Listen to CUNY and CUCF Leadership share their vision for the University.

Rodneyse Bichotte

Assembly Member 42nd District, Chair of the Oversight of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Subcommittee, NYS Assembly

Rodneyse Bichotte is the Assembly Member and State Committee Woman / District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District. Assembly Member Bichotte has been appointed Chair of the Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) Subcommittee. She currently serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, Economic Development, Small Businesses, Banks, and Social Services. And was recently elected as the Vice Chair of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators.
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James B. Milliken

Chancellor, The City University of New York

James B. Milliken is Chancellor of The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university. Milliken was appointed Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Law at the CUNY Law School by the CUNY Board of Trustees, effective June 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment at CUNY, Chancellor Milliken served as president of the University of Nebraska for a decade, where he also held appointments as professor at both the University of Nebraska’s College of Law and the School of Public Administration. He previously served as senior vice president of the 16-campus University of North Carolina. James B. Milliken is Chancellor of The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university. Milliken was appointed Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Law at the CUNY Law School by the CUNY Board of Trustees, effective June 1, 2014.
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William Thompson

Chairperson, CUNY Board of Trustees; Managing Partner, Seibert Brandford Shank

William Thompson joined Siebert Brandford Shank in April 2010 and became a partner in November, 2015. Mr. Thompson previously served eight years as the Comptroller for the City of New York—from January 2002 to December 2009.
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Philip Berry

Acting Chairperson, CUCF Board of Trustees; Chief Human Resources Officer - Clinton Foundation; Author, "Being Better Than You Believe: 8 Steps to Ultimate Success"

Philip A. Berry serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer responsible for strategies to attract, develop and retain talent for our global initiatives. Prior to this he was the President of Philip Berry Associates LLC, a management consulting firm which focuses on executive coaching, global talent development, and organizational effectiveness. Philip has lived abroad and worked in over 60 countries and gained extensive experience in leadership development and human capital improvement strategies on a global level.
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Alphonso B. David

Counsel, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Alphonso B. David currently services as counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo. As counsel, David’s role includes all significant policy deliberations within the executive department –– in evaluating proposed legislation, implementing existing law, and formulating the state’s posture in litigation, either as plaintiff or defendant.
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    Session A: Learn How to Do Better Business with CUNY

William Choi

Director of MWBE Outreach, The City University of New York

William Choi is the Director of MWBE Outreach at The City University of New York, where he is responsible for developing and managing the University’s Supplier Diversity program. The program is designed to diversify CUNY’s supplier base and to promote business opportunities for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB).
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    Session B: Learn How to Do Business with CUCF

Jeffrey Weinstein

Director of Procurement Services, City University Construction Fund

Jeffrey Weinstein presently serves as the Director of Procurement Services for the City University of New York's (CUNY's) Office of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, which oversees CUNY's and the City University Construction Fund's (CUCF's) design, construction and development program. Prior to coming to CUNY in 2007, he held a number of procurement-related posts in the public, non-profit and private sectors, including service as the First Deputy Director, then the Acting Director, of the New York City Mayor's Office of Contracts.
    Session C: Present Your Company, Position Your Brand

Elizabeth Velez

President, Velez Organization

Elizabeth Velez serves as President of the Velez Organization. Ms. Velez’s experience in the construction industry has spanned over twenty years, and she participates on industry and community based boards, such as the New York Building Congress, National Hispanic Business Group, Association of Minority Enterprises of New York (AMENY), the Mayor’s Commission on Construction Opportunity, the Board of ACE Mentor of New York and the NYC Department of Business Services Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Boricua College. Ms. Velez holds an MBA, and is actively involved in issues facing the construction industry and affirmative action.

Jennifer Mackenburg Murphy

Regional Director, STV Inc.

Jen Murphy is a construction professional with over 26 years of experience managing construction, design and program management services. She has been involved in more than $2 billion in construction and served a wide variety of project types including commercial, residential, hospitality, entertainment, cultural, transportation, mixed use, retail, and corporate interiors. She is focused on assisting clients in the development of the project team and process to achieve their goals. An advocate for women’s growth and achievement in the industry she participates as a member of the BWAF Board of Trustees and Co-Chairs the NEW Ambassador Council amongst participating actively in several other industry organizations. New to STV last year, Murphy is dedicated to growing the Construction Management Division in both the public and private sectors.

