Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Women in Construction Convene Leadership Summit

Aug 14, 2018
Karen Fox of Precision Air Balance Co. offers some values her group discussed at the meeting.

SMACNA’s Women in Construction Leadership Council held their first summit this June in Boston, Massachusetts. Co-chairs Angie Simon, president of Western Allied Mechanical Inc., and Julie Muller Neff, executive vice president of the SMACNA Western-Washington chapter, welcomed women leaders from SMACNA member companies as well as several women invited as guests from the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

Facilitated by Mona Haggag and Kelcey Henderson of the Continuum Advisory Group, the discussion kicked off with a brainstorming session on the mission, vision, and values of the council. The group then focused on key goals moving forward, including strategies for mentorship and recruitment.

Kathy de Jong of Bay Area SMACNA at the Women in Construction Leadership Summit“What an amazing and productive day we had with Mona and Kelcey leading us in a successful strategic plan!” said Angie Simon. “It was great to collaborate with all the amazing SMACNA women—including our counterparts in MCAA.”

One key takeaway from the meeting is that, for change to happen, it must take place at both the local and national level.

Update: The SMACNA Board of Directors recently recommended that the group present SMACNA with a request to create a council within the formal SMACNA structure.

Look for more information from the Council at this year’s Annual Convention in October.