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Dr. Barbara Jackson

CEO & Founder | Women Building Change

  805.610.6130
  bjackson@womenbuildingchange.com

After 20 years in industry as a chief estimator, senior project manager, and CEO of Design-Build Services Inc., and another 15 years developing design-build and integrated project delivery education at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo CA, Barbara returned to Colorado where her education and career in design and construction originally began. In August of 2013, Barbara took over the helm as the new Director of the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver, in Denver, CO, where she continues to serve.

In 2015, Jackson began delivering Leadership Boot Camps for Women in Construction.  Never having widely participated in “women’s only” activities previously in her career, she began to recognize the need for women to step up, and step out, in the construction industry.  As a longtime advocate for cultural change of the construction industry, she began to see a clear correlation between the industry’s transformation and its leadership.

After delivering the Leadership Boot Camps for 4 years, and seeing the results that such targeted efforts made in terms of women achieving their goals, and being promoted to leadership roles in their companies, and the impact that had on their careers and the companies they worked for, it was even more evident that leadership matters when it comes to initiating and sustaining change.  In February of 2019, Jackson founded Women Building Change Inc.—a non-profit dedicated to advancing women in the construction industry.

In addition to teaching, training, and consulting, she is a nationally recognized speaker on topics related to the future of the construction industry.  In addition, she is the author of two books, Construction Management Jump Start and Design-Build Essentials and numerous articles.  She has been named Outstanding Educator by Associated Schools of Construction and received the prestigious Brunelleschi Award from the Design-Build Institute of America—the organization’s highest honor.  Dr. Jackson is a DBIA Fellow, and holds a BS in Housing and Design, a MS in Construction Management, and a PhD in Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University.

I believe that women participating and leading in the industry is key to its transformation. And by building a network of support for women in construction, we are securing the future of the industry”

Barbara Jackson

Andrea Parisi

President | Women Building Change

  512.590.1772
  aparisi@womenbuildingchange.com

Prior to partnering with Dr. Barbara Jackson to form the Women Building Change organization, Andrea was Director of Development Operations for Miraval Group’s Construction and Development team based out of Austin, TX.  During her 16 years of experience in residential construction, municipal utility districts and resort real estate development, she held positions as superintendent, project manager, utility conservation and infrastructure coordinator, consultant manager, entitlements and permitting expediter, and development advocate.

The intent of WBC is to create a community of women within the construction industry that truly support one another.  No one understands better, the challenges and rewards of being a woman in this industry, than other women within the industry.  WBC provides an environment where each of us are free to ask questions, share, and discuss issues without feeling the need to compete or risk being judged.  Our individual goals may be different, but we all desire to be successful, respected and supported.

Andrea received her B.S. in Construction Management from Colorado State University.  She is also a certified professional Life and Leadership Coach.

The intent of WBC is to create a community of women within the construction industry that truly support one another.  No one understands better, the challenges and rewards of being a woman in this industry, than other women within the industry.  WBC provides an environment where each of us are free to ask questions, share, and discuss issues without feeling the need to compete or risk being judged.  Our individual goals may be different, but we all desire to be successful, respected and supported.”

Andrea Parisi

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