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    Lisa Frisbie
    Monday, May 14, 2018
    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 connections the parents can offer that can give their children an opportunity to start from a better vantage point than they did. Whether through inheriting a family business, getting an internship or simply putting a good word in with a colleague or friend can all be a deciding factor in the path their children will take. Read more
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    Lisa Frisbie
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    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. Read more
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    Lisa Frisbie
    Monday, January 15, 2018
    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- profit coalition, launched their own campaign “Build a Life That Works” encouraging inner city women to consider the advantages of a rewarding career in the trades by offering training courses and job placement. Both groups goals are to see women make up 20% of the overall work force in the trades by the year 2020. Read more
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    Lisa Frisbie
    Thursday, December 21, 2017
    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 clients. Read more
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    Lisa Frisbie
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    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 although a significant increase, PGTI believes those numbers should reach 20% by 2020. Read more
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    Stacy Roman, SPM, Commodore Builders
    Monday, October 16, 2017
    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. Read more
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    Jacqueline Falla, Director of Client Services, Elaine Construction
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017
    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. Read more
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    Lisa Frisbie
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    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. Read more
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    Lisa Frisbie
    Monday, August 21, 2017
    Claudia, like many of the other women interviewed, said they were struggling in minimum wage jobs and were searching for an alternative but never considered the trades because they simply weren't exposed to the option or didn't know how to get involved. Learn how Claudia met those challenges and became the successful Union Carpenter she is today. Read more
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    Lisa Frisbie
    Monday, August 21, 2017
    Meet Tonye Hayden-Berry, one of the most determined women in the Trades you will ever meet. Despite all of the challenges she has faced Tonye is now a respected and successful craftswoman of Local 3. Read more
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