After years of being one of the only women in meeting rooms and construction sites, Lela found that the fields of design, development and construction are still very much dominated by men. When she spoke to other women in the industry, she learned her experience wasn’t unique. From architecture and design, to construction, to facilities management, women shared what a rarity and challenge it was to be a woman on-site -- much less be part of a woman-led team.
With nominal numbers of women -- and even fewer women of color -- entering design, development, and construction sectors, it became clear that the scarcity of women builders is directly connected to a need for programs that mentor young women. Lela joined forces with other leaders, who recognized the need to spark and cultivate enthusiasm in young women in the built environment. It is time to change the face of industry by sharing the tools for success with the next generation of women builders.
Girls That Build will remedy the widespread underrepresentation of women in the design, development, and construction sectors, by inspiring future generations of women builders. Through education, mentorship, and scholarships, Girls That Build will equip girls and young women with the tools they need to thrive in the built environment and beyond.