Empowering Excellence: Celebrating Women in Glass and Fenestration on the Main Stage

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Empowering Women: Insights from GlassBuild America’s Women in Glass and Fenestration Breakfast Meetup

GlassBuild America concluded its final day with an inspiring event – the Women in Glass and Fenestration Breakfast Meetup, a sequel to last year’s groundbreaking gathering. The overarching theme of this session was simple yet profound: “If you see it, you can be it.” The importance of representation and uplifting fellow women took center stage, echoing the sentiment that building each other up matters significantly in the professional sphere.

Keynote Wisdom: Flexibility and Gender Diversity

At the heart of the event was a compelling keynote address by Colleen Pritchett, President of Aperture Solutions – U.S., Cornerstone Building Products. Her message resonated deeply: “Take risks. No one expects you to be 100% ready for a job. There’s training available, and mentors can guide you. If you’re contemplating a new venture or change, trust that you are ready.”

Pritchett also outlined essential strategies for fostering flexibility and gender diversity within companies. She emphasized the need to empower women employees through mentorship and a supportive culture, providing access to education and training, offering workplace flexibility, including leave and childcare options, and creating unique opportunities. Moreover, she encouraged women to proactively seek out and pursue these opportunities, advocating for their own professional growth.

Building Confidence: A Courageous Approach

Following the keynote, a thought-provoking discussion was led by Stefanie Couch, Founder of Build Women and Build Women Construction. Couch shared an encouraging insight: “Peak confidence in women often occurs at 8 years old. However, the good news is that confidence can be cultivated. We are all builders in the construction industry. So, how do YOU build confidence? It begins with courage – the ability to confront something that frightens you.”

In a field where courage and confidence are invaluable assets, Couch’s words served as a reminder of the limitless potential within each woman in the glass and fenestration industry.

Embracing Empowerment and Growth

The Women in Glass and Fenestration Breakfast Meetup not only provided a platform for insightful discussions but also fostered a sense of unity among attendees. As we reflect on this empowering event, let us carry forward the knowledge shared, the connections made, and the courage instilled. Together, we can continue to empower women, shatter barriers, and shape a more inclusive and diverse future for the glass and fenestration industry.

Source: GlassBuild America with additional information added by Apazone

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