Leading Women in Construction & Design

Breaking The Glass Ceiling

Join us to investigate tactics for overcoming stereotypes in the workplace, expanding your personal network and identifying and managing opportunities for professional growth in the future. 


Jennifer Bernell
Executive Vice President, Development
Megumi Brod
Senior Vice President and Regional Development Officer (RDO), Northeast Region
Linda Chiarelli
Vice President, Capital Projects and Facilities
Stacey Dackson
Project Manager
Helena Durst
Anne Fletcher
Brennan Gilbane Koch
Business Development Manager
Geri Gregor
Partner-in-Charge of Business Advisory Practice
Melissa Grzymala
Executive Project Manager
Jan Hilgeman
Vice President - Construction
Marissa Kelly
Project Executive
Maey Khaled
Director of Technical Service
Elisabeth Malsch
Karla Pascarella
Susan Radin
Project Manager
Jane Smith
Laurie Stanziale
Partner - Construction
Kimberly Steimle Vaughan
Chief Marketing Officer and Chief People Officer
Anita Woolley Nelson
First Vice President, Strategy and Communications, Construction Services


scheduleTuesday, November 7, 2017
The CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium
365 5th Ave
New York, New York 10016

Breaking The Glass Ceiling

Join us to investigate tactics for overcoming stereotypes in the workplace, expanding your personal network and identifying and managing opportunities for professional growth in the future. 


This conference will explore the challenges and opportunities women face in construction and design and how the market compare to other industries. Join us to investigate tactics for overcoming stereotypes in the workplace, expanding your personal network and identifying and managing opportunities for professional growth in the future. Women from all levels of construction will come together to celebrate the groundbreaking executives that continue to pave the way for their peers and make connections that will make a difference in your career.

8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:10 AM Opening Remarks
9:15 AM Keynote Address
9:30 AM Panel #1
10:15 AM Panel #2
11:00 AM Networking Break
11:20 AM Panel #3
12:05 PM Closing Remarks


AECOM is a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes.

Delivering clean water and energy. Building iconic skyscrapers. Planning new cities. Restoring damaged environments. Connecting people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Designing parks where children play. Helping governments maintain stability and security. We unlock opportunities, protect our environment and improve people’s lives.

See how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM

Cauldwell Wingate - PLATINUM SPONSOR

Cauldwell Wingate is one of the oldest construction companies in New York City. We are client-service oriented, experienced and have both the technical expertise and know-how to build high quality and complex construction projects.

We provide pre-construction, construction management, and general contracting services for new buildings, renovations, infrastructure upgrades, and interior fit-outs. We build across a broad range of markets, including high-rise residential, workplace and high-end corporate interiors, healthcare, education, cultural institutions, government, and historic preservation. Building in New York since 1910 — from one of the nation’s leading art museums, The Frick Collection, to Brooklyn’s iconic Central Library, and Saks Fifth Avenue’s grand flagship store — Cauldwell Wingate has built many of New York’s landmarks.

Cauldwell Wingate continues to build an enduring legacy. In recent years:

  • We built Brooklyn’s tallest tower, 388 Bridge Street.
  • We collaborated with our client, LearningSpring School, and a forward-thinking design team, to build the first school in New York State to achieve LEED® for Schools Gold Certification.
  • Our restoration of the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse won The New York Landmarks Conservancy Chairman’s Award.
  • We partnered with Montefiore Medical Center to build their new Hutchinson Campus Ambulatory Care Center in the Bronx, a “hospital without beds,” and one of the New York metropolitan region’s largest ambulatory care centers.


Faithful+Gould is a world leading integrated project and program management consultancy, protecting and maximizing our clients’ interests through intellect, innovation, positive thinking and problem solving. We call this Constructive Expertise. Operating at the forefront of our industry for 70 years, we are headquartered in New York and provide our quality services from strategically located offices across the Americas. We employ more than 500 collaborative and positive professionals that are unmatched in their commitment to their clients, across every environment and every sector. Our integrated approach delivers business improvements and efficiencies that help to transform our clients’ visions into reality.Using a comprehensive set of services instead of single disciplines allows us to better focus on the management of the construction process, the designer and the contractor. As part of a global company, with a network of international offices in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Middle East and U.K. and Europe, we command a great depth of resources that is coupled with our ability to provide the personal service of a local firm. Faithful+Gould is part of Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, enabling us to support our clients’ projects from an additional 70 offices across the Americas. Together we create a more valuable contribution that leads to effective and successful outcomes for our clients. For additional information, please visit


Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services, from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities, through to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services. Since 1949, Gilbane has been delivering construction services in New York for clients across various market sectors including commercial office, multi-unit and high rise residential, cultural, higher education, healthcare, public sector, mission critical, interiors and science and technology.

Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. As a sixth generation family-owned business we’ve built the best team in the industry with a culture of caring that treats every one of our employees as a trusted member of the Gilbane family. Building upon the success and proven track record of more than 140 years of experience, Gilbane is recognized as an industry leader that delivers innovative building solutions; from state-of-the-art sustainable buildings to the latest applications in construction methods and technology.

Our 2,600+ multidisciplinary professionals across the world are capable of executing multiple, geographically dispersed projects, performing over 500 concurrent projects; each adhering to Gilbane’s commitment to safety and quality with a determined effort to exceed our clients’ expectations. Gilbane’s local offices combine the benefits of full-service operations capabilities, including in-house estimating, value engineering, scheduling, procurement, accounting and construction operations with the knowledge and experience that only a local presence can provide.


The construction industry faces unique challenges and, unlike many other industries, has a specialized set of accounting rules and tax regulations. As one of the nation’s largest construction practices, we understand the industry and its issues and are well-equipped to guide our clients towards maximizing their business. Grassi & Co.’s Construction Practice is dedicated to providing personalized, client-focused service and strategic business advice to general contractors, construction managers, and subcontractors.

Serving more than 300 of the area’s largest and most respected contractors, our industry experts keep abreast of cutting-edge financial trends and industry issues impacting construction companies. Leveraging more than 30 years of experience servicing the industry, the Grassi & Co. Construction Team has developed innovative solutions and strategic tools that have become best practices and have provided value to leading industry executives within the United States.

Our professionals hold Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) designations and maintain active memberships in a variety of industry associations. This level of industry involvement enables us to keep our fingers on the pulse of the market and provide our clients with insights on industry trends and developments.

As one of the largest construction practices in the United States, Grassi & Co. has the capabilities to provide services that go beyond the typical accounting and tax services. In fact, our primary objective as a service provider to construction companies is to provide industry specific services that help clients achieve the next level of success.

About Grassi & Co.: Grassi & Co., the 70th largest accounting firm in the U.S., is a premier professional service organization specializing in auditing, tax, technology, and business consulting services. Grassi & Co. has offices in New York City, Long Island, White Plains, NY, and Park Ridge, NJ as well as internationally through its association with Moore Stephens International. Grassi & Co. specializes in professional services for the Not-for-Profit, Construction, Architecture & Engineering, Financial Services, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Distribution, Retail, Technology, Media & Telecommunication, Transportation, Energy & Natural Resources, and Healthcare industries, among others.

Peckar & Abramson - PLATINUM SPONSOR

Long known for leadership and innovation in construction law, Peckar & Abramson’s Results FirstSM approach encompasses a broad array of legal services — delivered with a commitment to efficiency, value and client service since 1978.

With more than 100 attorneys in eleven U.S. offices, and affiliations around the globe, Peckar & Abramson is the largest construction law firm in the United States. Our capabilities extend farther and deeper than ever before, here in the U.S. and across the globe. Our clients include the most recognizable names in the industry, from the largest international and U.S. based contractors to those handling smaller discrete projects.

Our courtroom and dispute resolution experience, coupled with our ability to provide genuinely insightful legal advice and commercial representation, help our wide range of clients maximize opportunities, meet challenges, solve problems, and manage risk.

Peckar & Abramson’s capabilities have expanded over the years to that of a true full-service law firm, but our commitment to the construction industry has never wavered. True to our construction roots, we remain the “go to” law firm for many of the industry’s most successful contractors, professionals, and associations. Our rich construction industry history, uniquely blended with the depth and talent to provide a full range of legal services, yields the ability to meet our clients’ needs regardless of size, scope or geographic location.

Rockefeller Group - PLATINUM SPONSOR

Rockefeller Group is a leading real estate developer, owner and investor, known since the development of Rockefeller Center for pioneering large-scale urban mixed-use development. For nearly nine decades the company has been trusted for its financial strength, stability and vision, and today remains committed to the selective acquisition, management and development of innovative, high-quality office, industrial, residential and mixed-use properties in urban centers and strategic distribution markets. The company combines the global perspective and market access of a sophisticated development and investment management platform, through its partnership with Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd., and its strategic investments in independent property fund platforms in the United States and Europe. Visit


The Structure Tone family of companies—Structure Tone, LF Driscoll, Structure Tone Southwest, Pavarini Construction Co. and Pavarini McGovern—provides a complete range of services, from site selection analysis to design constructability review, from corporate interior fit-outs to new construction, from aesthetic enhancements to building infrastructure upgrades.

Although we’re at the leading edge of construction management, our fundamental mission to solve our clients’ challenges is constant. We are proud that 80 percent of our projects annually originate from existing clients—global corporations, world-class healthcare and educational institutions, those requiring mission critical data centers, retailers, hoteliers and residential developers.

