As the first tradeswoman to chair the NAHB Professional Women in Building Council (PWB), Darylene Dennon is ready to open the door of opportunity to even more women. She is president and CEO of Solid Energy, Inc., a painting and carpentry company located in Woodinville, Wash.
Her focus as chair is to mentor other women and invite different ethnic, cultural and multigenerational building industry perspectives to the table. "We need to evolve and change and embrace the ideas of the younger folks, getting them involved in some of the committee work. They need to be nourished," she said.
Dennon has earned other historical firsts in her illustrious career, serving as the first woman president for the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) Washington State Council and President of the national PDCA. She also was the first woman president for the Construction Industry Training Council. And Dennon is the co-founder of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish’s PWB Council
Early in her career, Dennon was persuaded by a business coach to join a trade association for professional development. She eventually connected with NAHB and the NAHB PWB Council, and was elected as an NAHB PWB area trustee in 2007. Dennon was determined to serve as NAHB PWB chair. "I was dedicated early on to education, workforce development and women being involved in construction." She was awarded the prestigious NAHB PWB Woman of the Year award in 2015.
Dennon has some advice for women interested in construction. "Just go out there, be yourself, and make friends. Know you’re going to be challenged…be bold, be brave."
For more information about NAHB PWB, contact Sheronda Carr