Statistics show that only 8.1% of the fortune 500 CEOs are women, which is equivalent to 41 women CEOs out of the 500 total CEOs. With construction being a male dominated field, women face many challenges, stereotypes, and misconceptions that can come in the way of them reaching executive roles in their industry. Consequently, young women witnessing their fellow women challenges need guidance on how to lead and how to crush stereotypes. In this presentation, two UMD women engineers will offer their insight on their experience in the male-dominated construction industry as well as provide key points on how to lead at a young age while being women. The speakers will also point out the unconscious biases they encounter or witness on the tough job sites. Additionally, they will discuss what their male counterparts in the construction industry can do to help empower women. The presenters will also discuss the soft skills required for young men and women to climb up the ladder and advance in their careers.
PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership (Power Skills)