Adele. Beyoncé. Chaka. While those fabulous women weren’t at the Denver Business Journal’s (DBJ) Outstanding Women in Business Awards on the evening of Aug. 23, their voices filled the opulent Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, providing a fitting soundtrack for the fabulous women being honored.
Among the 36 finalists in attendance—not to mention nearly 500 of their family members, friends and colleagues—was Daniels’ own Barbara Jackson, director of the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, who was nominated in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) category.
Now in its 20th year, the DBJ’s Outstanding Women in Business Awards honor women for their accomplishments, entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership in 12 industry categories. This year’s finalists were selected from nearly 300 nominations. All winners and finalists were featured in a special report in the Denver Business Journal published Aug. 24.
“The most rewarding aspect of my current role is really to build the next generation of leadership for this industry,” Jackson said in a video played during the ceremony. “Every time you start something or become something for the first time, it’s obviously a challenge but at the same time it’s where the greatest opportunities lie. So, for me, it was always fun and I actually sought out those opportunities to be become that “first” in a number of arenas, just because that’s where I wanted to play.”
Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award
Being named a DBJ finalist was a warm-up of sorts for Jackson, who has been selected to receive the prestigious Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) at its annual awards dinner Nov. 8 in New Orleans. Named for Filippo Brunelleschi, the Florentine master builder whose most notable work is the Duomo of the Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, the award is the highest individual honor DBIA bestows.
“As a recognized thought leader in the education of students, industry professionals and university faculty, your leadership has had a widespread, positive impact,” DBIA officials wrote in a letter to Jackson. “Your exuberant passion, the countless hours you have dedicated to preparing the next generation of design-build leaders, and the insight and innovative thinking you have provided to advance design-build and DBIA make you a natural choice as the 2018 recipient. You embody the qualities that DBIA envisioned when it conceived the Brunelleschi award.”
A highly respected thought leader in the AEC industry, Jackson’s primary focus is on leadership and culture in the transforming design and construction disciplines. She is a leading expert in the area of integrated project delivery, design-build project management, interdisciplinary collaboration and integrated project leadership. Jackson was named director of Daniels’ Burns School in 2013 after 20 years in industry as a chief estimator, senior project manager and CEO of Design-Build Services Inc. For 15 years, she also developed design-build and integrated project delivery education at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. At Burns, Jackson has developed an educational model representing the full life-cycle of the built environment, and an advanced master’s degree in integrated project delivery with an emphasis on leadership. She also established the Center for Integrated Solutions for the Built Environment.
Jackson is a nationally recognized speaker on design-build project delivery, integrated project leadership, transforming culture of the AEC industry, and high-performance design-build teams. She also provides private consulting services and training to the industry. The author of “Construction Management Jumpstart” and “Design-Build Essentials,” Jackson facilitates the annual three-day intensive Women in Construction Leadership Bootcamp, which is attended by women from across the nation.