Women in the Built World

2019 Chicago Symposium

WitBW Symposium 

Friday February 1, 2019
8:00am to 5:30pm
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654

The 3rd Annual Women in the Built World Symposium is brought to you from a partnership of Women in Restoration & Engineering (WiRE), Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA), CRCA’s Chicagoland Women in Roofing (CRCA’s CWIR), American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois (ASCE IL), and Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT). 

Symposium Partners:

Symposium Sponsors 

Our event is only made possible due to generous donations from our sponsors. This allows us to keep our registration cost to a minimum, which encourages young professionals to attend. Thank you for your support!

Tier III Sponsors

Tier II Sponsors

Tier I Sponsors

Symposium Registration and Sponsorship

Please Click Here to be taken to Eventebrite for additional information and to Register for the Symposium and Become a Sponsor

Individual Tickets

Non-Member Tickets: $125
Member Tickets: $100
This is for Paying Annual Members of WiRE, CWA, CRCA’s CWIR, ASCE IL, CWIT,
            if you are not a Paying member, please use the Non-Member rate for registration 

Sponsorship Levels:

Tier I: $250 (For Non-Profit Organizations)
Tier II: $500
Tier III: $1,000

Symposium Agenda

8:00am     Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30am     Welcome and Introduction to the Symposium

8:45am    Confidence, Leadership, and Sports: The Blueprint for Success for Girls’ Today
                  Presenter:   Meghan Morgan, Executive Director, Girls in the Game

9:15am     Panel Discussion:  Mentoring and Advocating
                   Moderator:   Elaine Shapiro, Thornton Tomasetti
                   Panelists:    A: Patricia Saldana Natke, UrbanWorks
                                         E: Dhooli Raj, Collins Engineers, ASCE IL Past President
                                         C: Michele Murphy, Shawmut

9:45am     Break with Networking Breakout Session

10:15am   Presentation:  The Old Post Office Reuse Project
                   Presenters:   Angela Harper, Gensler Architects and Christine Lussow, Bear Construction

10:55am   Panel Discussion: Encouraging and Retaining Women in Construction
                   Moderator:   Kristen Erickson, Pepper Construction
                   Panelists:    Lily Calderon, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers and BAC Executive Council
                                         Mary O’Malley, Pepper Superintendent
                                         Erin Cullen, Turner Project Manager

11:25am    Group Photo

11:30pm    Lunch

12:30pm    Presentation: Terra Cotta Construction & Restoration
                    Presenter: Amy Lamb Woods, International Masonry Institute

1:10pm      Presentation: Roofing Basics
                    Presenters:  Joan Crowe, GAF and CRCA’s CWIR

1:45pm      Break and Networking

2:00pm      Panel Discussion:  The Male Perspective
                    Moderator:   Krista Gnatt, Western Specialty Contractors
                    Panelists:     A: Bill Browne, Ratio Architecture
                                          E: David Eckmann, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
                                          C: Mat Dougherty, McShane Construction
                                          C: Terry Graber, Power Construction

2:45pm      Key Note Speaker:   Margaret McCurry, Tigerman McCurry Architects

3:45pm      Closing

4:00pm      Cocktail Hour at Pella Showroom!