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Women in Deep Foundations Networking Reception

At the conference on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., the Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Committee will host their 5th Annual Networking Reception. Industry professionals can mingle to connect with their female and male colleagues to enjoy a speed-networking session, cocktails and great food. All are welcome, but space is limited. The event fee is $25.00.
At the reception, the DFI Educational Trust's WiDF Professional Development Grant Recipients for 2019 will be introduced. Each grant will be awarded to women involved in design and/or construction of deep foundations and sponsor their attendance at the conference. The grant includes free conference registration and covers related expenses for attending the conference.
The DFI Women in Deep Foundations Committee is comprised of women and men who advocate for the retention of women in the deep foundations industry. The goal is to foster greater success and interest of professional women in the industry by promoting networking events, endorsing outreach and building mentoring relationships.
Companies are welcome to sponsor the reception and receive recognition on conference promotional materials, this website and event signage. Interested in sponsoring the reception? Register here.

Women in Deep Foundations Networking Reception Sponsors              $500

General Contributions for this event are also welcome and will be recognized on this webpage.
As a registrant of this event, and its related activities, you agree to receive email from DFI relating to its events, membership, and publications as well as newsletters, updates, and other announcements.

5K Fun Run/Walk

All runners and walkers are invited to join the DFI Educational Trust 5K Fun Run & Walk on Wednesday, October 16. The race begins at 7:00 a.m., at Grant Park and Lake Front Path. All participants will receive a custom race shirt as part of their participation. Proceeds from the race raise money to provide scholarships to students pursuing careers in the deep foundations engineering and construction industry. An “on-the-run“ breakfast will be provided to each participant.
Entrance Fee:
Online Registration Fee: $35.00 | On-Site Entrance Fee: $45.00
6:00 a.m. | Race Check-In
7:00 a.m. | Race Start
Shirt/Bib Pick-Up: Runner packets may be picked-up on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, from 6:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Hilton Chicago-8th Street Registration Desk, or on-site the morning of the race.
Supporters are welcome to donate to the DFI Educational Trust as General Sponsors in other amounts when registering online.
Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. DFI Educational Trust is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information call (973) 423-4030.

5K Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities
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Premiere placement for company logo on race shirt, signage, marketing material and registration website
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Gold level placement of company logo on race shirt, signage, marketing material and registration website
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Silver level placement of company logo on race shirt, signage, marketing material and registration website
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Bronze level placement space for company logo on race shirt, signage, marketing material and registration website
On-the-Run Breakfast

On-the Run Breakfast level logo on race shirt, recognition on signage at breakfast station, signage, marketing material and registration website

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Bronze Sponsors

On-the-Run Breakfast Sponsor

City by City Companions Program

DFI welcomes the spouses, family members and friends of conference attendees to Chicago to experience the best the Windy City has to offer. The updated format of DFI’s City-by-City Companions' Program gives participants more time to explore the city on their own, or with other Companions, with the help of the Hotel Concierge. Register early so we know to expect you for our signature Companions' Meet & Greet and Farewell Breakfast in the Companions' exclusive suite.
Companions’ Itinerary*
Tuesday, October 15
  • City-by-City Companions’ Meet & Greet in the Companions' Suite
  • Women in Deep Foundations Networking Reception (ticket purchase required)
Wednesday, October 16
  • Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall with Attendees
  • City-by-City Companions' See Chicago! – View the Things to Do listing from Hilton and Plan Your Day in advance. Or, call the Concierge at (312) 922-4400.
  • Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
Thursday, October 17
  • Networking Breakfast and Breaks in Exhibit Hall
  • City-by-City Companions' See Chicago! – View the Things to Do listing from Hilton and Plan Your Day in advance. Or, call the Concierge at (312) 922-4400.
  • DFI Awards Reception & Banquet - Featuring our Principal Awards**
    • Newest Feature – Only awards will be presented at the banquet. Technical presentations will take place during the daytime conference program.
Friday, October 18
  • City-by-City Companions’ Farewell Breakfast

*The schedule and itinerary are subject to change based on program needs.

Awards Reception and Banquet

During the Conference, DFI recognizes and applauds winners of DFI’s most prestigious awards. Join us the afternoon and evening of Thursday, October 17, to celebrate the accomplishments of these winners.

Distinguished Service Award:



Tom Richards, P.E., D.GE, recently retired from Nicholson Construction, is the recipient of DFI’s highest award to an individual. This award recognizes individuals who have made exceptionally valuable contributions to the advancement of the deep foundations industry.


    Outstanding Project Award:



The team of HDR (engineer), PCL Civil Constructors (general and foundation contractor) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (owner) for the innovative foundation design of the Marc Basnight Bridge in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.