Building Stronger Communities: A Blueprint for Workforce Housing, Equitable Childcare and Inclusive Procurement


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St.
Dorchester, MA 02122

Please join NECA Boston and IBEW, Local 103, on Thursday, November 9th, 2023 as we hold our 2nd Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit.

Attend several workshops in this intensive half-day program and leading public and private sector professionals active in DEI examine key issues and trends impacting DEI and your business and projects. Take-away best practices, lesson learned and solutions for creating new opportunities in your company and your firm.


1:00 p.m.

Welcome and Summit Goals


Lou Antonellis

Business Manager/ Financial Secretary, IBEW, Local 103


Kristen Gowin

Executive Manager
NECA Boston


Josué Pierre

DEI Coordinator & Research Analyst
Local 103/ NECA Boston

1:30 p.m.

Keynote Remarks: Fostering Economic Equity for a Better Future

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Yvonne Hao

Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Development

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Session 1: Accessible Childcare for Construction Workers

What is the economic impact of reliable and accessible, inclusive and quality childcare for our labor workforce?  This session will examine the challenges and identify  innovative solutions for childcare options for construction workers



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Barry Reaves

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice & Workforce Development Northeast Clean Energy Council


Perille, Laura

Laura Perille

President & CEO
Nurtury Early Education

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Helen Barrios

Care that Works Coordinator
Building Pathways

Amanda DiLango

Amanda DiLando

Workforce Development Manager
Turner Construction

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Session 2: Affordable Housing Models for Construction Workforce

How can we develop affordable housing  for our workforce? This session will explore approaches to development, zoning, regulations, and public-private partnerships that can help create affordable housing options for construction workers. The session will also discuss the economic, social, and cultural impacts of workforce housing on individuals and the communities in which they live.



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Rev. Willie Bodrick, II

II Principal, Ambry Development & Senior Pastor
Twelfth Baptist Church


Rodger Brown

Rodger Brown

Managing Director of Real Estate Development,Preservation of Affordable Housing

Edward Augustus

Edward Augustus

Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities

Grady, Adeleine

Adelaide Grady

Senior Vice President
Leggat McCall Properties

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Session 3: Empowering Communities Through Inclusive Procurement

What are the strategies that companies, educational institutions, and government are implementing to integrate diverse suppliers into their procurement processes? This session will explore their strategies and reveal the benefits of these practices for fostering economic growth,  amplifying social impact and empowering communities of color



Amber Haskell

Amber Haskell

Director, Economic Inclusion
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce



Nicole Obi

President & CEO
Black Economic Council of Massachusetts

Tynes, Julian

Julian Tynes

Assistant Secretary Office of Diversity and Civil Rights
Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Frederick, Dara

Dara Frederick

National Director, Trade Partner Diversity, Suffolk Construction

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 




IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St. Dorchester, MA 02122



If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Kristen Gowin at kgowin@bostonneca.org or Josué Pierre at  jpierre@ibew103.com.