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Carol Stream, Ill., Aug. 28, 2015- Construction is quickly discovering that women provide a new set of talents, communication skills, and abilities to tackle challenges that offer a unique view and vision to the industry. Still, women make up a very small percentage of the construction workforce—8.9% in 2014 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even fewer of these women are involved in technology initiatives.

During the past several years women have more than proven they can be a catalyst for driving change in construction—which is why Constructech magazine is pleased to announce the first annual Women in Construction awards.

The list of Women in Construction encompasses some of the most influential women in the space, representing a variety of companies from big to small, and were honored on Thursday at a dinner following the Technology Day event.

“The Women in Construction demonstrate exemplary leadership and have accelerated the growth of technology, while inspiring others within construction,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine. “Each woman embodies passion, tenacity, and grace even under the toughest of circumstances, which ultimately has empowered them to take risks and challenge the status quo.”

The 2015 Women in Construction have been chosen based on their involvement with technology within the construction industry, contribution to helping their company grow and progress via the use of cutting-edge solutions, is influential in the growth of technology within the overall construction industry, and inspires other women in industry, technology, or her local community.

 The 2015 Women in Construction
Karmyn Babcock, The Weitz Co.
Sandra  Benson, SNC-Lavalin Group
Kasey Bevans, Balfour Beatty
Dawn Boggio-Korbelak, K.Hovnanian Homes
Susan Brewer, Gray Construction Inc.
Vicki Buckridge, Ryder Homes
Cora Carmody, Jacobs Engineering
Corren Collura, Suffolk Construction Co. Inc.
Megan Conrad, Ryan Companies
Carol Copeland, Robins & Morton
Felicia Davis, Public Building Commission Chicago
Deborah Echeverria-Fain, SBBI Inc.
Rebecca Frangipane, Ryan Companies
Linda Gonzales, The Opus Group
Jennifer Green, Pepper Construction Group LLC
Jennifer Heikkinen, Tocci Building Companies
Julie Holmes, JK2 Construction & Scenic
Julie Ledger, Opus Development Co.
Lisa Lingerfelt, DPR Construction
Radhika Menon, DPR Construction
Joan Miller, CH2M Hill Companies Ltd.
Courtney Moore, Donley’s
Terriann Nohilly, Turner Construction Co.
Nancy Novak, Balfour Beatty
Roberta Oldenburg, Mortenson Construction
Diya Peter, Rosendin Electric
Lindsey Rem, Barton Malow Co.
Barbara Riley, Riley Construction
Katie Robbins, Donley’s
Jennifer Roberts, Elements Engineering
Alisha Roland, Ryan Companies
Claire Rutkowski, MWH Global
Rebekah Scheinfeld, City of Chicago Dept. of Transportation
Catherine Tojaga, CT Mechanical
Victoria Troake, Troake Group
Sandra Wilkin, Bradford Construction
Cari Williams, DPR Construction
Carol Zierhoffer, Bechtel Corp.

“These 38 women in construction are not only working in the industry, but are doing it in a way that proves women can have a presence and don’t have to sacrifice femininity in order to be successful in business,” says Laura Black, editor, Constructech magazine. “They are an inspiration to anyone who is interested in becoming part of the construction industry.”

The Women in Construction were announced at the dinner following the 2015 Technology Day on August 27 in Schaumburg, Ill. The women on the list represent some of the best innovators in their respective companies whose actions are worth honoring.

The 2015 Women in Construction winners can also be found in the Sept/Oct issue of Constructech magazine. The issues will be available in print or by downloading the Constructech app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

About Constructech Magazine Constructech magazine is where construction and technology converge. The publication influences construction professionals to unleash the business value of technology.