From the Main Stage: Women in Glass and Fenestration

Colleen Pritchett, President, Aperture Solutions - U.S., Cornerstone Building Brands
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Colleen Pritchett, President, Aperture Solutions - U.S., Cornerstone Building Brands | Photo: GlassBuild America

Date: 3 November 2023

GlassBuild America kicked off its last day with the much-anticipated Women in Glass and Fenestration Breakfast Meetup, a follow-up to last year's first such gathering at GlassBuild.

The theme of the session: If you see it, you can be it. Representation, and building other women up, matters.

Delivering the keynote, Flexibility and Gender Diversity, Colleen Pritchett, President, Aperture Solutions - U.S., Cornerstone Building Brands said, "Take risks. No one expects you to be 100% ready for a job. There's training and find mentors to help you. If you're wondering if you're ready for something new or different, you're ready."

From the Main Stage: Women in Glass and Fenestration

She also identified keys for flexibility and gender diversity in companies: "Empower women employees through mentorship and supportive culture; give access to education and training; offer flexibility in the workplace including leave and childcare; offer unique opportunities, and for women to ask for and go after those opportunities."

Moderating a discussion that followed, Stefanie Couch, Founder, Build Women and Build Women Construction told the audience, "Peak confidence in women is at 8 years old. But good news is, confidence can be built. We're all in the building industry. We're builders. How do YOU build confidence? It all starts with courage: the ability to do something that frightens you."

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