2021 Keynote Speaker
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Network with general contractors and diverse businesses interested in creating win-win relationships.
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.
ABC chapter presidents reveal the unique inclusion, diversity and equity programs that are making a local impact and advancing the construction industry.
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.
Check out photos from our 2019 in-person event.
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bethany Murphy at [email protected] or at (732) 804-7166.