Networking is an important tool no matter what field you’re in, but can be even more important for women in the construction industry, where women make up only 9% of the workforce
in the United States. Exchanging ideas, getting advice and support, and identifying career opportunities are just a few of many benefits to networking. Perhaps you’re inspired by these influential women
in the housing industry and are looking to get more involved.
To honor NAHB’s Professional Women in Building Week, below is a selection of some women-centered networking groups that have events around the country at local chapters. The next person you meet could lead you to your next career opportunity, volunteer collaboration or new life direction.
- Professional Women in Building (PWB): PWB is the voice of women in the home building industry — dedicated to promoting industry professionalism and supporting members at the local, state and national levels. Through education, professional development and networking opportunities, PWB helps members acquire and develop invaluable leadership and business management skills that boost career success. Fifty-two cities across the country have established councils, and more are coming online for 2020.
- Women in Energy (WEN): Its mission is to connect and empower women in the energy industry. Through developing strategies to reduce obstacles women face in the industry, providing career resources, and organizing networking/mentoring opportunities, this group offers a variety of events. To see if your area has a chapter, take a look here.
- Professional Women in Construction (PWC): PWC supports, advances, and connects women to promote diversity within the architecture, engineering, construction, and related industries. New York, Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., have established chapters.
- Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment: This group provides the space for nonpartisan forums on energy and environmental issues and aims to foster the professional development for members. Networking events run the gamut from happy hours, to kayaking and brunch, to wine and cheese receptions.
- National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO): NAWBO assists women entrepreneurs by building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations, in turn transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. This group is not specific to any industry, and therefore has a wide reach and a large, supportive network. Find a local chapter here.
- Success in the City: Supports women-led businesses to help them build a pipeline of mentors, access to capital, and resources through connecting them to potential new customers and networks.
Follow #PWBWeek19 on social media to learn more about some of the exciting events Professional Women in Building Councils are hosting across the country this week.