Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, president and CEO of NIBS, said the concept for the summit was hashed out during a conversation with Andrea Rutledge, president and CEO of the Construction Management Association of America.
"This is an opportunity to bring together the unique and intelligent group of female leaders in the C-suite that represent building industry-related associations," Woods said. "This is a very niche group, but it is important for us to come together to learn, share, and grow."
The NIBS team hand-picked the executives to be invited to the first annual summit. Already, the response has been incredible, and the plan is to open up the event in 2020 to female business owners and C-suite leaders across the built environment.
"I am overwhelmed by the number of RSVPs and even those who have reached out to say they have a meeting conflict, but they want to be at the next event," Woods said. "The messages are reinforcing that this was the right idea at the right time, and I'm thankful to my association friends, key members of my leadership network, and an incredible staff team who share my excitement."