Dr. Irish Horsey is a Georgia native who has worked as an award-winning construction professional for nearly 20 years in the AEC industry and academia. She is an effective senior administrator and program director passionate about the construction industry and construction education. Currently, Dr. Horsey is the Director of Industry Advancement for Procore.org -the philanthropic arm of Procore Technologies, Inc. At Procore, she Provides management and oversight of a team of Social Impact Specialists for Procore.org. She is responsible for program evaluation, strategic planning, and scaling of business operations. Additionally, she expands the reach of Procore.org by advancing the construction industry through technology, education, and advocacy programs. An accomplished construction manager, she has worked for leading AEC organizations in the public and private sectors delivering successful projects and programs.
Dr. Horsey is also an educator of construction management. She is a Part-time Professor in the Department of Construction Management at Kennesaw State University (KSU) where she was the founder and advisor of the Kennesaw Women in Construction (KWIC) organization. She served the department as Interim Department Chair and Assistant Professor from 2017-2022. Her exceptional leadership contributed to the substantial growth and advancement of the department. Prior to joining KSU in 2017, Dr. Horsey was the program director for Commercial Construction Management at Gwinnett Technical College (GTC). The Commercial Construction Management program at GTC ranked one of the top ten programs in the nation under her leadership. She credits her success in the industry to making her a better professor and advisor to her students. She currently serves on the industry advisory boards of two local high school construction career academies and the Tuskegee University R. Taylor School of Architecture & Construction Science.
Dr. Horsey has received numerous awards and recognitions and is passionate about industry advancement. She is distinguished as the first African American female to earn a Ph.D. in Building Construction from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May of 2021. She was also recently recognized by Engineering Georgia as one of the 50 Most Notable Women in Engineering. Dr. Horsey wants to contribute to the built environment by educating its future leaders and advancing the industry through creating a more diverse construction workforce.