Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar Acceptance
Erin Allee, a junior in building science program and Lexington, South Carolina native, was selected to participate in the 2015 Kiewit Women's Construction Leadership Seminar (WCLS) in Nebraska, October 22 and 23. The seminar invites collegiate, female leaders to participate in a two-day event that challenge and develop their leadership skills. Qualified candidates are selected from sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated leadership skills with a passion for the construction and/or engineering fields. Participants gain valuable experience and industry knowledge.
“I found out about this seminar through Professor Lauren Redden at a group lunch meeting to learn more about this leadership opportunity. I qualified to apply based on my GPA. For the application, I was required to write an essay about why this leadership conference would be helpful to me, submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher. All transportation and lodging costs were covered for those selected to attend.
“The seminar was an amazing opportunity for me. We visited the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The next day, participants were assigned to groups that were required to compete in a construction management simulation. Each team was responsible for hiring employees, managing funds, and providing equipment for a year’s worth of simulated construction work. I was truly inspired hearing the women of the WCLS speak and seeing the excellence they have achieved in the industry.”
Kiewit is one of the largest and most respected construction, mining and engineering organizations that operate in North America and Australia. From the roads people use to the water they drink, Kiewit’s business focuses on four main areas: infrastructure, energy, building and mining.