Upcoming Webinars Celebrate Women in Building, Diversifying the Industry


To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, NAHB’s Workforce Development team and the Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council are hosting two webinars to showcase the important work women are doing in the field and the efforts being done to increase their numbers.

Although the number of women employed in the overall construction industry has risen each year over the past decade, the percentage of women in the field is still only around 10%. In addition, most women within the industry are involved in sales and office occupations and only about 3% are involved in construction and maintenance occupations — the very jobs where workers are needed the most to help fill the labor gap.

The House That SHE Built

Join the conversation on Thursday, March 25, from 1-2 p.m. ET, to hear from the all-female team behind The House That SHE Built – the first Utah home being built exclusively by women in construction, skilled tradeswomen and women-owned companies.

The Utah chapter of NAHB’s PWB Council is designing and constructing the home to be showcased in the 2021 Utah Valley Parade of Homes. The proceeds from the sale of the home will be divided between scholarships for women pursuing education in a construction-related field, women-focused charities, and future projects that support PWB.

  • Moderator: Mollie Elkman, Owner/President, grouptwo
  • Panel: Stephanie Sharp, Builder, Steven Dailey Construction; Kristi Allen, Builder, WoodCastle Homes, LLC

The team will also discuss the upcoming children’s book inspired by The House That SHE Built. Register today to reserve your spot.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Construction Careers

Increasing diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of plans to grow the number of women in the building trades. But funding and policy changes must also be in the mix to help change the culture of the industry.

On March 31, 2-3 p.m. ET, join a team of experts working to increase the involvement of women as a workforce development effort. Learn how to position your company or school for recruitment and retention success. Hear about valuable tools to help women join and stay in the field. Discuss human resource policies that are needed, and more.

  • Moderator: Heather Gay, Dunwoody College of Technology, Program Manager and Lecturer, Construction Management
  • Panel: Alexis Moch, Federal Legislative Director, NAHB; Dr. Charner Rodgers, DBIA Associate Professor, Tuskeegee University; Karen Schroeder, Builder, Vice President, Mayberry Homes and 2021 NAHB PWB Chair

Register today.

Registration is free for both webinars and all members are welcome to attend.

For questions on either event contact NAHB Director, Careers in Construction, Sarah Weber.

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