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Meet the Speakers


Kathleen Dobson, CSP, CHST, STS-C, LEED®

Safety Director
Alberici Constructors, Inc.

Kathleen Dobson, CSP is a 20+ year veteran of the construction industry. As Safety Director for Alberici Constructors, she has responsibility for and supports their automotive, heavy civil, mining and industrial processes divisions. Kathi is engaged in project start up and provides sites with ongoing evaluations, audits and training when needed. 

Kathi is zealous regarding safety of workers and believes that everyone should be able to say they have the right PPE, the right training and the right environment in which to work. 

She is active on CURT’s EHS Committee, AISC’s Safety Committee and represents the industry on the TAUC EHS Committee, NAWIC’s Alliance with OSHA, the national A10 subcommittee and ASSP, where she serves on the standards development committee and WISE (Women in Safety Excellence common interest group) Board of Directors.  


Crisis in Construction – Suicide

The crisis is real. Our industry faces more suicides than almost any other. Construction is the
number one industry for number of suicides and suicide attempts with the number of suicides
crossing all boundaries from trades workers to executives. As such, it is an industry imperative
to shatter the mental health stigma and create caring cultures within our organizations. This
session will provide resources and insight into reasons why the construction industry is such a
target for this mental health crisis and ways to combat it within our companies.

Building a Culture of Safety

Every organization has a safety culture, but is yours as strong as it could be? The safety climate
on a construction jobsite refers to management’s and workers’ shared perceptions about the
extent to which safety is rewarded, expected, valued and reinforced. It may be influenced by

things such as project scheduling and planning methods and norms of the trades working on-

The construction industry is increasingly recognizing the importance of creating a strong positive
safety culture and safety climate for reducing worker injury rates as close to zero as possible.
Researchers also agree that these concepts and related practices are key to reducing injuries,
illnesses, and fatalities on construction worksites.
Using tools developed by CPWR, the center for construction research & training, this interactive
session will review (up to) eight leading indicator categories that will tell you where you have
strengths and where you can strengthen your safety climate within your company.


Lisa M. Wampler

Cohen Segalias

Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

Areas of Practice
Commercial Litigation
Energy & Utilities
Construction Contracts & Risk Management

Lisa is a trusted advisor to her clients throughout the construction process. With an active and diverse construction litigation practice, she represents owners, general contractors, construction managers, and the different trades in complex matters involving all phases of the construction process. Lisa has substantial experience serving electrical and mechanical subcontractors and is
cognizant of their specific needs. Lisa works with her clients to manage risks to avoid litigation when possible.  This includes negotiating and reviewing contracts to prevent future issues.

She also advises clients on preparing claims for extra work, inefficiencies, delays, and changed conditions while construction is ongoing for both private and public sector projects. As Managing Partner of the firm’s Pittsburgh office, Lisa oversees client relations, staffing, and hiring in the office. She founded the firm’s Women’s Initiative, promoting the development of the professional women, and serves as its Chair.


  • Defended a design-build mechanical contractor against a multi-million-dollar design defect
    claim brought in state court by the owner of a 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Western

  • Representing a number of subcontractors in connection with delay and impact claims arising out of the construction of a new state correctional institution in Montgomery County,Pennsylvania.

  • Represented a nationally recognized structural steel fabricator in connection with two (2) separate multi-million-dollar delay, inefficiency and change order claims against a public
    owner for work performed on the Museum Pavilion and Vehicular Security Center and Tour
    Bus Parking Facility as part of the redevelopment of the World Trade Center.

  • Represented an interiors subcontractor in West Virginia federal district court in pursuit of claims for delay and lost productivity against the prime contractor as a result of a more than three (3) year delay in the construction of a biometric technology center for the Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Drafted and negotiated a GMP contract for the construction of a local medical marijuana

  • Successfully defeated a school district’s construction defect roof claim on summary judgment as being time-barred as against the general contractor.

