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

We are SOLD OUT but there is room on the waitlist! Follow the link to register and add your name.

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),  Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT), and International Masonry Institute (IMI). 

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!