Good things happened at ‘Women in Construction, Engineering’ conference

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Xernona Clayton, founder, president and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation Inc. (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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L to R: Jan Prisby Bryson, chairwoman, BenchMark Management; Natalie Hall, commissioner, Fulton County, District 4; Heather Fatzinger, president and CEO, Full Circle Communications; Daphne Bryson Jackson, principal, GovLink Inc. (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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Martin Luther King III, American human rights advocate and community activist (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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Jan Latiolais Hargrave, body language expert (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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L to R: Nicole Henderson, global communications strategist, Selsi Enterprises; Saba Long, strategist, Obelisk Strategies; Twanna Harris, VP, brand, content & strategic initiatives, Atlanta BeltLine; Adrienne Brown, chief digital strategist, Adrienne J. Media (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

Source: L to R: Nicole Henderson, global communications strategist, Selsi Enterprises; Saba Long, strategist, Obelisk Strategies; Twanna Harris, VP, brand, content & strategic initiatives, Atlanta BeltLine; Adrienne Brown, chief digital strategist, Adrienne J. Media (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)
WICERS 2019 conference (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)
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WICERS 2019 conference (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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L to R: Gary Nuss, senior vice president, Jacobs; Keisha Lance Bottoms, mayor, city of Atlanta; Adrienne Brown, chief digital strategist, Adrienne J. Media (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)
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L to R: Gary Nuss, senior vice president, Jacobs; Keisha Lance Bottoms, mayor, city of Atlanta; Adrienne Brown, chief digital strategist, Adrienne J. Media (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

Source: L to R: Gary Nuss, senior vice president, Jacobs; Keisha Lance Bottoms, mayor, city of Atlanta; Adrienne Brown, chief digital strategist, Adrienne J. Media (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)
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Michael Thurmond, CEO, DeKalb County (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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Jeff Turner, chairman, Clayton County and WICERS guest (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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WICERS workshop attendees (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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L to R: Jennifer Ponder, Front End Track Architect, Women Who Code; Heather Fatzinger, president and CEO, Full Circle Communications; DeDe Brown, founder and president, DL Brown Enterprises; Greg Wilson, director, Arora Engineers Inc.; Tran Nguyen, president, Verge Group LLC; Monica Maldanaldo, president and CEO, Interprint Communications (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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WICERS attendee (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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L to R: Tonya L. Hicks, president, Women Do Everything, LLC; Theia Washington Smith, executive director, Women's Entrepreneurial Initiative (WEI); Jamine Moton, founder, Skylar Security (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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L to R: Aarti Tandon, co-founder and CEO, SmartCity Expo Atlanta; Marwan Madi, partner, Global Technology Group, CDM Smith; Torri Martin, innovation officer, Department of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta; Kirk Talbott, Chief Information Officer, MARTA; Denise Quarles, Chief City Executive, Siemens (Photo Credit: Sadie Domineck)

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Big Ideas for a Bright Future competition 2019 finalists and Theia Washington Smith, executive director, Women's Entrepreneurial Initiative (WEI) (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

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L to R: Daphne Bryson Jackson, principal, GovLink Inc.; Keisha Lance Bottoms, mayor, city of Atlanta; Jan Prisby Bryson, chairwoman, BenchMark Management (Photo credit: Sadie Domineck)

Imagine a place where you could exchange thoughts and ideas with leaders across the globe, from startups to pioneers. Now add food, drinks, music, laughter with a few hundred phenomenal women. This place is real. It’s the Women in Construction, Engineering, and Related Services (WICERS) conference, which takes place in the heart of Atlanta every year.

The WICERS conference creators have cracked the code in creating a singular platform that yields the perfect balance in meeting women’s professional and personal needs. The day one opening session began with an interactive presentation hosted by Jan Hargrave, a body language expert. For instance, the expert did a live demo displaying how to read the nonverbal of both a customer and a comrade. Transitioning between the group sessions were expert panel workshops. The workshop topics ranged from managing digital footprints, navigating careers, tackling global opportunities, and building smart cities. “Disruptor Sessions” closed out each day. These sessions provided an in-depth look into the career and lives of women being disruptors in their industries. These women were innovators, thought leaders and creators who were willing to share their wins, failures and insights.

Day one closed out with a party. It was a good time with great women dancing, talking laughing and networking.

Day two opened with a speech from Jewel Solomon, co-founder, and CEO of Partpic, which was acquired by Amazon in late 2016. The startup was designed to streamline the purchase of replacement parts using computer vision technology. Solomon discussed the importance of mental health as an entrepreneur and how her experience truly allowed a change in her family and community.

Day two closed with an award and recognition luncheon. The luncheon honored Xernona Clayton, founder, president, and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation Inc.; and Howlie Davis, government relations, vice president, Jacobs. Closing out the conference with class and inspiration was Atlanta’s 60th mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms. Her closing statement, “Great things happen at WICERS,” was a perfect ending to the life-altering conference that was all about learning, connecting, building and growth.

Major kudos to the conference’s corporate supporters like Jacobs, Marta, JE Dunn Construction, and BB&T Bank. The founders of WICERS, Jan Prisby Bryson, Daphane Bryson Jackson, and Heather Fatzinger also deserve recognition for creating this dynamic and uplifting conference.

For more about this organization, visit wicersatlanta.com.

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Sadie Domineck
Sadie Domineck

Sadie has a diversified portfolio of nearly 15 years as a multi-agency account lead and collaborator. Entering into the industry in 2006 her brand experience spans a breadth of industries across the globe for accounts in both General Market and Multi-Cultural consumer segments.



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