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Troy Aichele​

CEO

Breslin Strategies Inc.

Christopher Asaro

President

Holt Construction 
 

David Ashcraft

President

Advantage Learning Systems

Denise M. Berger FAIA

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
 
AECOM East Region
 

Nic Bittle

Founder

Work Force Pro

Mark Breslin

CEO

Breslin Strategies Inc.

Bill Curran

Leadership and Talent Consultant

Kevin L. Dougherty

Consultant, Speaker, Author

Steve Duval

Senior Vice President and Division Leader of New England

Ralph Esposito

President, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Region

Suffolk

Joseph Freund

Designer, Application Specialist

Microsol Resources

Michael Gamsby

Director of Outreach and Clinician Modern Assistance Program

John J. McNamara

Founding Partner 
 
Lane McNamara LLP
 

Miranda Jones

Partner

O’Reilly, Grosso, Gross and Jones, P.C.

Stephane McShane

Director

Maxim Consulting Group, LLC

Anna Liza Montenegro

Bluebeam Certified Support Representative

Microsol Resources

James Murphy

LEED-AP Vice President 

Turner & Townsend Gov LLC, PMCM 
 

Francisco Pineda

Faculty

Columbia University

Paul Reimer

President

Gleeds America 

Gregg Schoppman

Partner

FMI

David Spergel

Bluebeam Certified Support Representative

Microsol Resources

Tanya Pope

Founder and Principal Owners

The Pope Consulting Group

Tanya Pope is a multi-faceted professional with a deep understanding of government, construction and large organizations. Pope is the Founder and Principal Owner of The Pope Consulting Group, LLC (TPCG), a company dedicated to program design and development in Supplier Diversity, procurement, workforce capacity, diversity research and strategic diversity, equity and inclusion programs. Pope also serves as Assistant Vice President, University Supplier Diversity at Columbia University within Columbia University’s Facilities and Operations Department. She is responsible for sourcing capable, diverse vendors to support the University’s construction projects and business initiatives, that have paid out over $1.2 billion to diverse firms in the past decade, Pope holds a B.S. in Communications Management and an M.S. in Leadership and Strategic Management, from Manhattanville College. She earned her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


ABOUT THE POPE CONSULTING GROUP, LLC

The Pope Consulting Group, LLC (TPCG) is a company dedicated to program design and development in Supplier Diversity, procurement, workforce capacity, diversity research and strategic diversity, equity and inclusion programs. She has worked for over fifteen years to support Supplier Diversity programs that intelligently and innovatively help diverse firms and workers succeed and excel in gaining new contracts and opportunities with large firms.

Pope partners with two other consultants in a collaboration designed to bring consulting solutions to complex building projects. For more information, visit: www.diversityagenda.com/consulting

Alison Caton

Acting Director of Training

Massachusetts Commission Against
Discrimination [MCAD]

ALISON CATON is the Acting Director of Training at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). In that role, she develops, administers, and delivers accurate, effective, and interactive discrimination prevention trainings in the areas of preventing and addressing discrimination in employment, sexual harassment, housing, and public places to Massachusetts employers, agencies, and organizations. Prior to her work at the MCAD, Alison was a Hiring & Onboarding Manager at EducationFirst, a company that curates educational experiences for students across the globe. Canton earned her bachelor’s degree at Champlain College in Burlington, VT.

ABOUT THE MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION [MCAD]
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination [MCAD] is a public service organization with Massachusetts whose mission is to eradicate discrimination in the Commonwealth by investigating and prosecuting Complaints of Discrimination that occur in Employment, Housing, Public Places, Access to Education, Lending, and Credit. MCAD also offer training to help prevent discrimination from occurring.

Renee Sacks, Ph.D.

Executive Director,
Women Builders Council, Inc.

