Leadership Academy Helps Women Elevate Construction Management Skills

The Gainesville, Fla.-based National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the National Association of Women in Construction will host the second annual Women's Leadership Academy on Oct. 25-28, 2008, at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

The Women's Leadership Academy provides women with the opportunity to elevate their careers and their management and leadership roles within their companies and the construction industry. “The NAWIC Leadership Academy helped me improve the way that I communicate with employees and clients,” said Christine Parsons of Parsons Electric, Lexington, Ky. “The real-life, situational scenarios helped me with valuable negotiation skills and has improved my confidence in dealing with people.”

The Women's Leadership Academy targets business owners, education directors, office managers, training coordinators, and anyone interested in learning how to be a more effective leader. It consists of three days of intense training sessions covering such topics as leadership styles, negotiating techniques, time management, productivity, and conflict resolution. Participants also receive lasting networking opportunities by sharing their experiences with peers from around the nation.

“The academy is truly a career-enhancing opportunity for women in construction,” said Diane Greene, NCCER director of operations. “The unique learning experience provides women with the opportunity to engage in peer mentoring with other women from construction firms and build lasting relationships.”

Academy tuition is $1,295 and includes lodging, all meals, course materials, transportation, and activities.

Upon completion of the academy, participants will receive continuing education units from Clemson University and may receive industry-recognized credentials from NCCER's National Registry.

For more information, visit www.nccer.org.