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Hats off to 'can do' ladies.

"The PWC honoree is a role model for the next generation--she is the 'can do' person who receives the acknowledgement and applause of the industry," said PWC President Lenore Janis as she introduced the remarkable group of honorees at PWC's annual Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon held May 6th at The Yale Club.

Guest of Honor, New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., opened the program remarking on the city's lack of an incentive program for participation by women and minority-owned businesses: "New York City is the only one of the 20 largest cities in the country that does not have a comprehensive, goal-oriented program to help minority- and women-owned businesses land city contacts. "Minority firms, he noted, receive about $4 million a year, about 2 to 3% in contracting and procurement "from a City that spent more than $8.6 billion for construction goods and services in 2001." Not proud statistics for "a City that is 60% people of color, and roughly 50% women!"

He told the audience that if a disparity study currently being conducted by NYC officials shows a discriminatory pattern, NYC's first statutory W/MBE program would be established, requiring W/MBE participation in NYC's annual $8 billion in municipal procurement.

He spoke of "the huge advances" women have made and referred to the 30% increase of construction companies owned by women since 1997.

Exemplary of the successful woman was the first honoree, for Professional Achievement, Linda Christensen, senior vice president and general counsel for Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc. Affiliates. Christensen, a PWC board member, guides the legal requirements of the Tishman organization.

Christensen paid tribute to John L. Tishman, chairman and CEO of Tishman Realty & Construction, "a constant role model of how to conduct oneself in business and in life."

Tishman Senior Vice President Richard Kielar quoted several real estate icons in his introduction of Lois Weiss, New York Post journalist and other leading real estate publications: "[She] has a great instinct for real estate. I'd hire her in a New York minute. I'd be glad to be her apprentice," said Donald Trump.

"You need to be proud, and be sure the work you do is as good as it can be, Weiss said. "The idea is to give back to the earth with beauty and gorgeous buildings."

As program manager for the multimillion dollar, award-winning Supplier Diversity program of the NY Power Authority, Public Service Achievement honoree Debra J. White is responsible for the Authority's participation and outreach efforts to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses actively and successfully take part in NYPA's procurement of Roods and services, construction contracts and professional services. White's efforts, including hosting NYPA's annual purchasing exchanges, result in over $375 million in business.

White endorsed PWC as "a very valuable and necessary organization," and suggested an alternative--truly representative--name, "Powerful Women in Construction."

A recent PWC honoree, Beth Barton, manager of construction services for Pfizer Inc., presented White's award.

Heidi L. Blau, AIA, Professional Achievement honoree, joined Fox & Fowle Architects in 2002. With 20 years of experience, she is working on the expansion of the public library in Albertson, Long Island; the renovation of Gottesman Libraries at Teacher's College; and a new child care center on the site of St. Monica's Church on the campus of York College.

"Women have made strides in architecture and construction in the past 20 years," said Blau.
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Title Annotation:Associations: events, awards; Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc.; New York Post; NY Power Authority
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Jun 2, 2004
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