CAGC Member Talk Forum - Construction Cares: Ensuring an Inclusive Workplace for Strong Safety and Communications Efforts

Updated June 5, 2020
During the COVID-19 crisis, CAGC will offer members the opportunity to participate in a series of discussions and forums offering valuable information and Q&A opportunities. 
View the RecordingCarolinas AGC hosted this open discussion on June 5, 2020 featuring NC and SC panelists discussing workplace inclusivity, strong safety and communication efforts. Panelists and members had a frank discussion about ways to improve construction safety at a time when minorities, particularly Hispanics, are experiencing relatively high rates of COVID-19. Our panel discussion, moderated by Dave Simpson, CAGC President & CEO, looked at ways to ensure strong communications throughout the construction industry ranks including a nationwide campaign headed by AGC of America to promote diversity and inclusion.  

CAGC Leadership Panelists:

Edison Cassels
President, Edison Foard | Past Chair, Longtime Member of the CAGC Board of Directors

Lasenta Lewis-Ellis, GC, CM, CQM-C, MAHRD 
President/CEO, LLE Construction Group, LLC | Past President, National Association of Minority Contractors – South Carolina

Patrice Gilmore, CPSD, CCA
National Supplier Diversity, DPR | President, United Minority Contractors – North Carolina

Brynn Huneke
Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Member Engagement at Associated General Contractors of America 

Johnny Ortiz
Diversity Coordinator, Skanska USA Building 

CAGC Moderator: 
Dave Simpson, President & CEO, Carolinas AGC

Topics of Discussion:


  1. Current challenges and possible solutions for our safety and communication strategies

  2. Ensuring our workplaces are safe, welcoming and inclusive

  3. Nationwide campaign – CULTURE OF CARE