Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo. Each year, the women’s luncheon at Greenbuild attracts women working in Green industries from across North America. This year, the luncheon entitled — Leading With Purpose — was attended by over 700 women and Jessica N. Grounds of Mine The Gap was the featured speaker.
Jessica shared details about her work over the last two decades to champion women’s leadership through her work with WUFPAC, Running Start, Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Department of State and working with women leaders globally. She also shared insights from Mine The Gap’s recent cutting-edge research, #MeToo At Work, on gender dynamics in the workplace developed with FTI consulting. She called on participants to think of themselves as “gender catalysts” in their workplaces, a term coined by Mine The Gap that describes individuals working in industries to build gender balance, awareness, and inclusion.
As part of the luncheon program, participants were placed in four quadrants representing key areas impacting women at work including: workplace policy, mentorship, workplace culture, and leadership. Following Jessica’s TedTalk style speech, participants discussed questions related to one of these four topics and then shared their insight with the room during a “soap box” style sharing session. The program was a dynamic presentation and conversation about key issues impacting the lack of women in the critical fields of green building, technology, engineering, sustainability, and more.
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Founded in 2002, the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo has become the go-to place for the green building industry to convene, and it is where the future of the green building movement is shaped. It’s where inspiration happens, business relationships are cultivated, innovation is recognized and celebrated, and where people from around the globe come to reconnect and remind each other why they do what they do – and why they work hard every day to better the built environment.
Thousands gather at Greenbuild each year to renew their commitment to the green building movement. The conferences include uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in each local market.