Positioning Your Business for Growth
This all-inclusive event offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to meet, engage and join forces with business leaders, corporate executives, legislative and policy experts, as well as Congressional and Federal government officials.
Earlybird registration is still available!
The Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Rooms are available at a special conference rate. Request the WCOE room block or reference group code U73. Our special conference room rate is $349/night for a deluxe room. This rate can only be used for Deluxe Guestrooms from March 2–6, 2018.
For any other room accommodations or dates outside of March 2–6, 2018, please call the hotel directly.
T:202-628-9100 (9:00AM–5:00PM EST)
Linda McMahonKeynote Speaker
Congresswoman Mimi Walters represents the 45th Congressional District of California and currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She previously served in the California State Senate from 2008-2014, where she represented California’s 37th State Senate District. Prior to serving in the Senate, she served two, two-year terms in the State Assembly. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus.
Mimi began her career in public service as a member of the Laguna Niguel City Council in 1996, where she was a leading voice for fiscally responsible government and local control. She also served as the City’s mayor in 2000. She is a founder of the California Women’s Leadership Association (CWLA) and has served on the Boards of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Laguna Niguel Republican Women Federated, the American Cancer Society, and the South Coast Medical Center Foundation.
A champion for job creation, lower taxes, less intrusive government, and fiscal responsibility, Mimi has been active in conservative causes for many years. In 2006, she led the fight against eminent domain abuse by serving as the Honorary Statewide Chair for the Protect Our Homes Coalition. The Orange County Republican Party has awarded her with three honors: Local Elected Official of the Year in 1997; Volunteer of the Year in 1998; and Legislator of the Year in 2005.
In the State Senate, she served as Vice Chair of the Senate Committees on Appropriations and Public Employment & Retirement. She also served as a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Mimi graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She and her husband, David, have four children.
Ann Stone is a Founding Board member and one of three original incorporators of the National Women’s History Museum. She was also an integral part of the campaign by the Museum to pass legislation and raise money to move the “Portrait Monument” (the statue given by the suffragists to the Congress to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment) out of the Crypt of the Capitol and into the Rotunda. She actually negotiated the terms for the move.
Ann Stone is also the founder and president of The Stone Group,Inc., an award-winning direct marketing business. Ms. Stone has founded other businesses and helped launch a national bank. She serves on the boards of Empowered Women International and The Washington Center (Women as Leaders). She is the past Chairman of the Alexandria branch of the American Heart Association and was an officer of The Association of Direct Marketing Agencies (ADMA) and serves on a variety of other Boards and Commissions. She was chosen by the Governor to serve on the last Board of Historic Preservation for the state of Virginia before it was folded into the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA). She co-hosts a local public affairs TV show, Alexandria Forum, in Alexandria, Virginia and has published a host of articles and op ed pieces on a variety of topics.
Ms. Stone speaks professionally in the United States and overseas on such topics as entrepreneurship, politics, women’s history, women’s issues, and much more. She has been listed in the Who’s Who of Marketing and Advertising Executives and the International Edition of Who’s Who as well as Outstanding Women in America. In 1992, she was chosen as one of 75 Women Who Changed Politics in America by C&E Magazine. She has been featured in many newspapers worldwide and appears on national television on a variety of issues.
A graduate of George Washington University, with a double major in history and communications, Ms. Stone did graduate work in corporate finance and management at the Wharton School of Business consortium.
Doug LaMalfa is a fourth generation rice farmer and business owner who has lived in Northern California all his life. He and his wife, Jill, along with their four children make their home on the family farm in Richvale, California. Doug earned his degree in Ag/Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He now manages the family farming business originally founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.
Doug is a strong supporter of private property rights and the author of a Constitutional Amendment to protect Californians against eminent domain abuse. Water is our most precious natural resource and Doug LaMalfa believes in protecting our water rights and developing more water storage. He has continually advocated for increasing California’s water supply, supporting planned projects such as Sites Reservoir and the Auburn Dam. Doug has been a leader in opposing burdensome environmental regulations that place fairy shrimp and fish ahead of human needs.
Doug serves on the house Transportation Committee. Doug LaMalfa’s firm beliefs are that government should do no harm and that limited government means government should do only what people cannot do for themselves, in the most efficient manner possible.
