Women in Construction, Inc is the Mid-Atlantic region’s premiere forum for professional development and networking in the construction industry. The organization empowers women to continue to grow and achieve success in the community with a motto of: "By Women, for Women." The intent and goal is to help women in architecture, engineering, construction, the trades, real estate, law, and consulting build skills and develop relationships that will help both their firms and themselves in their continued success.
Annual activities include a leadership and networking conference in Washington, D.C., periodic round-table discussions and fundraising on behalf of other mission-aligned organizations.
Since 2006, the October conference has provided an avenue for younger women to learn from senior executives and industry professionals, and offers networking and mentoring opportunities to all attendees. More than 350 men and women attend the event each year. Representing every discipline, the attendees include general contractors, subcontractors, developers, architects, engineers, as well as representatives from trade associations, nonprofits, construction consulting companies and law firms from across the U.S. and Canada. Over the years, the feedback has been enthusiastic, heartfelt and consistent: The Women in Construction Conference is an incredible experience.
Prominent keynote speakers have included: Laura Fredricks, JD, Expert on the ASK; Tamika Tremaglio, Principal, Forensics & Investigations, Deloitte; Judge Marian Blank Horn, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Paul Choquette lll, President, ACE Mentor program; Cathy Lanier, Chief of Police of the District of Columbia; Deryl McKissack, Founder, President and CEO of McKissack & McKissack; Barbara Bennett, Chief Financial Officer of the Environmental Protection Agency; Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.; Linda Rabbitt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rand Construction; and Courtney DeBord, Director of Design & Construction at U.S. GSA.
A portion of the conference proceeds is donated to the ACE Mentoring Program to provide scholarship and mentorship opportunities to high-school and college students interested in architecture, construction and engineering. The purpose of the scholarship program is to ensure that the industry has young, talented individuals entering the workforce with the necessary educational and practical knowledge. To date, WIC has donated over $20,000 to ACE.
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