The Women in Construction (WIC) Conference is the East Coast's premiere forum for education, professional development and networking for women in the build industry. The organization empowers women to continue to grow and achieve success in the community with a "By Women, for Women" motto.
Annual activities include a leadership and networking conference in Washington, D.C., periodic stewardship and mentorship events, and fundraising on behalf of other mission-aligned organizations.
Since 2006, the conference has provided an avenue for women to learn from senior executives and industry professionals and offers networking and mentoring opportunities to all attendees. More than 450 men and women attend the event each year. Representing every discipline, the attendees include
general contractors, subcontractors, developers, architects, engineers, representatives from trade
associations, nonprofits, construction consulting companies and law firms from across the U.S.
and Canada. The feedback has been enthusiastic, heartfelt and consistent: The Women in
Construction Conference is an incredible experience.
Prominent keynote speakers have included: Dr. Luciana Burdi, Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport); Lelia Gowland, Gowland LLC; Laura Fredricks, 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; Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.; Linda Rabbitt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rand Construction; Courtney DeBord, Director of Design & Construction at U.S. GSA; Deryl McKissack, Founder, President and CEO of McKissack & McKissack; and Barbara Bennett, Chief Financial Officer of the Environmental Protection Agency.
WIC's mission is to support and advance the careers of women in the build industry. In furtherance of WIC's mission, a portion of the conference proceeds will be donated toward mission-aligned causes, including the ACE Mentoring Program, which provides scholarship and mentoring 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 $50,000 to ACE and other organizations like the Grace Gold Memorial Scholarship Fund and Hard Hatted Woman.
WIC Board Photo from 2021 Conference
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