The Women in Construction Conference is the East Coast's premiere forum for education, professional development and networking for women in the construction industry. Since 2006, the conference has provided an avenue for younger women to learn from senior executives and industry professionals, and offers networking and mentoring opportunities to all attendees. More than 450 men and women attend the event each year. Representing every discipline, the attendees include general contractors, subcontractors, developers, architects, engineers, as well as representatives from trade associations, nonprofits, construction consulting companies and law firms from across the U.S. and Canada. Over the years, the feedback has been enthusiastic, heartfelt and consistent: The Women in Construction Conference is an incredible experience!

  • Serve as the Chief Program Officer of a $250k annual budget
  • Manage organization's efforts and coordinate annual conference, plus ad-hoc Stewardship events
  • Liaison between Executive Board, Board of Directors and Various Committees (Programming, Sponsorship, Mentorship, Stewardship, Raffle, etc)
  • Conference Attendance: 300+ attendees (2018), 450 attendees (2019), 250 virtual attendees (2020), 368 in-person attendees (2021), 522 attendees (2022)
  • Manage and execute pre-event VIP Reception (125 attendees)
  • 10+ hours of programming and content
  • Manage website and social media presence
  • Assist in establishing short-term and long-term objectives and creation of leadership positions and membership expectations
  • Assist in creation and modification of organizational documents including bylaws, governing articles, SOPs, etc
  • Published an article for Women in Construction Week - March 2021 High Profile Magazine Article

Samek, Werther & Mills, LLC is a boutique business, litigation (civil and white-collar criminal), construction and government contracts law practice. The firm endeavors to provide pragmatic solutions, reasonable billing structures, and much-needed personal attention and counseling to clients. The named partners collectively have more than 100 years of legal experience.

  • Revamped website to include construction and government contracts practice
  • Update web design elements and text
  • Write and edit site content
  • Manage social media presence on LinkedIn

The Civic Life Project (CLP) was founded by two Emmy Award documentary filmmakers and educators as a unique educational initiative to inspire high school and college students to learn about civics and actively participate in the democratic process through documentary filmmaking. Through the annual Film Challenge, CLP promotes civic engagement and community impact. 

Garchik Consulting worked with MW Consulting, LLC to support four events during the 8th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). The D.C. Department of Employment Services kicked off the week with an Apprenticeship Virtual Career Fair for job seekers. Tuesday's event was the Apprenticeship Works for Youth – Demonstration Event where 10 employer partners provided demonstrations to high school and college students. The following day was the National Apprenticeship Week Summit cohosted with BuildWithin at the CTA Innovation House in Washington, DC. The week concluded with a Women in Apprenticeship Roundtable and Recognition Event on Thursday, Nov 17 at DOES HQ.

NAW is a nationwide celebration highlighting how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of the nation’s pressing workforce challenges.

Garchik Consulting worked with MW Consulting, LLC to plan and execute the The D.C. Department of Employment Services “Level-Up: Creating Spaces for Equity, Inclusion, Partnerships and Economic Recovery" Conference, held on Thursday July 21, 2022 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Galludet University in Washington, DC. This conference was an opportunity for front line staff, program managers and business partners to come together to identify challenges, discuss solutions and share tools and resources to strengthen pathways to sustainable employment. 

We worked closely with the MW Consulting, LLC project team to manage all speaker coordination and logistical aspects of the event.

Garchik Consulting worked with MW Consulting, LLC to plan and execute the Annual All Staff Retreat, held on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Trinity University in Washington, DC. This retreat was established to advance the Government of the District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services' Vision Forward plan. 

We worked closely with the MW Consulting, LLC project team to manage all logistical aspects of the event as well as the procurement and content delivery of the Emcee and two keynotes. 

Six Key Focus Areas:

1. Promote the District’s Human Capital
2. Align Workforce with Education
3. Create Equity and Access
4. Achieve Excellence in Service Delivery
5. Operate Smart and Effective Systems
6. Provide Best-in-Class Customer Service

In 2020, the Josh Anderson Foundation and Our Minds Matter merged to create one unified voice under the Our Minds Matter (OMM) moniker. The mission remains the same - to work together toward a future where no teen dies by suicide. OMM is a student-led movement which equips students with the resources and tools to change school culture around mental health.

Click HERE to see the in-depth evaluation and results from Fairfax County Public School OMM club leaders and members for the 2018-2019 school year. Review OMM's 2021-2022 Impact Report here.

