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Yvonne Thurman-Dogruer 
Women Builders Council, Inc. 


Conference Date

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

8:15AM to 5:00PM

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Columbia University

Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway

New York, NY 10027 

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Registration Fees:

Non - Member rate: $ 325

Member rate: $ 240

Government rate: $ 270


Registration Deadline: Friday, May 18 at 5 PM

Cancellation deadline w/ refund: Thursday May 17

Women Builders Council Conference 2012

 Tuesday, May 22, 2012
8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lerner Hall, Columbia University
2920 Broadway, New York

 8:15 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m.


Yvonne Thurman-Dogruer, Executive Director, Women Builders Council

Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President, Board of Directors, Women Builders Council;  President and CEO, McKissack & McKissack

9:10 a.m. 

Opening Remarks

Anne Rascon, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Small Business Services

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Panel 1: The Current Economy: Development and Investment

Speakers share their perspectives on the near-term outlook for real estate demand in New York.  Where are the opportunities – small or large properties, private or public?  Where do they see the immediate future supply being and who are the demand drivers?  


Debra Cole, Associate and Business Development Director, Perkins + Will; Board Member, Women Builders Council


 Lynne Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School


Anthony Mannarino, Executive Vice President, Extell Development Company 

MaryAnne Gilmartin, Executive Vice President, Commercial and Residential Development,                      Forest City Ratner Companies

Adam Weinstein, President and CEO, The Phipps Houses Group

10:45 a.m.  Coffee and Networking Break

11:00 a.m.

Greetings (by video address)

The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Opportunities in Healthcare, Education and Transportation

Are the markets of healthcare, education and transportation providing opportunities for general contractors and subcontractors in this downturned recession?


Julie Valerio, Senior Associate, STV Construction, Inc.; Board Member, Women Builders Council


Thomas J. Webb, Executive Vice President and General Manager of New York Metro Region, Skanska


Sharon Greenberger, Senior Vice President, Facilities Development and Engineering, New York Presbyterian Hospital  

Joseph Ienuso, Executive Vice President, Columbia University Facilities

Joan McDonald, Commissioner, New York State Department of Transportation 

 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.


Keynote Address:  Toni Reinhold, President, The Newswomen's Club of New York

Introduced by Sandra Wilkin, President of Bradford Construction Corporation; President Emeritus, Women Builders Council

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Panel 3: Build Your Business! Outlook for 2014

Industry leaders discuss projects and opportunities planned for the next two years, to encourage smaller business owners to plan strategically for growth in their own businesses.


Gloria Kemper, President, Recon Construction Corporation; Board Member, Women Builders Council


Richard T. Anderson, President, New York Building Congress


Charles Avolio, Vice President and Operations Manager, Turner Construction Company

Paul Eagle, Managing Directroy, Perkins + Will

Robert McNamara, CEO, Americas, Lend Lease  

Frank Sciame, CEO and Chairman, Sciame Construction

3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

John C. Liu, New York City Comptroller

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.