WCOE Welcomes Cornell Roofing as a Corporate Alliance Partner
WCOE welcomes Cornell Roofing, our most recent Corporate Alliance Partner. Mary McNamara owner and President of Cornell Roofing since July of 2007, is an active WCOE Board Member and our Central Regional Director.
Mary purchased Cornell in July of 2007 from a 3rd generation family. Cornell has been in business for 90 years and currently has 85 employees. Recently Cornell received the honor of being selected as the MAIN roofing contractor of choice for the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
Mary is dedicated to quality construction and delivers what is promised to her customers. She believes the key to success is teamwork and hopes that women of WCOE present and future, will work together to increase opportunities for all of us. Mary has enjoyed her time with WCOE and hopes to be a part of the organization for many, many years to come.
WCOE Welcomes New Members
Please welcome the following new members:
WCOE California Leadership Summit "Building Bridges for Women in Construction" 10/17/2017–10/19/2017
Women leaders from across the State of California gathered in San Francisco, at the WCOE Leadership Summit last week to expand their contacts and connections, grow their leadership skills, and build bridges for women in construction. Dynamic presentations and workshops covered key issues including keynote addresses by Grace Crunican, Executive Director of BART, Cynthia Guidry, Interim Director of Development for LAWA (Los Angeles Area World Airports), and internationally acclaimed communications expert, Jenni Prisk.
Timely topics of the use of technology in construction, negotiation techniques, and building your brand were also presented. Key leaders from the major prime contractors attended and also provided tips on working effectively as a team. Tanya Little of the California Department of General Services provided tips on working with the State. Construction lawyer, negotiation expert, and WCOE Board Member, and President of the WCOE California Chapter, Brenda Radmacher of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, provided negotiation training for the attendees.
The leadership summit also raised awareness and support for Tradeswomen, Inc., a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting women in the trades. The conference was rounded out by a dynamic discussion of key partners for construction firms including insurance professionals from Travelers, Risk Management advisors at Merriwether & Williams, as well as accountants with Clifton Larson Allen, bankers at Sacramento Bank of Commerce, and social media/branding experts, Uptown Studios.
Sponsorships and support for the event were provided by:
- Alliance Building & Construction
- Balfour Beatty
- Bentley Systems
- California Department of General Services
- Contractor Compliance and Monitoring, Inc.
- East Bay Municipal Utility District
- FTI Consulting
- Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
- Merriwether & Williams
- Onyx Building Group
- Sacramento Bank of Commerce
- Shames Construction
- Swinerton Builders
- Walter P. Moore
Chicago Women in Trades "Women Build Nations"
The City of Chicago once again hosted the National 7th Annual "Women Build Nations" conference, October 13-15, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. This year's event was a tremendous success and was attended by more than 1,500 Tradeswomen from around the country.
Several workshops were also hosted and two of WCOE's members (Catherine Tojaga, CT Mechanical and Angie Simon, Western Allied) participated in two of the sessions: "Contractors Leading the Way in Supporting Tradeswomen" and "Contractor and Tradeswomen Roundtable – a Dialogue on Best Practices for Creating Sustainable Careers for Tradeswomen".
Angie Simon had the following to say about the event, "On Friday – we had employers, JATC folk, BM's and BA's and on Saturday – all trades women. We discussed our views as employers as to what we can do to assist the tradeswomen in the field – how we can help increase the numbers etc. The two days were actually very different."
Senator McConnaughay's 3rd Annual Women's
WCOE Chicago Caucus was again invited by Illinois Senator Karen McConnaughay to participate in her Annual Women's Conference. Melissa Davidson of Porte Brown Accountants & Advisors represented WCOE at the event. Her brief comments follow:
"Talented, Inspirational, Strong Women. That is what encompassed State Senator Karen McConnaughay's Third Annual Women's Conference on Thursday, October 5th at Elgin Community College. The conference began with welcoming remarks from Senator McConnaughay. This event is hosted so women have a place to come together to share their experiences on achieving success in the workplace. She also recommended reading the book "Womenomics" by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay which was given to all in attendance.
The keynote speaker was Christine Dudley, Director, Illinois Film Office. She leads the IFO team to promote Illinois as a global destination for film production. She has mentored and been mentored by many women throughout her career. She is dedicated to preparing women for government and public policy positions. She also is devoted to business development and bringing jobs to the State of Illinois within the IL Film Office. She was followed by a talented panel of business owners and executives: Janice Christiansen, President of FlagSource; Ami Christianson, Owner of One Salon Bridal Co.; Linda Deering, President of Advocate Sherman Hospital; and Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and Chairwoman of the Board at INTREN.
The panel was made up of inspirational women from various backgrounds and industries. It was said that the guide to success is being bold and confident in yourself as well as surrounding yourself with inspirational individuals. "You are your best sponsor." As a leader you must have a genuine character and practice stewardship. They also spoke about involving social media within marketing and referenced a billboard that states "Contractors Changing the Face of Construction", which depicts Loretta Rosenmayer (Intren) and Stephanie Hickman (Trice Construction and WCOE Member). The event was educating and EMPOWERING!"