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2023 Construction Inclusion Conference

October 18

National Bank of Arizona Conference Center

6001 N. 24th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016

DEI is not just the workforce, the culture that we go to work every day and experience; it is supplier diversity.


7:00 AMExhibitor Setup
7:30 AMRegistration and Breakfast
8:30 AMOpening Session
Legal Update with Colette Holt, nationally recognized civil rights attorney, discussing how recent affirmative action court rulings will impact the construction industry.
9:30 AMInvesting in Our Communities
Why project owners are asking for diversity from their builders.
10:30 AMAllyship – Progress Over 28 Years in Construction
Keynote address from Sandra Ichiho, retired Operation Manager from Hensel Phelps Construction Co. whose career span provides excellent perspective on the issue of diversity in commercial construction, and how mentorship and allyship can give everyone a seat at the table.
11:15 AMAccelerating the Workforce Pipeline
How inclusion efforts address our labor shortage.
12:00 PMPeer Learning – “Tip Talks”
Network with DEI experts and learn how their companies implement and measure successful inclusivity initiatives
1:00 PMEnd

2022 Construction Inclusion Conference Recap

Watch highlights from last year’s conference below.


Project goals can skew the way your team views and accepts diversity and inclusion programs, especially when your first experience is “mandatory.” This session will discuss why project goals are set, who sets them, and how they are measured so that you can communicate them plainly to your team.

Shivani Dubey, Deputy District Director, US Small Business Administration
Donald Mayes, Deputy Director of Equal Opportunity, City of Phoenix EOD
Rich Montague, Vice President of Construction, Ryan Companies


“Good faith effort” is the contractual term used to evaluate how well a company works towards the inclusion provisions of a specific contract. The effort is measured by the scope, intensity, and appropriateness toward fulfilling inclusion requirements. This session will provide a basic framework for measuring just how well you are doing towards your company or project diversity and inclusion goals.

Melissa Abraham, HR Compliance Manager, Ames Construction
Stacee Barkley, Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader, DPR Construction
Thomas Assante, Project Director, McCarthy Building Companies


Construction workforce needs require us to be our biggest advocates for this industry as we recruit from diverse populations. This session, we’ll hear creative ways industry leaders are managing their workflow and workforce needs.

Darron Rolle, Vice President of Human Resources, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
Cherelle Cortez, National Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Layton Construction
Daniel Korabik, Recruiter, McCarthy Building Companies


Leadership and company culture drive successful diversity and inclusion initiatives. Hear from industry leaders on the business case for diversity and inclusion initiatives and how they measure success.

Mike Hoover, President, and CEO, Sundt Construction
Sandra Marks, Senior Vice President, Clayco
Daniel Puente, President, DP Electric
Bryan Amaral, Operations Manager, Hensel Phelps