Women in Construction Operations Set to Launch Northern California Chapter

We have achieved more than we ever imagined when beginning WiOPS five years ago.

Nearly five years after holding its first meeting in Southern California, Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS) will launch its Northern California Chapter during a free informational outreach event on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Open to both women and men who serve in professional occupations within construction, architecture and engineering industries, the launch event will take place at Dome Construction in San Francisco, Calif.

WiOPS, a professional organization whose mission is aimed at providing a forum to mentor and further the advancement of women in the building industry, has grown to nearly 600 members in Southern California since its first meeting on January 24, 2013. Following in the success and same format of the Southern California Chapter, WiOPS Northern California Chapter will hold future evening meetings on the last Wednesday of the month at member offices and various locations throughout the Bay Area. Sponsored by the hosting company, each meeting is free to attendees and will focus on learning, mentoring and networking through educational speakers, technical learning activities and social gatherings.

“We have achieved more than we ever imagined when beginning WiOPS,” said Holly Cindell, project executive for Lendlease (US) Construction, WiOPS Governing Board member, and one of the organization’s 12 founding board members. “Five years ago, our board planned to have three events a year, and were unsure if anyone would attend. Our sights broadened when more than 150 people joined after our first meeting. Since that time, membership has quadrupled, and our SoCal meetings are booked through 2018 with A/E/C industry companies vying to host our events.”

“WiOPS decided to expand into Northern California based on interest and an expressed need for an organization with our mission from companies who have participated in WiOPS in Southern California,” explained Cindell. “Next year, we plan to investigate further opportunities for expansion into other regions throughout California and the U.S.”

To prepare for the launch of its new chapter, WiOPS began structuring its Northern California Chapter…

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