In observation of International Women’s Day on March 8 and Women in Construction Week, March 6-10, Deltek hosted online events geared towards educating and empowering women in project-based businesses. The two events this week brought together nearly a thousand people in the government contracting and construction industries.
Breaking Down Boundaries for Women in Construction
Deltek celebrated Women in Construction Week with a special online event to share insights from female leaders in the construction industry. The event, which can be viewed on-demand here, was attended by hundreds of women and men in the construction industry and featured panelists Rhonda Nebgen – National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) South Central Region Director, Lori Koopmann – Director of Finance at MHS Legacy Group, Natasha Engan – SVP of Global Sales at Deltek, and Maribel Scarnecchia – Director of Consulting for Deltek ComputerEase.
The event highlighted how women in the construction industry have broken down boundaries and achieved success. Panelists touched on the challenges women face in construction, along with best practices to hire and retain women in the construction industry and the benefits of hiring more women as builders, professionals and tradeswomen.
“We know from recent reports and data that the construction industry continues to face a workforce shortage. With women comprising only 14% of the construction work force, there is a tremendous opportunity to leverage this untapped pool of talent,” said Maribel Scarnecchia. “The industry needs to adapt and change to attract more women – from creating more schedule flexibility, to improving conditions in the field, to highlighting women in leadership positions and creating mentorship opportunities.”
Identifying Women-Owned Small Business Opportunities
Deltek also hosted its annual Women-Owned Small Business webinar for government contractors, which provides unique analysis of small business government contracts and a variety of highlights and factors impacting women-owned contractors. Ashley Sanderson, Senior Manager on Deltek’s GovWin IQ team and event host, said that Women-owned Small Businesses (WOSB) see the most spending in professional services, architecture, engineering and construction and IT.
“Women-owned Small Business spending has steadily been on the rise. We are seeing that defense agencies present strong opportunities for WOSB due to increasing budgets, a high value spent with WOSB and the need to meet those WOSB goals,” Ashley Sanderson stated during Tuesday’s event. “The continued expansion of industries able to award WOSB work is a positive bellwether for the future of the women’s contracting program.”
The Win More Women-Owned Contracts in 2023session is available on-demand here.
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