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Women Who Build Summit

  • Goodwin College 1 Riverside Drive East Hartford, CT, 06118 United States (map)
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3rd Annual Women Who Build Summit – Power Grid to Success
Join us for this inspiring day filled with women leaders making a difference in the A/E/C Industry and beyond.

Panel 1  - Harnessing the Power of Business Owners

Learn leadership lessons from our panel of women business owners about what inspires them, the challenges they've faced and the rewards of running a business.

Diane Petra, Business Development, Petra Construction Corporation, Moderator

Cindy Hersom, President, Dicin Electric Co., Inc.

Karin Patriquin, Principal, Patriquin Architects

Jennifer Pinck, President, Pinck & Co.

Joyce Reynolds, Owner, Reynolds Welding and Fabrication LLC

Panel 2  - Interactive Presentation: Asserting Your Value

Compensation, promotion - how can we be confident in our discussions? Our expert coaches share their knowledge and experience in leading women to success in an interactive session.

Joy Kacik, Certified Professional Coach, Kacik Consulting Services

Carol Kardas, Founding Partner, KardasLarson LLC

Panel 3 -  Women Innovators Transforming Our Industry

How is technology changing the face of our industry? What does it mean for you? Our panel of women innovators are trailblazers at the cutting edge of change in our industry.

Laura Pirie, Principal, Pirie Associates Architects, Moderator

Jessica Chambers, Senior Consultant, Microdesk

Deb Gearty, Build Better Ambassador, DIRTT

Ginger Chicos, VDC Engineer, Gilbane Building Company

Allison Scott, Director Market Strategy, Skanska USA Building

Panel 4 -  Giving Back: Sharing Our Power

We can use our skills to make a difference in the world. Come hear from our panel of industry leaders how they use their unique skills to give back to the community.

Lindsey Fortunato, Director of Planning & Strategy, Fortunato Construction, Moderator

Medria Blue-Ellis, Principal, Engineering Science University Magnet School (ESUMS)

Jessica Chambers, Senior Consultant, Microdesk/United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

Cathy DeFrances, Assoc. Director of Business Dev., Fuss & O'Neil EnviroScience/ACE Mentor Program

Julia Jack, Assistant Project Controls Specialist, WPS USA/Habitat for Humanity

Influence Instigators

Ellen Feldman Ornato, Founding Partner, The Bolder Company Inc.

Jenny Drescher, Founding Partner, The Bolder Company Inc.



Members: $125 / Non-Members: $165 

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7:45          Registration Breakfast

8:30          Welcome

8:40          Networking Interaction

8:50          Keynote Speaker - Melody Currey

9:15          Panel #1

10:30        Break

10:45        Panel #2

Noon        Keynote Speaker - Dr. Anamaria Popescu

12:45        Networking Interaction

12:50        Lunch

1:30          Panel #3

2:40          Break

2:50          Panel #4

4:00          Networking Interaction

4:10          Prizes, Raffles, Networking

4:30          Wine, Cheese, Networking


Program Attendance Credit

Construction Institute is an AIA Registered Provider, CCM Recertification Point Provider and NYS approved sponsor of CE - NYS sponsor # 9040


Program attendees wishing to receive AIA Continuing Education Learning Units and/or CCM Renewal Points should check in at the sign-in desk and fill out the appropriate attendance form(s) to receive credit.