CONEXPO-CON/AGG to highlight growing role of women in the industry

CONEXPO-CON/AGG has partnered with The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Women of Asphalt (WoFA) to highlight women as a viable force in construction.

Dana Wuesthoff, show director of CONEXPO-CON/AGG, says: “Working together, CONEXPO-CON/AGG, NAWIC and WOFA, will  not only showcase women industry leaders, but reinforce the career growth potential for women, who today represent a small percentage of the workforce and the opportunity to diversify the industry.”

The organisations will sponsor and engage in education and other events at the show, running 10-14 March in Las Vegas.

The partners will host a breakfast event at the show on the 11 March called Genders on the Jobsite. Vicki O’Leary, founder of Be That One Guy and Lorein Barlow, director and producer of Hard Hatted Women will discuss how women experience job site opportunities and challenges.

Chrissy Ingram, executive administrator of NAWIC National, says: “According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, women make up only 9 percent of the total workers in construction. As our industry continues to grapple with a labour shortage, women are poised to help play a greater role in all areas of construction. By teaming with CONEXPO-CON/AGG, organizations like NAWIC and WoFA can help women thrive in a male-dominated industry.”

Construction business owner Missy Scherber will join Aaron Witt of BuildWitt, Keaton Turner of Turner Mining Group and Stacey Tompkins of Tompkins Excavating for a panel discussion and networking event in the Tech Experience on Wednesday.

Amy Miller, P.E., president of WofA, says: “Through Women of Asphalt, we are looking to fulfill industry workforce needs by engaging with women at schools, through our podcast, and in-person events to show them all they can achieve with a career in the asphalt industry.”

Other events include Widening Your Workforce: Executive Lunch Forum on Friday, New Approaches to Building Female Construction Leaders, Gain a Competitive Advantage Through Construction Technology and Attracting and Training Your Workforce: Operating Engineers’ Innovative Solutions.

These and other highlighted educational programming at CONEXPO-CON/AGG can be found here. Registration for the breakfast and lunch forum can be found here.

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