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Keynote Speaker Announced

CEO/Thought Leader, Kaleidoscope Group

Doug Harris


ABC's virtual Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Summit will explore the complexity of IDE in today's world and evaluate its historical journey and sustainable future in the construction industry.

Doug Harris, CEO of the Kaleidoscope Group, will lead attendees in an interactive, and virtual discussion on fostering inclusion and ultimately achieving exceptional business outcomes.


Please select the time zone.

Monday, June 14
11-11:30 a.m.

Kacie Brewer [email protected]

At United Rentals, Kacie Brewer manages Women United, for women in the workplace; Veteran’s United, and Together United, an inclusion council. She also launches advocacy events including Women’s History Month, Diversity Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. Brewer’s diversity and inclusion programming includes employee resource groups, a D&I survey and company coaching program, and a diversity partnership with other construction companies, suppliers, subcontractors and hiring managers.

Brad Lewis [email protected]

Dennis Walker [email protected]

Rudy Alanis [email protected]

 

Kick off the day with an introductory ice-breaker poll introducing 2020 National Diversity Excellence Award winners and best practices.

11:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m.

Doug Harris [email protected]


For almost 30 years, Doug Harris has partnered with clients to create customized strategies that address the specific diversity needs of each business and its unique company culture. He works closely with leaders and executives to champion D&I and develop commitment and enthusiasm across all employee groups, powerfully balancing the practical and the philosophical. His energy and passion for the work have been described as “contagious” and an unforgettable experience.

12:40-1:30 p.m.

Harris will provide objectives for breakout groups to tackle. ABC Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee members serve as scribes and report back to the larger group.

1:30-1:35 p.m.
Break
1:35-2:30 p.m.

 

Laura Lapidus [email protected]

Laura Lapidus is a risk control director for CNA, managing the development and delivery of employment practices liability and management liability risk control products and services. She also is responsible for coordinating the delivery of both management liability and property and casualty risk control products and services for CNA’s financial institutions policyholders. Lapidus has more than 25 years of experience in employment law.

 

Greg Sizemore [email protected]

Greg Sizemore is ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development Associated Builders and Contractors and a key liaison between the construction industry and the public sector on safety and workforce development initiatives. He oversees a network of 800 education programs and leads ABC’s health, safety, environment and workforce development initiatives. Sizemore is also responsible for ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, a benchmarking improvement tool that dramatically increases safety performance among participants.

 

Gary W. Clevenger [email protected]

Gary Clevenger is vice president of risk control segments for CNA. In this role, he is responsible for leading and executing risk control initiatives within industry segments and business units. Clevenger works closely with business partners in underwriting and claims to develop risk management strategies, risk profiles, incident trending and predictive analytics.

 

Construction professionals are experiencing decreased productivity, mental health issues and a high suicide rate exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn strategies to incorporate mental health and addiction and suicide prevention into employers’ safety, health and wellness programs and practices. Find resources to assist in identifying and managing mental illness in the workplace and understand the obligations of employers to accommodate psychological disabilities in the workplace.

2:30-3 p.m.

Network with general contractors and diverse businesses interested in creating win-win relationships. 

3:05-3:45 p.m.

Chris Beck [email protected]

Chris Beck is a senior vice president of Turner Construction responsible for executive oversight of preconstruction and construction management services for Turner Construction Company’s Pennsylvania/New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic regions, encompassing over 700 professionals and an annual revenue of over $2 billion. In a previous role at Turner, Beck was responsible for both contractual and insurance risk analyses within the company’s entire portfolio.

Frank Chiramonte [email protected]

Frank Chiaramonte, president and founder of Chiaramonte Construction Company. Chiaramonte manages the resources, ensuring that all construction projects are completed to not only the client’s expectations but his as well. He built the company on a solid foundation with excellent people and a desire for greatness to make sure that the work is completed with the least number of interruptions and delivered with on-time success.

Monique Wallace [email protected]

 

The construction industry is not immune to the financial, safety and personal implications associated with hostile work environments and racially motivated incidents. This session will provide an insider’s perspective on practical solutions to combat work environments in all forms. We will also share reactive tools that construction industry firms can implement in managing through a real-life crisis.

3:45-4:15 p.m.

ABC chapter presidents reveal the unique inclusion, diversity and equity programs that are making a local impact and advancing the construction industry.

4:15-4:45 p.m.

Michele Howell [email protected]

Courtney Holt [email protected]

Courtney Holt is the talent and diversity manager at Cianbro Corporation. She joined the Cianbro team as an intern, and has since rotated through business development and procurement, gaining significant knowledge of the preconstruction process. Holt manages the recruitment team and all diversity and inclusion initiatives across the organization.

Traci Hardin [email protected]

Traci Hardin is vice president of safety and compliance for Meyer Najem Construction LLC. Her responsibilities include safety, human resources, diversity and inclusion, and risk management for health care, institutional, municipal and commercial projects. Hardin is involved with the ABC Indiana/Kentucky Chapter, Coalition for Construction Safety Indiana, Construction Family Assistance Foundation, American Society of Safety Professionals, Society of Human Resource Management and the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana.

Larry Lopez [email protected]

Larry Lopez founded Green JobWorks in 2011 to help put Baltimore to work through partnerships with workforce development agencies including the Center for Urban Families and Project JumpStart. He has two decades of experience in business development, strategic management and relationship-building for Fortune 100 companies including UPS, FedEx and Pepsi-Cola. Lopez is past chair of ABC’s diversity committee and serves on the association’s Baltimore chapter board and the Washington Building Congress small business committee.

