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Panels and Speakers Announced for ‘Women Who Build’ Summit

Hartford, CT – The Construction Institute of the University of Hartford recently announced panels and keynote speakers for the 2017 “Women Who Build Leadership and Networking” Summit, a premier event for architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, owners/operators (AECO), lawyers, accountants, and other professionals in the industry.

The event is being held Wednesday, February 22 at the University of Hartford campus.

The institute announced that Paulette Brown, immediate past president of the American Bar Association (ABA), will be the keynote speaker for the event.

She will share her experiences as a groundbreaking woman having held a variety of leaderships positions during her career. Rashda Rana, an internationally known construction arbitrator and mediator, and president of Arbitral Woman, will start the day with an opening keynote on the power of diversity in driving business success and decision making.

The “Women Who Build” Summit will feature panels including:

Panel 1. “Women in the Industry — Our Past, Our Present, Our Future,” with Marcia Kellogg, moderator; Nancy Clayton, senior associate, Pickard Chilton Architects; Danielle M. Crafford, junior superintendent, Gilbane Building Company; Sarah Epifano, senior business development director, SKANSKA; Jezelle Gordon, student, University of Hartford.

Panel 2. “Negotiation Skills for the AEC Industry,” with Ava Abramovitz, professorial lecturer, George Washington University Law School; Conna Weiner, arbitrator, Conna Weiner ADR; Deb Mastin, attorney, Law Office of Deborah Mastin PLLC.

Panel 3. “Understanding Your Company’s’ Financials and What They Mean to You,” with Linda Ferraro, moderator, Leading Women; Susan Coleman, University of Hartford Barney School of Business; Rebecca W. Lyman, Cohn Reznick.

Panel 4. “A View from the Top and How to Get There,” with Einat Dorobantu, director, Strategy & Implementation Phalcon LTD; Liz Holland, CEO, Abbell Associates; Joanna Kripp, senior project executive, Gilbane Building Company; Rashda Rana, president, Arbitral Women.