Women in Construction Week 2023

jessica bobinac

Communications Manager

06 March 2023

The conversation about women in construction has been going on for decades, and with only 10% of the construction workforce represented by women, it is easy to see why. The truth is that this isn’t your father’s construction industry anymore. From designer, project manager, office staff, and management, to skilled tradeswomen, there are options for women, and we as an industry need do a better job in showcasing those paths. This year's theme for Women in Construction Week is 'Many Paths, One Mission', and celebrates the different journeys women have taken toward the same goal: strengthening and amplifying the success of women in the construction industry.

At UMC, we think about diversity the same way we think about innovation – it is essential to the success of our business. When we innovate, processes become smarter for clients and create endless opportunities. When we incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into our business, we inspire better outcomes. One of the pillars of our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) journey is cultivating a safe and inspiring environment for women at UMC, both physically and psychologically. This week, we are encouraging our staff, partners, and clients to take a moment in honor of Women in Construction Week to check in with the women around you. Below are some conversation starters to encourage a healthy dialogue.

Talking points to have meaningful conversations:

  • What was a key obstacle you have faced in your career, and how did you overcome it?
  • What excites you the most about construction?
  • What are the most valuable lessons you’ve learned throughout your career?
  • Why do we need more balanced workplaces?
  • What advice do you have for organizations looking to build and support more balanced teams?
  • Given what women have experienced in construction, what are the skills that you believe are critical to being an effective leader going forward?
  • What have your experiences in the construction industry been like?
  • How do you recharge?

For more than 100 years, UMC has developed and redefined the skylines of the Pacific Northwest. That legacy and our continued commitment to advance DEI in our society is guided by our values. We're proud to be on this journey to foster an environment where everyone can thrive because of their differences, not in spite of them.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originated as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network for women working in a male-dominated field. Today, NAWIC continues the vision of its founding members by advocating for the value and impact of women builders, professionals and tradeswomen in all aspects of the construction industry.

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