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Werk-Brau to Host Women in Construction Event in March

FINDLAY, OH — Werk-Brau, a manufacturer of buckets, thumbs, couplers, and attachments for excavators and loaders, will host a Women in Construction event at their Findlay, Ohio, headquarters on March 5 and 6. In addition to a keynote address by speaker Barbara J. Jackson, there will be networking opportunities, panel discussions, and interactive breakout sessions tailored to address the challenges and opportunities within an industry traditionally populated by men. Attendees can discover how their contributions can further shape and redefine the future of the field, acquire a competitive edge by staying a step ahead of the curve, and gain knowledge and confidence to take on challenges.
Keynote Speaker, Barbara Jackson
Jackson, Director & President of Barbara Jackson LLC, will give a keynote address to kick off the event. She served as Chief Estimator, Senior Project Manager, and CEO of Design-Build Services Inc., for 20 years, and spent 15 years developing design-build and integrated project delivery education at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo before returning to Colorado in August 2013 to become Director of the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver. As Director of the Burns School, she developed and delivered the most advanced education in the built environment.

In 2022, Jackson transitioned from a career in academia to dedicate her efforts toward transforming leadership and culture in the AEC industry through her company, Barbara Jackson LLC. Jackson is a thought leader in the AEC industry, specializing in design-build, integrated project leadership, high-performance teaming, and cultural transformation. In 2018, she received the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award from the Design/Build Institute of America (DBIA) and became a DBIA Fellow. In 2021, she was inducted into the National Academy of Construction. Jackson has also received numerous Distinguished Leadership and Service awards.

Break Out Session Speaker, Anne Pfleger
Anne Pfleger, CIT, CBT, has been working in the construction and transportation industries for 30 years. She joined Hancock Structural Steel, LLC as the Director of Operations in October 2021. She is also a past National President of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Becoming a member of NAWIC in 2006 ignited an internal purpose and passion, to not only improve personally, but also to support and guide other women in the construction industry to do the same.
Break Out Session Speaker, Missy Guerrero Scherber
Missy Guerrero Scherber, an entrepreneur from Minneapolis/St. Paul, has carved a niche for herself in the construction industry alongside her husband, Trevor. Guerrero Scherber's experience extends beyond business development; she’s an active content creator with capabilities in sponsored social media posts, dedicated blog pieces, product reviews, and construction site photography. She also stands as a Global Brand Ambassador for Caterpillar and hosts the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcast.

“Advocating for Women in Construction aligns with Werk-Brau's core values of building better lives. We’re dedicated to the principle that everybody matters, and we always strive to do the right thing,” National Sales Manager Dale DeWeese said. “We’re excited to host this important event and are eager to welcome those who are already working within the industry as well as those who are exploring its possibilities.”

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