Women Construction Owners and Executives (WCOE) invites you to join them for their annual conference in Washington, DC, from March 3–5, 2019.
Congratulations to Rebecca Llewellyn for Receiving the
In the year 1975, a woman in the workplace wasn't commonplace. This didn't stop Rebecca Llewellyn from purchasing Payco Specialties Inc., a small paving and marking contractor that has grown into a thriving woman-owned business, expanding with each year under Rebecca's leadership. Rebecca's dedication and work ethic are not only displayed in her business, but in her personal life and her advocacy for more women to become business owners. It has been a philosophy for Rebecca that each woman has the opportunity to seize the American dream and become a business owner. She has demonstrated this by making trips to Washington, DC to lobby for measures beneficial to women in business.
Rebecca has never been scared of hard work, which is made apparent through her many commitments, such as: 29 years serving on the Caltrans Small Business Advisory Council, a founding member on the San Diego chapter of Women Construction Owners & Executives, two terms on the board of Engineering & General Contractors Association, eight years as a member of the Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission for the City of San Diego and countless other affiliations where she has served as President, Chair and committee member. Rebecca has been a leader, mentor and advocate for women in the construction field, helping make inclusion a fact instead of an illusion.
In a male-dominated industry, Payco Specialties continues to thrive as a woman-owned business, with Rebecca serving as its heartbeat. To remain successful, Rebecca has been a humble business owner, not bragging or boasting about her accomplishments, but exerting a level of expectations from herself and those who work for her. It is through leadership such as Rebecca Llewellyn's that a business not only thrives, but is known, respected and has no signs of slowing.
Fighting on Two Fronts:
'American women were soldiers before they were voters. The history of women's suffrage often focuses on activists in Washington. We also need to look at the battlefields of France.'
'Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul, and countless others created a groundswell for change, but World War I was the specific catalyst for the triumph of suffrage worldwide. Foreign events sped domestic campaigns that had floundered for seventy years.'
'The conflict that began in 1914 altered expectations about citizenship globally. Not only did the Russian, Ottoman, and German Empires fragment into a dozen new nations, but cracks also ran under the British, French, and Dutch Empires as diverse peoples claimed a right to popular sovereignty. Within older democracies, groups who never had much voice raised theirs with new conviction.'
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Carole Bionda, Leader in the Construction Industry,
Carole L. Bionda is retiring after more than 30 years with Nova Group and as an incredible role model for women in the construction industry. She is the vice president of Nova Group and has served as the first female national president of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). She also is the first female member of the Beavers, served as national president of the Women Construction Owners & Executives, and chaired the National Center for Construction Education & Research. She earned a BA degree from the University of California-Berkeley and a JD degree from Stanford University.
At Nova Group, she has led the contracts administration group and negotiated the company's subcontracts, joint ventures, and DOD contracts while overseeing human resources, equal employment opportunity, and small business participation. Her efforts in Nova's mentor-protégé program also are notable; wherein Nova goes above and beyond to help existing small businesses maximize federal government contract opportunities. Carole has testified before Congress on behalf of small businesses.
In 2010, she was honored as the Outstanding Woman in Business by the North Bay Business Journal. When she was asked, "to what do you attribute you success," her response was "tenacity…of a junk yard dog". The advice she would offer to others is:
Her family roots in the dairy farming industry, both in Italy and Switzerland and later in California, had little appeal to her so she studied political science and law before joining Nova in 1986. She was a full-time caregiver to her mother during the latter's two bouts with cancer, and was happy to see her make a full recovery and live another 27 years.
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