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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
BWiC Profile Featuring Briana Colantonio, Business Development and Marketing Specialist, Colantonio, Inc.

For generations, family-owned construction businesses would commonly be passed down from father to son. Sons were expected to join their fathers as young adults and eventually take over the business to maintain their families’ legacies or, at times, to keep the family peace. Nowadays, most sons and daughters are encouraged by their parents to explore their talents, interests and career opportunities – as Briana Colantonio was - regardless of their parents’ business ownership. In Briana’s case, her path

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Monday, July 16, 2018
BWiC Profile Featuring Eileena Long, Project Manager, Pinck & Co., Inc.

Eileena Long, P.M., Pinck & Co., Inc shares her unique path to her successful career.

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Monday, May 14, 2018
BWiC Profile Featuring Lynda Bellamy, 3rd Year Apprentice, IBEW Local 103

Based on a recent article published by the New York Times, daughters are 1.8 times likely to have the same job as their mothers and 1.7 times as likely to have the same job as their fathers. Whether it be from certain inherited aptitudes or what is the called the “breakfast table effect”: the influence of family conversations that discuss parent’s daily activities, accomplishments and challenges associated with their current occupation. The data shows that the advantage to passing down occupations is the

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
BWiC Profile Featuring Nina Radzim, Director of HR, Gaston Electrical Co., Inc.

Human Resources has come a long way since the days of pure administrative services, especially in the construction industry. Exceptional talent is a highly competitive commodity and HR leaders require skills and experience in many, if not all, of the following include: talent acquisition and retention, training and development, performance management, coaching, employee relations, benefit management, complaints and grievances, legal compliance, and health and safety.

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Monday, January 15, 2018
BWiC Profile Featuring Shakil Linda Oba, Steward, Local 328

Based on data provided by the Boston Globe, in 2016 the percentage of women carpenters in Boston was 2%. For every 50 men (carpenters) on a job site you would be lucky to see one woman. But with the help of various efforts through-out the state change could be on the horizon. Over the past 8 years the Policy Group for Tradeswomen Issues, (PGTI) have been actively working on expanding the female presence on building sites. Just recently the Northeast Center for Tradeswoman’s Equity (NCTE), a not- for-

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
BWiC Profile featuring Bethany King, P.M., Skanska, USA Building, Inc.

Currently working as a Project Manager, Bethany also acts as Chair of Skanska’s Women’s Network and is a member of the Skanska Sustainability Task Force. As you would expect for an organization of this size Skanska offers its employees a myriad of opportunities for professional training and development, a culture that believes in work/life balance and a clear set of values that encourages a safe and healthy work environment, transparency and integrity, team work and an unwavering commitment to their

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
BWiC Profile Featuring Mikey Miles, Carpenter Local 67, W.T. Rich

Work for women in the trades in Boston has seen a rise in the last 5 years, thanks to the efforts of the Mass Gaming Commission’s Wynn Boston Harbor Casino project and advocates such as the Policy Group on Trades Women’s Issues (PGTI), but it is still not where it needs to be. Liz Skidmore, one of PGTI’s co-founders was recently interviewed and shared that, “Women in construction apprentice programs in Massachusetts leaped from 180 in 2012 (4.2% of all active apprentices) to 473 (6.9%) in 2016.” And

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Monday, October 16, 2017
Think before you speak

On October 12th, 2017 BWiC was thrilled to present Liz Brunner, CEO and Founder of Brunner Communications in a program that offered applicable advice on improving verbal skills, developing a personal brand through dress (yes it's important) and identifying how you are perceived by others through self-awareness. Stacy Roman, SPM, Commodore Builders and AGC MA BWiC Chair offers her insight on the take away.

Stacy Roman, SPM, Commodore Builders

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
What. When. WEAR: decoding dress in the modern work world.

BWiC Committee member Jacqueline Falla, Director of Client Services, Elaine Construction, offers best practices on proper attire in the office or the field in the latest BWiC Blog.

Jacqueline Falla, Director of Client Services, Elaine Construction

Monday, September 18, 2017
BWiC Profile Featuring Siggy Pfendler, Director of Virtual Construction, Columbia Construction

Ten years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find a legitimate full- time technology role in commercial construction. At one time, the industry was notorious for using techniques that were put in place generations ago (think-fax machine) but not so much anymore. Technology is now being embraced more than ever with tools like Building Information Modelling (BIM), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), Integrated Mobile Technology and Information platforms, Automated Building Control processes and more.

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