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Building an Environment of Trust and Inclusion;
Strategies for Success

Unconscious bias can create tension and inequity in many work situations.  It is possible however, to educate, to advocate, and to improve a culture from the “norm” of the white male-dominated construction industry to one of increased equity and inclusion.   At Clark Construction Company, we Build on a Foundation of Trust. Let our panel of team members inspire you with some of their personal success stories around increasing Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.  We have implemented effective management-led initiatives that help us to continuously evolve and improve as an organization. Let us share some information and strategic tools that will allow you to promote the success of more women in the construction industry and within your own organization.


Moderator:  Kimara Mayberry


Sam Clark, President will discuss the "why" and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  He will describe how Clark Construction Company as an organization began the journey to significant cultural change and inclusion through understanding of subconscious bias.  Sam will also discuss the strategic tools and resources available to support change in these areas.


Traci Brower, Senior Estimator will describe some of her construction career successes as a business owner and an exceptional estimator.  Traci will also share insights on workplace culture and success in male-dominated environments.


Becky Timberlake, Senior Project Manager will outline the path for success and upward mobility in the construction industry.  A successful Senior Project Manager and mother of three, Becky will also share strategies for career success while maintaining balance in family life.


Lyn Hewitt, Human Resources Manager will discuss changes to our industry and the expectations for the modern workforce.  Lyn will also discuss management compensation structures that maximize equality and in a diverse workforce.


Kimara Mayberry


Training and Development Coordinator, MISHRM State D&I Director

Clark Construction Company


Kimara Mayberry is a key member of the Clark Construction team in the role of Training and Development Coordinator.  Kimara is a 2007 graduate of Philander Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, Cum Laude and Distinction in Field. She graduated in 2012 with an MBA in Ethics and Business Administration from Harding University, in Searcy, Arkansas. 


Kimara has over 15 years of HR experience in a variety of industries including Construction, Healthcare, Manufacturing & Higher Education.  She is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate specializing in Employment and Labor Law. Kimara an active member of NAWIC. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Detroit SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Board of Directors and as Diversity Director for the Michigan State Council of SHRM.  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 Foundation Board Member of the National Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. 

Sam Clark



Clark Construction Company

Sam Clark continues the Clark Construction Company lineage as President, being the fourth to serve over the firm’s 73 years. He served in the U. S. Army from 1991 to 1994 and was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. Upon his honorable discharge, Sam enrolled in Northern Michigan University where he obtained a B. S. in Building Construction Management. 


Sam joined Clark Construction Company as a Project Manager in 1996 and has held progressive roles during his rise to President. During his career, Sam has been involved in many market sectors and is most notably known for his expertise in casino, resort venues.


Through developing, implementing, and living our core values, Sam has proven himself as a visionary leader within the organization.  The company mission “We Build on a Foundation of Trust” aligns the team in success. Sam has led the organization through significant cultural changes with a strategic focus on Diversity , Inclusion, and Equity.


Traci Brower, LEED AP, CM-BIM


Estimating and Planning Group

Clark Construction Company

Traci Brower is a member of Clark’s Estimating and Planning Group and has 27 years of design and construction experience.   She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University and an Associate of Science in Architectural and Building Sciences / Technology from Lansing Community College as well as a Builder’s License in the State of Michigan.


Traci spent several years supervising excavating projects for commercial, residential, industrial and municipal projects.  She is a past NAWIC President for the Lansing 177 Chapter and has been recognized by the organization as a leader among women working in the construction field.  Traci is active as part of the Inclusion Committee at Clark.


Becky Timberlake


Senior Project Manager

Clark Construction Company

Becky Timberlake has held progressive roles within the Clark Construction organization with a current title of Senior Project Manager.  Becky holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Western Michigan University. She has over 14 years of experience in the commercial construction industry.   


In her current role, Becky is responsible for planning of multiple projects from bid through closeout.  Becky’s effective and efficient approach to managing projects assures that projects are completed as scheduled, under budget and with exceptional quality.  She provides client focused, quality work and currently specializes in our K-12 market segment.  


