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Female Construction Execs Form WiOPS
Sarah Creighton and Holly Cindell of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. of Newport Beach, Calif., are among a group of pioneering women from Southern California construction, architecture and engineering companies to begin WiOPS, a professional organization geared toward women in construction operations. Creighton and Cindell were named co-chairs for the organization, which aims to mentor women working in the operations side of construction.
The WiOPS founding board members include: Co-chairmen, Holly Cindell and Sarah Creighton, McCarthy; Vice Chairman, Nancy Goldman, Jezowski & Markel; Secretary, Kasie Bowden, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.; Treasurers, Lia Tatevosian, Swinerton Builders and Lucy Villanueva, McCarthy; Membership, Amanda Corbet, McCarthy and Events Coordinator, Shaabini Alford, Murray Company. Other WiOPS members instrumental to the group’s founding include: Bernadette Reyes, Clark Construction Group; LaDrena Dansby, USC Capital Construction Development; Elle Navarro and Michelle Garcia, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.; Sammi Maya, McCarthy; Jessica Drake, Swinerton Builders and Kathlynn Smith, Hunt Ortman and founder of SmartGirls and SmartGirls’ Guide to Construction Law.
Meet-ups are currently being planned for March 7, 2013, at locations in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, with specifics to be announced on the WiOPS website. The next formal meeting is planned for April 25, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at McCarthy’s office in Newport Beach. The event will include networking and feature speaker Dr. Michael Brainard, along with a distinguished panel of women in leadership positions. Brainard has designed and implemented dozens of mentoring, coaching and career development programs. During the meeting, he will define objectives, myths and best practices from “both sides” of the mentor and mentee perspectives.
|Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 02:45|