike in all US national parks, showcasing her passion for adventure and determination to achieve her goals.

Dr. Emanuele Francesco Pecora icon

Policy & Guidance Manager, Moving Clean Energy Technologies to Market, US Department of Energy
Office of Clean Energy Demonstration

Emanuele Francesco Pecora works in the Strategy and Program Development Office within the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) at DOE. In his role, Pecora designs, develops, and execute demonstration and commercialization programs for clean energy technologies, including programs supporting small businesses. He also supported the development and execution of the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (48C tax credit) program.

Before joining OCED, Pecora was a Technology Manager at the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office where he worked on funding opportunities for for-profit entities (especially small businesses and start-ups) creating and commercializing new innovation in the solar space. He was also the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR-STTR) office portfolio manager.

He holds a Ph.D. in physics (University of Catania, Italy, 2010) and he was a PostDoc in materials science at Stanford University (2013-2016) and Boston University (2011- 2013). He is a TEDx licensee, Vice President of his Alma Mater Alumni Association, and was communication facilitator at the StartX accelerator in Palo Alto, CA

Rosana Privitera Biondoicon

Mark One Electric Company, Inc.

Rosana Privitera Biondo has been with Mark One Electric Company, Inc. for over 20 years. She started as the secretary/treasurer in January 1974 and was promoted to president in December 1994. Privitera-Biondo has been instrumental in the growth and success of the company. Under their leadership, Mark One Electric Company has become one of the leading electrical contractors in the United States.

Aaron Singericon

Commercial Vice President
Transformation, Global

Aaron Singer is the Commercial Vice President of Transformation for the Global Transportation Business Line at AECOM, where she has been instrumental in leading transformation initiatives since October 2021. Prior to joining AECOM, Singer served as the Commercial Director of Development for North America at Transurban, where she successfully led the Accelerate Maryland Partners consortium for Phase I of the I-495 & I-270 P3 Program. With over a decade of experience in the infrastructure industry, Singer has also held roles at Graham Capital Partners and Parsons Corporation, focusing on Public Private Partnership (P3) bid proposal developments and securing project financing solutions. Singer's expertise lies in negotiating commercial and legal documentation, developing commercial positions, and driving strategic advancements in infrastructure projects. She is known for her dynamic leadership and commitment to excellence in the transportation sector.

Judith Stackhouseicon

Director of Small Business Advocacy and Engagement
Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Judith Stackhouse-Jordan is the Director for Small Business Advocacy and Engagement -West Division in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the US General Services Administration. Stackhouse-Jordan is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Division and ensuring the organization achieves its mission and small business goals.

She leads a team responsible for promoting contracting opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses interested in providing products and services to the Federal Government. She is an advocate for small business who promotes and believes in the motto “Small Business First.” She has led the OSDBU in various capacities ensuring GSA achieved an A or A+ grade from the Small Business Administration on the annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard for 13 years in a row.

Prior to joining the team at GSA, Stackhouse-Jordan served as the Women-owned Business Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and as an Equal Employment Opportunity Program Manager at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Eric Tayloricon

Outreach Manager
Barnard Construction Inc

Eric Taylor is a seasoned construction industry professional with nearly 50 years of experience working on major projects across the United States. Those projects include the Trans Alaska Pipeline, California Aqueduct, Central Arizona Project (Canal), New Denver International Airport, and Dallas Fort Worth Airport’s seventh runway. Eric has sat in all the seats a career in construction offers, operating as an early graduate employee, field engineer, project engineer, superintendent, project manager, estimating manager, and company executive. He was a founding member of the International Partnering Institute, and Eric has volunteered his time to assist and offer construction insights to diverse companies to enhance their profitability. As a testament to Eric and Barnard’s commitment to supporting diverse companies, Eric led the company’s diversity program on a recent procurement, achieving the 27.6% DBE goal and resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in potential contracts to 55 diverse subcontractors and suppliers.

