Gender equality and diversity are increasingly valued; so, it’s important to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women in traditionally male-dominated industries. The National Association of Home Builders‘ (NAHB) Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week does just that. And as a woman-owned business, Nip Tuck Remodeling is proud to honor the exceptional contributions of professional women in the field of construction and design, including the women of Nip Tuck, who continually strive to contribute to our industry in positive ways.
Professional Women in Building Week Empowers Women in Construction and Design
Professional Women in Building Week, typically celebrated during the second week of September, is an annual event designed to recognize and support women working in the construction, remodeling, and design sectors. This celebration provides a platform to highlight their achievements, inspire future generations, and foster an inclusive and diverse industry.
Spending my professional life prior to Nip Tuck Remodeling in other industries, I see the value of women in the construction and design industry, but I also see the value of this industry for women. It is so satisfying to have a tangible outcome, use practical problem-solving skills, and feel like you’re having a direct, positive impact on the world we live in. In residential remodeling, we have a sense of pride at Nip Tuck because we know the outcome of a project manifests itself in a tangible way for the client – no longer shoving things into cabinets that don’t have the right storage or living with the impractical weird corner that you forget exists between your kitchen and family room. Physically making a space that improves well-being with aesthetics, harmony, and positive energy is satisfying.– Nicole Henson, Director of Operations, Nip Tuck Remodeling
Professional Women in Building Week promotes the idea that gender should never be a barrier to success in any field. By showcasing the stories of accomplished women in building and construction, it encourages other women to pursue careers in construction, architecture, engineering, and related professions. This empowerment is crucial for breaking down stereotypes and increasing the representation of women in these industries.
Fostering Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity is a catalyst for innovation and progress. Recognizing the valuable contributions of women helps create more inclusive workplaces. This diversity not only enhances creativity and problem-solving but also promotes equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender.
When I think about the PWB, the first thing that comes to mind is empowerment. Depending on which generation you were raised in – boomer, millennial, gen x – all women have faced a mirror that asks questions like: ‘Am I good enough?’ ‘How can I make a difference?’ ‘Does my voice matter?’ When you become a member of the PWB, the answer to these questions becomes a resounding ‘YES,’ and from that powerful little word, a world opens up to you.– Karen Dry, Westlake Village, CA
Celebrating Achievement and Leadership
Professional Women in Building Week provides an ideal platform to acknowledge the excellence and leadership of professional women. It honors their hard work, dedication, and determination in carving out successful careers in a traditionally male-dominated field. Celebrating their achievements can serve as a source of inspiration for the entire industry, and we’re proud to celebrate the women of Nip Tuck.
NAHB Professional Women in Building Week is an occasion to celebrate women as an important component of the residential construction industry, showcasing the achievements of women across all facets of the industry and their efforts to promote, train, advance and add more women in the field. Each day highlights a different focus.– National Association of Home Builders
April Bettinger, founder and owner of Nip Tuck Remodeling, spoke about leading in a male-dominated industry, in an interview with 425 Business. She offers this advice to other women starting their own business:
Build … support around you; that is very important. You need people to be able to ask advice of and actually be asking for advice, not thinking you know it all. And build a community … because when times get tough, your community is gonna help you. … And be brave and fearless. You can do it.
April is active in supporting the industry and encouraging more women to seek opportunities in building and construction. She serves on the board of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, and she will be speaking at the Women in Residential+Commercial Construction Conference (WIR+CC) in Nashville in October. Be sure to register now if you plan to attend.