The Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York, with assistance from ModSpace, held a Women in Construction Day for high school girls aspiring to work in technical fields. 40 young women from McKinley High School, located in Buffalo, NY, spent the day learning about the growing opportunities for women in the construction industry. ModSpace’s Caryn Ciotti was on hand to participate in the event.
“We kept the girls engaged with a game show format,” said Danielle Bickel, vice chair of Construction Exchange and outside sales rep for Upstate Rebar, a woman-owned business. “We played games called Musical PPE (like musical chairs but with personal protective equipment), Guess My Profession and Construction Jeopardy. These events were run by successful women in the industry, from an owner of a construction company, to architects, project managers, electricians, tradeswomen, etc.”
ModSpace Sales Manager, Caryn Ciotti said, “One of our goals is to create the dialogue that women are breaking ground in an industry traditionally dominated by men. It’s our time to shine.”
In addition to sponsoring events like these, Construction Exchange provides mentorship to young women as they step into roles in the industry.