Keynote Speaker


Internationally-renowned neuroscientist and biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher is a pioneer in the biology of human personality and the neurochemistry of leadership. Named a TED All-Star and one of “the 15 most amazing women in science today” by Business Insider, Dr. Fisher has given the world a new way to look at professional relationships and “corporate chemistry.” Her groundbreaking research has shown how understanding the biology behind personality styles can be used to build teams and corporate boards, advertise, innovate, and succeed at work. In the course of her research, Dr. Fisher developed The Fisher Temperament Inventory. Taken by over 14 million people in 40 countries, the Inventory is the first and only personality questionnaire built from and validated by neuroscience (using fMRI brain scanning). Her discovery of the four basic biological styles of thinking and behaving — Explorer, Builder, Director, and Negotiator — represents the biggest leap in personality tools in the last 100 years. Her presentation will reveal how to recognize and influence each personality style, increasing the effectiveness of teams and increasing your understanding of how individuals collaborate, resolve conflict, sell, innovate, and lead.

Conference Speakers

Cindy Cepko

Cindy Cepko is co-owner of Granite Homes, a home building-remodeling company in Northeast Pennsylvania. Cepko has been selling homes since 2003 and has been co-owner of Granite Homes since 2009. Her career as a Sales Professional started when she was asked to head up the sales team for Forest Homes where she sold panelized homes in a fast-growing vacation community. Cepko used the National Association of Home Builders Designation program to obtain her Certified Sales Professional designation early on in her sales career and worked up to MIRM a few years later. Cepko is currently the Chair of NAHB’s Professional Women in Building and is focused on getting young women involved in the council and growing a strong sustainable member base.

Ronda Conger

Some say she was raised by wolves, others claim truckers. No matter what her upbringing, Ronda Conger has flourished in a male dominated industry for 21 years. Beginning in the wild, wild West of Las Vegas in 1993 with KB Home, she soon staked her claim as the vice president of Idaho’s largest home builder, CBH Homes, where she leads the CBH troops daily, overseeing all areas of the company for the past twelve years. CBH builds over 800 homes per year with a total of 69 employees; 49 of those are women, making up 71% of CBH Homes’ staff. The average employment length of a CBH Homes team member is more than seven years. CBH has been voted a Best Place to Work in Idaho for the past six years.

Kate Ewing

Kate Ewing has an MA in Marketing and more than 15 years’ experience in the field. Most recently, she was marketing manager of St. Louis design-build remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts where she set sales and lead generation records while collaborating with all departments to elevate the company culture. Ewing also serves as an adjunct marketing professor at Webster University and board member of several charities.

Jennifer Johnson

After homeschooling her three children for 18 years, Johnson reentered the workforce as a designer. She went on to obtain a two-year degree as a contractor, and opened a remodeling company in Dallas. Six years later, Johnson decided to combine her passion for teaching with her deep commitment to the construction industry, and started the Construction Trade School, a Dallas-based non-profit. Johnson is an active member in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and currently serves as an advisor to the industry on the labor shortage and education. We do not have licensing in Texas.  But I do have a trade school education in construction. She is a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) and belongs tothe National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Nancy Keenan

Driven by her passion for design excellence, Nancy is a successful architect with over 30 years of experience. Known as an integrated thinker with a ‘no excuses’ view on life and business, in 2014 she was elected President of Dahlin Group, an East Bay Area architectural firm with a 40 year history. She has embraced the challenges of transitioning company leadership and design to the next generation — focusing on firm-wide strategy, leadership and growth, design innovation and business development. Her willingness to look beyond the status quo is transforming the business, aligning all disciplines across the company and its six offices in the US and China. Nancy also contributes her time to various non-profit organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for HomeAid, Northern California.

Sarah Lee

Sarah is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word and is intensely passionate about all things real estate. With a track record of building successful companies in a career that spans 20 years, Sarah is recognized as a leader in the housing industry with deep knowledge of residential construction, new home sales & marketing, real estate investment and business operations. Her most recent endeavor is the launch of Building ME, a speaking and on-line training platform focused on the personalized development of professionals in the Real Estate & Residential Construction industry. Building Me offers courses and events designed to maximize Productivity, Profits and Purpose for both individuals and companies.

