WCOE Turning Point for 5/2

WCOE WCOE Elects 2017–2018 Board of Directors

WCOE has elected its Board of Directors for 2017–2018.
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Theresa KernTheresa Kern

President, MA Rebar Services, Inc.

Lorraine D'AngeloLorraine D'Angelo
President Elect

President, LDA Compliance Consulting, Inc.

Sheila OhrenbergSheila Ohrenberg

President, The Sorella Group

Ruth BleyRuth Bley

CEO, Bleyco Incorporated

Caryn BoisenCaryn Boisen
Immediate Past President

Attorney, Larson King, LLP

Directors and Chairs

Danette Michelle BeckDanette Beck
National Associate Director at Large

Managing Director, Marsh USA, Inc.

Deborah BradleyDeborah Bradley
Regional Director: Northeast

President, Deborah Bradley Construction & Management Services, Inc. (DBC Inc.)

Ida BrookerIda Brooker
Resource Center

President, Construction Consulting Northwest

Y. Lisa Colon HeronY. Lisa Colon Heron
Regional Director: Southeast

Partner, Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP

Lee CunninghamLee Cunningham
Legislative Affairs Chair

President, BT Metal Sales

Carole GreenCarole Green
Regional Director: Western

President/CEO, CE Green, Inc.

Colleen KramerColleen Kramer
Regional Director: East Central

President, Evergreen Supply Co.

Mary McNamaraMary McNamara
Regional Director: Central

President, Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal

Margery NewmanMargery Newman
Legislative Affairs: Policy

Attorney, Bryce, Downey & Lenkov

Catherine TojagaCatherine Tojaga
Corporate Alliance Partnership Chair

Owner, CT Mechanical

Deborah WilderDeborah Wilder
Mobius Circle Chair

President, Contractor Compliance and Monitoring, Inc.

WCOE WCOE Action in California Brings Results!

April 18, 2017
Re: Caltrans Disparity Study Analysis

The Associated General Contractors of California (AGC), Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE) and Caltrans are diligently working to address the impacts set forth in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 2015 Disparity Study.

At an April 10th meeting with Caltrans Director, Malcolm Dougherty, and Assistant Director of DBE, Janice Salais, AGC and its partners presented concerns imposed by the disparity study that included the elimination of Caucasian Females and Asian Subcontinent DBE subgroups from being counted on FHWA funded projects with DBE goals.

The study has since been removed from the Office of Business & Economic Opportunity's (OBEO) website while Caltrans re-evaluates the Federal recommendations. Caltrans staff will also be reviewing the information submitted by AGC to better understand the ramifications of the disparity study's impact to the DBE community.

AGC and WCOE should note that Caltrans will continue to enforce DBE goals on executed contracts for projects funded by the FHWA until he review has been completed. Once the review is completed, Caltrans will schedule public meetings for feedback. At that time, AGC will encourage members to attend these public hearings, send a representative or provide written comments. Until those meetings are scheduled, please be confident that AGC, WCOE and Caltrans are diligently working on this issue.

If you have questions, need more information, or would like to make a monetary donation to support these efforts and help offset the costs of experts retained by AGC, please contact John Cooper at cooperj@agc-ca.org.

Lee Cunningham

Lee Cunningham
WCOE Legislative Affairs Committee Chair
BT Metals

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Happy Anniversary DBEs!

The Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987 (HR 2) passed and became law on April 2, 1987. HR 2 became law after the United States House and Senate overrode President Reagan's veto!

The bill included a provision to expand the Disadvantages Business Enterprise Program (DBE) to include "that women for the purpose of this act are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged."

For the first time in history, the Federal Government recognized that women were in fact socially and economically disadvantaged in the man's world of business. 2017 is the 30th anniversary for the inclusion of women in the DBE program.

NWHM Women Making History Event in Washington, DC

Atlanta FalconsJoin Laura Bush, Chuck Todd & Diane Rehm on Tuesday, May 16 for Women Making History. Women Making History Honors is an elegant reception and awards program that recognizes a select group of women who have made a significant contribution to their field and serve as an inspiration to women everywhere. This year's honorees include:

  • Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States
  • The Honorable Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States
  • Major General Charles Bolden, 12th NASA Administrator
  • Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, Founding President, Women in Military Service for America Memorial
  • Diane Rehm, Former NPR Host of the Diane Rehm Show
  • Fay Laing, M.D., Radiologist and Professor

For more information, call 703.461.1920 or email Sarah Brutschy at sbrutschy@nwhm.org.

WCOE Coming Events

WCOE California Chapter Board Meeting
May 16, 2017

WCOE Quarterly Lunch Meeting, $75
May 11, 2017 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
200 N LaSalle, Chicago – Specific suite information will be forwarded pending attendance

Special guests: Dianne Middlebrooks, Women's Initiative Coordinator from Itasca Bank, will be attending with Bobi Siembieda, Founder of Conrad Business Results, for her presenation Are You Running Your Business or Is It Running You? Bobi can help you simplify, clarify and achieve your vision. Please RSVP to Monica Anderson at manderson@ctmwbe.com, no later than May 1st.

Associated Builders & Contractors

5/3/2017 1:30PM ET Skin Cancer Awareness for Construction Workers
5/8/2017 2:00PM ET Learn About the USDOL's Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
5/9/2017 2:00PM ET Combining Payroll and Benefits – Making Life Easy for Staff and Employees
5/16/2017 11:00AM ET New ConsensusDocs Contracts: How ABC Members Can Stay Ahead of the Curve
5/23/2017 2:00PM ET Vision for Vehicle Safety

American Subcontractors Association

5/9/2017   Webinar: Prompt Payment and How/When to Suspend Work
5/23/2017   Webinar: Technology and Transparency
6/13/2017   Webinar: Killer Contract Clauses
6/27/2017   Chapter Leadership Webinar: Developing Your Future Board Leadership Team

California High Speed Rail

The community open house in Hanford that was scheduled for 5/9 has been cancelled.


5/10/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
6/14/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
7/12/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
8/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
9/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
10/11/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
11/15/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
12/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform

2017 HUBZone Small Business Summits
Each Summit features educational sessions and match-making opportunities with agencies & primes.
Choose one or both!

July 27 – Columbus, OH
Hosted by the Battelle


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