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2020 Women Who Build Summit
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When: Wednesday, February 19 & Thursday, February 20, 2020
8:30am - 4:15pm
Where: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Lincoln Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, Massachusetts  01003
United States

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Leaders, Visionaries & Renegades

Each year we bring together the best minds in the industry - both women and men - to create an event that inspires, promotes leadership, builds connections, develops skills and fosters innovating thinking among and in support of a diverse group of professionals. 

Last year's program reached capacity! Sign up early to secure your spot and to reserve a room at the on-campus hotel. Stay tuned for full program details.


Continue the Conversation

Check out photos from the Women Who Build Summit! Thank you to our photographer, Jake Snyder of Red Skies Photography.


Flip through the 2020 Women Who Build Spotlight, provided by NEREJ.


Join The Women Who Build group on LinkedIn.


Champions of Change

The Construction Institute is honoring one man and one woman within the AEC/O industry in recognition of their contributions as role models that mentor and support women in the industry.

Our 2020 Champions!
Mark Adams
Director, Capital Project Management
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Carolyn Stanworth 
President and CEO
BL Companies



Member  $175
Nonmember  $225
Municipality or Government Employees       $100



Parking for the Lincoln Campus Center and Hotel UMass is available in the parking garage, located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst. MA. Click here for information on the discounted parking rate for Women Who Build attendees.




Wednesday, February 19, 2020

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Architectural tour of campus - the tour is FULL

Take a guided tour of the unique structures on the UMass campus, including the John Olver Design Building, South College, the Isenberg School of Management, and the Integrated Learning Center.

Confirmed attendees received additional information on February 12. If you have questions about the tour, please email

5:00pm - 7:00pm 


Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Hotel UMass

Thursday, February 20, 2020  
7:45am - 8:30am Registration & Continental breakfast
8:30am - 9:15am
Welcome & Remarks
  Nancy Greenwald, Executive Director, Construction Institute and Carolina Cudemus-Jones, Director of Design and Construction Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  Greetings from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, UMass Amherst
  Opening Keynote
  Shifting to Face the Winds: Challenges and Opportunities of Leadership in the New ‘20s
  Jane Edmonds, Babson College
9:15am - 10:30am  Morning Panel Discussion
  Powerhouse Owners
  Sean Sweeney, Arcadis, Moderator
  Denise Berger, AECOM
  Luciana Burdi, Massachusetts Port Authority
  Barbara Kroncke, University of Massachusetts Building Authority
  Catherine Walsh, Northeastern University
10:30am - 10:45am  Break
10:45am - 12:00pm  Breakout Sessions
  Would You Hire You? by Joe Wargo, Helbling & Associates and Wendy Zang, Helbling & Associates
  Reputation Capital, by Jessica Murphy, Mirick O’Connell DeMallie & Lougee and Catherine Schoenenberger, Stay Safe Traffic Products
  Don’t Call Them Difficult, by Laura Cooley, Limbach and Jessica Smith, Bergmeyer Associates
  Forging Your Own Path - 4 Perspectives on Creating Your Roadmap to Success, by Laura Cruickshank, University of Connecticut, Natasha Espada, STUDIO ENÉE, Colleen Moore, City Point Partners, and Paige Sarazin, Sarazin General Contractors
12:00pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 2:00pm Afternoon Keynote
  Building Your Career: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom
  Aisha Nadar, Advokatfirman RunelandAB
2:00pm - 2:15pm Break
2:15pm - 3:30pm  Afternoon Panel Discussion
  Renegades and Trailblazers
  Anamaria Popescu, Berkeley Research Group-Construction Practice, Moderator
  Jean Carroon, Goody Clancy
  Katie Faulkner, Katerra
  Jane Henry, SeeHerWork
  Siggy Pfendler, Columbia
3:30pm - 3:50pm  Closing Keynote
  Lessons Learned
  Denise Berger, AECOM
3:50pm - 4:15pm  Champions of Change Awards, raffle drawing, & Closing Remarks


Speaker Biographies   |   Presentation Descriptions | Program Book



Host hotel:

Hotel UMass
1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003


The host hotel, Hotel UMass, is SOLD Out. Here is a list of alternative hotels in the area.


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Check out the Special Event website for the 2020 Women Who Build Summit. The site provides additional information about the event, including photos and quotes from past Women Who Build Summits. Thank you to Agnes Recato, CI's newest intern, for building the website.


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Professional Development 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.




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Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to an event for a refund. If amount is outstanding, the entire amount will still be due the Construction Institute. Substitutions may be made before the start date of any event. Events may be rescheduled due to speaker conflict or severe weather. We reserve the right to cancel due to insufficient enrollment, in which case event fees will be refunded in full. Thank you for your consideration.

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