The Urban League of Louisiana Hosts Its 3rd Annual Women in Construction Convening and Announces Title Sponsor

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NEW ORLEANS – The Urban League of Louisiana’s Women’s Business Resource Center will host its 3rd Annual Women in Construction Convening on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 at the New Orleans Jazz Market, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event’s 2019 title sponsor is the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-South (WBEC South). This year’s theme is: The Power of Connectivity.

Additional details were shared in a press release.

A convening of this magnitude will initiate targeted conversations that yield specific solutions and measurable outcomes for women in construction. In order for networks to become powerful, they must be interconnected, and for women in construction across the state of Louisiana, this is no different. The level of connectivity within professional and personal networks is what creates diversity, innovation, and resilience.

“The Urban League of Louisiana is thrilled to once again support women in construction across Louisiana through this annual convening. We understand the power of collaboration and the sharing of best practices to move the industry forward,” said Judy Reese Morse, president and CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana. “We are also honored to have the Women’s Business Enterprise Council – South as this year’s title sponsor, which represents a natural alignment of the strategic priorities of both organizations, – the promotion and support of women-owned businesses.”

WBEC South is a Regional Partner Organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council serving Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and the Florida panhandle. The organization’s mission is to advance and enhance business opportunities between corporations and women-owned businesses through a reputable certification program, education and professional growth opportunities.

“As WBEC South celebrates its 25th anniversary of service to women entrepreneurs, we are thrilled to partner with the Urban League of Louisiana for this year’s convening”, said Phala K. Mire, president and CEO of WBEC South. “This event supports our goal to provide resources that address the challenges that women face in building and growing a business, especially those in construction and other male-dominated industries. Convening is a gateway to the meaningful connections, that over time, result in sustainable business opportunities.”

Other sponsors of the 2019 Women in Construction Convening include: Louisiana Economic Development, Port of New Orleans, New Orleans Business Alliance, CORE Construction, and Ameriprise Financial – Belinda Lewis Batiste.

During the event, participants will learn about the networks and resources that exist to support and promote women in construction across the state of Louisiana. Special topics and networks introduced include:

  • From Myths to Mitigation: Risk Management in Construction, hosted by National Association of Women in Construction – New Orleans Chapter
  • The New World Order of Green Building Practices: What You Should Be Doing Now, hosted by American Institute of Architects – New Orleans, Women in Architecture
  • Money Matters: Financial Planning and Wealth Building Strategies for Women in Construction, hosted by National Association of Women Business Owners – New Orleans Chapter
  • People at Work: Effective HR Management for Women Leaders in Construction, hosted by Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans – Professional Women in Building Council
  • Women in Leadership Luncheon + Power Networking, hosted by Women’s Business Enterprise Council – South

This event is geared towards women in construction and construction-related fields including leadership, operations, administrative, and support functions. It is for those seasoned in the field and those who aspire to join.

Registration is $65/per attendee and includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Registration fees are non-refundable, but may be transferred if necessary.

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