When Pro Remodeler and Pro Builder hosted the first Women in Residential Construction Conference in 2015, there were 75 attendees. The second year, that number doubled. This year, we combined forces with sister publication Building Design+Construction’s annual event, which also began in 2015, and the result was larger than ever before.
Held in Nashville this October, the first annual Women in Residential + Commercial Construction Conference (WIR+CC) served women stakeholders from across the entire sector.
Breakout educational sessions for each discipline—home building, remodeling, and commercial construction— were hosted on three different tracks, while in the main ballroom, the content focused on general leadership, management, and communication. These topics united all sectors, and together, the larger audience strengthened industry connections, gained business insights, and developed new skills.
Content Geared for Success
The conference was keynoted by Kara Noonan with Dale Carnegie Training. Noonan spoke on identifying leadership blindspots, which may be undermining your workplace culture. Other notable speakers included HGTV’s “Good Bones” remodeler Mina Starsiak Hawk who discussed how to develop a sustainable work/life balance.
“This was my first year attending the conference and there were so many incredible and inspiring speakers,” says Chelsea Ericson, home repair manager at Gaspar’s Construction. “I acquired so much information that I’m going to bring back to my company.”
Woman of the Year
The annual Woman of the Year award went to Allison Iantosca, president of F.H. Perry Builder. Iantosca, who is a remodeler, was honored for her thought leadership and passion for improving the industry as a whole.
The next Women in Residential + Commercial Construction conference is slated for September 2024 in Phoenix.
For more information, visit WomensConstructionConference.com.