  • Defended a wind turbine supplier against multiple mechanics’ liens filed by a material vendor on a 63-turbine wind farm project located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

  • Obtained a temporary restraining order against an equipment supplier who made numerous unlawful attempts to remove staged containment materials being used for the cleaning and painting of a bridge for the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Assisted with the submission and prosecution of an unforeseen site conditions claim in connection with a signage installation for a PennDOT project.


  • Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) – Construction Law Section and Civil Litigation

  • American Subcontractors Association of Western PA (ASAWPA) – Chapter Counsel

  • Associated Builders and Contractors Western PA Chapter (ABC)

  • Constructors Association of Western PA (CAWP)

  • Electric League of Western PA – Board of Directors

  • Master Builders’ Association of Western PA (MBA)

  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Pittsburgh Chapter

  • National Electrical Contractors Association West Virginia – Ohio Valley Chapter (NECA)

Recent News & Publications

  • “The Happiness Advantage,” Next Academy Podcast, January 10, 2020

  • “Buck Up: Best Practices for Contractors Riding the Roller Coaster of Construction MaterialTariffs,” Breakingground, September 26, 2019

Recent Events

  • “Change Orders, Payment Applications, and Monthly Releases,” Mid-Atlantic CFMA
    Regional Conference, September 23, 2019

  • “Managing Construction Risk,” Electric League of Western PA, May 14, 2019

  • “Contractual Notice Requirements: Do You Really Need to Follow Them?” Webinar,February 12, 2019


  • The Legal Intelligencer Distinguished Leader for achieving impressive results in the past
    year and demonstrating clear, valuable leadership skills: 2017

  • Super Lawyers’ Pennsylvania Rising Stars List, Construction Litigation: 2006 and 2008


  • Pennsylvania

  • West Virginia

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia


  • The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D., cum laude

  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A. summa cum laude


Best Practices for Managing Construction Risk in 2020

There are three easy ways to lose money on a construction project: failing to properly negotiate the contract; failing to document the project properly and/or timely; and failing to recover cost overruns. In this one-hour session, Lisa Wampler, a partner in Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC’s Construction Contract and Risk Management Group, will identify key contract provisions that can directly affect profitability and tips on how women in the industry can minimize their effects through effective advocacy. She will also share best practices for project documentation to give attendees a better understanding of how they can best protect their company with their day-to-day decision-making.


Gail Walter

Gail is a retired veterinary clinical pathologist and is a volunteer with several local conservancy organizations. She is a current board member of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, a former board member and Past President of the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo
and is a member of the NAWIC (Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Chapter), Kalamazoo Environmental Concerns Committee, Wild Ones Native Landscapers, and Michigan Botanical Club. She has been the driving force behind the Peregrine Falcon Cam in downtown Kalamazoo and serves as the liaison between the Peregrines and the building owners and tenants, the media, the DNR, and the public.


Bird-Safe Building Design

Collisions with glass claim the lives of up to one billion birds a year in the United States alone. It is second only to domestic cats as a source of mortality linked directly to humans.  Birds that have successfully flown thousands of miles in migration can die in seconds on a pane of glass. Glass is as dangerous for strong, healthy breeding birds as it is for sick, weak, or young birds.  It is an indiscriminate killer with a serious impact on bird populations.  


This presentation will enable the attendee to understand differences in vision between birds and humans; to recognize hazards to birds in the built environment; identify the options and best practices to prevent bird collisions and to integrate bird-friendly features with other aspects of green design; to understand existing and pending legislation regarding bird-friendly design; and to utilize resources, including LEED credit, for bird-friendly design and construction. 


This presentation has been approved to provide CE credits for AIA architects and LEED professionals.


Lauline Mitchell

BBI Construction


University of Arizona—Bachelors Liberal Arts EPA Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Certified



She has more than 20 years experience in the construction industry. The majority of those years were spent constructing within occupied buildings, which contributed to her being conscientious about noise, pollution, dust and traffic control; while regularly coordinating

construction requirements with the demands of the facility.

