City and Community Engagement at Northeastern University is offering a free OSHA 10HR training for Boston community members. Facilitated by Conrad & Associates, LLC, the 2 day training will be held on May 18th and 19th in Northeastern Crossing. Day 1 will be 8am-4pm; Day 2 is a half day. Participants will receive an OSHA 10 certificate of completion at the end of Day 2 and their official OSHA cards after 10-14 business days. Breakfast & lunch provided. Register at tinyurl.com/OSHA10-NU. Contact communityengagement@northeastern.edu with questions.


Welcome to Forum on Diversity in Construction                                                                                       

This event was designed to provide women and minority owned (M/WBE)* construction contractors, suppliers and vendors with information regarding Harvard's construction contracting process and access to its preferred construction managers and general contracting firms. Additionally, information and resources related to performing construction at Harvard will be exhibited. 

Contracting at Harvard


Historically, Harvard has championed the principle of Equal Opportunity. The University continues to make efforts to promote diversity throughout the student and employee populations as well as to increase the level of participation by minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/

WBEs), small (SBE), Veteran and LGBTQ owned businesses in the University’s construction process. Harvard seeks

to create a climate that encourages these underutilized companies to compete for University contracts, and it strives to eliminate potential obstacles to traditionally underrepresented business participation in the University’s construction activities.


Harvard University is large, diverse and highly decentralized. It is comprised of Harvard College, twelve graduate

schools, several research institutes and museums, along with many supporting administrative departments, each managed individually. This forum brings together many of these entities, prevailing construction management firms and underutilized construction contractors, vendors and suppliers to promote diversity in contracting on Harvard’s future construction projects.


Featured Construction Firms

Bond Brothers

Ken Johnson, Vice President - Education

Consigli Construction

Dave Cullinane, Diversity/ Community Outreach Manager

Elaine Construction

Ken Wexler, Chairman

Jennifer Stelmok, HR Manager

Lee Kennedy

Robert O’Leary, Sr. Vice President, Academics/Institutional

Shawmut Design & Construction

Ben Justice, Purchasing Manager

Turner Construction

Brian Chase, Construction Executive

Wise Construction

Jason Hartford, Director of Pre-Construction


Harvard Schools and Departments

• Faculty Arts and Sciences–Petrina Garbarini

• Harvard Business School–Paul Dietel

• Strategic Procurement–Gladymar Parziale

• Harvard Real Estate Campus Services–Chuck O’Brien

• Harvard University Housing–Justin Stratman

• Capital Planning and Project Services–Garry Cuneo

• Campus Services/ Capital Projects–Joe O’Farrell

• Harvard Divinity School–Ralph DiFlorio

• Radcliffe Institute of Advance Study–Kate Loosian

• School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

• School of Public Health

• Financial Services–Garry Cuneo

• River Houses


Resource Booths

Bonding/Business Assistance

Nadine Boone, U.S. Small Business Administration

LEED–Reporting Requirements

Harvard Green Building Services

Project Labor Agreement/Union/Open Shop

Zachary See, Labor and Employee Relations

Becoming a Signatory Contractor

Brian Doherty-Boston Building Trades


Victor Greene, Harvard Campus Services


David Tibbetts-Vice President

Certification – DBE/MBE/WBE

William McAvoy, Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office


Charlie Perry/Kelly McQueeney, Harvard Environmental Health & Safety


Michael Laffan, Mentor


Event Agenda

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Common Area 2d Fl.

Registration – Sign-in/Questionnaire/Badges

1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. | Conf. Rm. 204.


Joe O’Farrell–Mgr. Construction Capital Projects

1:35 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Tom Glynn–Enterprise Research Campus

2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. | Conf. Rm. 204

Contractor’s Perspective

General Air–Leroy Alexander, Pres.

2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Conf. Rm. 204

Overview of Construction Contracting Process

Garry Cuneo, Capital Planning & Project Services

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Remarks on Construction Contracting Process

Harvard School and Department Representatives

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Conf. Rm. 204

Audience  Q & A w/ Panel of Construction Management firms

Moderator-Beverly Johnson, President-Mass. Minority Contractors Assoc.

i.    Bond Brothers–Ken Johnson

ii.   Consigli Construction Co.–David Cullinane

iii.  Elaine Construction–Ken Wexler

iv.  Lee Kennedy Co.–Robert O’Leary

v.   Shawmut Construction & Design–Ben Justice

vi.  Turner Construction–Brian Chase

vii. Wise Construction–Jason Hartman


Resource booths/tables on:

i.    Pre-qualification

ii.   Bonding/Business Assistance–Nadine Boone, U.S. Small Business Administration

iii.  LEED-Reporting Requirements–Harvard Green

Building Services

iv.  Project Labor Agreement/Union/Open Shop– Zachary See, Labor and Employee Relations

v.   Becoming a Signatory Contractor–Brian Doherty– Boston BuildingTrades

vi.  Insurance/C-SAP–Victor Greene, Harvard

Campus Services

vii. ConstructSecure–David Tibbetts-V.P.

viii. Certification-DBE/MBE/WBE–William McAvoy, Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office

ix.  Safety-Charlie Perry/Kelly McQueeney, Harvard Environmental Health & Safety

x.   SCORE–Michael Laffan, Mentor

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Hives 201, 204, 205,

206, 207

Break-out Sessions

i.    Construction Manager Meeting Rms.

ii.    Consortium discussions

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.






Please join us on Thursday, July 18th from 1-6 PM for a free small business event at Suffolk Law School. Volunteer attorneys will provide free one-on-one legal consultations to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Make your dreams a reality today! 

Suffolk Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA