First Women’s Summit Meets to Form Construction Coalition
To form an industry-wide coalition, representatives of six women’s construction-oriented groups, several manufacturers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) met last month in Washington, D.C. during an inaugural women’s summit. The NAHB Women’s Council hosted the summit.
Participating organizations also included Women Construction Owners and Executives, the National Association of Women in Construction, the Women’s Council of Realtors®, Chicago Women in Trades and the National Association of Women Business Owners. Also participating were Roger Carson Enterprises, Inc., a natural gas distributor based in Northern Virginia, and Whirlpool Corporation.
“It was great to have all of these important organizations representing women in building and construction gathered together,” said Nicole Goolsby, chair of the Women’s Council. “I felt like we all learned a lot about each other’s organization and learned that even though we are separate entities, we’re all fighting for many of the same issues.”
At the summit, the group resolved to create a collective platform, the initial stepping stone to forming a coalition, and hopes to create a Web site that will celebrate the careers of women in the building industry, include profiles of exemplary women in the field and provide links and resources for young women considering a career in the building industry.
The meeting was sponsored by the Merillat Corporation, a custom cabinet manufacturer.