Women in Concrete Forum to address diversity, sustainability

Updated Mar 27, 2015
Credit: Women in Concrete Alliance FacebookCredit: Women in Concrete Alliance Facebook

The International Concrete Sustainability Conference, scheduled for May 11 through 13 in Miami, will open with the second Women in Concrete Forum. Focusing on the role of women in the concrete industry, the forum will address how gender diversity can assist with concrete industry sustainability.

Open for participation from both women and men, the forum will feature a range of speakers, including the following:

  • Esther Arteta, director of quality, Cementos Argos, Colombia
  • Amparo Bocanegra, director of human resources, Cemex Colombia
  • Kristen Braden, construction project manager, H.R. Gray
  • Teresa Cendrowska, vice president of global cooperation, ASTM International
  • Anne Ellis, past president ACI International/vice president, innovation and knowledge share director, AECOM
  • Julie Garbini, executive director, RMC Research & Education Foundation
  • MarĂ­a JosĂ© GarcĂ­a, director, FederaciĂłn Interamericana del Cemento
  • Kimberly Kayler, co- founder, Women in Concrete Alliance, president, Constructive Communication
  • MĂłnica Manolas, vice president of human resources, Cemex USA
  • Lori Tiefenthaler, vice president, sustainability and marketing communications, Lehigh Hanson

The Women in Concrete Forum will be held May 11, 1 to 5 p.m., at the InterContinental Hotel. The International Concrete Sustainability Conference, held at the same location, will feature three women keynote speakers:

  • Nichole Hefty, chief, Office of Sustainability, Planning Division, Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, U.S., will discuss the challenges of climate change and steps Miami-Dade County is taking to mitigate weather disasters
  • Leslie Chapman-Henderson, president and CEO, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), U.S., will present Resilience on the Rise: A Report on the Disaster Safety and Mitigation Movement
  • Kirsten Ritchie, director of sustainable design, Gensler, U.S., will address the growing demand for transparency and corporate social responsibility in the building sector

The Women in Concrete Forum is sponsored by the Women in Concrete Alliance, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Iberoamerican Federation of Ready Mixed Concrete. More information is available on the conference website.