Business Development & Project Management

Current responsibilities include the management of client relationships, response to all inquiries for RFP/Q’s, Pre-construction Services including preliminary budgets, construction cost estimates, contract negotiation, administration, scheduling, value engineering, purchasing and cost control.

NAWIC Experience

SF Board Member, WIC Week & 50th Anniversary Committees 2008

SF Board Member, WIC Wk Committee 2009

SF Chapter Secretary 2010

SF Vice President, WIC Chair 2011

SF President, Block Kids Committee 2012

SF IPP, Regional WIC Chair Board Member, Regional Forum Coordinator 2013

National WIC Chair, Helping Hand Award 2014

SF Board, SF WIC Chair 2015

SF Board, Organization & Expansion Task Force 2016

PNW Director, Industry Outreach Task Force 2017

PNW Director, EVP Task Force, C3 Task Force, Red Rose Recruiter 2018

National Secretary, C3 Task Force, Marketing Task Force 2019


NegotiationThe fine balance between listening and compromise.

This presentation is on the common sense tactics of negotiation.  While I do cite William Ury (a true professional negotiator), he has great stories that better illustrate situations where you can take to heart the 4 very simple common sense rules I use on a daily basis when negotiating.  He’ll also bring a little levity as well; he’s an amazing speaker that everyone should listen to at least once.  I’ll give each of you an opportunity to practice the techniques during the session with a real live negotiation.  There is no preparation required.  Being a successful negotiator is all about using common sense and basic courtesy.  I’ll remind you of several things you already know and illustrate how best to incorporate that knowledge into any negotiation you undertake.  We’ll also have some fun because negotiation doesn’t have to be difficult!  It’s about searching for the commonalities and capitalizing on them so that all parties can walk away with at least some of what they needed and definitely not feeling like they “lost”. 


Aileen Leipprandt

Hilger Hammond, PC

Aileen Leipprandt is a partner with Hilger Hammond in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  For nearly the last 30 years she has focused her practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation with a focus on issues affecting the construction industry including the Michigan Construction Lien Act, Builders Trust Fund Act, MIOSHA compliance, contract drafting, design and construction defects, delay claims, change order disputes, and surety claims.  Aileen assists clients with transactional and litigation needs, including contract review, preparation, negotiation, and pre-suit claims evaluation and facilitation. She is a Certified Mediator and enjoys assisting parties resolve conflicts constructively. Aileen is an exercise and outdoor enthusiast, often embracing the challenges of an uphill run, a downhill ski slope and a tiny green guarded by menacing bunkers.


Construction Jeopardy – What is?????

Basic concepts in construction law and construction-related issues are presented through an interactive game-show format.  Participants are divided into groups, generally by table, and vie to provide the correct question (Answer) and win points for their table.  Themes addressed in this lively format include contracts, liens, indemnity, statute of limitations, payment bonds, and other general legal issues and concepts affecting the construction industry.  Participants have fun while learning, refreshing, and sharpening their knowledge of construction law.  


Shelby McPherson

Project Engineer 


Shelby McPherson is a Project Engineer at Sachse Construction in downtown Detroit. She is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University with degrees in Architecture and Construction Management and has over three years of professional experience in the construction industry. Although she is a young professional, Shelby started on her construction career path in 2014 and has been an accomplished NAWIC member since 2017, holding positions on the Board of Directors in Detroit and was awarded the Detroit New Leader Award in 2018. Shelby also has been a volunteer committee member at the Michigan Science Center and is the acting Governance Chair on the Sachse Social Mission Committee. In addition to her love community service, Shelby is passionate about speaking and is an award winning public speaker through the Miss America Organization. 


