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April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Construction's Engineering News-Record (ENR,
http://enr.construction.com), in partnership with Peckar & Abramson, P.C., today announced the keynote speakers for the fourth annual "Groundbreaking Women in Construction" leadership conference, to be held
May 14-15 at The McGraw-Hill Companies' headquarters, 1221 Avenue of the Americas in
New York City.
Gail Grimmett, senior vice president,
New York, Delta Air Lines, will keynote on May 14. As the highest ranking executive based in
New York, Gail is charged with developing and achieving Delta's key strategic objectives for New York State. Within this role, she is responsible for the financial performance of all of Delta's
New York routes and oversees all commercial functions, including marketing, commercial sales, sponsorships, community relations and the customer experience at the airports.
Joanne Podell, executive vice president, retail services, Cushman & Wakefield, will keynote on May 15. Joanne has more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience, specializing in both tenant and landlord representation, and lease negotiations throughout Manhattan. Retail assignments include the roll-out of
Ann Taylor's "Loft" concept (five locations to date) and the opening of its latest prototype store. Ms. Podell also handles site acquisition and strategic disposition for Nine West and
Ethan Allen in
Themed "Building Relationships that Build Careers," the event supports the advancement of women in the global design and construction industry. Attendees including CEOs, decision makers, business leaders and entrepreneurs in the construction, architecture, engineering, and real estate sectors will learn success strategies from women who have advanced through the ranks, explore the shifting dynamics in male-dominated firms, and foster important connections to further their careers.