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2017 PNW Region Forum

  • Embassy Suites 250 Gateway Blvd. South San Francisco, CA 94080 (map)

NAWIC 2017 Pacific Northwest Region Forum

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Friday Keynote Speaker

Kellie McElhaney, Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business

Presentation:  Gender, Equity, Pay Gaps, Leadership and Unconscious Bias

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Tracy Young, Co-Founder & CEO of Plangrid

Tracy Young is the co-founder and CEO at PlanGrid, the leader in construction software for the field, where she oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the company, focusing on leadership, innovation, and customers.  

Young founded PlanGrid with Ralph Gootee, Ryan Sutton-Gee, Antoine Hersen, and Kenny Stone in the fall of 2011. Prior to founding PlanGrid, Young helped build several hospitals as a construction engineer. She likes to joke that she went from working for one superintendent to hundreds of thousands through PlanGrid.

Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management from California State University-Sacramento.

Lindsey Blatz, Senior Project Manager

One of the company’s youngest senior project managers, Ms. Blatz is an adept multitasker at Webcor Builders. She began her career at the San Francisco based general contractor in 2007 after graduating with a degree in construction management from Colorado State University. In her ten years at Webcor, Ms. Blatz has built a very diverse portfolio of project experience ranging from high-rise residential to public works; two of which are Webcor’s largest and most complex: The Infinity Residential Towers and the award-winning Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH).   At ZSFGH the phased project had to remain in commission throughout construction. Ms. Blatz communicated meticulously with hospital staff, subcontractors and City departments, preventing interference with day to day hospital operations. In addition, Ms. Blatz took a fresh look at Webcor’s college recruiting and internship program and travels to colleges to reach out to students. She also mentors interns, organizes internship outings and remodeled the on-boarding process.  Ms. Blatz is currently overseeing the construction of the new Transbay Block 8 high-rise in downtown San Francisco and was recently honored as one of ENR California’s Top 20 Young Construction Professionals for 2017

Lee Cunningham, President, BT Metal Sales

Lee Cunningham is CEO of BT Metal Sales & Fabrication. Following in her father’s footsteps, Cunningham recently expanded her family’s 60 year-old business, BT Metal Sales & Fabrication, to supply high-quality metal supply and fabrication services to the building and transportation industries. Today, her family’s company is growing as a superior metal fabrication, metalwork, tank and metal sales, ironwork, iron fencing, and welding supplier in the United States. Cunningham’s leadership and the success of BT Metal Sales & Fabrication, continue to help the small business community by creating hundreds of jobs. The special blend of commitment to family and community, progress in transportation and the promotion of small businesses is the same set of priorities that Cunningham brings to the national platform on behalf of women in construction every day.

Through her continuing work in public advocacy and her commitment to small businesses, Cunningham is helping to reshape the landscape of the American small business. She plays an instrumental role in the nation’s movement toward infrastructure improvement, sitting on numerous boards, including the Department of General Services Small Business Council, the Arbitration Board for Silicon Valley, various hospital foundations, YMCA, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International.

A Graduate of Santa Clara University and active proponent of women in construction nationwide, Cunningham has helped make WCOE one of the fastest growing professional organizations in the country. Whether it is support for new programs, increasing small business size standards, encouraging multi-national corporations to team with WCOE members, encouraging small business lending policies or advocating change of government regulations, Cunningham’s primary focus as President of WCOE is to help woman-owned businesses – and women executives – succeed in the male-dominated construction marketplace.

Lisa Ballantyne, Vice President & General Manager, Turner Construction Company

Lisa is Vice President & General Manager of Turner Construction’s San Francisco Bay Area.  She joined Turner in 1998 in their Boston office, previously working for a heavy highway contractor.  She held various project and department roles for over her 14 years in Boston.  In 2012 after managing the Special Projects Division for 5 years as VP & General Manager, Lisa relocated to the Turner’s Headquarter in New York City as Vice President of the Risk Management Department.  Reporting to Turner’s President & CEO, Lisa was responsible for safety, insurance programs, surety, claims and legal.  In 2014, she took on her current role where she is responsible for the business operations and management of offices throughout the bay area. Lisa is active in industry groups and philanthropy.  Recently she served on the Board of Overseers for the New England Aquarium until her relocation to the bay.  She is on the Executive Leadership Team for Go Red for Women Bay Area and Chairperson for American Heart Association’s Hard Hat for Hearts.  She currently serves on the executive committee for the Tulane Fund Advisory Board.  She has a BSCE from Tulane (’97), and an MBA from Simmons School of Management (’02).  A native of Massachusetts, Lisa now resides in Orinda, California, with her husband Brant, and sons Graham (age 12) and Brant (age 11.)