Developing as a Young Professional and How to Attract Young Professionals to your Company

Learn about establishing yourself in the industry as a young professional by growing your network, developing your soft skills and leveraging diversity. Shelby will speak about her experience as a young woman in the construction field and provide tips and tricks to develop your personal brand and skills as a young person. This presentation will also appeal to those who are looking to hire or attract young professionals by covering alternative ways of networking and building soft skills. 


Kimara P. Mayberry, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR

Platinum Consulting Group

Kimara P. Mayberry is a Human Resources Training and Development Coordinator for Clark Construction Company, with Headquarters located in Lansing, MI and additional locations in Southeast Michigan (Auburn Hills) and Northern Michigan (Alpena). She is also the Founder
and Principal Consultant for Platinum Consulting Group.
Kimara is a 2007 graduate of Philander Smith College with a B.A. in Organizational Management, Cum Laude and Distinction in Field. She graduated in 2012 with an M.B.A in Ethics and Business Administration from Harding University, in Searcy, Arkansas. Kimara has been nationally certified as a PHR (Human Resources Professional) and a SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional) Ms. Mayberry has over 15 years of HR experience in a variety of industries including Healthcare, Manufacturing & Higher Education.

Kimara is currently in law school pursuing her J.D. specializing in Employment and Labor Law. Kimara is very active in the Human Resources Community. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Detroit SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Board of Directors as well as the Michigan State Council of SHRM Diversity Director. Kimara is also an active member of the Junior League of Birmingham, MI a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Lambda Rho Zeta Chapter and a national Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation Board Member. Previous Non-Profit board roles include : Serving two terms as the College Relations Director for the ARSHRM (Arkansas Society for Human Resources Management State Council). CAHRA (Central Arkansas Human Resources Association) Board of Directors as the VP of Communications, VP of Monthly Programs and VP of Administration. She was selected as the CAHRA “Russell Gunter Member of the Year” in December of 2016.Kimara served on the Board of the Arkansas Coalition against Domestic Violence, The Little Rock Zoo Board of Governors, and the Friends of Pulaski County CASA Advisory Board among other non-profit boards and fundraiser committees. Kimara is an avid runner, in various distances including, ultra marathoner, marathoner and half marathoner. She has run a 50K Ultra Marathon (31 miles), 47 half marathons (13.1 miles), 4marathons (26.2 miles) and numerous 5K and 10K races.


LEVEL UP: Key Strategies for Leading and Driving
Results when your “office” is not in the C-Suite.

There has never been a more relevant time for Women in Construction to help themselves and
their organizations succeed in the savage and competitive environment they operate in daily.

This presentation will highlight information and tools to help attendees take the lead, even if
they don’t have a “leader” title, are not officially in “charge”, and may work more in steel toe
boots on a job site, than in a power suit in corporate headquarters.


Along with detailing key strategies that drive results from any level of an organization, this
presentation offers attendees a foundational understanding of how to exhibit leadership
qualities at any level, and to learn how to stop missing opportunities to advance.


Learning Outcomes/Goals of Presentation

Attendees will become effective change agents for their own careers, by implementing the key
strategies outlined in the presentation.

Utilizing the key strategies will jump start effective and sustainable leadership skillsets
that will be recognized by their employers, their families and beyond. These strategies used
effectively by attendees, will prompt leaders in their companies and organizations to provide
leadership opportunities to them that they may not have been considered for previously.


Doug Chenoweth, PE

Principal/Vice President


Summary of Experience
Mr. Chenoweth serves as a Principal/Vice President in GZA’s Livonia, Michigan (metropolitan Detroit area) office and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan with focus in civil and environmental engineering, and has over 18 years of professional experience in his field. Mr. Chenoweth’s key service areas include providing engineering and construction consulting with focus on
decommissioning, demolition, and environmental projects. Project markets have included automotive, power utility, chemical, mixed manufacturing, research & development, oil/gas, pharmaceutical,
governmental, and many others.

