Presented by the Construction Systems Management Industry Advisory Council
Women Inspire Construction presented by The Ohio State University Construction Systems Management Industry Advisory Council is an event to gather the construction industry to focus on retention and community. Come to be empowered and join a conversation that leaves you inspired. The construction industry fosters long lasting relationships that lead to professional success. Both men and women are welcome to JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Register Here.
September 21, 2017 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center
Meet the panelists:
Nissa Beasley currently works as a Project Manager at TriVersity Construction with 24 years of experience in the construction industry. Nissa specializes in major renovation projects, lab construction and multi-story buildings and schools. She is also TriVersity’s subject matter expert with Phoenix Scheduling Program software and helps train project engineers on the program. Before joining TriVersity, Nissa worked for other high profile construction companies in the region.
Nissa received her B.S. in construction management from the University of Cincinnati. She serves as secretary on the board of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) as well as a participating in its membership committee. Nissa was named NAWIC’s Cincinnati Chapter New Leader in 2017. Through NAWIC, she also volunteers for community events for children including Block Kids and the YWCA’s Rosie’s Girls
Heather Cassady currently work as a Project Manager on the $32M Canopy by Hilton hotel project located in Columbus, Ohio. She has been in the construction industry and with Turner Construction for 16 years. Throughout her years at Turner, Heather’s career has evolved in various management roles, including superintendent, sustainability manager, recruiting leader, and estimating engineer. Heather’s projects in Central Ohio have been in the healthcare, hotel, civic, and educational sectors.
Heather received her B.S. in Construction Engineering from the University of Akron. She is a LEED AP and serves as a community leader by dedicating her time and talent to support the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC), Women for Economic Leadership and Development (WELD) and the OSU CSM Industry Advisory Council.
Audra Smith currently works as a Project Executive for Pepper Construction and has extensive experience in construction management on large scale projects throughout central and northeastern Ohio. She has worked in the healthcare, higher education, mixed-use, and corporate office markets and has been involved in $578M worth of construction during her 15 year career. Her expertise is in client relationships and developing the appropriate processes, communication, and expectations to allow her project teams to be successful and meet the needs of the clients and owners. Prior to joining Pepper, she worked for Whiting-Turner Contracting and was responsible for all project interface, shutdown, and management of impactful construction to clients.
Audra earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and holds LEED AP BD+C credentials. She resides in Galena, Ohio with her sons Max and Vin. They share a passion for sports and her sons' involvement in the Olentangy Local School District athletic programs afford her the opportunity to mentor, coach, and support their programs through fundraising and classroom academic activities.