  • Provided operational support through rebrand and name change
  • Devised new initiatives and modified programming to promote collaboration and connectedness across OMM clubs
  • Developed a strategy for addressing possible gaps in recruitment, retention, leadership development/elections, and knowledge transfer
  • Analyzed student and club sponsor feedback to determine and communicate best practices
  • Drafted and implemented formal policies and procedures for clubs, including student leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Assisted with creation and launch of Junior Board (J2AF), thereby expanding brand reach and support of OMM mission and fundraising goals
  • Pre-event planning and day-of event coordination for annual gala event.
    • In 2022, Our Bright Night: Celebrating 10 years of OMM took place on December 9 and raised $150k with 180 in-person attendees. 
    • In 2021, OMM hosted an in-person community event focused on students and club sponsors. A recording of the event was made for those who were unable to attend. Though fundraising was a secondary objective in 2021, OMM still raised almost $60k.
    • In 2020, we pivoted the in-person gala to a virtual experience (Dec 9, 2020) - Click HERE to watch the event. OMM's goal was to raise $50k in one night and we exceeded that goal!
    • 2019 Results:
      • Record-breaking fundraising success, over $125,000 raised to end teen suicide
      • 180 attendees
      • 30 auction packages
      • Survey feedback recorded 100% satisfaction regarding Garchik Consulting's organization of the event

Garchik Consulting Solutions (GCS) worked alongside Scott Circle Events (SCE) to plan two February events for a prominent Washington think tank and global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Both meetings took place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver, Colorado and focused on education policy and best practices.

We coordinated travel arrangements with the organization's preferred travel agency and provided logistical and programmatic support to ensure a productive and seamless experience for all parties. Working with the SCE team, we led weekly check-in calls and took the lead on communicating necessary details and advance readings to all meeting attendees.

GCS worked directly with the hotel's Event Planning Manager, banquet staff and audio visual team. Additionally, we handled bookings and payments, organized two offsite receptions, and researched and presented recommendations for third-party vendors.

In August 2020, Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD hosted its first USGA Championship, the 120th U.S. Women's Amateur. This week-long tournament required several years' lead time to coordinate. Country club members, local businesses and community leaders assisted with financial and in-kind support.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship was first conducted in 1895 as one of the USGA’s first three championships. It is open to female amateurs who have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4. Notable champions include Juli Inkster, Glenna Collett Vare, Patty Berg, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Carol Semple Thompson, Beth Daniel, Danielle Kang and Lydia Ko. Sophia Schubert, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., won the 2017 Women’s Amateur at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

The 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur was the 23rd USGA championship in Maryland. The last USGA championship conducted in Maryland was the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course) in Bethesda, won by Rory McIlroy. The championship was the third U.S. Women’s Amateur to be held in the state of Maryland – Katherine Harley won at Chevy Chase Club in 1908 and Barbara McIntire won in 1959 at Congressional.

Friday's match play (August 7, 2020) was the most-watched weekday telecast in #USWomensAm history! See the Media Report for more highlights from the championship.

  • Reviewed and updated all processes and procedures based on a new playbook for safely hosting the championship during a pandemic
  • Developed event-related marketing collateral for print and digital publishing (General Info Flyer)
  • Created branded templates and content
  • Communicated and worked with Woodmont staff, third-party vendors, USGA and other stakeholders
  • Assisted with general oversight and committee management
  • Updated WCC website with championship-specific information
  • Provided fundraising ideas and support (Letter to Members 1913 Club and Electronic Version - Woodmont 2020 Supporter Brochure)

Interviews and Articles

Feedback from Championship Co-Chairs: "We both agree that the best decision we made as co chairs of the Women’s Am, was our decision to work with you. You are a tremendous asset and we are so grateful for the job you have done and continue to do. Thank you!!!!"

Garchik Consulting worked with MW Consulting, LLC to plan and execute the Inaugural Women in Workforce Conference, held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. This conference was established to advance the Government of the District of Columbia’s vision for women in the workforce and for District residents to receive a fair shot at economic prosperity and a pathway to the middle class.

We worked closely with the MW Consulting, LLC project team to manage all aspects of the programming, from determining the topics and trajectory of discussion, to identifying and securing talented speakers. The support we provided received rave reviews from our collaborators and from conference attendees who praised the structure, discussions and program flow - all areas managed by Garchik Consulting.

Conference Details:
  • 150+ attendees
  • 20 speakers, 2 panels, 3 breakout sessions, 1 keynote address
  • Emphasis on diversity and inclusion, the workplace of the future, risk-taking and entrepreneurship and government leadership
  • 92-percent of survey respondents rated the keynote address on "The Power of Diversity and Entrepreneurship in Tomorrow's Workforce" as "Excellent"
  • 78-percent of surveyed attendees responded "Excellent" when rating the topics and content as a whole
Participant Comments:
  • “The diversity, breadth and variety of speakers was exceptional. Content was dynamic!”
  • “One the best conferences I have been to. Great speakers. The room looked beautiful and discussions were good as well. Whoever planned this did a perfect job. I will be back if you have it next year.”
  • “Rating scale should be higher. This was an A+!”
  • “This conference was awesome! Opened my mind to a total different mindset.”

The American Heart Association Greater Washington Region hosts several signature events each year. The 21st annual Heart Ball gala took place on February 23, 2019 at the 5-star Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, DC. Funds raised support the American Heart Association's mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

  • Fundraising goal achieved, raised over $2.2M
  • Managed the Open Your Heart campaign/individual giving committee and exceeded $350,000 goal
  • Supported the Auction Committee and exceeded $175,000 goal
  • Highlights included: Comedic entertainment by Seth Meyers, a surprise $26,000 for four tickets to see a live taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers, two $25,000 matching donations, and an 82% yield on silent auction items
  • A flawless program from start to finish


Determined2Heal helps simplify the transition into life with paralysis. They provide information and advice for people with spinal cord injuries, their families and friends. In addition, they host rehabilitative adventures.