President,
Sacks Communications

Renee Sacks, Ph.D.  leads Sacks Communications, one of the region’s highly recognized  integrated marketing communications firms. Dr. Sacks also serves as Executive Director of the Women Builders Council, Inc. (WBC), one of the leading advocacy organizations advancing women in the construction industry. Dr. Sacks is a highly-regarded expert in diversity, equity and inclusion and the programs that support the growth, development and advancement of women and minorities in the construction industry. She produces several large regional and national conferences, one of which is AIM: ACT, INSPIRE, MOTIVATE, a national leadership conference for women in construction. A former NYU University Administrator and Professor, Sacks is an advisor to Columbia University’s Construction Administration Master’s Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from NYU. ABOUT SACKS COMMUNICATIONS Sacks Communications is a full-service integrated marketing communications, event production and consulting firm specializing in the construction industry. For over three decades, the firm has been a leading strategic consultant and advisor on issues of diversity, public relations and integrated marketing in the buildings industries. Her firm has a highly-respected reputation in outreach, capacity development, community relations and strategic business development, focusing on equal opportunity in public sector procurement and corporate diversity. She represents numerous professional and trade associations in construction, as well as serving regional and national private and public sector clients. For more information, visit: www.sackscom.com

ABOUT DIVERSITY AGENDA
Dr. Sacks also publishes a periodic publication, Diversity Agenda, featuring news and conversations in diversity, equity and inclusion. www.diversityagenda.com She is also a partner is a collaborative consulting team, PSP Consultants, which specializes in designing diversity solutions for complex construction projects. For more information, visit: www.diversityagenda.com/consulting

ABOUT THE WOMEN BUILDERS COUNCIL, INC.
Established in 2004, the Women Builders Council (WBC) is the leading association representing women in the construction industry on several important fronts: legislative advocacy, new business and professional development with a special focus on leadership.For more information, visit: www.wbcnyc.org

Lorraine D’Angelo, Esq., CCEP, LPEC

President

LDA Compliance Consulting, Inc.

Lorraine D’Angelo is the Founder and President of LDA Compliance Consulting Inc., a full service legal and regulatory risk management compliance advisory firm specializing in solution-oriented, preventative corporate ethics and compliance program design, assessment, auditing, monitoring, investigations, education and training. A former C-Suite executive with international and national builders with proven success in leading regulatory compliance and risk management programs and is experienced in the function, design and implementation of “best practice” integrity programs. She is currently the co-chair of the Construction and Engineering Group of the Ethical Compliance Officers Association and co-chair of the Transportation Law Committee of the American Road  and Transportation Builders Association.  She is the author of the construction industry chapter in Corporate Compliance Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance published by Lexis.

ABOUT LDA COMPLIANCE CONSULTING, INC.
LDA Compliance Consulting Inc., a full service legal and regulatory risk management compliance advisory firm specializing in solution-oriented, preventative corporate ethics and compliance program design, assessment, auditing, monitoring, investigations, education and training. For more information, visit: www.ldacomplianceconsulting.com

Willie Mae Veasy

President

Covenant Business Concepts LLC

Willie Mae Veasy is President of Covenant Business Concepts LLC, an award-winning consulting firm specializing in the creation of Centers of Excellence, Business Accelerators, Professional Development, Masterclass Forums and Leadership Training, established 2005. Veasy is widely recognized as an accomplished Enterprise Learning Professional with over 15 years of experience in Talent Development, Change Management and Business Solutions, and diversity, equity and inclusion programming. Prior to launching her own business, she was employed at Ernst & Young (EY) 22-plus years as a Performance Consultant to internal Finance, IT and HR professionals.
Veasy received her bachelor’s in organizational leadership from Pillar College and she holds several certifications in Instructional Design, Project Management, Change Management, and Talent Management.

ABOUT COVENANT BUSINESS CONCEPTS
Covenant Business Concepts is a consulting firm that specializing in Professional Development and Management Training with 15+ years of experience in the Talent Management arena. Our innovative social learning concepts can be facilitated in a traditional classroom format and/or virtually via Adobe Connect, WebEx or Illuminate. Adapting our learning solutions to these virtual environments has helped to make us the learning organization of choice, amongst Generation X, Y and rising leaders in the NY Tri-State Area. For more information visit: https://www.covenantbusinessconcepts.com/