Annual Conference Speakers


Opening General Session
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sarah Sladek, XYZ University

The Talent Generation

re you future-proof? How about your business? Our industry? These are the questions Sarah Sladek, best-selling author and CEO of XYZ University, will ask you at this year's Annual Conference. 


Sarah is a best-selling author and CEO of XYZ University. She brings her expertise to 40+ events a year, presenting to audiences worldwide on how to drive stronger engagement with younger generations. Her presentations have been described as rockin', thought-provoking, a wake-up call, unique, buzz-worthy, and hugely relevant.

Here's why: As a leading researcher of membership and employee engagement trends, Sarah has authored five books and 10 research papers in the past 10 years. In addition, she either conducts audience research prior to her speech or live polls the audience during the speech. This ensures every speech Sarah presents is unique, relevant, customized - sometimes on the fly! - and tailored to the specific needs and interests of the audience. 

Audiences rave about her ability to deliver cutting-edge information in entertaining and provocative ways, blending pop culture with best practices, trend forecasting, research, and strategy. 

Construction Safety Excellence Awards Luncheon
Thursday, October 10, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Dr. Giovanna Brasfield, Flatiron Construction

Safety in Numbers: Building Our Community in Workforce Inclusion


With only ten percent (10%) of the industry consisting of women, Dr. Brasfield has been elevated to serve as the Senior Supplier Diversity and Community Inclusion Officer for Flatiron Construction as the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and also serves as the Inclusivity Manager for LINXS JV on the Los Angeles World Airport’s Automated People Mover (APM) project.  She assists the Southwest District Manager and the Division Manager in meeting contractual requirements on current projects and upcoming project pursuits that engage women, diverse businesses, local workforce, and youth engagement.  Dr. Brasfield is a true advocate, leader, and change agent within construction who is passionate about inclusion of others within construction and construction-related trades. 

Dr. Brasfield has been named by construction industry bloggers as one of the “2019 Top 50 Construction Influencers” across the United States, by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a finalist for the Rising Star Award, and by Diversity Professional Magazine as a “Game Changer”.


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