A look at the 2018 NAWIC Awards for Excellence proves that there is plenty of innovation and inspirational leadership being done by women in construction.
August 24th, 2018
The NAWIC Awards have been helping to build and recognise the talent of hard-working women in the typically male-dominated construction industry.
Hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction NSW Chapter, more than 1,130 guests gathered at the International Convention Centre Sydney for the 22nd annual awards gala on Thursday 23 August.
“A sustainable and successful workforce of women in construction and property must start at the grassroots level. NAWIC’s sustained efforts have helped more women to lead, learn, collaborate, network and celebrate excellence – and as we do the depth and breadth of our female talent pool expands,” shares NAWIC NSW President Sarah Hogan. For Sarah, the awards are a clear expression of the progress being made by Australian women in construction.
Among those recognised was Sara Haslinger who was awarded the Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry. “Sara was chosen from a competitive field for her work while an executive director at Infrastructure NSW,” Sarah explains.
Sara’s work has expanded the number of women appointed to major infrastructure review panels, “This not only diversified panel decision-making, but also exposed the NSW Government to dozens of senior female leaders in construction and infrastructure, and exposed talented women to new career opportunities,” says Sarah.
The night itself was a glittering affair with journalist Jessica Rowe hosting the evening, while a performance from Dami Im wowed the crowd.
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Winner: Sara Haslinger of Shaw Reynolds, previously of Infrastructure NSW
Merit: Katherine Scevity & Vimala Ferrari for WINTR
Winner: Alison Mirams, Roberts Pizzarotti
Winner: Taylor Louise Perrin, Capital Veneering
Merit: Katie Wilmshurst, FDC
Merit: Elizabeth Lau, Bachelor of Construction Project Management, UTS
Winner: Erin Louise Gonthier, Master of Sustainable Built Environment, UNSW
Winner: Emelye Coleridge, Laing O’Rourke
Winner: Meisha Stevens, Wood & Grieve Engineers
Merit: Alexandra Devlin, Lendlease
Winner: Angela Jeffery
Merit: Carley Finn, Savills Project Management
Winner: Kylie Cochrane and Aurecon
Winner: Elizabeth Creswell, ADCO
Winner: Michele Biruski, Stockland
Winner: Amy Julie Hogan
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