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.




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

1:00–6:00 pm Registration Table Open
1:30–2:30 pm WCOE National Board of Directors Meeting
3:00–5:30 pm High Tea Celebration: Unlock Your Hidden Strengths
6:30 pm Dine Arounds

Monday, April 3, 2017

7:30 am–5:00 pm Registration Table Open
8:00–9:00 am Breakfast – Small Business Briefing
9:00–10:15 am IMPROVe Your Networking
10:15–10:30 am Coffee and Networking Break
10:30 am–noon Find Your Guru: The Value of Trusted Advisors
noon–1:45 pm Keynote Luncheon: The Power and Importance of Collaborative Strength
1:45–2:30 pm The Power to Breakthrough: Pursuing Passions Despite Social Norms
2:30–3:00 pm Dessert Lounge
3:00–3:30 pm Innovative Solutions for Small Local Businesses
3:30–3:45 pm Coffee and Networking Break
3:45–4:45 pm Leverage Your Worth: The Power of Negotiating
6:30–9:00 pm Awards Gala

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

7:30–9:00 am Registration Table Open
8:00–9:00 am Breakfast – Wake Up and Learn to Lobby!
9:00–11:30 am Meetings with Representatives
noon–2:00 pm Luncheon: New Administration Briefing – What's in Store for 2017 and Beyond
2:00 pm Conference Concludes


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Tracy Young
Tracy Young, Co-founder & CEO, PlanGrid

Tracy Young is the co-founder and CEO at PlanGrid, the leader in construction software for the field, where she oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the company, focusing on leadership, innovation, and customers.

Young founded PlanGrid with Ralph Gootee, Ryan Sutton-Gee, Antoine Hersen, and Kenny Stone in the fall of 2011. Prior to founding PlanGrid, Young helped build several hospitals as a construction engineer. She likes to joke that she went from working for one superintendent to hundreds of thousands through PlanGrid.

Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management from California State University-Sacramento.


Sue Dyer
Sue Dyer

Sue Dyer is President of OrgMetrics LLC, a professional partnering facilitation firm. OrgMetrics has conducted partnering with over 3,000 projects. She is the founder of the International Partnering Institute, a non-profit educational organization that is dedicated to changing the culture of construction. She is the author of the classic book “Partner Your Project” which is now in its 5th printing. Sue just launched Partnering FIT™, a virtual training platform that provides the knowledge and practical tools to help construction teams produce extraordinary project results.


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.


Mary Katherine Lanzillotta
Mary Kay Lanzillotta

Mary Kay Lanzillotta, Partner, joined the firm of Hartman-Cox Architects in 1989. She has been responsible for managing complex institutional and historic projects in Washington, DC and throughout the country.

Beginning with the renovation of, and additions to, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials 25 years ago, Ms. Lanzillotta has become experienced in the design and approval of memorials and monuments on and around our National Mall. Some of the projects that she has worked on include the World War II Memorial, the Holodomor Memorial, the International Museum on Communism, and proposals for the Marion Memorial and the Adams Memorial. In addition, she has led the design team for modifications and additions to both the East and West Building of the National Gallery of Art.


Vivian Ling

Vivian Ling serves as a staff member of the House Small Business Committee, focusing on small business federal government contracting issues. Vivian joined the Committee in September 2016. Prior to her arrival, Vivian worked as a government consultant for a small, 8(a) economically-disadvantaged women-owned small business located in Vienna, Virginia which provided IT and program management services to the federal government. Her experience with small businesses and small business contractors began with her project assignment as a strategic consultant with Business USA, a joint Department of Commerce - Small Business Administration initiative designed to create an online, one-stop shop for federal business resources. Vivian received her J.D. from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law in 2013 and became a member of the Maryland State Bar in 2013.


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.


Christi Reimer
Christi Reimer

Christi Reimer joined the staff of the Associated General Contractors in 1995 as Membership, Communication and Marketing Director for the AGC of Georgia, a statewide chapter for AGC. In 1998, she joined the national AGC staff as the Director of AGC's Education & Research Foundation.

After eleven years as a stay-at-home mom, Christi returned to GC of America to join the marketing team in 2015. In 2016, Christi was promoted to Executive Director of Chapter Support Services for the AGC.

In her current Role, Christi collaborates with and supports AGC's nationwide network of 92 local and state chapters. Christi enjoys assisting chapters with membership engagement strategies, including developing best practice programs and strategic initiatives to showcase AGC's value to members.

Christi is a 1992 graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in marketing. Christi has more than 15 years of experience in association management, having spent nearly 10 of those years with AGC. She resides in Centreville, Virginia with her two daughters.


Jamie Rhee
Jamie Rhee

Ms. Jamie L. Rhee was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Chicago in August 2009. Ms. Rhee was reappointed in July 2013 for an additional 4 year term. She is responsible for the management of the contracting of goods and services for the City of Chicago. In 2012, in an effort to streamline processes, Mayor Rahm Emanuel added certification and compliance activities to the functions of the Department of Procurement Services under Ms. Rhee’s direction.

Under Mayor Emanuel’s leadership, Ms. Rhee has worked to implement the transformation of City procurement. The transformation includes reform efforts, such as increased transparency, procurement modernization and new programs designed to strengthen the City’s small, minority and women owned business community. For her efforts, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: 2009, 2010 Agency of the Year from Black Contractors United, 2011 Advocacy Award from the Federation of Women Contractors, 2011 Presidential Special Recognition Award from the Minority Supplier Development Council, 2012 Governmental Leadership Award from the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, 2015 Outstanding Public Service Award from the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates, 2015 Innovative Leadership Award from the Federation of Women Contractors.

Prior to her appointment as CPO, Ms. Rhee served as a Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. She was the Mayor’s liaison to several key departments and Mayoral initiatives. Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Ms. Rhee served as General Counsel for the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP) from 2004 to 2008. Ms. Rhee has worked for the City of Chicago since 1994. Prior to joining the OMP, Ms. Rhee spent five years in the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, most recently as the Deputy Commissioner of the Real Estate Services Division.

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