2017 Women Build America
Annual Leadership Conference

Women Build America sponsors

April 2–4, 2017
The 2017 Women Build America Annual Leadership Conference is a three-day national conference hosted by Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE). The conference is an all-inclusive event, offering guests an unparalleled opportunity to meet, engage and join forces with business leaders, corporate executives, legislative and policy experts, as well as Congressional and federal government officials.


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About WCOE

Since 1983, Women Construction Owners & Executives' one goal is to help their members' businesses grow and prosper. Dedicated to creating a level playing field for women-owned firms in the construction industry, WCOE is proud to represent large and small woman-owned firms as well as executive women in policy making positions with some of the largest corporations in the country.

WCOE enjoys a prestigious reputation on Capitol Hill and uses that clout to advocate for issues that are important to women who have entered the construction industry. Whether it is equal access to federal contracting opportunities, opposition to onerous federal regulatory challenges, support for expanding access to business financing or participation in Congressional hearings, WCOE represents their members' business interests.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

1:30–2:30 pm WCOE National Board of Directors Meeting
3:00–5:30 pm High Tea Celebration at the Willard
6:30 pm Dine Arounds

Monday, April 3, 2017

8:00–9:00 am Breakfast Small Business Briefing
9:00–10:15 am IMPROVe Your Networking
10:15–10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am–noon Leverage Your Worth: The Power of Negotiating Effectively
noon–2:00 pm Keynote Luncheon – The Power and Importance of Collaborative Strength
2:00–3:15 pm Government Agency Updates
3:15–3:45 pm Dessert Lounge
3:45–5:00 pm Find Your Guru: The Value of Trusted Advisors
6:30–9:00 pm Awards Gala

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

8:00–9:00 am Breakfast – Wake Up and Learn to Lobby!
9:00–11:00 am Meetings with Representatives
11:30 am–1:30 pm Congressional Luncheon
1:30–2:00 pm Break
2:00–4:00 pm New Administration Briefing – What's in Store for 2017 and Beyond
4:00 pm Conference Concludes


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Patrick Jephson
Patrick Jephson

Born and raised in Ireland, Jephson has a masters degree in Political Science from Cambridge University. Commissioned into the Royal Navy, he served at sea and ashore all over the world before being selected for duty in the Royal Household. For eight years he was Equerry and the first and only Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) to HRH The Princess of Wales. He was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) for personal service to the Sovereign.

His work for Princess Diana involved daily contact with officials at all levels up to head of state. He organized Diana's public duties and journeyed with her to destinations on five continents encountering personalities as diverse as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, President George H W Bush, Mother Teresa, Luciano Pavarotti and the Emperor of Japan.

After Princess Diana's death he took up full-time writing, his first book Shadows of a Princess becoming a New York Times bestseller. He has subsequently written widely for newspapers and magazines and contributed to leading TV programs on both sides of the Atlantic. He is also in regular demand as a conference and motivational speaker to influential audiences in the USA, Europe and Middle-East.


Jennifer Lee
Jennifer Lee

WCOE Welcomes Jennifer Lee, Vice President, Large Accounts for Travelers Insurance. Ms. Lee has twenty nine years of Underwriting and Marketing experience, 28 of those years dedicated to the Construction industry. Her expertise is in relationship building and partnering with both the Risk Management group of Construction companies as well as Agents and Brokers who specialize in Construction. She joined St. Paul in 1988 as an Underwriting trainee, and she has experienced broadening responsibilities from running a region to a National role leading the Large Account segment of Construction under the Travelers umbrella.

Ms. Lee is responsible for overall profitable growth of the Large Account book for TRV Construction. This involves providing leadership and guidance on maintaining existing customer relationships as well as growing the book through partnership with new customers, Agents and Brokers.


Jenni Prisk
Jenni Prisk

Prisk founded Prisk Communication in 1990 with the mission to provide exemplary public speaking and communication skills. She has coached hundreds of corporate executives and corporate teams in the United States and internationally. She has provided communications training skills to Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Sony, and and serves as a presentation training coach to the United States Navy's Special Forces Seals teams.

Prisk, a dynamic and highly sought after motivational speaker and performer on the world stage for over 40 years, illustrates that with a strong voice, focus and determination, one can make a difference and make the world a better place for everyone.


Brenda Radmacher
Brenda Radmacher

Brenda Radmacher is a Partner with Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP and is counsel in the firm’s construction, real estate and environmental/toxic tort departments. In her 20 years of practice, Ms. Radmacher has developed a practice representing home builders, general contractors, land owners, lenders, and developers in all aspects of construction and real estate issues.

Clients have hired Ms. Radmacher to develop risk management protocols and to counsel them in all areas of construction projects and real estate development. Ms. Radmacher has successfully represented builders in construction defect matters in both the residential and commercial context as well as personal injury actions including construction site injuries and claims elating to mold exposure. Ms. Radmacher also handles complex business and commercial litigation including California Proposition 65 actions. Ms. Radmacher is a trained mediator and served for six years as a court-appointed mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court, is a past member of the California Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and taught Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Southern California Law School for a decade. Ms. Radmacher is admitted to practice in California and Arizona.


Kevin Reome
Kevin Reome

Kevin Reome started classes in 1993 at The Second City Training Center in Chicago studying under Don DePollo and Martin de Maat and also at io Chicago with Del Close. He is a founding member of the long-form improv team Inside Vladimir which performed as a house team at io and The Playground Theater, as well as at the New York Improv Fest. Kevin starred in The Real, Real World with the Upright Citizens Brigade at the Del Close Theater in 1995.

He has taught improv at the University of Michigan and coached improv troupes in Ann Arbor and Royal Oak, Michigan and in Chicago, IL. Currently he teaches at the Second City Training Center in Chicago and has since 2005.

He wrote and starred in a musical called The Eulogist at the Playground Theater in 2001. Kevin starred as Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the 2012 musical that he wrote titled Rahm Zombie.

In 2010 Reome was the video host for monthly webisodes at theWit Hotel in downtown Chicago which ran for 2 years. In 2013 he hosted a show called Newsprov, combining Chicago news personalities and improvisers, to benefit a charity arts program for inner city youth.

He has appeared on the ABC 7 talk show Windy City Live as well as Fox Chicago, NBC5 Chicago, WBBM Newsradio and WLS Talk Radio. Kevin worked in education at Ombudsman Educational Services first as a teacher, then as a director of his own school and then as an administrator in charge of training. He also worked as an insurance agent for over 5 years running the life and health department of his agency.

Reome has conducted improv workshops for Abbott Pharmaceutical's national sales conference in Montreal, Canada, Task Force Tips (Valparaiso, IN), The Kenrichgroup (Chicago, IL), Forsythe Technology (Skokie, IL). In 2014 he traveled to Japan for 2 weeks to teach improv for The Second City Training Center. Kevin has a B.A. in English and a teaching degree from Western Michigan University.

Showcase your commitment to advancing women in construction by sponsoring the 2017 Women Build America Annual Leadership Conference.

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  • Receive extensive brand exposure on all event marketing materials in print and online
  • Position your company as a thought leader and innovator in the industry
  • Secure qualified leads and receive the full attendee list with contact information
  • Special opportunities to sponsor breakfasts, luncheons, dessert lounge, awards presentations and more

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Women Construction Owners & Executives USA is committed to making a positive difference for women in the construction industry so there will come a time when gender will cease to be a business issue.

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