Lynette Thompsonicon

Vice President/Construction Practices Specialist
HUB International

Lynette Thompson works for HUB International, a National Insurance Brokerage firm. She works solely on Construction related accounts as a Construction Practice Specialists in their Construction Group for their Northwest and Mountain regions. She is based in Montana, but services clients throughout the US and is the US liaison for a Canada based client.

She brings a wealth of knowledge from her years as a Risk Manager and Insurance Broker to her construction clients. She spent the last 15 years of her career as a Risk Manager in the Engineer and Construction industry and the other years as an Insurance Broker. Her experience is not solely for work within the United States but has worked with companies that were operating in various countries around the world. She has 30+ years of knowledge and experience with insurance and risk management.

Thompson currently holds her Montana Insurance Producer License; Certified Insurance Counsel Designation; Bachelor of Science and MBA in Finance/Accounting and International Business.

Dana Thompsonicon

Washington Representative

Dana Thompson serves as the Federal Government Relations Representative for Women Construction Owners and Executives, (WCOE), a national trade association with members in diverse construction industry roles from across the country. WCOE engages with Congress and federal agency officials educating them about the strength of women in the industry.

Thompson represented the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) on Capitol Hill and in a variety of construction industry coalitions for over 30 years, winning an award for her work on multiemployer pension policy from the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans. She was inducted into SMACNA’s College of Fellows in recognition of service to the industry.

Her background includes working for moderate Republican Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and in the Governmental Affairs Department for the American Institute of Architects. Thompson is a native of the Great State of Texas but talks pretty fast for a Texan. She and her husband of 47 years reside in Maryland, are active in local community activities and have two adult daughters.

Elizabeth (Liz) Walkericon

Director of Small Business
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

In this role, Ms. Walker provides leadership for the USACE Small Business Program including advocacy and outreach for small business programs, establishment of small business policy and procedures and oversight of approximately $10.6B in Small Business prime contracts and $5B small business in subcontracts. Ms. Walker leads a nationwide team of small business specialists that incorporate small business solutions in support of the USACE mission of delivering vital public and military engineering services.

Ms. Walker began her federal government career as a contract specialist with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) specializing in Construction, A/E, Environmental and Facility-related services contracting. She has served various positions increasing in responsibility within the contracting and small business fields.

Ms. Walker is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified in Contracting. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from George Mason University.

Deborah Wildericon

Contractor Compliance Monitoring Inc.

Deborah Wilder has been a licensed attorney in Oregon and California for more than 40 years, specializing in labor and employment law. She is the founder and president of Contractor Compliance and Monitoring Inc., a third-party consulting company that helps public agencies and large developers/prime contractors monitor, audit, review and comply with state and federal wage requirements, including negotiating and complying with Project Labor Agreements.

Her firm is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area with offices in San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle, and Maryland. Wilder is the former mayor of Foster City, CA, and past national president of WCOE. She is the author of three books "What Every Contractor Should Know About Prevailing Wages", "AGC of America's Davis Bacon Compliance Manual", and "Davis Bacon Handbook for Public Agencies".

Julie Witecki icon

Senior Consultant, Strategy Practice

Julie Witecki is a Senior Consultant at FMI. Witecki serves as a strategy consultant to inspire FMI’s clients to reshape market and business development practices for increased efficiency and effectiveness. She focuses on turning visionary ideas into actionable plans with measurable objectives and realistic budgets. She specializes in creating repeatable and scalable processes for market planning, pursuit positioning, proposal development and relationship management to optimize business performance.

With a background in engineering and construction marketing and business development, she brings a relatable perspective to her collaborative business partnerships. She has a common understanding of the work and a willingness to persevere until the objectives are achieved.

Jetta Wongicon

Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Climate

Jetta Wong is the Senior Advisor on Climate to the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration. She advises on climate and energy policy, programs, and project development.

Before joining the Biden Administration, Wong was President of JLW Advising and Senior Fellow in the Clean Energy Innovation Program at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. In her consulting practice, she advised clients on bringing new clean energy technologies to the market.

