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Professional Profile: Lenore Janis 2009


  • Title: President
  • Company: Professional Women in Construction (PWC)
  • Location: New York City (national office) with chapters in Conn., Wash., D.C., N.J., N.Y., northeast Penn. and southern Fla.
  • Birthplace: White Plains, N.Y.

Family: Sons, Peter and John; daughter-in-law, Lisa; grandchildren Rachel &

Matthew; brothers, David & George

College: Bennington College (Vt.); University of Connecticut (Storrs); BA degree

First job outside of real estate: Public relations (Grant Advertising) prior to entering

family-owned steel fabrication & erection firm, White Plains Iron Works, Inc. Established

the first woman-owned steel erection firm (Metropolitan N.Y. area) in 1980. One of 12

original founders of PWC.

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Direct all operations

for PWC, a nonprofit 501©3 organization to assist and advance business and professional

women in construction and allied industries. Current membership over 1,000; website: attracts 25,000 visitors monthly.

Hobbies: Tap dancing and ballet

Person you admire most (outside of family): Gwendolyn Colbert Kushner

Keys to success: Ambition, drive, tenacity

If you had to choose another vocation what would it be? A rich man’s darling!