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selecting a tagline from committee contributions, “Where there is a WIL, there is a way.” Another successful year was achieved. Funds had been raised and presented to Hope Lives Here Colorado, an organization assisting victims of the Marshall Fire, along with many other accomplishments.
In late fall of 2022, Susie and Jaime sat down with Lindsay Brown and Erika Anderson–margaritas in hand–to share new ideas, goals, and thoughts for the future of HCC’s WIL Committee. “Pioneering a space is never easy, Susie and I faced real challenges. Knowing that I had a woman in leadership like Susie Lanners by my side made everything
important, from the finish-construction labor her sister
does to the marketing and business development work she does. Because of Susie's dad, she never believed there was something she couldn’t do. So, when Susie began her career in the construction industry and saw that women only made up 11% of the workforce, she felt a call to action.
Susie believes being a part of the HCC Women in Leadership committee has been incredibly meaningful. She has had
the privilege of support and mentorship from many strong women. The committee provides comradery, resources, skills, and mentorship aimed to amplify women in the AEC industry. Susie is confident that under the leadership of Lindsay and Erika, this environment will continue to thrive and have a positive impact on the AEC industry.
Susie is also a creative marketer with a passion for community development, supporting her local community through volunteer work and advocacy. She serves on a City Council advisory committee and is an active member of the Society for Marketing Professionals (SMPS) and Hispanic Contractors Colorado (HCC). Her most significant and long-standing role is Mom to four kids.
Susie is a Senior Marketing Specialist with Iron Woman Construction and Environmental Services, LLC. She holds a
seem doable, and I have full confidence in Lindsay and Erika to not only continue the WIL mission but will build upon the strong foundation.” - Jaime Clark
Of the goals laid out by Lindsay and Erika one of the most notable is the “safe space” these leaders intend to establish for all WIL members. This is meant to encourage members to show up as they are, participate freely with true authenticity, and grow in their unique leadership abilities. Lindsay Brown cites Abby Wambach, “If you’re not a leader on the bench, don’t call yourself a leader on the field. You’re either a leader everywhere or nowhere.”
          B.A. in Communications from Metropolitan State University, Minnesota, and a 200h Yoga Teacher Certification. Her work with Iron Woman has been recognized with local and national awards.
Summer Westbrooks
- Gilmore Construction
Summer is a strategic marketing and communications director for Gilmore Construction, with nearly 12 years
in the industry. During this time,
she's helped win over $1.5 billion in construction contracts throughout the U.S. Though Summer has focused most
of her career on project development and procurement, she has also assisted with public information and subcontractor outreach efforts. Recently, Summer was named as a winner for Engineering News-Record - Mountain States' 2023 Top 20 under 40. Summer has been an active member of the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC) for over five years and currently sits on the board of directors for the HCC. In 2020, as co-chair, Summer helped kick off the Women in Leadership committee with other women of HCC, many of whom are mentioned in this special tribute to Women in Construction feature. |
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