Celebrating Women in construction
LEADING local business women gathered together for a three day Women in Business Conference in May, aimed at improving the skillset of women in a male dominated industry.
Held at Lancefield, approximately 60 minutes north of Melbourne, Hotondo Homes gave women the opportunity to network and learn from each other and inspiring speakers.
Caroline Allen from Hotondo Homes in Inverloch said, “We all got so much out of this year’s Women in Business conference! It was such fun and the speakers were brilliant. The networking was great and all being together in the one beautiful place was beneficial to everyone there.”
“It’s a great opportunity to speak to other women who are in similar situations. There is so much we can learn from each other and build friendships where we can offer continuous support.”
Caroline plans to utilise the skills she has gained at the conference to improve both the organisation of her business as well as the customer service they provide.
“It is important that we act on the knowledge we have been provided, and share it with our fellow employees to really reap the benefits,” Caroline said.
“The conference is one of the many steps we take to ensure that the women of Hotondo Homes, who are often a formidable influence in the partnership, are supported given the male-dominated nature of the building industry,” said Women in Business conference organiser, Sharon Pryor.
“We also want to provide women with the tools and support they need to strive in a male dominated industry.”
Business sessions covered organisation techniques, round table discussions, employment law, recognising symptoms of depression and anxiety, exposing your creative side, colour selections and managing different generations.
“We find that the women do their best networking in a social setting, so we make sure we have plenty of opportunities for them to talk to like-minded business owners,” said Mrs Pryor.
Hotondo Homes’ network has over 75 building franchises throughout Australia. They provide local, independent builders with the tools and support they need to be able to compete on pricing, products and service.
To contact Caroline, Trent and the team from Hotondo Homes in Inverloch visit their office at Shop 2 Ramsey Boulevard, Inverloch, or phone (03) 5674 3058. Alternatively you can go online to hotondo.com.au.
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