Turner Construction is a leading construction company and the largest general builder in the United States with over 8,000 employees globally, and over $10 Billion of work performed annually.

Michelle Dutro, Regional Account Executive, Johnson Controls

Michelle has been a Regional Account Executive in Major Projects for Johnson Controls, for the better part of seven years.  You can also catch her as the host of The Game Changer Podcast, helping people to get past their limiting beliefs, and inspiring listeners to make a difference.

Michelle is certainly no stranger to pursuing her dreams. A military veteran, by the age of 22 - Michelle became a firefighter at age 35.  Regardless of where she is, her greatest passion is inspiring women to believe that nothing should ever hold them back from pursuing their goals, and that anything is possible with the right mindset.


Michelle is a certified Strategic Intervention Life Coach, and yoga and guided meditation instructor.  She is also the host of the The Game Changer Podcast, and author of Amazon’s best-selling new release, Fate, Destiny, and The Power of Free Will.

Amanda Gillespie, Project Director

With over 20 years in the construction industry, Ms. Gillespie possesses a unique skill set that has led to the successful completion of various large-scale projects in both public and private sectors. She has worked on landmark projects such as the World Trade Center PATH Station, Madison Square Gardens Renovation, IBM’s World Headquarters, the US Census Bureau National Headquarters in DC, and many other noteworthy projects. In 2014, she joined Webcor Builders as Project Director for the $1.4 Billion Dollar project’s construction phase. This project, which is currently the largest public works project ever undertaken in Northern California, is set to complete in 2018. In her spare time, she is working with a variety of groups on the question of Gender Equity in construction as well as promoting the STEM fields with the emerging generations through work with Curiodyssey Children’s Science Museum, the Bay Area council, NAWIC, CREW, and WiOPS. Ms. Gillespie holds both BS in Construction Management and an MBA in Organizational Change Management as well as is a LEED Legacy AP. 

Cassie Hilaski, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors

A Certified Safety Professional, Hilaski has extensive field experience on large construction projects of up to $850 million. 

Hilaski’s career focus on environmental health and safety is a natural fit with her life-long affinity for humanitarian work and for helping others, in general.  She views her role not so much as an additional layer of project oversight, but as an experienced, in-house resource to the Project Managers, Superintendents, and others.  “Even though it’s great to be involved in a large, complicated project, at the end of the day, it’s their project,” she points out.

Previous to joining Nibbi, Cassie spent 20 years at Clark Construction, where she worked up to the position of Area Safety Director. 

Cassie’s presentation will address the importance of building a robust safety culture and how safety can touch all levels of a business.  She will also be sharing some of her insights about transitioning from a mid-management role at a large, national company to a key leadership role at a mid-sized regional contractor.

Angeline Marie Gleason, LEED AP, MEP Preconstruction Director, McCarthy Building Companies

Angeline is an MEP Preconstruction Director specializing in Electrical, Low Voltage systems, and Integrating Building Technology Systems.  She coordinates engineers, designers, contractors and facility owners during the preconstruction phase to encourage system integration and synchronization by pursuing equipment efficiencies and capabilities to economize physical equipment space requirements, enable unified communication between systems, and reduce construction and operating costs.

Angeline is considered a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and brings a comprehensive knowledge of costs, design & engineering strategies, time constraints, and bidding/estimating processes to all teams she works with to implement “best practices” and focus on continuous improvement initiatives with a high level of technical competence. She believes that greater design team collaboration and educating the industry of the infinite integration possibilities surrounding the rapidly advancing arena of electrical and technology systems will provide more sustainable buildings, efficient building operations with lower costs, and greater end-user satisfaction.

Angeline has held overall responsibility of electrical and low voltage estimating, design, and subcontracting for the Northern Pacific Division of McCarthy Building Companies for over 4 years.  Prior to McCarthy she worked for various Electrical Subcontractors as a Project Manager, Service Manager, and Project Engineer from Southern to Northern California for over 10 years.

