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Connected Women at Gannett Fleming™

  • Connected Women at Gannett Fleming logo.
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    Connected Women at Gannett Fleming™ creates a culture that empowers, supports, and mentors women to achieve career and personal success at Gannett Fleming.
  • Connected Women at Gannett Fleming Steering Committee.
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  • Connected Women at Gannett Fleming American Heart Association Group photo.
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    Employees proudly represented the firm at the Central Pennsylvania American Heart Association Go Red for Women luncheon. Given the importance of community involvement to the firm and its employees, Gannett Fleming was a proud sponsor of the event.

  • Suits to Careers donations from Gannett Fleming employees.
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    Several Gannett Fleming offices hosted clothing drives to support low-income women who are in the job search and interview process, donating thousands of articles of clothing and raising more than $5,000 through a silent auction. The following offices participated: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles, California; Marlton, New Jersey; Miami, Florida; Piscataway, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; and Woodbury, New York.

  • Connected Women, ASCE Orange County branch panel discussion images - Gannett Fleming.
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    Connected Women at Gannett Fleming™ co-sponsored the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch panel discussion, “The Future is Female - Championing Women Engineers.” Aileen Santos-Redman, PE, pictured at left, structural project manager and Connected Ambassador for the Los Angeles office, served as moderator for the discussion.

  • Connected Ambassadors in the Denver office - Gannett Fleming.
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    Connected Ambassadors in the Denver office hosted discussion and training for their entire team – both men and women – around the topics of implicit bias and personality types using industry-leading resources.

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    Women and men across Gannett Fleming celebrate International Women's Day and the theme “Balance for Better” as we continue to champion women and work toward a more gender-balanced world.

The mission of Connected Women at Gannett Fleming™ is to create a culture that empowers, supports, and mentors women to achieve career and personal success at Gannett Fleming. Launched in 2017, this group is working to develop a supportive environment that leads to an internal community of engaged colleagues. Facilitating and fostering networking, mentoring, and professional development, this network strives to empower and enable women to advance in leadership at Gannett Fleming.

What We’re Doing


  • Connected Women Ambassadors - Gannett Fleming.

    Connected Ambassadors Program

    This program facilitates the formation of local Connected Women groups. More than 70 Connected Ambassadors across the country help to promote professional development and community involvement.

  • Pub Hub, book club discussion - Connected Women at Gannett Fleming.

    Pub Hub

    Pub Hub is the next generation book club sponsored by Connected Women. A great professional development and networking opportunity, the club focuses on lively conversations on professional topics related to a wide range of publications, podcasts, videos, articles, and blogs.

  • Group photo of Gannett Fleming employees wearing pink to raise awareness for breast cancer.

    Community Involvement

    Connected Women is committed to bettering our communities. With a strong desire to build connections and give back, the group has provided opportunities for employees to donate to Dress for Success, support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, and raise awareness for breast cancer by wearing pink.

  • Group photo of female leaders who participated in a Connected Women Livestream.

    Livestream Broadcasts

    These events allow Connected Women to engage and provide resources across a global company. Past livestream broadcasts have included advice from female leaders as well as professional development opportunities.

  • Group photo of Connected Conversation attendees from Gannett Fleming in the Miami office.

    Connected Conversations

    These roundtable discussions are a chance for employees – male and female – across the firm to meet with female leaders, ask questions, and build community. Connected Conversations provide an opportunity to share ideas across offices and encourage open communications.

Follow us on social media at #ConnectedWomenGF

Steering Committee

  • Judy Hricak, CPSM, CiPP

    Judy Hricak, co-founder & chair

  • Esther McGinnis

    Esther McGinnis, co-founder

  • Barbara McLemore

    Barbara McLemore, co-founder

  • Catalina Echeverri - Gannett Fleming.

    Catalina Echeverri, vice chair

  • Debra Houser - Gannett Fleming

    Debbie Houser, treasurer

  • Debra Wilhelm - Gannett Fleming.

    Deb Wilhelm, secretary

  • Aimee Corn - Gannett Fleming

    Aimee Corn

  • Gloria Gutierrez - Gannett Fleming.

    Gloria Gutierrez

  • Martha Hannah - Gannett Fleming.

    Martha Hannah

  • Agnieszka Lapinski - Gannett Fleming.

    Agnieszka Lapinski


  • Laurie Matkowski - Gannett Fleming.

    Laurie Matkowski

  • Helen Pappas - Gannett Fleming.

    Helen Pappas

  • Joelle Shea - Gannett Fleming.

    Joelle Shea


  • Luis Casado, PE

    Luis Casado, chair, Connected Allies


  • Robert Scaer, PE

    Robert Scaer, executive sponsor


  • Paul Nowicki, PE

    Paul Nowicki, executive sponsor