AGC MA: Increasing the Opportunities and Visibility of Diversity in the Building Industry

Photo: Lisa Frisbie

Associated General Contractors of MA Receives the 2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Champion of the Year Award

BOSTON- Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) is a chapter of the national trade association the Associated General Contractors of America, which began in 1918 with the goal to assist the government in building up the nation, an objective that AGC has been fulfilling since that time. AGC MA was chartered as a state chapter in 1924 and incorporated in Massachusetts in 1935- representing 100 years of Building Excellence.

While the association has always been an advocate for the industry, AGC MA has been a champion for increasing the opportunities and visibility of women in the building industry. With events such as Construction Inclusion Week and its 2023 Diversity Summit, and dedicated committees including Building Women in Construction (BWiC) and the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (CFDI), AGC MA is harnessing the collective power of general contractors, specialty contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers to build awareness of the need to improve diversity and inclusion in the construction industry by providing content and resources.

While the association has always been an advocate for the industry, AGC MA has been a champion for increasing the opportunities and visibility of women in the building industry. These initiatives were until recently led by Marion Jones, the first-ever Director of Workforce Development & Industry Inclusion at AGC MA. Among her accomplishments with AGC-MA are the coordination and programming of an annual weeklong summer externship experience that introduces educators and guidance counselors to the many rewarding career opportunities in the modern construction industry. This comprehensive program includes presentations at leading construction firms, visits to job sites, and presentations from industry leaders. She also established a pilot program with 5th and 6th grade students at Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan which regularly brings construction professionals together with students to collaborate on age-appropriate STEM-related activities.

These efforts are now lead by the AGC MA Vice President of Member Services Lisa Frisbie. Frisbie directs and oversees membership activities for the association including the development of programs, initiatives, and communications policies designed to retain and increase membership. The V.P. of membership creates, updates, and distributes information to current members as well as prospective members.

Frisbie is responsible for designing and implementing membership growth and retention strategy that aligns with AGC’s strategic objectives. She is also responsible for leading the development, implementation and evaluation of membership growth strategies, as well as day-to-day management of the AGC member engagement.

Through-out her 8 plus years with AGC MA, Lisa has contributed to the advancement of the industry through her work as the President of the Society of Marketing Professional Services, Advisory Committee member for the Policy Group on Tradeswomen Issues, the AGC of America Business Development Steering committee and the Wentworth Institute of Technology Industry Advisory Board. Lisa is the staff liaison for the AGC Building Women in Construction committee, the AGC Sustainability and Communications Advisory committee and the AGC Program committee.