Brennan Gilbane Koch

Business Development Manager, Gilbane Building Company

Brennan is a fifth generation family member, focused on Gilbane’s steadfast commitment to client's satisfaction through her work. She is a key promoter of the company’s dedication to creating customers for life and is active in making sure that client satisfaction is measured in communicating these results and using them as a way to constantly improve the firm’s business practices across all Global projects and overall how Gilbane is impacting the industry it services. An educator by training, she is also focused on internal engagement, through the focus on building internal promoters as part of the external promoter strategy. By using various tools to measure and gauge employee positioning and engagement, Brennan is able to implement actions to improve the employee environment and build positive connections with the company, its culture and its brand. Brennan Gilbane earned her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master’s degree from Providence College. Before joining Gilbane Building Company, Brennan was a teacher at St. Paul’s School and St. Brigid School.

Michele O'Connor

Principal, Langan

Michele E. O'Connor, P.E., LEED AP is a Principal at Langan providing clients with land development engineering services on a wide variety of commercial, retail, school/university and institutional projects throughout the New York and New Jersey region. Her experience includes work on a number of large-scale utility and infrastructure projects. Ms. O'Connor's expertise includes master plan studies, site evaluations, site plan design, grading, drainage and utility design, storm water management, soil erosion control planning and construction phase services.
    Session D: SAY HELLO to the Right Project for Your Company

Edgard Hernandez

Director, LaGuardia Community College Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Edgard Hernandez is the Director of the LaGuardia Community College Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), a program that provides procurement technical assistance to small businesses who want to sell their product and services to all levels of government. Hernandez provides one-on-one counseling to many small businesses throughout Queens and Long Island. Since becoming the Director of PTAC in 2009, businesses in the region have won more than $200 million dollars in government contract awards.
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Joseph Fitzpatrick

President, TDX Construction

Joseph Fitzpatrick is President of TDX Construction Corporation, a construction management firm founded in 1980, which specializes in the management of complex construction projects for public and private institutions. Fitzpatrick joined TDX in 1986, becoming Vice president and a principal in the firm in1990. He was promoted to President this past year. He is responsible for the day to day operations of TDX.
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Julie Harris

Vice President, McKissack & McKissack

Julie Harris, Vice President at McKissack & McKissack, provides operational oversight and leads the business development efforts for disaster recovery/resiliency projects. She is a subject matter expert on HUD and FEMA disaster policy and programming related issues and brings more than eight executive level years of experience managing and implementing Long-Term Community Recovery Programs.

Michael Shamma, P.E.

President, HAKS

Michael A. Shamma, a seasoned professional with proven experience in the fields of civil engineering and transportation, directs the daily operations of HAKS' 650-person national and international offices. A dynamic and diplomatic leader with the highest level of integrity, he has successfully delivered numerous transportation infrastructure programs and projects during his accomplished career.
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Paisley Demby

Business Services Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College

Paisley Demby is the Business Services Director for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College. He is a seasoned executive, leader, and manager educated at top-Universities (Wharton and Brown) with exceptional project management, collaboration, and development skills in the profit and non-profit sectors.
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    MWBE Certification intensive

Iliana Farias

Senior Certification Analyst, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development, Empire State Development

Iliana Farias is a longtime advocate for minority and woman owned businesses having served the Division of Minority and Women Business Development as an analyst for over 14 years. She is also a Bronx native where she was born the third of four children of Cuban immigrant parents, a heritage that she is very proud to acknowledge. As such, Farias is fully bilingual and has maintained her fluency in Spanish and English. As a lifelong member of this community, she has accrued experiences as an elementary school teacher and a long stint in the construction business. She is a fellow SUNY graduate of Lehman College in the Bronx where she attained her BA in Psychology and Education.
    NYS Certification as Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business

Kenneth E. Williams

Director, Division of Service Disabled Veterans Business Development, NYS Office of General Services

Ken Williams is the Director of the NYS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development which is tasked to implement the provisions of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act that was signed into law in May of 2014. The law establishes a NYS contract participation goal of 6% for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. Prior to being appointed by Governor Cuomo as Director, Williams's career, in addition to high level management positions, has involved consulting for companies such as BMW of North America, creating and building a number of entrepreneurial ventures, teaching at colleges such as Clarkson, R.P.I, and Union Graduate College and being sent to Ukraine by USAID to assist business development.