Women Leading AEC - A Power Panel

February 23, 2018
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Cumberland River Compact
The Bridge Building 2 Victory Avenue Suite 300
Nashville , TN 37213

This Power Panel of 5 Industry-Leading Women will talk about Nashville’s AEC landscape, what’s on the horizon for diversity and inclusion, and what advice they have for women advancing in their careers today. A prequel to NAWIC’s Women in Construction week, the panelists will respond to previously submitted questions yielding discussions that could include anything from the challenges of working in a male-dominated industry to strategies for managing work-life balance. Each a leader in her own right offer us a glimpse into how women are impacting AEC and the Nashville skyline. 


Kelly Knight Hodges, LEED AP

As the Division Vice President of the Nashville Corporate + Urban Design division of Gresham Smith and Partners, Kelly oversees operations, staff development, and client service and satisfaction. She also supports business development for the Corporate + Urban Design market in the Middle Tennessee region. 

Kelly began her career at GS&P as an interior designer and has managed a variety of corporate projects – from programming through construction – for the last 20 years. 


Heather Mathias, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP

Heather serves as a Principal at Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC. She joined the firm in 2003 and served critical roles in award-winning projects including the Ovation Events, Arts Magnet Middle School, Coleman Park Community Center, LifePoint Hospital Support Center and AmSurg Headquarters.

Heather believes that thoughtful listening is the most important part of her relationship with the firms' clients. With a passion for organizational structure and a strategic approach to real estate, she thrives on understanding clients' goals and exceeding expectations.


Courtney Ross

Courtney Ross is Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Courtney has oversight of the economic development team that acts as the region’s lead marketing agency for economic development, with functions including business recruitment, business retention and expansion, talent retention and recruitment, and international business.  Under Courtney’s leadership, Site Selection magazine named the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce one of the nation's top economic development groups for 2014.  And in 2015, Ross was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect. Courtney has been with the Chamber for 7 years and moved to Nashville from Austin, Texas where she worked in recruitment for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.


Janet Miller

Janet is the CEO and Market Leader for Colliers International Nashville operation. Colliers is one of the largest commercial real estate brokerage firms in the world. Janet manages a team that specializes in the sale, leasing, and management of all kinds of commercial property including office, retail, industrial, land, Multifamily, and investment real estate. Colliers Nashville is one of Midle Tennessee's fastest growing commercial real estate firms, with over 35 brokers on the team. Janet came to Colliers in 2014 after 20 years of serving as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. During her time there, over 325,000 jobs were added in the Nashville economy, and over 400 companies recruited to the region.


Mendy Mazzo

Mendy has worked in the design and construction industry for 24 years.  She currently serves as Senior Vice President for Skanska in Nashville and is responsible for strategic planning, market analysis, client development, and identifying construction project opportunities for the company. 

Mendy has a passion for issues related to diversity and inclusion and manages the Diversity and Inclusion Team for Skanska’s Midwest Region.  She was instrumental in the development of Skanska’s Diversity Business Program in 2002, and is Immediate Past National Chair & Founding Member of the Skanska’s Women’s Network.  


Registration is now open. Members: $35; Non-Members: $60. Walk-ups: $75. 


This event is sponsored by TURNER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.

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$35.00 SMPS Members

$60.00 Non-Members