Industry Leaders Roundtable Retreat October 2-3, 2013

Speakers for the 2013 Industry Leaders Roundtable retreat:

Ana Bertuna, Vice-President of Design & Construction, Related Companies
Anne Weisberg, Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer, FutureWork Institute
Jennifer Allyn, Managing Director Office of Diversity, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Annette Favorite, Vice President, Workforce Strategy and Programs, IBM
Jonathan Ferrar, Vice President, Smarter Workforce, Kenexa
Carol Gilligan, Social Psychologist; University Professor, New York University


Industry Leaders Roundtable Retreat. Photo Credit: BWAFArchives

The 2013 Industry Leaders Roundtable retreat, Knowing: Strategies for High-Value Women, brought together several of the nation’s top research analysts to discuss how best to retain a firm’s high potential, high value people in an improving economy. In a pattern similar to that seen in previous recessions (such as the one from 1988-1995), the 2008 recession has spurred an exodus of employees from the AEC industry. The result will be intense competition in retaining key professionals and in finding new hires. The pressure to find “the best and the brightest” will increase at all levels as the economy picks up, and a practice’s ability to attract, develop, and retain employees will be challenged. This issue will not be gender specific, but will create an environment where retaining and attracting talent will require attention to gender specific issues. Studies show that the cost of turnover to a firm is high, and in a competitive job market, finding an appropriate replacement candidate can be difficult and costly.

Industry Leaders Roundtable Retreat. Photo Credit: BWAFArchives

Participant break-out sessions. Photo Credit: BWAFArchives

Speakers discussed how to pro-actively plan to retain, attract, train and reward high potential women employees, as well as men. They provided concrete examples of how a successful plan will substantially add to the firm’s success by improving the quality of work performance and decreasing turnover, and thus directly impact the bottom line. After each speaker, there were breakout sessions to discuss the participating firms’ experience and how new thinking presented may be profitably used by the participant’s own firm. Each speaker’s presentation was aimed specifically at the AEC Industry. The retreat took place at the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, NY.

Speaker Biographies

Bertuna AnaAna Bertuna is the Vice President of Design and Construction for Related Companies. Before joining Related in 2000, Ms. Bertuna launched her career as an architect and contributed 11 years of practice to Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM), eventually becoming an Associate. Ms. Bertuna began at Related as the liaison between Time Warner Inc. and Columbus Center LLC for the Time Warner Center, one of New York City’s most successful mixed-use projects. She has since been owner’s representative on a number of residential projects and now, as a member of the Hudson Yards team, Bertuna is responsible for the construction of Tower D, a 900 ft. tall, high-end residential tower designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Ms. Bertuna is a member of the New York Chapter of AIA, serves on the scholarship & mentorship committees of WX (New York Women Executives in Real Estate) and on the Board of Trustees for the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF).


AWAnne Weisberg is the Senior Vice President for Strategy at the Families and Work Institute. She is a recognized thought leader and executive who has designed innovative practices to build effective, inclusive work environments, including co-authoring the best selling Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace With Today’s Nontraditional Workforce (HBS, 2007). Weisberg directed the seminal research on women in the legal profession, Women in Law: Making the Case (Catalyst, 2001), and has authored numerous other pieces, including The Gender Dividend: Making the Business Case for Investing in Women (Deloitte, 2011), and Paths to Power: Advancing Women in Government (Deloitte, 2010), and Everything a Working Mother Needs to Know (Doubleday, 1994), a guide for women who have careers and are starting families on all the issues they face at work.

Prior to joining the Families and Work Institute, Weisberg worked with companies and firms to align workplaces to the changing nature of work and the workforce. She received her Bachelor of Science Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley and her Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School.

JAJennifer Allyn is an executive and thought leader promoting diversity initiatives, responsible for designing programs to retain, develop, and advance diverse professionals. Allyn has been recognized as a subject matter expert on gender, GLBT, and world/life challenges. She is a frequent public speaker and has been quoted in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine,, and US News & World Report.
Among her many accomplishments, Allyn spearheaded the effort to enhance PwC’s parental leave policy and launched Full Circle, a program designed to assist parents who want to “on-ramp” after taking an extended period of time off from work. She was also instrumental in designing and facilitating PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Diversity Leadership Forums, which bring together hundreds of business executives to discuss the future of diversity. Prior to joining PwC, Allyn was a senior consultant at Catalyst where she advised a diverse group of Fortune 500 clients, among them PwC.

Allyn is a graduate of Brown University and earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

JFJonathan Ferrar is the Vice President of Smarter Workforce at IBM. In this role, he is responsible for leading the strategic direction, product strategy, and research and development of HR solutions for clients. Ferrar has worked at IBM since 2000 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK, having served in the HR profession for 20 years with three different companies. From 2010 to 2012, he held global HR responsibility for workforce analytics, HR strategy, and transformation and planning at IBM. Prior to this, Ferrar held senior HR roles in recruitment, outsourcing and as an HR Director, leading departments across 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. From 2007 to 2010, he was HR Director for the UK and Ireland at IBM. Ferrar holds a degree from the University of Cambridge, UK and is based in New York.


AFAnnette Favorite is responsible for implementing IBM’s global Human Resources strategy to approximately 19,000 sales employees across worldwide. She was formerly the Vice President of HR for North America’s IBM’s Sales and Distribution organization covering United States and Canada and held executive positions as Director of HR for IBM Global Technology Services in Southwest Europe and Director of Worldwide Talent Management for Global Sales and Distribution.

Favorite joined IBM in 1988 as a Recruiter in Charlotte, North Carolina and has held positions in Compensation, Relocation, Diversity, and Talent spanning several IBM business units and functions such as manufacturing, sales, development, and services. In 1997, she resigned from IBM to become full-time mother but later rejoined in 1999 as a Human Resources partner in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Favorite holds a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a MS in Human Resources from the University of South Carolina.

CGCarol Gilligan was named one of the 25 most influential Americans by Time Magazine in 1996. She is best known for her 1982 work, In a Different Voice, described by Harvard University Press as “the little book that started a revolution.” Gilligan’s recent books include Joining the Resistance, Polity Press (2011); The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy’s Future, Cambridge University Press (2009); and Kyra, Random House, (2008), the first book to make a woman architect the heroine of the story.

A member of the Harvard faculty for over thirty years, she held the university’s first chair in Gender Studies. She is currently a University Professor at New York University.

Gilligan received her B.A. summa cum laude in English literature from Swarthmore College, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Radcliffe College, and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University.

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