The New Jersey Chapter of Professional Women in Construction Grooming Future Female Leaders in the Construction Industry
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The New Jersey Chapter of Professional Women in Construction
Featured Article & Interview with NJ Chapter President Karen Tuveson, on NJBIZ.com, “Grooming Future Female Leaders in the Construction Industry”
Somerset, NJ (August 23rd, 2013) The New Jersey Chapter of Professional Women in Construction, Chapter President, Karen Tuveson was interviewed by Mary Johnson ofNJBIZ. Mary Johnson specializes in covering topics for Women in Business.
About two years ago, members of the New Jersey chapter of the Professional Women in Construction organization glanced around a meeting room table and realized that few, if any, of their members were young women at the dawn of their careers, said chapter President Karen Tuveson.
That was a problem.
"Construction's a very lucrative industry, and the young women coming up don't even realize the opportunities they can have," Tuveson said. "We realized we had to reach out and pull in these younger women (and tell them), 'You can do this and be successful. You can do this and make money. You can do this and run your own business. You can do this, and you can go far.' "
At every monthly meeting following that moment of realization, the group discussed how they could nurture the next generation of women in construction. The result is PWC's lean-in circle, a series of intimate meetings for members that will focus on connecting women in the industry and examining the particular leadership challenges that women face.
Lean-in circles are part of the ripple effects from the book "Lean In," written by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. The book offers advice Sandberg said can help propel women forward in their careers. There's now a website dedicated to lean-in circles, which anyone can start. They are intended to serve as small gatherings that allow peers to share experiences and learn from each other.
"If you look at the breadth of the (construction) industry, there's a huge range of women in positions all over the map," Tuveson said. "Most people think of women in construction as the secretaries, because that's the visual that you see."
The circle will be geared toward high-ranking executives within the industry — "the person that can go back and help us spread the word through their company," Tuveson said. "Those are women who've gone through these battles and will be able to help us effect a positive change for the younger women coming up through the industry."
The gatherings will focus on topics central to helping women in business, Tuveson said. The first meeting will be held in October.
"It's a very big plan that we have," Tuveson said. "But I also think it's very doable, as long as we're smart about how we proceed."
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The New Jersey Chapter of Professional Women In Construction is very excited to Launch the
Women's Leadership Lean In Circle on October 23rd. Our first Topic will be Power & Influence, Leveraging Strategies for Authority and Approachability. We will meet on a quarterly basis.
Other topics will include: Negotiation, Problem Solving to Get Good Deals in January 2014 and Team Dynamics, Uncovering New Solutions by Supporting and Engaging Colleagues with Expertise, in particular Unique Knowledge by Speaking Up and Bringing out the Best of Your Peers in April 2014.
To learn more about the PWC NJ Women’s Leadership Lean In Circle please feel free to contact Dawn Johnson at email@example.com.
Karen Tuveson, PWCNJ Chapter President
Dawn Johnson, PR/ Communications Chairwoman
About Professional Women in Construction (PWC)
Professional Women in Construction (PWC) is a national nonprofit organization committed to advancing professional, entrepreneurial and managerial opportunities for women and other "non‐traditional" populations in construction and related industries. With 6 chapters and over 1,000 members, PWC serves a constituency of close to 15,000, representing a broad spectrum of the industry. As its mission, PWC encourages and advances the goals and interests of woman and minority owned businesses. PWC's members represent a broad spectrum of the industry that serves real estate owners, developers, facilities & property managers and public agencies. They include general construction and specialty contractors; A&E firms, environmental services and suppliers of all kinds of goods and services. Because our core client industries have many and diverse needs, PWC also draws representatives from the services sector: law and accounting firms, insurance/surety & bonding companies, banks and financial services, graphic designers, printers, computer consultants, travel agencies, marketing specialists and more. Membership is open to business and professional women and men, private companies and public agencies in construction and allied industries.
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About Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson is a staff reporter at NJBIZ, covering midsized and growth companies, as well as women in business. Mary lived in Fla., Texas, Conn. and N.Y. before moving to N.J. with her husband and infant son and joining NJBIZ. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org she is @mjohns422on Twitter.