Memo From The President
First, I want to thank the association for allowing me to serve as President and be a part of an organization that focuses on the challenges that women construction owners face. This organization has continued the same goal for over three decades, making a positive difference for women in the construction industry. I follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest women leaders in construction.
While I have been transitioning into my new role, we have been working on a new membership portal which is now ready. This will streamline the membership renewal process, event registration, and communications from WCOE National. All members will receive an email shortly with log in information.
I am very proud to introduce our new National Executive Director, Michelle Ventress. Over the years, Michelle has served in several roles leading teams in the information technology sector. She is talented and dedicated to our purpose and vision.
The next two years will be focused on the growth of our organization and increasing opportunities for our members, corporate partners and women leaders in the industry. Our board is excited about the opportunities and look forward to a productive and rewarding year. Our success is not possible without members like you. I invite each of you to get involved. I personally cannot wait to meet each of you and hear your stories.
Sheila A. Ohrenberg
Save the Dates!
Women Are Leading the Construction Industry – and It's Paying Off
"When it comes to your average construction workers, most people envision a group of men, hammering nails or driving heavy-duty machinery. But did you know that nearly 10 percent of the construction workforce is female?"
Read more at the National Center for Construction Education & Research
Women in Construction: The State of the Industry in 2019
"Of all the people who work in construction, women comprise only a small 9 percent of the workforce. Even smaller is the number of female construction workers on the front lines of a job site—there is only one woman for every 100 employees on the field. Considering that women make up 47 percent of all employed individuals, this means that the construction industry is only benefitting from about 1.25 percent of the total female workforce."
Read more on Blog Rentz
Why the Construction Industry Needs More Women in Leadership
Like tech and cybersecurity, construction is one of the most notoriously male-dominated professions — of all the 10 million people employed in the industry, only 9% of construction workers are female. This figure is primarily women in administrative and office positions in construction, as the number of women actively working on construction sites is even smaller.
Read more on Undercover Recruiter
"Ever wish you could have on-demand access to the information you need to grow your business to the next level? SBA is committed to helping to meet that need with the development of innovative new resources. That's why the agency is creating Ascent, an online learning platform that utilizes a modern, e-learning approach specifically targeted for women business owners who want to grow their businesses. All content has been developed backed by research on the needs of women business owners.
The SBA is seeking input on this new product offering. They're looking for women business owners to participate in product beta testing to ensure that Ascent is a useful, helpful and reliable product that meets the needs of female business owners. The testing will kick off in early June and is expected to take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.
If you would be interested in participating in product beta testing for Ascent, please visit www.SBA.gov/AscentFeedback. Enter your email and zip code to receive an invitation to the beta test in June.
Office Of Advocacy
The Office of Advocacy across the U.S. is hosting business forums with women-owned small businesses (WOSB) to obtain their public comments on the proposed rule by July 15, 2019 regarding certification rule for WOSB.
If you are unable to attend a forum you can submit comments at www.federalregister.gov. This site also provides all the information regarding the full proposal. In a nut shell, the Small Business Administration is proposing to amend its regulations to implement a statutory requirement to certify Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) concerns and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) concerns participating in the Women-Owned Small Business contract program.
Please contact one of 10 Regional Advocates to be placed on their list serve in order to be notified of upcoming business forums. Please note that if you are in Region 8 States, there is currently not a Regional Advocate, however, please reach out to Adrienne Foster with Region 7 who will assist until filled.
Here are some highlights of the proposal:
6 Articles You Need to Read on Women in Construction
Construction Business Owner has put together a list of six must-read articles that 'that focus on women who are leading the construction industry toward a more diverse and inclusive workforce.'