Sandra Wilkin, founder of Bradford Construction, received the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at the NYS MWBE Forum in Albany on October 6, 2022. The award recognizes Sandra’s tireless and ongoing work for women-owned and minority-owned businesses.

Sandra’ friend and collaborator, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson presented her with the award. The Senator received the first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.

In 1989, Sandra Wilkin founded Bradford Construction Corporation, a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) in Greater New York City. Dubbed a “hard hat with style,” by “Crain’s New York Business,” she built Bradford into one of the leading diversity consulting, construction technology, and construction management firms in the region. With a proven reputation for solving challenging problems for minority-owned, woman-owned, and local business enterprises (M/W/LBE), Sandra developed sought-after, innovative statewide and citywide mentorship programs, numbering more than 600 in 2014 alone. In 2016, she co-founded Bravo, a business cooperative, which provides informal post-mentorship opportunities for M/WBEs.

Photographed here from left to right:
Julissa Gutierrez, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
Sandra Wilkin, Founder, Bradford Construction
Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, NYS Senator, New York State Senate
Jerome DuVal, Executive Vice President & Executive Director, Division of Minority & Women’s Business Development