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Are You Ready for Women in Construction Week?

The 25th Annual Women in Construction Week is right around the corner! As you get ready for the big week on March 5-11, here are some of the ways you can show your support for women in construction – both during WIC Week and year-round

How you can support women in construction

1. Train leaders & employees

According to Statista, the share of female employees in the construction sector has been increasing over the past couple of years. However, in 2021 only one-tenth of construction workers were women. That means 90% of construction employees have never walked a day in a woman’s shoes, leading to blind spots within many workplaces in the industry.

By offering workshops and training for employees on implicit bias, discrimination, and other issues facing women in the workplace, you can introduce important tools for awareness that help create a more welcoming environment for women.

2. Provide networking opportunities

Since women make up only approximately 10% of the construction sector, seek out and implement opportunities for women to connect with other women: Offer to pay for memberships to professional associations, chamber events, and gatherings centered on championing women in the workplace. (NAWIC and PWC are excellent places to start.)

3. Donate to your local NAWIC or PWC chapter

NAWIC, PWC, and other organizations that champion women operate on tight budgets. By donating to your local chapter, you can increase access to vital resources for women and thereby help to elevate women across the construction industry.

4. Diversify your perspective

It’s true what they say: Knowledge is power. By attending events, reading articles, and surrounding yourself with people whose experiences are different than your own, you’ll gain a deeper, more well-rounded perspective on the multitude of issues facing women in construction today. It’s a win-win-win: Good for you, good for women, and good for the industry as a whole.

5. Be an ally

Being an ally is the most effective way to recruit, retain and support women that want to work in construction. With your allyship, the construction industry can find new ways to diversify and elevate the industry as a whole.


About the Author

Shannon McKain is a motivational keynote speaker and a business consultant based in Dallas, TX. She has worked in almost all 50 states with audiences ranging from corporate executives to student leaders.

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Advancing Your Career After a Break

Last month, I was on CBS KCTV5 Better Kansas City TV Show for my monthly TV segment. These segments explore a variety of topics that align with my keynotes. From emotional intelligence and leadership to this month’s topic: getting started in the workforce or advancing your career after a break.

The job market can sometimes be scary. Whether you’re a new college graduate looking for a first job, a stay-at-home parent hoping to re-enter the workforce or someone scouting out a career change to a completely different field, I have four tips to help you get back into the game!

Over the years, I’ve had the honor of recruiting for and consulting with, companies large and small. I am passionate about helping students, educators and those already in corporate America establish career paths.

Do you know the #1 problem regarding applicants in today’s job market? Do you know what companies look for when hiring new employees? Do you know how to overcome the hurdle of lack of experience?

Watch my segment to learn how to overcome these obstacles and transition back to the workforce with greater ease.  After watching, let me know your favorite tip!

Looking for your next Keynote Motivational Speaker? Let’s chat!

Shannon is a motivational speaker and business consultant based in Dallas, TX. She has worked in almost all 50 states with audiences ranging from corporate executives to student leaders.




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