Lisa Harrington began serving as executive vice president and chief marketing officer in September 2013. She is a member of the executive team and is responsible for all aspects of marketing, sales, and client services for the IRMI product line. Previously, she spent 4 years with the Network of Vertafore Users as chief operating officer and acting chief executive officer, and she served as vice president of education for the Florida Association of Insurance Agents for 11 years. Ms. Harrington was also the founder of Sapphire Enterprises LLC, providing keynote presentations in leadership. Having begun her insurance career in 1983, she’s spent time in a variety of roles, including educator, writer/editor, underwriter, sales agent, field rep, and agency operations manager. She holds a B.A. degree in management and Spanish from Ball State University and carries several insurance designations and best practices certifications, including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Construction Risk Insurance Specialist, Certified Association Executive, and Accredited Adviser in Insurance.
Since 1988, Rob has assisted clients with their financial needs and concerns from a number of different viewpoints. Rob started his career with Merrill Lynch on the management path. At 24, he became the youngest operations manager to service the firm’s largest branch office, The 5th Ave Financial Center. In 1997, Rob earned his Financial Advisor designation and in 2005, he then earned his Certificate of Financial Planning from LI University/CW Post. Rob is currently a First Vice President and is responsible for working with clients to help develop various types of financial plans. He also shares responsibility for the financial strategies and investment side of our practice. He currently resides in Belle Terre, Long Island with his wife Chris and his three children Payton, Nathan and Jayden.
Lee Cunningham is CEO of BT Metal Sales & Fabrication. Following in her father’s footsteps, Cunningham recently expanded her family’s 60 year old business, BT Metal Sales & Fabrication, to supply high-quality metal supply and fabrication services to the building and transportation industries. Today, her family’s company is growing as a superior metal fabrication, metalwork, tank and metal sales, ironwork, iron fencing, and welding supplier in the United States. Cunningham’s leadership and the success of BT Metal Sales & Fabrication, continue to help the small business community by creating hundreds of jobs. The special blend of commitment to family and community, progress in transportation and the promotion of small businesses is the same set of priorities that Cunningham brings to the national platform on behalf of women in construction every day.
Through her continuing work in public advocacy and her commitment to small business, Cunningham is helping to reshape the landscape of the American small business. She plays an instrumental role in the nation’s movement toward infrastructure improvement, sitting on numerous boards, including the Department of General Services Small Business Council, the Arbitration Board for Silicon Valley, various hospital foundations, YMCA, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International.
A graduate of Santa Clara University and active proponent of women in construction nationwide, Cunningham has helped make WCOE one of the fastest growing professional organizations in the country.
For 20 years, Robert has assisted clients with their financial concerns from an accounting and investment perspective. He began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick and moved to BDO Seidman LLC, where he became manager of the Financial Services Group, focusing on broker/dealer and hedge funds.
As a former CPA, Robert offered clients successful strategies to remedy various accounting and finance issues. Due to his exceptional service and knowledge, Robert was hired by one of his clients as the controller of a hedge fund, which managed approximately a half of a billion dollars in assets. Robert joined UBS Paine Webber in 1999 as a financial advisor and moved to Morgan Stanley in May 2008, where he earned his Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation. Robert is currently the senior vice president and is responsible for working with clients to develop various types of financial plans to facilitate retirement planning, college funding and estate planning strategies. In addition to being a Certified Financial Planner™, Robert holds a Bachelors Degree of Business Administration in Accounting from Dowling College and an Associate’s Degree of Science in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Farmingdale. He currently resides in Islip, Bayberry Long Island with his wife, Myra and daughter, Isabella.
Danette Beck, Managing Director, joined Marsh in August 2010 and is the West Zone Construction Practice Leader, located in the Los Angeles, CA office. In this role, she is responsible for developing, managing and delivering construction risk management services to contractors, architects, engineers, project owners and developers throughout the West Zone. Danette works in coordination with Marsh service teams and the Global Construction Practice to find solutions to a variety of Marsh construction clients. Her experience with construction projects and contractor businesses include the design of traditional and alternative and/or integrated risk management programs and consolidated insurance programs.
