By Katherine Springle Lempka
March is Women’s History Month, and this week, March 7 through 14, is also Women in Construction week, sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). IIBEC is committed to welcoming more women in the organization and increasing the number of women in leadership positions. In March of 2019, Jennifer Hogan, RRO, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant was elected director of IIBEC’s Region VII, making her the first female on the board of directors. She is joined this year by Julie Palmer, who was elected director of Region I in March of 2021. In 2020, Amy Peevey, RRO, REWC, PE CDT became the first woman to serve on the IIBEC Executive Committee when she was elected as secretary/treasurer. This places Peevey in line to be IIBEC’s first female president of the board of directors in 2023.
IIBEC Interface has also been endeavoring to improve the percentage of authors who are women. In 2016 and 2017, women accounted for approximately 20% of authors of technical information in IIBEC Interface. In 2018, that number increased to 21%, and in 2019 reached 28%. Unfortunately, 2020 saw a drop back to the range of 20%, but 2021 is off to an improved start with about 25% of articles being penned by women in the industry.
IIBEC also works with National Women in Roofing (NWiR), which supports and advances the careers of women roofing professionals, and is fortunate to count many NWiR leaders among IIBEC’s membership. All members are encouraged to facilitate or mentor colleagues to broaden female representation at IIBEC.