She served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she was devoted to expanding DOE’s lab-to-market initiatives. She launched and led the National Laboratory Impact Initiative in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy during that time. She also established and served as the first Director of the Office of Technology Transitions which is dedicated to the commercial impact of DOE’s multi-billion-dollar R&D portfolio. Wong also co-chaired the White House’s National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market initiative focused on creating economic impact from Federally funded R&D.

Before joining the Department of Energy, she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, developing climate, energy, and national competitiveness-related legislative proposals.

Before working for Congress, Wong worked for various non-profits and private sector organizations, where she had the opportunity to work across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, developing policies, building coalitions, and setting up strategic partnerships that promoted clean energy and environmental technologies.

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Executive Director, Statewide Director
Virginia Apex

Lisa Wood is the Statewide Director of the Virginia APEX Accelerator, hosted by George Mason University. APEX Accelerators provide marketing and technical assistance to Virginia businesses selling, or interested in selling, their products and/or services to federal, state and local government agencies. The program has field offices in Fredericksburg and Hampton as well as its main office in the George Mason University Enterprise Center in Fairfax. Services include customized client bid matching, individual counseling, seminars, bid/proposal preparation, assistance with System of Award Management (SAM) and Capability Statements.

Wood holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and a BSBA through the Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh. She previously was the Statewide Director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) for the States of Connecticut and Ohio.

Before joining the Ohio Department of Development, she was Director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center for the Northwest Commission of Pennsylvania and was a Procurement Specialist for Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. In these roles, Wood performed contract administration and negotiation duties. She also recommended bidders, handled issue inquiries, negotiated bids, performed cost and price analysis, and prepared comprehensive letters to justify recommended contract actions. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Management with George Mason University.

Mandy Wylie, MPAicon

Senior Small Business Specialist, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Department of Transportation

Mandy Wylie is a Senior Small Business Specialist in the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in the Procurement Assistance Division. In this capacity, she serves to help small business owners to market their products and services and increase the participation of small businesses in DOT procurement opportunities. Mandy is also the Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) advocate and acting Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) advocate.

Mandy has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and 13+ years of experience in Federal contracting and acquisition policy. She started her federal career as a Contracts Specialist at the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Procurement Operations. In the fall of 2016, Mandy joined the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Acquisition and Grants Management as a Senior Contracting Officer. Starting in 2018, Mandy was promoted internally to the Team Leader in the Office of Acquisition Policy and Oversight. In this capacity, Mandy served as the Small Business Specialist for FHWA until she transferred to OSDBU as the Senior Small Business Specialist in March 2023.

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Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Lourdes Zapata serves as the MTA Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, after leading the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, locally known as SoBro. As the MTA’s CDIO, Zapata is charged with ensuring equitable access to economic opportunities for Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and eliminating barriers to their participation in obtaining MTA contracts and supporting equal opportunity for MTA employees.

Prior to joining SoBro, Zapata was appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York, where she was engaged in policy and program development to increase the participation of women and people of color in all areas of State government. She also served the State as Executive Vice President of the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development at Empire State Development.

Her responsibilities included the development and oversight of statewide MWBE procurement policy as required by Article 15A of the Executive Law. She oversaw the Division’s certification, compliance and business development activities, and worked with State Commissioners and the Legislature on matters affecting the MWBE community. Her public service also extends to her earlier tenure as Community Development Director for the City of Newburgh in Orange County.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Zapata received her master’s degree in public administration from New York University and her bachelor’s degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

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EASE Painting and Construction, Inc.

Doris Zografos is Chief Executive Officer at Ease Painting and Construction, Inc. Founded in 2010 by Doris Zografos, EASE Painting and Construction Inc. (EASE) is an AMPP QP-1 painting contractor, certified to provide field applications of coatings to complex structures. EASE self-performs industrial, commercial, and marine preservation services which include surface preparation and high-performance protective coatings applications, industrial cleaning, environmental remediation, and general construction services. EASE has successfully completed 300+ contracts nationwide and has expanded services to extend worldwide. EASE is a certified HUBZone, MDOT, and Woman Owned Small Business primarily operating as a U.S. Federal prime contractor

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