Dunwoody College joins VEIT
in co-hosting opening day activity
The opening session of this year’s Women in Construction Week will be a chance for students and young professionals to connect with leaders in the field. The networking event will kick-off a week dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the contributions of women in the construction field.
Women in Construction Week activities are hosted each year by the National Association of Women in Construction, Minneapolis/St. Paul, in partnership with industry and organization sponsors.
This year’s opening ceremony and will be held both virtually and in-person from 7:30-9 a.m. on Monday, March 7 at Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis.
“Instead of the usual keynote speaker, we wanted to find a way to create meaningful engagement for women in the industry,” said Heather Gay, Program Director for Construction Management and Surveying at Dunwoody College. “Our role as experienced professionals goes beyond encouraging more women to enter into the construction field. We also need to help them stay connected, feel supported, and advance in their careers.”
The event is designed to give students and young professionals a chance for a meaningful, quick interaction that will help them connect with professionals in the industry. Registration for the in-person event, and a link to the virtual session are all available online.
“Dunwoody is proud to once again be a part of Women in Construction Week,” said Polly Friendshuh, Dean of Construction Sciences & Building Technology at Dunwoody. “As a college we know the importance of helping more women succeed in these great-paying, high-demand career fields. We have come a long way since I started in the field more than 30 years ago, but women still make up less than 10 percent of the total number of workers. It’s great to have organizations like NAWIC, which are actively working to address that imbalance.”
In addition to Monday’s opening event, the week is packed with activities and opportunities for women to connect and engage. Events are free, but space is limited and participants must register in advance. For information and registration visit: www.nawicmsp.org/wic-week.
- WIC Week Habitat for Humanity Build: Tuesday, March 8, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Minneapolis
- Beyond the Pink – Workwear for WIC with Product demos, sales and gear swap: Tuesday, March 8, 4-7 p.m., MN Tool Library, St. Paul Branch
- Fabcon Precast Breakfast Tour: Wednesday, March 9, 8-10 a.m., Fabcon, Savage
- Owning your Destiny: Mapping your Dreams & Making them Come True: Wednesday, March 9, noon to 1 p.m., Virtual
- WIC Industry Showcase & Happy Hour: Wednesday, March 9, 3-5 p.m., Brookview Golf Course, Golden Valley
- Southwest Light Rail Project – Rosies of the Rail Panel & Networking: Thursday, March 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m., LMJV Offices, Hopkins
- Legal Webinar: Common Mistakes in Responding to EEOC Complaints: Thursday, March 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Virtual
- Evolving in Leadership: Lead from the Inside Out: Thursday, March 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Hero Plumbing & Heating Campus, Bloomington, or Virtual
- The Power of Social Media: Thursday, March 10, 3:30-5:30 p.m., McGough Service Center, White Bear Lake
- Building in Community: Friday, March 11, 8-11 a.m., MN Tool Library, Minneapolis
- Recognizing Women of Color in the Construction & Built Environment: Friday, March 11, 11 a.m. to noon, Virtual