Women Construction Owners & Executives USA Visit with DC Lawmakers


The 2019 Women Build America National Conference took place at the historic Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C on March 3-5.  The three-day leadership and networking conference was an opportunity for business owners, leaders and corporate executives to join forces to empower communities, enhance business development and meet with legislative experts.

In concert with National Women in Construction Week, Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE USA) members gained national recognition and support from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and agency leadership including the Small Business Administration and the General Services Administration.   Emily W. Murphy, GSA Administrator, along with several bi-partisan representatives spoke at the conference addressing industry forecast, cyber security, political policies and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) updates and guidelines.

The 2019 National Board of Directors was sworn in during the leadership conference which drew members from coast to coast.  The new Executive Board is:

  • President: Sheila Ohrenberg, President of Sorella Group Specialty Contractor
  • President Elect: Deborah Bradley, President of Deborah Bradley Construction
  • Secretary: Lorraine D’Angelo, President of LDA Compliance Consulting
  • Treasurer: Karen Barbour, President of The Barbour Group
  • Immediate Past President: Theresa Kern, President of Ma Rebar Services, Inc.

WCOE, USA is a National Association committed to helping women in the construction industry grow and prosper. Founded over 35 years ago on the purpose of assisting women in executive positions, providing resources to enhance professional development, and creating a legislative network to monitor and pursue legislation advantageous to the industry, WCOE is making strides to level the playing field in a historically male-dominated industry.

For more information on getting involved with WCOE USA, visit the website at  www.wcoeusa.org and follow the organization on social media. 

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