Columbia Honored by Women Builders Council at 16th Annual Champion Awards

September 30, 2021

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, 10 women who work for the University’s Facilities and Operations team were recognized at the Women Builders Council (WBC) 16th Annual Champion Awards Red Tie Reception for being Outstanding Women in Construction with invaluable contributions throughout their careers and the Next Generation of Women Builders with an early promise in the construction industry. In addition, WBC also recognized Executive Vice President for University Facilities and Operations David Greenberg as a WeForShe Champion, for being an inspiration and helping to pave the way for today’s top female leaders in the construction industry and continuing to be an advocate for a new standard of equality in the workplace. 

The women from Facilities and Operations honored with Outstanding Women in Construction and the Next Generation of Women Builders awards include: 

  • Helen Bielak, Operations Manager, Campus Services 
  • Antonella Contrera, Executive Director, Campus Services 
  • Karin Rivera, Senior Project Manager, Manhattanville Development 
  • Afrodita Sali, Director, Custodial Services 
  • Nicole Thompson, Director, Columbia Residential 
    (Outstanding Women in Construction) 
  • Scharlene De La Cruz, Program Administrator, University Supplier Diversity 
  • Rory Madden, Project Manager, Planning and Capital Project Management 
  • Leilani Reynolds, Director, Columbia Residential 
  • Monifa Smith-Zamor, Assistant Project Manager, Planning and Capital Project Management 
  • Tiffany Williams, Assistant Director of Special Project, Manhattanville Development  
    (Next Generation of Women Builders) 

"The women from Columbia being honored represent our dedication to excellence and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion," said David Greenberg, Executive Vice President for University Facilities and Operations. "The best way to ensure strong participation of women and people of color in our construction efforts is to lead by example and have diverse representation in leadership and decision-making positions."

WBC was established in 2004 and is a leading association representing women in construction with a focus on leadership. Columbia University partners with the WBC across a number of construction-related initiatives. Columbia’s Assistant Vice President for University Supplier Diversity Tanya Pope sits on the Council’s board of directors.