NEW YORK, NY – Bradford Construction’s founder and president Sandra Wilkin was honored as one of City & State New York’s NY Women’s Power 100 at a networking reception Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the New York Academy of Sciences.
This is the inaugural list of New York Women’s Power 100 for the publication, which has a series, Power 100, focusing on the most powerful people in different New York communities.
“As a long-time advocate for minority- and women-owned business enterprises, I am honored to be recognized by City & State New York in this prestigious list,” Wilkin said. “Almost 20 years ago, I utilized my passion to punch through the concrete ceiling of the building industry and have worked tirelessly with others to tear down the walls.”
The speakers for the breakfast included New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and NYC Public Advocate and NYS Attorney General-Elect Letitia “Tish” James.
Wilkin was one of the hundreds in attendance at the prestigious breakfast event, among leaders in media, business, government, public affairs, academics and advocacy.
“It was empowering to be in a room with so many successful women and leaders in their respective fields,” she said. “It is incredibly relevant at this time that City & State New York recognizes the many women who are the backbone of our community.”
This is not the first recognition, nor will it likely be the last, for Wilkin, who has put her heart and soul into Bradford Construction Corporation, a leading award-winning business for construction management with a robust mentorship program for smaller businesses.
“I am incredibly passionate about giving back, and our mentorship program is already considered the leading firm for mentoring programs in the city and state of New York,” she said. “I hope to continue to inspire other women in business to follow their passion through the opportunities we provide.”
Bradford Construction recently collaborated with Velocity Architectural Services and Chu Engineering to form Bravo, an innovative, collaborative organization that provides services across sectors and markets to clients by bringing together small and medium businesses, allowing them to share resources and offer additional advantages to clients.
Crain’s New York Business has called Wilkin, a leader in women-owned construction firms, “a hard hat with style.” She is the co-founder and past president of the Women Builders Council. She serves on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Team and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s MWBE Advisory Council. She was the first woman to serve on the Board of Governors of the New York Building Foundation. Wilkin was appointed to the City University Board of Trustees by Gov. Cuomo in 2016 and serves as the vice chair of facilities.