Women in the green building industry came together on May 8 with USGBC National Capital Region to celebrate progress and set new goals.
Inside the great ballroom at the University of the District of Columbia's new student center in Washington, D.C., which is seeking LEED Platinum certification, Women in Green came together for a power breakfast to celebrate local leaders in sustainability. The event was an opportunity to share inspiration at this critical time for environmentalism and feminism.
The event featured remarks by Chrissa Pagitsas, USGBC Board Member and Multifamily Green Initiative Director at Fannie Mae, who kicked off the event emphasizing the potential of Women in Green groups in communities as well as at the national level. Lida Lewis, USGBC National Capital Region’s Market Leadership Advisory Board Chair and Director at HKS, also spoke at the breakfast.
The panel discussion and facilitated sessions focused on the complexities of women’s leadership and proven leadership principles as practiced by an inspiring group: Joan Kelsch, Green Building Program Manager for Arlington County; Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director at Landscape Architecture Foundation; and Susan Klump-Williams, Managing Principal at HOK.
Attendees also participated in small-group discussions on the unique qualities that women bring to the sustainability industry, how unconscious bias is addressed, tips on value promotion, how to retain women in leadership roles and the challenges of juggling workplace demands and family life. The audience was also encouraged in a breakout session to discuss what specific plans they will set for their career in the next year and how they will help others grow.
The 170 women and men gathered will reconnected at a USGBC National Capital Region Women in Green Task Force event in the fall of 2017.
The conversations were fueled by delicious locally sourced and organic food from Green Plate Catering, which is Green America Gold certified. We thank our committed sponsors, DPR Construction, HKS Architects, GHT Limited and HOK for making this event possible.