Constructive Insights from Commercial Construction & Renovation Magazine‘s Women in Commercial Construction and Facilities Retreat
The commercial construction industry is often thought of as a “man’s world,” but that perception isn’t reflective of an ever-evolving reality. Women play important roles across the full spectrum of professional positions within the industry, as evidenced at the annual Commercial Construction & Renovation Magazine‘s conference for female leaders in the business.
Heidi Vassalotti of Crossville’s Strategic Accounts team, regarded for her great knowledge of all things sustainable at our company, was an attendee at the most recent Women in Commercial Construction and Facilities Retreat held in Denver, Colorado. The three-day event featured a series of networking opportunities, including a round table discussion, one-on-one meetings, and even a little free-fall flying in an indoor sky-diving facility.
One of the most prevailing themes of the retreat was the vital impact that women continue to make throughout the commercial construction industry. An afternoon roundtable discussion generated conversation based upon the question, “What is the biggest advantage of being a woman in the construction industry?”. The resulting exchange showed how these remarkable women are driven by a keen sense of processing and disseminating information, the ability to build and foster relationships, and a dedicated approach to details.
“What I think is unique and dynamic about our group is that we all work so well together. In some cases, a man may listen to a conversation and walk away focused on a single point from the discussion. In our group, however, we thoroughly think all aspects of the conversation through. Our combined skill sets makes us better at visualizing things and seeing the big picture.” ~ Heidi Vassalotti, Strategic Accounts, Crossville, Inc.
At Crossville, we operate on core values that guide how we do business. One way we live up to those values is to provide opportunities and support for top talent within our company and partnerships of utmost integrity with those we work. The ideals brought to light in the Women in Commercial Construction and Facilities Retreat echo the commitment we have to quality, professional connections and ongoing improvement in the tile industry, the commercial construction industry, and beyond.