Kayleen McCabe

Kayleen McCabe's passion for the trades was put to the test on Rescue Renovation, the DIY Network series she hosted for five seasons. Today, this licensed contractor, sought-after speaker, and the 2009 winner of DIY's Stud Finder competition funnels her know-how and innovative spirit toward a more pressing need than outdated wall paneling: vocational advocacy and awareness. Her non-profit, The McCabe Foundation, tightens America's skills gap by encouraging young men and women alike to consider careers in our nation's most undervalued, unfilled, sector: the trades. A familiar face at industry events and in schools across the nation, Kayleen partners exclusively with respected groups including Skills USA and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), through whom she is a Certified Remodeler.

Alaina Money

Alaina Money is the Division President of Garman Homes and Curator of Fresh Paint by Garman Homes. Alaina is responsible for land position, acquisition and strategic vision. Her most important professional role is procuring the leadership team at Garman Homes and creating a culture and work environment where Rock Stars can do their best work. Alaina began her career in real estate over 12 years ago in onsite sales, working for two large national builders before starting the sales team for Garman Homes as employee #3. During her time at Garman Homes, Alaina has managed both the sales and construction teams, documenting every success and failure in her award-winning blog, Build Like a Girl. Her writing has been featured in Building Women Magazine, she was named to Professional Builder's list of 40 Under 40 for the class of 2015, and she was awarded Builder of the Year for 2015 by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham County. Alaina holds a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary's College at Notre Dame and a Master’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as the Builder Liaison on the executive committee for the Triangle Sales & Marketing Council for 2015, and is also a member of Professional Women in Building, the National Home Builders Association, and the Urban Land Institute serving the RNDC Blue Flight.

Judy Mozen

Judy Mozen is President of Handcrafted Homes, an award-winning design, remodel, and build firm. She is a Certified Remodeler and a Green Certified Professional with NARI, a CGP with NAHB, and also, an EarthCraft Builder and an EarthCraft Remodeler. Mozen is active in NARI locally as well as nationally, serving as the president of NARI National in 2015. She also became NARI's Chairwoman of the Board for NARI’s 2016-2017 Board year. Mozen works with her husband, Randy Urquhart, who is Vice President of Handcrafted Homes.

Kerry Mulcrone

With 30 years of proven, award winning sales success in the housing industry, Kerry uses her valuable “from the inside out” knowledge of how profitable organizations operate. As a builder consultant, sales trainer and speaker, Kerry has leveraged her experience by working with the organization as a whole. Kerry is a powerful catalyst for developing company synergy and sales systems that help to create a “we love to work here” environment. President of Kerry & Co. and most recently Co-Founder of BuildingME, an online training and human development company, Kerry is the author of Model Home, Model Store: THINK RETAIL. She is also a regular contributor to local and national publications, including Professional Women in Building and the National Association of Home Builders Sales + Marketing Ideas Magazine.

Colleen Sharp

As Vice President and Associate Head of Insights Integration, Colleen leads much of the consulting work focused on linking client customer data directly to The Futures Company's research insights and syndicated segmentations. By leveraging behavioral and attitudinal data, profiles yield a deeper understanding of how clients can profit from changes in the marketplace and new consumer needs. Clients benefit from her expertise in leveraging these insights into actionable strategies to acquire, grow and retain more profitable customers. Colleen has been a frequent speaker at national conferences on the impact of changing demographics and consumer attitudes including the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), Urban Living Institute (ULI) and the Pacific Coast Builders' Conference (PCBC). She has an MBA from the Kenan Flagler School of Business at Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a bachelor's degree from Bates College.

Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki

Teri has 20+ years’ experience building and bringing to life some of the most valued, recognizable and top-selling brands in community and resort development. A fast thinking, passionate senior marketing professional, she is a sought-after and engaging public speaker and facilitator. During 10 years as the Chief Marketing Officer for Newland Real Estate Group she was the architect of the Newland brand, and its application in more than 40 communities in 14 states, leading Newland's innovative on-site customer experience, CRM and product innovation, and integrated marketing strategies. Prior to that she founded and operated a marketing and brand design agency in Canada, that handled all of Intrawest’s resort development business in three countries for ten years, growing revenues and the team each year. Having had the privilege to work and live in two countries, Teri is a zealot for uncovering and learning from real customer insights and different perspectives. She will tell you that what matters most is how people relate, connect, explore new ideas, and share their lives. Teri studied Journalism at Carleton University, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Communications, Sociology) from Simon Fraser University, and is currently working on her Masters of Integrated Marketing Communication at Northwestern University. She serves as Vice Chair of Urban Land Institute's Residential Neighborhood Development Council.