On November 1, the SFPUC had a packed house with over 250 attendees for the 6th Annual Women in Construction Expo hosted by the SFPUC’s Small Firm Advisory Committee in collaboration with the National Association of Women in Construction.
This event promotes construction and professional service opportunities for women looking to enter the trades, or those who are already participating in the industry to share their knowledge and network. This year’s theme “A Seat at the Table” promotes the SFPUC’s goals to empower women in the construction industry by providing tips on how to enter pre-apprenticeship programs, begin a career in construction, promote skill-building, and navigate through the contract bidding process.
After inspiring opening remarks from SFPUC Commissioner Sophie Maxwell, Mistress of Ceremony Kathy How, Assistant General Manager, Infrastructure for the SFPUC recognized women trailblazers Joyce Guy, a retired member of the Iron Workers and Judy Gatewood, former member of the Carpenters Union Local 22. Attendees participated in presentations and panel discussions including topics such as diversity and inclusion, connecting with female mentors in a male dominated industry, and women owned business certification.
Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Shamann Walton, Assemblymember David Chiu, State Senator Scott Weiner. Most notably Mayor London Breed offered words of inspiration and motivation while applauding determination and tremendous strides these hard-working women continue to make in the industry.