A Letter from Our Executive Director, Barb Lau

As I reflect on the past year, I cannot help but see all the divisiveness of the world we live in: Male vs Female, Minority vs White, Democrats vs Republicans, ISIS vs everyone and I could continue.  What can we do to unite and heal? When we come together, we can achieve greatness.

One of the foundations of the AWC is that we strive to work together to make things better.  We advocate for women business owners in construction.  We also advocate for minority contractors, general contractors, owners, and most of all the industry.  In 2016, two of the largest construction projects wrapped up – U.S. Bank Stadium and the State Capitol Restoration.  Both projects had aggressive inclusion goals for businesses – goals we were told were unachievable – goals that in the end we exceeded.   How could that happen?  Teamwork.

According to Dictionary.com, Teamwork is defined as a cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.  Synonyms listed include harmony, collaboration, synergy, unity, alliance, pulling together, and joint effort, to name a few.  Think about those words…nothing says alone or one or I.  This industry is achieving great things by working together – Teamwork at its best.

“Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success.”  Henry Ford

Barb Lau

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