Josh Basile founded the organization in 2005, after suffering an injury and becoming a C4-5 quadriplegic. Determined2Heal was established with the goal of helping to simplify the difficult transition into the spinal cord injury world for the injured and their support teams. falls under the purview of Determined2Heal. It's a website that contains thousands of expertly organized videos on life with a spinal cord injury.

Garchik Consulting is providing hands-on support to Determined2Heal in the following areas:

  • Establishing SOPs
  • Recruiting and managing a fundraising committee
  • Increasing the organization's annual budget from $30k to $100k
  • Writing and creating digital and hardcopy content
  • Updating web design elements

Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programming that reduces stress, and empowers children to be active participants in their own care.

Hope for Henry is a pioneer in incentivizing young patients to comply with uncomfortable or painful medical interventions that are critical to recovery.

Since 2013, hundreds of patients have participated in the program. All report being better motivated to take their medicine, and their parents report that their kids are happy. Their nurses and doctors routinely observe that these patients are more active participants in their own care and demonstrate increased motivation to comply with their medical directives. Hope for Henry has partnered with pre-eminent child life researcher Judy Rollins to study the impact of the program on patients at Children’s National and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

  • Manage and oversee all logistical, fundraising, administrative and volunteer aspects related to the 9th Annual Hope for Henry 5K to Make a Kid's Day Race (May 5, 2019)
  • Recruit race participants
  • Introduce new individual donors and corporate sponsors to the organization, coordinate major gift prospect cultivation event on June 4, 2019
  • Collaborate with outside vendors
  • Work to grow race by 100+ participants and 40% revenue [Note: Recruited 50+ new runners and raised $80,000]

SEED is working to promote Social, Educational, and Economic Development and promote humanitarian assistance in Iraqi Kurdistan.
SEED Foundation, a local registered charity in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, was founded in 2014 by Sherri Kraham Talabany and Tanya Gilly-Khailany. SEED Foundation’s Board of Directors is made up of international women with expertise in a range of professions who are all committed to Kurdistan's equitable, sustainable development and to addressing the humanitarian challenges Kurdistan faces today.
SEED for Change, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in Washington, D.C. SEED for Change’s focus is to increase public awareness in the U.S. and raise support and funding for SEED Foundation’s work in Kurdistan. The U.S. Board of Directors represent an experienced group of philanthropists, policy-makers, and Kurdistan experts.

  • Advised U.S. Board of Directors on best practices and helped implement standard operating procedures
  • Facilitated quarterly board meetings
  • Provided logistical support and expertise on volunteer recruitment, cultivation and ongoing stewardship
  • Consulted on and provided day-of support for annual Gala in DC (2018 Gala Facebook Photo Album)
  • Created content for social media
  • PR and marketing guidance
  • Strategic planning for future growth and expansion
  • Wrote and edited copy as-needed

MRK PARTNERS INC (MRK) is a privately held real estate investment and asset management company specializing in the acquisition, repositioning, and preservation of affordable housing. MRK’s portfolio currently consists of projects located throughout California, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington DC metro area. In building its portfolio, MRK seeks to diversify across core, value-add, and opportunistic assets. Their guiding principle is socially responsible development.

  • Consult on creation and management of nonprofit arm, Bloom, Inc, which is focused on providing access and opportunities for all residents
  • Participate in monthly DEI Committee meetings and assist with development of internal DEI policy and guidelines
  • Facilitated COVID-19 fundraising campaign to support approximately 11k residents across 20 affordable housing projects (Over $50k raised)
  • Communicate directly with property management staff and work to fulfill resident needs
  • Create print and digital media, plus marketing collateral and other project-specific content (Holiday Cookbook)
  • Provide ongoing consultation on website, on-site programming and resident services

EDUCATION TRANSFORMS. We partner with local communities in rural Haiti to expand opportunity through education. We consider education to be the key to unlocking the potential of all Haiti’s children. Education today will give Haiti’s children the tools to create a better tomorrow.

  • Facilitated inaugural board retreat
  • Assisted with development of organizational chart and position descriptions
  • Created Board of Directors roles and responsibilities document
  • Provided guidance and suggestions as-needed
  • Created an environment where everyone could be heard and all ideas genuinely considered
  • Led focus group to brainstorm strategic plan for the future of the organization

Feedback from retreat: "I thought Jesse came to the meeting well prepared having done her homework on both our organization and its people. She did a good job of drawing ideas and thoughts from the group and making sure everyone was included and participating."

"I really thought Jesse did a fabulous job! She was personable, kept us moving, and contributed a great deal of professional knowledge about board structure, systems of implementation, and development."

Peace Love Solve believes that raising autism awareness and inspiring acceptance will lead to an understanding that being different is beautiful. They lovingly donate a portion of the proceeds from each clothing purchase to Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Their goal is to change the future for all who struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  • Redesigned retail site
  • Brokered partnerships with like-minded individuals, organizations, style bloggers, etc
  • Created print and digital media, plus marketing collateral
  • Reviewed/edited press releases and social media campaigns