On the 25 September, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) London and the South East celebrated its 15 year anniversary.
Built By Us was lucky enough to be invited to the organisation’s first Annual Conference, bringing together a host of fantastic women working in the construction industry across the UK and Ireland.
Drawing on recent events – 100 years of women’s suffrage and various political and social movements – the conference specifically aimed at addressing issues of gender diversity in the context of business. In particular, it praised initiatives such as Built By Us, which are dedicated to supporting women and those from under-represented backgrounds into traditionally male-dominated industries.
The focus of the agenda was the strengths women bring to business, including creative problem solving and innovation. A host of speakers came together to inspire and empower attendees to not shy away from the challenges at hand – the rally cry was to take action to make a difference to their immediate environment and the industry as a whole without waiting to be given the opportunity.
Danna Walker, founder of Built By Us, took part in a panel discussion on ‘Women Shaping the Industry’, chaired by Construction News’ Lucy Alderson. She joined fellow panellists Annie Bowman (Hoydens) and Cheryl Pilliner-Reeves (Director of PR Architect and Founder of ArchiMake).