At the fifth annual Women in Concrete event, hosted by Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer key industry leaders will provide a woman's perspective on "Breaking Down Barriers." Speakers will explain how they got involved in the concrete industry, their motivating moments, and how to be a leader in difficult times. The popular event provides an invaluable networking opportunity.

Featured speakers include Susan Lane, program manager of bridges and transportation structures, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; Kathy Reissig, marketing manager, Stone Construction Equipment, Honeoye, N.Y.; and Erin Williams Christie, environmental director, Ready Mix USA LLC, Birmingham, Ala. Learn more about these three industry influencers.

This year's breakfast also marks the debut of the Women in Concrete Alliance, a mentoring and social networking group. The Alliance will provide a more formal, year-round resource for women in the industry, through online resources, such as a Web site, Facebook page, and Twitter account. Learn more about their plans at the Breakfast & Forum.