Air Force One Supports WIC Week

Women in Construction (WIC) Week is an opportunity for us to recognize what it means for women to be making strides in a traditionally male-dominated industry. It’s also an opportunity for us to highlight a few of our amazing associates. Perhaps most importantly, it provides an avenue to educate women and youth on the careers available to them in the construction industry.

According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), even though more women are joining the construction industry than ever before, they made up only 10.9% of the industry’s workforce in 2020. Women are making huge strides in the construction workforce, but there is still work to be done. The good news is opportunities for women in construction are on the rise!

Everyone should work where they are best suited and have the skills, work ethic, and talent to perform. One of the major risks facing the future of construction is the talent shortage. Among other things, the lack of talent has created the risk of higher prices, missed business opportunities, and safety issues. Attracting and promoting women to the construction industry could help alleviate some of these issues. It is imperative to the future of our industry that we intentionally create opportunities, access points, and acceptance of women.

Air Force One is always proud to support women in the AEC industry but especially so during the WIC Week Movement. This year, we are honored to be a sponsor for NAWIC Columbus’ Panel Discussion and Networking event on Thursday, March 10 at the Understory. One of the best ways we can encourage women to join the construction industry is by showcasing the voices of our female associates and giving them the opportunity to reach future generations through their stories.  Below are Q&A responses from members of our team:

What does it mean to be a woman in the industry?

“Most people are surprised when I tell them what I do. I love being able to meet and help so many people. I hope it helps pave the way for new generation of girls to feel like they can do whatever they want to do.”

– Amanda Herd, Custom Air Service Technician, 5 Years Experience in the Industry

 

What advice would you give to other women interested in construction?

“If you want to do it, just go for it and don’t be scared. Most men in the industry today will treat you like a daughter; they are very helpful and encouraging.”

– Tracy Miller, Air Force One New Business Development Rep, 2 Years Experience in the Industry

 

What does it mean to be a woman in the industry?

“I am proud to working in the construction industry for over 35 years as it is a male dominated industry. More women are going to trade school and getting college degrees to help the industry to become more gender diverse.”

– Teri Genheimer, Air Force One Regional Admin Leader/Service Estimator, 35 Years Experience in the Industry

 

What advice would you give to other women interested in construction?

“Do what you love and stay strong in your convictions.”

– Arlene Guess, Air Force One Project Administrative Manager, 16 Years Experience in the Industry

 

What does it mean to be a woman in the industry?

“I truly believe that there is no difference between females and males in terms of skills and added values they bring to a project. It’s just a matter of encouraging women to start this kind of career.”

– Laurie Jago, Air Force One VP of Service Admin, 30 Years Experience in the Industry

 

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