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Janis shining the spotlight on goals of PWC

Lenore Janis, the longtime president of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), is planning the organization’s annual awards reception to take place in March during Women’s History Month.


This year’s event will honor the Goethals Bridge Modernization Program (GBMP) at Club 101 on March 27 starting at 5:30 pm.

Other events this year include the Salute to Women of Achievement in May; developers forums and a transportation forum; Meet the Construction Chiefs, Meet the Real Estate Industry and Meet the Architects & Engineers; an all-day golf outing and a Holiday Gala.

All events help gain visibility for the accomplishments of women and those who support PWC’s goals.

For over 33 years, Janis has been a role model and inspiration for women in the construction, architecture and real estate industry and has done more to crack the proverbial concrete ceiling than almost anyone, man or woman, in the field.

As one of the founders of Professional Women in Construction (PWC) in 1980, she played a key role in launching the nonprofit 501(c)3 association that educates and assists women business owners, professionals and executives and helps them to advance in still male-dominated arenas.

Since 1995, founding chapter), NJ, CT (covering New England), the greater DC area, plus one coming soon in the Buffalo region. The organization reaches a constituency of close to 18,000.

Rendering of the new Goethals Bridge

In 2012, PWC inaugurated Mentorship and Continuing Education programs under the direction of Janis and PWC board members Nancy Czesak, RA, first vice president Tishman, an AECOM Company, and Dorothy Wasiak, director capital planning/senior asset manager, Matthew Adam Properties.

Mentorship takes girls from urban schools to sites throughout the City and the state. Continuing Ed offers courses to persons employed in the industry. The March 12 Continuing Ed class (8 to 10:30 am) at the General Society will present a Small Business/Entrepreneurial Seminar with tips from industry insider Dale Bernstein, unCommon Human Resources, and PANYNJ representative Traci Wheelwright.

Recently named an industry “legend” by a major trade publication, Janis been recognized by the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce (GNYCC); the Association of Women Construction Workers of America (AWCWA); the Concrete Industry Board –she accepted the award proudly alongside nine men; the Brick Industry Association; the NY Women’s Chamber of Commerce; the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen (GSM&T); and Anchin.

“In 1980, a woman could not hope for a well-paying, managerial job in the construction industry. Women attempting to run construction businesses were shunned by banks and suppliers,” said Janis.

“Attitudes have changed: today, women professionals and managers are sought after and thanks to U.S. government intervention, many woman-owned companies are thriving.
“We’re not seen as oddities any more. When a woman steps into the room she may even be pleasantly surprised to find she’s not the only woman at the table.”

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