The construction industry is powering America’s recovery and economic engine. Yet, in 2021, construction companies will need to hire 430,000 more workers than they employed in 2020, according to an ABC economic analysis. Hear how talent managers are creating a game-changing talent strategy to attract and retain diverse talent to help bridge the workforce shortage.

 

4:45-5:15 p.m.

Network with general contractors and diverse businesses interested in creating win-win relationships. 

5:15-6:15 p.m.
Cocktails and Conversations from your home office

    Speakers

  • Kacie Brewer
    At United Rentals, Kacie Brewer manages Women United, for women in the workplace; Veteran’s United, and Together United, an inclusion council. She also launches advocacy events including Women’s History Month, Diversity Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. Brewer’s diversity and inclusion programming includes employee resource groups, a D&I survey and company coaching program, and a diversity partnership with other construction companies, suppliers, subcontractors and hiring managers.
  • Traci Hardin
    Traci Hardin is vice president of safety and compliance for Meyer Najem Construction LLC. Her responsibilities include safety, human resources, diversity and inclusion, and risk management for health care, institutional, municipal and commercial projects. Hardin is involved with the ABC Indiana/Kentucky Chapter, Coalition for Construction Safety Indiana, Construction Family Assistance Foundation, American Society of Safety Professionals, Society of Human Resource Management and the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana.
  • Courtney Holt
    Courtney Holt is the talent and diversity manager at Cianbro Corporation. She joined the Cianbro team as an intern, and has since rotated through business development and procurement, gaining significant knowledge of the preconstruction process. Holt manages the recruitment team and all diversity and inclusion initiatives across the organization.
  • Gary Clevenger
    Gary Clevenger is vice president of risk control segments for CNA. In this role, he is responsible for leading and executing risk control initiatives within industry segments and business units. Clevenger works closely with business partners in underwriting and claims to develop risk management strategies, risk profiles, incident trending and predictive analytics.
  • Frank Chiaramonte
    Frank Chiaramonte, president and founder of Chiaramonte Construction Company. Chiaramonte manages the resources, ensuring that all construction projects are completed to not only the client’s expectations but his as well. He built the company on a solid foundation with excellent people and a desire for greatness to make sure that the work is completed with the least number of interruptions and delivered with on-time success.
  • Greg Sizemore
    Greg Sizemore is ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development Associated Builders and Contractors and a key liaison between the construction industry and the public sector on safety and workforce development initiatives. He oversees a network of 800 education programs and leads ABC’s health, safety, environment and workforce development initiatives. Sizemore is also responsible for ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, a benchmarking improvement tool that dramatically increases safety performance among participants.
  • Jean Toman
    Jean Toman is director of public relations and programs for ABC Delaware, where she oversees all chapter communication efforts, including the website and social media, planning and organizing all monthly dinner meetings and eight annual special events. Toman is also ABC Delaware’s master trainer in accordance with ABC’s NCCER accreditation and has trained more than 50 craft professionals in the vocational-technical schools, as well as member company employees and other organizations.
  • Laura Lapidus
    Laura Lapidus is a risk control director for CNA, managing the development and delivery of employment practices liability and management liability risk control products and services. She also is responsible for coordinating the delivery of both management liability and property and casualty risk control products and services for CNA’s financial institutions policyholders. Lapidus has more than 25 years of experience in employment law.
  • Doug Harris
    For almost 30 years, Doug Harris has impacted the workplace in diversity and inclusion. He was a part of the movements and conversations that developed the industry that has grown from what was once called “Affirmative Action: Next Phase.” Combining compassion and a keen business sense, he has shepherded organizations, teams and executives forward as the diversity dialogue has evolved from compliance to fostering inclusion and, ultimately, achieving exceptional business outcomes.
  • G. Christopher Beck
    Chris Beck is a senior vice president of Turner Construction responsible for executive oversight of preconstruction and construction management services for Turner Construction Company’s Pennsylvania/New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic regions, encompassing over 700 professionals and an annual revenue of over $2 billion. In a previous role at Turner, Beck was responsible for both contractual and insurance risk analyses within the company’s entire portfolio.
  • Jimmy E. Greene
    Jimmy Greene is the president of ABC of Michigan. He’s responsible for the public policy and government affairs in Michigan for ABC Members. Prior to this role, he served as CEO and president of Associated Builders & Contractors, Greater Michigan Chapter, and The Greater Michigan Construction Academy, which advocates, educates, and trains over 300 builders and contractors in 36 counties. He is the first Black CEO in ABC's 60-year history.
  • Larry Lopez
    Larry Lopez founded Green JobWorks in 2011 to help put Baltimore to work through partnerships with workforce development agencies including the Center for Urban Families and Project JumpStart. He has two decades of experience in business development, strategic management and relationship-building for Fortune 100 companies including UPS, FedEx and Pepsi-Cola. Lopez is past chair of ABC’s diversity committee and serves on the association’s Baltimore chapter board and the Washington Building Congress small business committee.
  • Michele Howell
    Michele Howell is vice president, business development for greater Indianapolis, responsible for new business development and relationship management initiatives to grow Aon's Midwest market presence. Michele works with clients and prospects to solve complex business issues through Aon’s risk, retirement and health and welfare solutions.

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