Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction participated in Women in Construction (WIC) Week with virtual and in-person celebrations in all 11 of its offices nationwide.
The firm’s WIC Week activities were developed to align with this year’s theme, “Envision Equity,” and comprised of employee-led sessions including guest speakers, panel discussions, project presentations, and jobsites tours.
With only 10% of the construction industry’s workforce occupied by women, WIC Week aims to celebrate these women and drive conversations to ignite action about increasing representation industry wide. Shawmut is invested in creating equity company-wide and leads the industry with a workforce comprised of 33% women, with 24% of leadership roles held by women.
This year marks Shawmut’s seventh year participating in WIC Week and throughout the week Shawmut employees and partners engaged in open and honest discussions about how the industry can increase female representation in the workplace. Highlights from the week include the virtual opening ceremony with remarks from Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Shawmut CEO, Les Hiscoe; a presentation on the Marymount Manhattan College Judith Mara Center for Visual Arts project in New York that is targeting to achieve 20% female trade workers on-site through a pilot partnership with Nontraditional Employment for Women; a jobsite tour from the assistant superintendent of 843 N. Spring Street, a commercial building project that will be one of the largest cross-laminated timber office buildings in Los Angeles; and a panel with two members of Shawmut’s board of directors, Kim Bishop and Liyuan Woo.