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Women Executives in Building Symposium

Jun 17, 2024   |   8:30 AM – 4:00 PM ET
Council on Foreign Relations, 1777 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Join us for another thought-provoking Women Executives in Building Symposium. This event is focused on women's leadership in the built environment. The symposium is designed to empower and inspire women in the industry to reach new heights in their careers. From interactive discussions to networking opportunities, attendees will gain valuable insights and strategies for success in a male-dominated industry. NIBS, with the help of our partners, are thrilled to offer this transformative experience and opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals. Reach out to Jennifer Hitzke,, if you are interested in attending this invitation only event.

If you’re interested in learning about our exclusive sponsorship opportunities, please view the prospectus here.



Stephen Ayers, Interim Chief Executive Officer, NIBS

8:30am - 9:00am

Coffee and name tag pickup

9:00am - 9:25am

A Global Construction Perspective
Tracy Thomas, Managing Director for Construction, Facility & Security Management, U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

9:30am - 10:05am

Is the Built Environment Workforce Actually Changing for Women?
Indra Gutierrez, President, Gutier
Laura Dwyer, Business Development Leader, DuPont Performance Building Solutions
Jennifer Dewees, President, Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation

10:10am - 10:55am

Crisis Communications
Jean Medina, Chief Communications Officer, Washington Commanders

11:00am - 11:35am

The Impact of Successful Policy and Government Affairs Programs
Marcy Weldin, Deputy Legislative Director, Army Programs, NAGAUS
Alice Yates, Director of Government Affairs, ASHRAE
Stephanie Santell, Senior Policy Advisor, EPA

11:40am - 12:15pm

Networking Lunch

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Women & Financial Health: What You Can’t Afford to Miss
Matthew Koppelman WMCP®, Financial Advisor, Prudential

1:05pm - 1:40pm

The Role of Women in the Housing Industry
Ashley Prendergast Northcutt, President & CEO, National Women's Affordable Housing Network
Emily Cadik, CEO, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition
Regina Gray, Director, Affordable Housing Research & Technology, Policy Development & Research, HUD

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Roundtable Discussions

2:25pm - 2:55pm

Symposium Close
Rebecca Liko, Chief Financial Officer, NIBS

2:55pm - 3:00pm

Networking Reception

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Sponsored by

Compass Datacenters
84 Lumber