8:00 am Conference Registration & Networking

8:30 am Chair’s Welcome & Recap of Day One

Make DE&I a Reality in Your Construction Organization

8:40 am Opening Panel Discussion: Changing the Conversation Around How We Advance DE&I in Construction

  • Carolyn Brunis Luc Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Suffolk Construction
  • Joffrey Wilson Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Mortenson
  • Cherelle Cortez National Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Layton Construction
  • Jason Westenskow Vice President of Human Resources, Zachry Construction
  • Hafsa Naz Mahmood Director of Communications & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Sevan Multi-Site Solutions


• What are the biggest barriers we face in driving DE&I up the agendas of our organizations’ leaders?
• How do we create and strengthen cultures of inclusion in the field?
• Rethinking how to then equip our leaders and project managers with the tools they need to lead the conversation and encourage participation in our most critical DE&I initiatives
• What are the creative approaches we can take to proactively source candidates from underrepresented communities?
• What do we need to do more of to build clear personal and professional pathways for diverse construction employees?
• The new thinking required to effectively design, build, and measure the progress of diversity initiatives across our recruitment and development practices
• How do and how should DE&I efforts be reflected in the communities we work and build?

9:20 am Discover: Rethink How to Tie DE&I Into the Fabric of Your People & Business Strategies

  • Dan Lester Director of Field Diversity, Inclusion, & Culture, Clayco


• What needs to change for us to be able to take genuinely proactive approaches to DE&I on and off the field?
• The new, progressive thinking required that to enable all project stakeholders to work together and drive a culture of inclusion on job sites
• How Clayco is breaking away from the status quo to embed DE&I into the heart of its wellbeing and training initiatives across all layers of the organization

9:40 am Develop: What More Can We Learn from the Construction HR Leaders Taking Proactive Approaches to DE&I?

  • Dan Lester Director of Field Diversity, Inclusion, & Culture, Clayco


Question & Answer Session Facilitated by the Chair

9:50 am Action: What Are You Now Going to Do to Change the Conversation Around DE&I in Your Organization?


Output Focused Action Session Facilitated by the Chair

10:10 am Networking & Refreshments

Develop Field Talent into Dynamic Business Leaders

10:40 am Discover: Break Away from Traditional Career Pathing to Transform How You Develop Diverse Craft Expertise into Business Leaders

  • Andrea Patterson Assistant Vice President of Construction Human Resources, Black & Veatch


• What traditional thinking needs challenging the most around the profile of future construction leaders?
• The new approaches to breaking down barriers between your business and its diverse employees on the job site
• How Black & Veatch is re-imagining career pathing to create an inclusive culture on the job site and enhance engagement and retention amongst diverse craft employees

11:00 am Discover: Breaking Away from Traditional Leadership Development to Drive Performance & Diversity of Thought Amongst Your First-Time & Experienced Leaders


• What do we need to do differently to encourage our leaders to step outside their comfort zone?
• The non-traditional approaches to leadership development that will transform its impact
• How PERI’s LEAD program is driving accountability and diversity of thought amongst its existing and emerging leaders

11:20 am Discover: Re-Imagine Development Opportunities for Your Most Experienced Construction Leaders


  • What do we need to stop, start, and continue to do when we plan for the development of our more experienced leaders?
  • The new approaches to L&D that ensure each employee has access to professional development opportunities throughout their whole career in construction
  • How Swinerton is developing and implementing a new leadership development approach for its VPs and divisional management to transform the way it provides learning opportunities to its entire workforce

11:40 am Develop: What Lessons Can We Learn From the HR Leaders Taking New Approaches to Leadership Development? Question & Answer Session Facilitated by the Chair

12:00 pm Action: What Actions Are You Now Going to Take to Build High-Performing Leaders?


Output-Focused Discussion Session

12:20 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm Speed Learning


In this quick fire session, each table will be hosted by an HR leader who will share the secrets of their most high-impact leap; you then get the opportunity to question the host before moving on to your next table.

2:30 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Conference