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Construction Management Industry Panel: Women in Construction – Now and Then


The NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, in partnership with Professional Women in Construction, is pleased to present a panel discussion exploring whether gender contributes to project management style, client relationships and/or ultimate project success. What are the most important contributors to career advancement? What has changed and what has not? From what is the greatest job satisfaction to be gained? Hear our distinguished panelists discuss these and other issues.

Richard Lambeck P.E., Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Construction Management Department, NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
Patricia Lancaster, FAIA, Clinical Professor, NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate

Susan Hayes, Managing Director, Susan Hayes & Associates, LLC
Maureen Henegan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henegan Construction Co., Inc.
Allison Zampetti LEED AP, Project Manager, Levien & Company

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Event Details: Midtown Center - 11 West 42nd Street, Room 1027
Breakfast & Networking: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Event Discussion Time: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM


Susan Hayes
Susan Hayes is Founder and Managing Partner at Susan Hayes & Associates, a strategic advisory group serving middle market family owned or family controlled business' in the Construction and Real Estate Sectors.

Prior to joining Susan Hayes & Associates, Ms Hayes spent a number of years working with and for family owned and controlled business’. In that capacity, she has created, bought, sold and operated and salvaged a number of highly successful business’ with a strong track record of driving growth, profits and market share, in the real estate and construction industry. Recent accomplishments include the sale of a hi-rise modular business, the creation of an open shop Construction Management firm focused on the residential high rise market, growing from zero to $600 million in revenue in an18th month period; established a China based manufacturing operation to support hi-end design products for the development community; the successful leadership of a NYC based leading construction management firm, from $9 million to $900 million in annual sales. Susan’s hallmark is building relationships, leadership teams, process improvement and delivering, as advertised, successful projects.

Susan has served on many boards including New Jersey Transit, Apple Bank for Savings, Rallye Motors, The New York Building Congress, Pelzman Foundation for Healthcare Innovation.

Maureen A. Henegan
Maureen A. Henegan is Chairman and CEO of Henegan Construction Co., Inc. HENEGAN is among New York City’s premier construction firms, providing construction management and general contracting services to a distinguished list of firms in the financial, Fortune 500, professional, media, tech, and entertainment communities since her father, Paul J. Henegan, PE, founded the company in 1959.

Under Ms. Henegan’s leadership, HENEGAN has increased its annual revenues from $50 million to nearly $300 million, while its superb reputation for quality work, service and integrity has flourished. HENEGAN is the largest women-owned and –operated construction company in the NY region.

Ms. Henegan is an officer of the Building Contractors Assn of NY (“BCA”), is on the Boards of Directors of NY Building Congress and of Nontraditional Employment for Women (“NEW”), and is a member of Building Owners’ and Managers’ Assn. of NY (“BOMA”), Commercial Real Estate Women of NY (CREW-NY), NY Women Executives in Real Estate (WX), and Professional Women In Construction (“PWC”). Maureen is active in Young Presidents Org. (YPO) and Women Presidents’ Org. (WPO). She serves on the Board of Trustees of the College of Mount St. Vincent and the Board of Directors of Covenant House NY.

She studied Construction Management and real estate at NYU, holds a JD degree from Albany Law School, and graduated magna cum laude from College of Mount St. Vincent with a BA in English.

Allison Zampetti
Allison’s career in project management has been largely shaped by her current role at Levien & Company where she serves as Owner’s Representative for a wide variety of nonprofit and commercial clients. Acting as the team leader for her client’s construction projects, Allison brings a collaborative approach to team management and allows her clients to better leverage their resources and focus on their core business or mission.

Since joining Levien & Company in 2009, Allison has become a leader in developing the firm’s standards of practice and has established expertise in cost control – including managing change requests, financial reporting and public funding sources – for more than $250 million in construction projects. The multi-phased renovation of the Park Avenue Armory - which entailed major infrastructure upgrades and historic restoration of iconic interior Landmarks while maintaining full operation of the facility – has been a highlight of her professional experience. Last year, she completed the construction of the Hajjar STEM Center for the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, NJ, which was recognized with the AIA’s 2016 Education Facility Design Award. Her current work includes the development of a 110,000 sf affordable housing project for Clinton Housing Development Corp. on Manhattan’s west side.

Prior to joining the firm, Allison worked as a Project Manager for Richter & Ratner Contracting in New York City where she gained a breadth of knowledge and leadership skills managing interior renovations and new base building construction projects. One of her notable projects during that time was the 45,000 sf LEED Gold Center for Global Conservation at the Bronx Zoo.

Allison is also an adjunct professor at NYU's Schack Institute of Real Estate and teaches a graduate-level course in Construction Budgets and Cost Management.  She received her B.S. in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University, with a concentration in Architecture, and her M.S. in Construction Management from New York University. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.  Allison also serves on the Executive Board of the New York chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

Allison lives in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood and has a 16-month old son.