On October 13th Swinerton Builders hosted WCOE-CA Chapter's Fall 2016 First Annual Leadership Summit in its San Francisco office. In addition to Swinerton Builders, the conference was also sponsored by the CA Department of General Services. This one day event was focused on promoting leadership and the development of management skills for women in the construction industry.
The speakers included Stephen Goveia of Madeira Ventures LLC, and Shelley Nilsen of Express Personnel. The keynote speaker was Dr. Addie Ellis of The Koci Group, an executive coach, inspirational leader, and motivational speaker who challenged attendees to never give up!
The afternoon session featured a distinguished panel consisting of SheriAnn Murphy of Swinerton Builders; Terri Mestas of AECOM; Joan Mayer of Lennar; Danetta Jackson of the CA Department of General Services; Demetra Edwards of KB Home; Danette Beck of Marsh; Alice Rodriguez of the California High Speed Rail Authority; and Brenda Radmacher, Esq., of Wood Smith Henning & Berman and the WCOE CA Chapter President.
The inspiring presentations included the topics of entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence, overcoming the myths of leadership, and understanding and managing generations in the workplace. The illustrious panel discussed what it looks like to be a leader as a woman in a male-dominated industry and included personal anecdotes, strategies, and insights for being a leader through use of setting one's own terms of meaning in one's work, framing of one's role as a leader, leading through connecting, engaging others to improve one's leadership impact, and energizing oneself to be a better leader.
Comments following the Leadership Summit include, "It was very refreshing to hear your experiences. I feel re-charged!"
"I came back with several take-aways that will help me to grow personally as a leader. I also enjoyed meeting all the women and networking."
WCOE-CA Chapter would like to express sincere thanks to Rick Moore V.P. of Swinerton Builders and his team for all the work and effort that went into coordinating this fantastic event and are extremely appreciative of Swinerton's support for women in the industry and for WCOE!
WCOE-CA Chapter and its members were thrilled to present this Leadership Summit as they work together to level the playing field for women in construction and look forward to doing it again next year.