Brian Anderson is a retired partner of, and Of Counsel to, the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where he specializes in the defense of class action lawsuits. He is also a Trustee of, and General Counsel to, Ford’s Theatre Society, a non-profit organization that promotes President Lincoln’s legacy by presenting theatrical and educational programming at the National Park Service site of his assassination. Brian is the author of Images of America: Ford’s Theatre – a book describing the 185-year history of the building in downtown Washington, D.C. that houses Ford’s Theatre. Born and raised in California, Brian went to college at U.C. Berkeley, and law school at Stanford. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
Linda McMahon serves as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As a member of President Trump’s cabinet, she advocates on behalf of the 30 million small businesses in America. She leads a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring entrepreneurs have the support and tools they need to start, grow and succeed in business, specifically through access to capital and federal contracting opportunities; counseling and mentorship; and financial assistance following declared disasters.
An entrepreneur and business executive herself, McMahon is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of WWE, based in Stamford, Connecticut. She helped grow WWE from a 13-person regional operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide.
Eric Dean – Women’s Rights Advocacy Award
Vicki O’Leary – Women’s Rights Advocacy Award
Ben Brown – Women’s Rights Advocacy Award
Loretta Caldwell – Women’s Business Advocacy Award
Rebecca Llewellyn – President’s Award
Sunday, March 4
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Closed Executive Board of Directors Meeting and Lunch
1 to 6 p.m.
Conference Registration Open
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting OPEN to all members
3 to 5:00 p.m.
High Tea Celebration
Join WCOE in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom for our distinctive annual High Tea Celebration. The Willard Hotel has been hosting afternoon high tea for over a century! This year, WCOE’s High Tea Celebration features Keynote Speaker Brian Anderson. Mr. Anderson is on the Board of Directors of the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Mr. Anderson will share the fascinating history of the Theatre, which was the site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Next, we will hear from Ann Stone, a founding member of the National Women’s History Museum. Ms. Stone will share updates on the progress of the Museum. The High Tea will conclude with WCOE’s third annual Success Stone Celebration, where we join together to feature and commemorate the past year’s business successes of WCOE members and invited guests.
Speakers: Brian Anderson, Ann Stone
“Tell Her Story”
(Restaurant Information and sign-up sheets to be provided on site)
Monday, March 5
Breakfast is Served
9 to 10 a.m.
“The Human Side of Leadership” with Lisa Harrington of IRMI
Using a unique approach to learning, Lisa will discuss the human side of leadership by telling stories about staying close to your team’s needs, the five T’s of communication, how to nurture any generation, the importance of courage and why acceptance just might be the missing link.
10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Coffee and Networking Break
10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
“Controlled Insurance Programs: They are NOT your Mama’s Regular Insurance Program”
Kristine Dilallo, Travelers Insurance
Danette Beck, Marsh
CIPs are not all created equal and what you don’t know can put a crimp in your ability to grow. CIPs have dramatically changed over the years, but the concepts still remain the same. This session will provide a smart guide on the good, the bad and the ugly. You will hear from industry experts who will give an overview of the different types of CIPs as well as a toolkit to assist you in making sure you know what to look for if you are enrolling in one or are asked to enroll.
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Departments of Transportation, Energy, Defense and the Army Corps of Engineers
1 to 2:15 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon… Linda McMahon, Administrator of the SBA
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“Empowering your own Personal Financial Wealth”
So much of what happens in construction depends upon obtaining access to capital and bonding. At times, the ability to secure lines of credit is dependent upon your personal wealth. This session will explore the path to building your own personal financial wealth.
3:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Dessert Lounge and Networking Opportunity
4 to 5:00 p.m.
“Working the Room” with Lee Cunningham
Because construction is a relationship business and people like to do business with those they know and trust, this session will assist you in growing your contacts, contracts and, ultimately, your bottom line. Learn techniques to approach strangers, target business prospects and leave the room with a strategy to develop future business.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Awards Reception Gala
Tuesday, March 6
8 to 9 a.m.
Registration Table Open
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Taxi to Breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club
Invited to attend:
Congressman Dough LaMalfa (Representative of the 1st district of California)
Congresswoman Mimi Walters (Representative of the 45th District of California)
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meetings with Representatives
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Wrap Up Luncheon at the Willard
“Briefing by our Lobbyist – Dana Thompson”
Formal conference activities conclude
3:30 to 5 p.m.
New Board of Directors Meeting