Unlike any other global construction management company, we are purpose-built to be scalable—we’re as dedicated to a $50,000 project as we are to a $100 million, large-scale greenfield development. We are dedicated to our clients’ long-term needs.

We deliver projects on time and budget. Our lean construction process uses virtual tools to reduce project costs and schedules, improve speed-to-market, and keep us fully adaptable throughout the entire process. We invested in processes, systems, compliance and technology to ensure that our clients receive the highest level of accountability and transparency. We build facilities with greater resilience and the flexibility to add capabilities and new technology so that existing facilities can be more effectively repurposed in the future.

Through our commitment to our core values of excellence, integrity, passion, safety and client collaboration, we partner with our clients to imagine, execute and realize their vision.

Suffolk Construction - PLATINUM SPONSOR

At Suffolk, we are committed to changing the way construction has always been done. Our vision is to “transform the construction experience by building smart” because we believe there is a better way. Founded in 1982, Suffolk has been in business for over 34 years and has grown to become one of the most successful privately held construction firms in the country. We are a financially stable, national player with $3 billion in revenue, a single project bonding capacity in excess of $450 million, and an aggregate capacity in excess of $3 billion.

Suffolk has had a presence in the greater New York City market for more than five years and has recently become the “contractor to watch” due to our recently expanded operations in Midtown Manhattan. National developers who have partnered with Suffolk have asked us to manage their New York City construction projects because they have experienced our “build smart” approach for themselves and were thrilled with the results.

Our proven Build Smart approach leverages the most innovative technologies and processes, including VDC, Lean construction principles, collaboration tools, and creative approaches to project safety. Our unique approach to building has been proven to boost predictability, accelerate schedules, eliminate costs and minimize waste. Through our collaborative build smart approach we work side by side with our trade partners to get full commitments from them to consistently meet and often accelerate project schedules. Our clients understand the value of Suffolk’s Build Smart approach and appreciate the predictable and collaborative experience we provide during the planning and construction phases of our projects, which is why Suffolk has become their contractor of choice for projects throughout the entire country, including in New York.

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP - PLATINUM SPONSOR

From the start, we knew what we wanted to be — a total solution for middle market businesses — from the people we hired to the services we offered.

Since then, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP has grown into a dynamic collection of attorneys from a broad swath of New York law firms, who chose to join our common goal of more effectively and efficiently serving middle market businesses because it's what we do best.

Purposefully designed to be an integral part of any client's business team, we are a vibrant, full-service law firm dedicated to smart thinking and strong client relationships. We have anticipated and deliberately chosen to offer the diverse service areas that middle market businesses need.

From start-up companies to established institutions, our clients are leaders and innovators in their industries. Because we look at their legal issues from a holistic business perspective and work with them at this operational level, we empower our clients to understand the real issues and collaborate on major decisions with them. Our clients value the understanding of their business that we develop and the interdisciplinary approach we bring to the relationship. This translates to practical and effective solutions built on mutual trust.

More than a legal solution, we are a fresh approach to business because we provide business solutions as much as legal solutions. To do this well, we embrace and promote progressive thinking. This means we don’t do things just because that’s the way it’s been done before. Rather, we challenge the status quo in a healthy, constructive way to benefit our clients.

Turner Construction Company - PLATINUM SPONSOR

Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company and a leading builder in diverse market segments. We have earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for our clients, employees and community.

With a global staff of more than 6,800 employees, we complete in excess of $12 billion of construction on no less than 1,500 projects annually. To that end, we offer our clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization.

Turner’s New York Business Group has a professional staff of more than 1,200 employees and completes more than $2.5 billion in annual construction volume. Since being established in 1902, we have shaped New York City’s skyline by completing some of the city’s most iconic projects including the United Nations Secretariat, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center and Yankee Stadium.

Shaped by our core values of teamwork, integrity and commitment, we encourage a vibrant culture that instills value and propels growth for our industry and for the communities in which we build. Through relationships that endure and initiatives that engage, we help to create spaces that add value, foster growth, and enhance the quality of life for the people and place where our work exists.


Corgan is a design firm that create spaces that inspire, inform and innovate by listening to our clients and transforming their insights into places people thrive. We combine a functional business approach with a sensitivity to aesthetic value leading to highly successful environments that have a positive impact on the world.

Lafayette Architectural Metal & Glass - SILVER SPONSOR

Since 1899, Lafayette has been on the cutting edge of metal and glass. We are known for delivering outstanding results through superior performance that exceeds client expectations. Lafayette has an incomparable record of providing professional, innovative and value engineered solutions. As specialists, we approach every project with passion tempered with fiscal responsibility and accountability.

Thornton Tomasetti - SILVER SPONSOR

Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We are a 100 percent employee-owned organization of 1,200 engineers, architects, sustainability practitioners and support professionals collaborating from offices across North America and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.