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Women in Construction: A Conference to Educate and Empower

Thursday, April 27, 2017 • 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

This conference is a construction-industry focused event that addresses a range of topics in the construction industry, presented by women and men who support women, with the goal to educate and empower.


The morning half of the event will consist of three separate speaker panels who will present for one hour on each of the following topics:

  • Hot Topics in Construction Law
  • What To Do When Your Construction Project Goes Off the Rails
  • The Construction Workforce Pipeline

Lunch will be catered by Bienestar Recetas Para Exito, a non-profit caterer who supports job skills training and whose profits support transition and affordable house.

At the lunch hour, there will be a short presentation on the Opening Doors Project, an education reentry program with pre-apprenticeship training at Oak Creek Juvenile Women’s Facility. The lunchtime speaker will be Dr. Roberta Hunte of Portland State University. Dr. Hunte will be speaking on the history of women and women of color in the construction industry. Her dissertation was used as the basis for the award-winning short film Sista in the Brotherhood.

After lunch, the conference continues with three more speaker panels who will present for one hour on each of the following topics:

  • Building Your Network 
  • Equity and Addressing Intersectionality
  • The Next Generation of Bosses

The day concludes with a networking reception.


Portland White Stag Building
70 NW Couch Street
Portland Oregon 97209


Registration includes full day conference, lunch and no-host networking reception, both catered by Bienestar Recetas Para Exito, a non-profit caterer supporting job skills training for low income individuals in transition. CLE credits for Oregon State Bar members available.

$25 for Students
$35 for Nonprofit
$50 for Corporate

This event is sold out. Online registration is no longer available.

Click here to download Speaker Bios.

Adele Ridenour (Ball Janik)
Amber Ontiveros (Washington State Dept. of Transportation)
Anyeley Hallova (Project^)
Andrew Colas (Colas Construction)
Angie Otto (Ball Janik)
Ashley Duncan (General Sheet Metal)
Becca Cavell (Make Shift)
Bobbi Matthews (Port of Portland)
Brenda Alexander (Hoffman Construction)
Ashley Duncan (General Sheet Metal)
Cami Grandinetti (Environmental Protection Agency)
Connie Ashbrook (Oregon Tradeswomen)
Dawn Jones Redstone (Hearts and Sparks Productions)
Eleza Faison (Phase 2 Phase)
Elizabeth Rhode-Motley (Gillaspy & Rhode)
Emily Miller (Parson Farnell and Grein)
Heather McNamee (Seifer Yeats Zwierzynski and Gragg)
Isis Harris (Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, IBEW Local 48)
Jennifer Willard (Intel)
Katie Coulson (Skanska)
Kelly Haines (Worksystems Inc)
Martha Hodgkinson (Hodgkinson Street)
Molly Washington (City of Portland - Attorney’s Office)
Nate McCoy (National Association of Minority Contractors)
Nick Baldwin-Sayre (Multnomah County)
Rakeem Washington (Opening Doors Project)
Rhonda Parsons Edmiston (Howard S Wright)
Rima Ghandour (Ghandour Law)
Roberta Hunte (Portland State University)
Roberta Phillip Robbins (MRG Foundation)
Roger Lenneberg (Jordan Ramis)
Sandra Fraser (Professional Women in Building)
Sarah Zahn (Gerding Edlen)
Stacey Drake Edwards (City of Portland – Prime Contractor Development Program)
Stephanie Becker (McCarthy Anderson)
Tami Boeck (Stoel Rives)
Teresa Elliott (Portland Water Bureau)
Tina Ray (CSMI)
Trisha Cauthorn (Corpac)
Vanessa Sturgeon (TMT Development)


For additional information, contact Emily Johnson or 503-412-0468.

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