Mortenson Denver Hosts National Women’s Leadership Event
From May 23-24, Mortenson hosted her 2022 Women’s Leadership Event to promote intersectional alliance, advocacy and inclusion in the construction industry. More than 300 Mortenson team members from country offices gathered in Denver for a series of events, networking and breakout sessions.
Titled “Leading with Confidence,” the conference featured several inspirational speakers, including Katherine Archuleta, a member of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and co-founder of the Colorado Latina Initiative, poetry by Suzi Q. Smith, and panels led by several female Mortenson executives. and the leaders of each of Mortenson’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion groups. A Women in the Field panel highlighted the challenges and opportunities that women in construction face daily in the field. The conference was held at HUB North built by Mortenson and included a walking tour of RiNo, where Mortenson plans to build his new ground office.
“Mortenson is truly following the lead when it comes to fostering a more supportive and empowering culture for women in our industry, and this event is one of the many ways we are creating space for learning, networking and building support and alliance systems,” said Maja Rosenquist, senior vice president at Mortenson. “The construction industry is facing a historic labor shortage and the solution is in front of us. By creating a culture of inclusion, we build stronger project teams that harness the full potential of the workforce.”
This event follows Mortenson’s recent Women’s Empowerment Weekend, part of the company’s new partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, which aims to provide essential training for women in construction and engage women leaders within Mortenson, as well as the Denver group. The WIC Week event at Empower Field at Mile High, which brought together more than 340 attendees from Colorado’s construction industry to celebrate and support awareness of the role of women in construction. Mortenson also recently co-founded Construction Inclusion Week, alongside a consortium of national builders, with the goal of sparking dialogue and action in the industry through a week of intentionally focused activities.
“Creating a stronger, more diverse and inclusive workforce doesn’t happen overnight, which is why we’re so committed to supporting ongoing activities and events like this,” said said Brian Fitzpatrick, vice president and general manager of Mortenson Denver. “I have been inspired and encouraged by the conversations this week, and I am proud to be an ally in the continued effort to break down the barriers that still prevent women from advancing in our industry. We are stronger as a team when everyone has a voice and a place at the table.