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CONEXPO highlights women in construction with panels, mixers and meetups

CONEXPO highlights women in construction with panels, mixers and meetups
CONEXPO-CON/AGG — A 3D printed statue of a woman in the construction industry, the largest of its kind in the world at the time, was introduced at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.

LAS VEGAS, NEV. – As the industry celebrates Women in Construction Week, the upcoming CONEXPO-CON/AGG conference is highlighting events that shine a spotlight on women in the sector.

North America’s largest construction and heavy equipment conference takes place at the Las Vegas Conference Center from March 14 to March 18. The conference is held every three years and in 2020 Women’s Construction Week was celebrated with the world’s largest 3D-printed statue of a woman working in construction.

“As North America’s largest construction show, we recognize the important and growing role women play in our industry, and CONEXPO-CON/AGG has invited a number of influential women to share their experiences working in construction,” said CONEXPO-CON/AGG show director Dana Wuesthoff in a statement.

“There’s a big need for more people to enter the construction trades and industry. These are jobs that pay solid, living wages without the need to take on large amounts of debt to enter, and we want to encourage more women to explore these opportunities.”

Construction influencer Alexandra Smith, also known as “Al the Little Operator,” will hold a meetup titled Collaborating with Women in Construction on Tuesday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. PT in the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Community Zone.

The new area will also host a discussion panel featuring construction entrepreneur Missy Guerrero Scherber, Kayti Bjorklund-Strandlund and Ry Bostrom titled, Changing Culture with Professional Development: How a School Teacher Duo is Changing the Industry as We Know It, on Thursday, March 16 from 1 to 2 p.m. PT. Bjorklund-Strandlund and Bostrom are former educators who battle stigma and dated approaches to team development through their work at DW Companies.

Scherber will also appear on a panel in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center along with James Starbuck, Katie Kelleher, Matthew Stanley and Taylor White for a panel and meetup titled Ask the Influencers on Friday, March 17 from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. PT showcasing what panellists feel are upcoming industry trends.

The West Hall is also where Bold Leadership for Women will be held on Wednesday, March 15 from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. with speakers Kristina Mahler McMillan, Alicia Brentzel, Amanda Kurt, Katherine Freeman and Stephanie Scott “discussing real-life experiences and advice for how to not just make it in a male-dominated industry, but how to discover your own voice and power,” a CONEXPO release stated.

Women in the Workforce: Recruit, Retain and Promote will also be held in the West Hall on Friday, March 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will feature Rachel Quam, Ashly Rieman, Latrell Cates, Maty Katherine Harbin and Shawn Boyce discussing diversity and inclusion in the construction industry as well as the importance of retention of women already in the industry.

A Viva Las Asphalt Mixer will be held at Silver Lot 3 near the Las Vegas Monorail entrance on Wednesday, March 15 from 3:30 to 5 pm. PT and is hosted by both Women of Asphalt and the National Asphalt Pavement Association. To attend conference attendees need to pick up a complimentary wristband available at the WofA (GL-12596) and NAPA (GL-20707) booths.

Make sure to follow Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce on Twitter and listen to The Construction Record Podcast as well as view our on the ground coverage via Instagram as we attend #CONEXPO next week.


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