Construction Inclusion Week Recognizes the Power of Diversity in Construction
The second annual Construction Inclusion Week will be held October 17-22. General contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, and suppliers have come together to promote awareness of the need to build diversity in construction. NAWIC is proud to be an industry partner of this event, along with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC).
“We recognize and understand that each of our firms may be at different places in our diversity, equity, and inclusion journeys. Our intent is that Construction Inclusion Week fosters conversations that create alignment and take us further on this journey for our people and industry partners. If we genuinely want to attract, retain, and develop the best talent for our industry and maximize the diversity of our suppliers, we must grow our industry’s culture to be truly inclusive,” said George Pfeffer, DPR Construction (chair), and Dan Johnson, Mortenson Construction (co-chair).
Supporting diversity in construction is a goal of NAWIC, too. NAWIC President Lauline Mitchell (Director of Pre-Construction, BBI Construction) said, “Not only does diversity add value to company culture, studies have shown that more diverse companies have higher productivity and profitability.”
Mitchell wants to put a spotlight on women in construction. “Let’s work together and enlarge our footprint in the industry. I’d like us ALL to get out there and show people what we can do, as well as the value we bring to construction,” she said. “Additionally, while you are out there, recruit a new member so we can hit 10,000 in 2023!”
Construction Inclusion Week is a great opportunity to learn more about how the industry can be more inclusive and to celebrate your company’s commitment to diversity in construction.
The week provides educational and business resources for the construction industry including office teams, craft and jobsite crews, and industry affiliates. Across the country there will be in-person and virtual events. Each day is centered around a theme: Commitment & Accountability, Belonging, Supplier Diversity, Workplace Culture, and Community Engagement. New this year are live-streamed content, facilitator tools, and even more resources.
Companies can learn more and sign up at https://bit.ly/3liCDSx Be sure to share posts or activities to showcase your company’s participation. To download a planning guide, visit the CIW website or click here: https://lnkd.in/gA7DnaMs
The National Association of Women in Construction builds women leaders in construction. With 118 chapters across the United States, and affiliates across the globe, NAWIC provides education, mentorship, support, and leadership opportunities for women in construction. Membership opportunities are available for any woman working in the industry. To learn more about how our women’s construction association supports women in the industry and inspire future women leaders in construction, contact us through social media or our website.