About Us
Welcome to The Women in Project Controls Committee (WPC) website.

AACE® International offers a number of opportunities for women to grow professionally and take on leadership positions. In January 2005, the Women in Project Controls (WPC) Task Force was created by AACE International to encourage and mentor the growing number of women entering the Project Controls and Program/Project Management profession. In January 2009, the AACE Board of Directors successfully voted to move the Women in Project Controls Task Force to “Committee” status.

The 2012-2013 program year was filled with new opportunities and challenges for the committee. Some of the highlights of the year are:
  • We continued the Women in Project Controls profile articles in Source – a bimonthly digital publication focusing on Association activities and items of interest to the total cost management community. The purpose of these articles is to not only highlight the experience of professional women and their accomplishments, but also to encourage other women in the industry to see the opportunities available to them through an association with AACE. The articles have highlighted the advantages and opportunities available through networking, mentoring, learning, and sharing with other professional women.
  • The Southern California Section held joint meeting with the NAWIC local section in March 2013. There continues to be conversation and a collaboration spirit between AACE and NAWIC, and the WPC Committee will continue to foster that relationship.
  • The “AACE International Fellow Award” – was presented to Vera A. Lovejoy, CCP PSP. Fellow is a grade of membership extended to those who have advanced cost engineering through service within the organization and to organizations outside of AACE.
  • The “Outstanding Regional Director” award – was presented to M. Cristina Baltazar, PE PSP in recognition of outstanding service through the office of Regional Director.
  • Kristy Kastner, PSP was awarded the “Outstanding Woman in Project Controls.” This award was established through the Women in Project Controls Committee, via a donation by Marlene Hyde, to honor women who have overcome obstacles pursuing a career in project controls and who have made a significant contribution to the profession.
  • Jill M. Hubbard, EVP PSP received the “Outstanding Young Professional Award”. This award has been established via a donation by Alexia A. Nalewaik, CCE FRICS, to honor a young professional who has contributed to the field of project controls and who has made a significant contribution to the association.
  • The “TCM Excellence Award” – was presented to Kimberly A. Hunter, EVP in recognition of exemplary current service and contribution to the Association. This award was created by the Association Board of Directors in 1995.
  • The WPC Committee sponsored twenty (20) technical programs during the Annual Meeting in Washington DC:
    • “Validating a Quantity Takeoff Generated by a Building Information Model”
    • ”EOT Claims: Successful Navigation through a Legal and Technical Minefield”
    • “Windows Analysis versus Half-Step Analysis Progress Impact Quantification”
    • “The Cost Impact of LEED-NC v3.0 Minimum Energy Performance Prerequisite 2 on Warehouse Design”
    • “Why Do You Measure Project Performance?”
    • “Workshop: Variance Analysis Report (VAR) - Analysis and Preparation”
    • EVM Self-Surveillance Approach”
    • “Envisioning a Nation's Capital: L’Enfant’s Urban Design for Washington, DC”
    • “Project Controls Systems Implementation for Owners”
    • “Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness of Capital Projects”
    • “Using Complexity Footprints to Manage Complexity in Construction Projects”
    • “Creating Half-Step Schedules using P6’s Update Baseline Utility”
    • “Lessons Learned: P6 Resource Updating for the Beginner”
    • (Panel Discussion) “The Great Debate: Is CPM Past Its Prime?”
    • “Capital Investment Decisions: Two Teams with Differing Intentions”
    • “Managing Operator Risk Profile for Upstream Projects”
    • “Conducting Risk Assessments Using a Combined Cost and Schedule Model”
    • “An Approach to Implementing Risk Management on Environmental Remediation Projects”
    • “Performance Audits of Construction Projects”
    • “Earned Value Analysis and CPM Schedule Review in Construction”
  • At the Annual Meeting in Washington DC, reception was held as a joint effort between the Women in Project Controls and the Young Professionals Committees. This reception is a casual event where women can network with the committee and other conference attendees.
  • A web forum on the AACE website and LinkedIn online networking group provide communication tools and social networking.
  • The Women in Project Controls Committee participates in coordinating of the Emerging Leaders conference in Houston on November 9, 2013 with the Young Professionals Committee and Houston Section.
These highlights will be key to spreading information and opportunities to professional women in AACE. The Women in Project Controls Committee wants to raise the awareness of AACE to professional women through the profile articles, visibility of women in leadership roles at the section and international level of the organization, and showing the many opportunities that are available for women in AACE.

The Women in Project Controls Committee is the arm of AACE that reaches out to the professional women across the industries and offers an organization with technical expertise, a tremendous certification program, and unlimited networking and continuing education opportunities.