Lyn Hewitt, SPHR, SHRM - SCP


Human Resources Manager

Clark Construction Company

Lyn Hewitt brings over 15 years of construction field operations experience to her role as Human Resources Manager at Clark Construction Company.  Lyn holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources Leadership from Walsh College of Business and Accounting, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Lawrence Technological University and an Association of Science in Architectural Construction from Henry Ford Community College.


Lyn is active in implementing strategic changes in Inclusion and Equity within the Clark organization as well as taking part in related initiatives externally.  She serves on the WIST (Women in Skilled Trades) advisory board and is currently an active member of the NAWIC Lansing 177 Chapter.


Changing the Landscape for Women in the Skilled Trades: The Role of Women's Leadership, Advocacy and Support Networks to Breakthrough the Concrete Floor of the Construction Industry

Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT)’s National Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment is providing technical assistance to build programming to increase the number of women in skilled construction trades while promoting transformative policy and practices with the industry's contractors, unions, and apprenticeship programs that support equity and inclusion. In the Midwest, the National Center is supporting pre-apprenticeship training and supportive services to help women become aware of and prepare to be competitive applicants for construction apprenticeships in Ohio, Michigan and Missouri. The Center has published a series of case studies to provide a in-depth look at best practices to change the landscape for women in the skilled trades. The workshop session will feature the lessons learned from several of the best practice briefs described at: http://womensequitycenter.org/best-practices/. This workshop will discuss the programs, activism, and advocacy that are working alongside one another to break the concrete floor that blocks women's access and success in nontraditional jobs in the construction sector. The session will showcase the policy recommendations and strategies that are at the forefront of accelerating the pace of progress for women in the skilled trades, and most importantly, being led by tradeswomen at the local and national level.


Moderator:  Lauren Sugerman


Lark Jackson


Karen Vroman-Ells


TBD - Tradeswoman leader

Lark Jackson


Program Manager

Chicago Women in Trades

Lark Jackson, the National Center’s Program Manager formerly worked as the Retention Coordinator for Nontraditional Employment for Women in NYC. She leads several major initiatives for the Center, including creating and facilitating the Women in Nontraditional Careers coalition in the Philadelphia region. Lark is providing technical assistance for partners in Detroit, MI. 


Karen Vroman-Ells


Ohio Program Coordinator

Chicago Women in Trades

Karen Vroman-Ells is the Ohio Program Coordinator for CWIT’s National Center. She has worked throughout her career in worker advocacy and workplace equity. She led the development of the first women-only pre-apprenticeship program for women to enter the building and construction trades in Lorain, Ohio and successfully gained formal registration for the program with the State of Ohio Office of Apprenticeship, paving the way for the expansion of programming in Columbus and Lima, Ohio.


Removing the Qualifier to Gain Parity 

While we want to continue to promote and celebrate diversity and the achievements of women in the construction industry, we often do it with qualifiers. Are we focusing too much on the fact that she’s a woman, and not her accomplishments? How do we most effectively shine a light on the thought leaders and innovators that have already smashed through the glass ceiling? This panel will explore how companies and the industry can recognize the success of females in construction without having to use the qualifier that they are women. We’ll discuss how we go from highlighting the innovation of “women in construction” to recognizing the innovation first, while removing the gender qualifier. Is this the shift that will take women from being the minority to the norm in construction?


Amanda Gillespie

Vice President 

Webcor Builders

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-gillespie-1175a5b/


Julie Hyson

Senior Vice President of Project & Development Services

Jones Lang Lasalle

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliehyson/


Michelle Dutro

Account Executive, Major Projects

Johnson Controls

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-dutro-50819a/


Angeline Gleason

LEED AP MEP Pre Construction Direction

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angeline-gleason-leed-ap-4593727b/


Lisa Ballantyne

Senior Vice President 

Turner Construction Company

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-ballantyne-0a6a6/


Cicely Rice

Project Director

Webcor Builders

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cicely-rice-b194473b/

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