Angeline is a LEED Accredited Professional, certified in project/team management and OSHA 30, and regularly teaches at quarterly McCarthy MEP trainings. 

Angeline attended the University of California, Riverside where she served as president of Kappa Kappa Gamma and received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

Julie Hyson, Senior Director, Skanska USA Building Inc.

Julie Hyson asks tough questions, connects people, and acts as a relentless and unbiased champion for her colleagues and clients. She is an energetic leader with a passion for people and performance. As senior director and part ofSkanska’s executive leadership team, Julie takes pride in knowing that the strategy the team develops today has a tangible impact on the business now and in the long-term. This motivates her to keep asking whether the company is doing the right thing for the clients and the communities they serve. One of the professional achievements that Julie is most proud of is designing and implementing a framework that has driven Skanska to adopt a truly customer-focused culture. Julie is proud to serve as the executive sponsor of Skanska’s Diversity & Inclusion and Community Outreach councils as well as the Advisor and former Chair of Skanska’s Women’s Network in California. In collaboration with other business leaders from organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, PlanGrid and Autodesk, Julie has been brazen about developing forums to encourage, promote, and support women in any industry to lead boldly within their organizations—at whatever level in their career.

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, May 18, 2017

  10:30 – 12:00          SFO Jobsite Tour

 12:30 – 1:30             Registration Open

 2:00 – 6:00             San Francisco Scenic Bus Tour

 5:30 – 7:30             Hotel Reception, Complimentary Drinks and
                                Appetizers – Dinner on Your Own             

8:00 – 9:00             Registration Open


Friday, May 19, 2017

 7:00 - 8:30              Complimentary Cooked to Order Breakfast
                                 Chapter Sales

7:30 - 8:30             First Timers Meeting
8:30 - 12:00            Speakers               


12:00 - 1:00              Lunch

1:00 - 4:30                Speakers & NAWIC Business

4:30 - 6:00                Past Directors Meeting

5:30 – 7:30            Hotel Reception, Complimentary Drink and Appetizers
                                -Dinner on Your Own


Saturday, May 20, 2017

7:00 - 8:30                Complimentary Cooked to Order Breakfast
                                  Chapter Sales

 8:30 – 12:00              Speakers and NAWIC Business                                      

12:00 – 1:00              Lunch                    

1:00 – 4:30                Speakers and NAWIC Business

6:30 - 11:00               Awards Banquet


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Come join us in the City by the Bay for the Pacific Northwest Region Annual Forum!  San Francisco is the cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California, the birthplace of the United Nations and the only consolidated city-county in California.  It is only about 47.9 square miles in area making it the smallest county in the state; however, with about 18,500 people per square mile it is the most densely settled large city in the state and the second most densely populated city in the US after New York City. 

A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills and an eclectic mix of architecture and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Lombard Street and Chinatown to name a few. 

Please come in early and join us for a City Bus Tour on Thursday, 5/18/17 so that you can experience all of these amazing places.  There is no charge for the tour, but we do need to know how many to expect, so be sure to register for the Free Tour when you submit your registration form.  The tour will commence from the Embassy Suites at 2:00pm and will return at 5:00pm.  Those who wish to stay in downtown San Francisco for the evening and not return to the hotel may certainly do so.  Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) runs to South San Francisco until midnight and, of course, there is always Uber or Lyft.

  • Early Bird Registration (Member - Thru April 1) $175
  • Early Bird Registration (Non-Member - Thru April 1) $225
  • Regular Registration (Member - Thru April 15) $200
  • Regular Registration (Non-Member - Thru April 15) $250
  • Late Registration (Member - After April 15) $225
  • Late Registration (Non-Member - After April 15) $275

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Embassy Suites, Non-Smoking Doubles $189 per night plus taxes.

To reserve your room at the negotiated rate, please visit:

***Room block cut-off date is Thursday April, 27, 2017.

Includes: Cooked to order breakfast and cocktail reception daily, free Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle to/from SFO, and complimentary parking.


For any questions regarding Forum, please contact:

Donna Revis,, 650-918-9181


Megan OHalloran,, 925-872-9168

Earlier Event: March 5
Women in Construction (WIC) Week
Later Event: August 16
Annual Meeting & Education Conference