Wilson Lumber Co., of Huntsville, recently hosted its 2nd annual Women in Construction event. Attended by more than 60 industry female professionals, the panel discussed successes, challenges and the ability to overcome those challenges in a male-dominated industry.
Those taking part in the panel were Sherry Childs, Rachel Brown, Cassy Williamson and Andrea Wilson.
“Part of this event is getting the word out to young women to let them know there are plenty of career paths in the building industry they can take,” said Russ Wilson, one of Wilson Lumber’s owners.
Childs shared her journey of 22 years in the North Alabama homebuilding community, where she had more than $100 million in sales. Although she met challenges along the way, Childs said she remained driven to learn and to share with other women and grow their presence in the industry.
Brown, a 19-year veteran in North Alabama land development and founder of Rachel Brown Homes, when asked about her Construction Coaching division, said, “It’s about taking my knowledge, taking the love of help, and helping people grow in what they are destined to do in their God-given skills.”
Williamson, sales and marketing manager of Red Door Homes, and Wilson, interior designer and founder of Wilhouse Designs, each brought their unique stories to the discussion.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women numbered 10.9% of the entire U.S. construction workforce in 2022. Alabama is one of seven states in the South where that number continues to grow.
At Wilson Lumber Co., the female workforce represents 24% of its workers.