As a subject matter leader in facility renovation, closure, decommissioning, and demolition projects,Doug’s specific technical expertise includes:

Facility renovation/disposition options analysis

Budget and risk planning

Project design and delivery

Decommissioning/demolition feasibility and methodology development

Regulatory and health/safety consulting

Waste minimization and sustainability

Environmental factors (asbestos/lead/mercury/PCBs)

Asset estimation and recovery

Specifications, bid package development, and contractor procurement

Contracting and turnkey services (EPC or EPCM models)

Overall program and construction management


Doug and his teams have been responsible for implementation of projects varying in scope and totaling in excess of 1 billion square feet of property globally.


Renovation Construction Projects – Managing Unique Environmental, Health, and Safety Risks

Whether renovating to maintain the charm of a classic structure, adapting an office to modern work environments, or adjusting manufacturing space to accommodate new equipment and processes, the renovation project can present some unique challenges.  During many renovation projects the focus is on the improvements and upgrades that are planned. The excitement over designing new spaces can often overshadow the environmental, health, and safety risks inherent with removing the old materials. Such materials may include asbestos, lead-based paint, dust, mold, and other substances that present risk to human health or the environment if not properly identified and managed.  Identification of such materials is an important first step to controlling their impact on renovation projects. Once identified, project stakeholders can properly plan the mitigation strategies that best address the risks, and establish framework for safe execution of the project. Failure to understand and plan for such factors can lead to schedule delays, unforeseen costs, and significant safety concerns. This session will assist renovation construction project stakeholders in recognizing and planning for these environmental, health, and safety risks.


Leslie M. Nelson, P.E.

Senior Project Manager


Summary of Experience

Leslie Nelson is a senior project manager and licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) with twenty two years of experience in the environmental consulting field. She received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Her broad experience began with hydrogeologic investigations, remediation, and due diligence and has since expanded to include hazardous materials surveys and abatement, environmental permitting, stormwater management, and environmental compliance auditing. Ms. Nelson’s recent experience includes:

  • Environmental permitting for both linear projects and large site development projects;

  • Surveys of hazardous building materials, including asbestos, lead, PCBs, and mold, and abatement cost estimates, design, and oversite;

  • Due Diligence for both single and multi‐property transactions throughout the U.S. and Canada during potential acquisitions;

  • Soil and groundwater investigation and remediation planning, management, and reporting;

  • Environmental compliance auditing;

  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and stormwater permitting.

Ms. Nelson is a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan, Illinois, and Texas and her project work has included projects in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and multiple Canadian provinces.

As a Senior Project Manager for GZA, Ms. Nelson works closely with our clients to identify project goals and evaluate the technical, practical, and cost considerations in meeting those goals. She uses her experience to assemble and manage technical and scientific personnel to ensure that project objectives are realized and managed efficiently, smoothly, and within budget. Ms. Nelson is also active in the West Michigan Air and Waste Management Association (Secretary), Michigan Aggregates Association (Environmental Committee), National Association of Women in Construction (Grand Rapids Chapter), and The Build Initiative (Advisory Board Member).


Licensed Professional Engineer, Michigan, #6201049209

Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062.062376

Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas, #117679

Licensed Asbestos Building Inspector, Michigan, #A27261

Licensed Asbestos Building Inspector, Illinois, #18452

Certified Industrial Storm Water Management Operator (A‐1i), Michigan, #I‐11637


Site Selection and Due Diligence – How Thinking Ahead Can Save Money

Site selection is an important step in any construction project, whether building on a greenfields property or a previously developed property. Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are performed for many reasons, including due diligence for site selection.


Phase I ESAs provides valuable environmental information about properties including indications of contamination on or proximate to the subject site. If properly performed and in a timely manner, they are also a key component to avoid cleanup liability under federal law (CERCLA) and in many states.


This program will introduce Phase I ESA components; summarize new legal, environmental and trade issues that affect the ESA process across the country; provide guidance about when to perform or not to perform ESAs; and, provide insight about how to select and manage environmental professionals during the ESA process.

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