To celebrate Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day, the Parade of Homes hosted a champagne toast at two magnificent Dream Homes on the Spring Parade of Homes. The goal was to bring together women in the housing industry to honor their impact, celebrate their accomplishments, and highlight the opportunities available to women in construction.
Attendees enjoyed drinks and appetizers while mingling with fellow women in construction and touring both the Stonegate Builders and Swanson Homes Dream Homes featured on this Spring’s Parade of Homes. Plus, the group was gathered for a champagne toast and remarks from some inspiring industry leaders.
First, representatives from Housing First Minnesota welcomed everyone in attendance. “We wanted to hold this event to make sure all of you know that there is a place for you at our table and in all of our programs at Housing First Minnesota,” says Katie Elfstrom, Vice President of Public Affairs.
Hosts Amy Offerman (lead designer) of Stonegate Builders and Curt Swanson (owner) of Swanson Homes shared their admiration for working women paving roads to success in the construction industry. And finally, Jamie Tharp (President) of Pulte Homes Midwest spoke about what drew her to construction, balancing motherhood and her career, creating more female leaders, and her advice to younger women looking to enter the industry.
Finally, Katie Elfstrom led us in a toast: “Cheers to all in our industry that are making this industry more welcoming and supportive for women in construction. And cheers to paving the way for more women and future generations of women to know that there are amazing career opportunities in this industry.”
We hope everyone had a fantastic Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day 2023!