Building Design+Construction Launches Women in Design+Construction Conference

Inaugural 2.5-day event will convene 125+ leading AEC women in Dana
Point, Calif., November 9-11, for professional development, networking,
and career training.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#buildingtogether–The editors of Building Design+Construction magazine are teaming
with nearly 30 leading women AEC professionals to launch the first
annual Women in Design+Construction Conference (WiD+C), November 9-11,
2016, at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Calif.

The inaugural event, themed “Building Together,” will bring together
more than 125 women from multiple disciplines of the commercial
construction market—architects, engineers, contractors, developers,
owners, marketers, business development professionals—to address the
difficult issues that women face in this fast-paced, competitive

“Women in the AEC industry face similar issues and need an
empowering environment to address, discuss, learn, and network,” says
Tony Mancini, Publisher of BD+C and Group Director and
Principal of the SGC Horizon Building Group. “We listened to the
feedback of our readers and partners, which is why we felt it was an
ideal time to create an event for women by women.”

The 2.5-day event will feature inspirational speakers and thought
leaders, takeaway-focused educational seminars, multiple networking
events, and team-based workshops, including a high-energy AEC Business
Hackathon facilitated by leading “Hackathonist” Paul Doherty.

“Having this opportunity to learn from pivotal experiences of women in
the AEC marketplace—in such a concentrated manner—is very rare and much
needed,” says Krista Phillips, AIA, NCARB, Principal with RIM
Architects, and one of 29 AEC women on the WiD+C Conference Advisory
Board, which is working with the BD+C editorial team to plan the

The WiD+C Advisory Board includes leading women from a range AEC firms:
Balfour Beatty, CannonDesign, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Gould
Evans, Granite Construction, Haley & Aldrich, KSQ Architects, Leo A
Daly, Mortenson Construction, RSP Architects, and SmithGroupJJR to name
a few.

“The inclusion of women in companies and leadership roles is not just
about doing the right thing, it’s about smart business,” says Ann
Truair, an WiD+C Advisory Board member, Marketing and Knowledge
Management Leader with Granite Construction, and Co-founder of Above
Glass Ceilings, a women’s leadership firm. “Based on demographics, we
are entering a war on talent the size of which we’ve never seen before.
Companies that are able to tie into the untapped potential of women in
the AEC industry will not only survive, but will thrive for years to

“We are extremely excited to be working with such a high-powered group
of AEC women leaders to plan this event,” says David Barista, BD+C’s
Editorial Director. “This conference is going to be something special.”

WiD+C Conference attendees are eligible to earn up to 10 AIA CES
Learning Units or Professional Development Hours.

For more on the Women in Design+Construction Conference, visit
or contact Erica Mileo, BD+C Events Manager, at


Building Design+Construction
Erica Mileo, 610-888-5211