The luncheon was just one of numerous events of its kind held throughout 2019 as part of HIA’s Building Women program. This initiative offers a range of different opportunities across Australia for women to be recognised, inspired and to build their networks. Events were held in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Launceston and Adelaide, and brought together women working in the industry, or aspiring to make our industry part of their long-term future. Guest speakers on the day provided insights on building their own careers, providing attendees with some pointers and renewed motivation.
Queensland in particular continued its celebration of women in industry, hosting for the fifth consecutive year the HIA Recognition of Women in Building & Construction Awards on 2 August. The event has grown in popularity year-on-year and saw a record number of entrant applications.
HIA Executive Director QLD Michael Roberts congratulated Chantel Kisten, national operations manager for Steel-Line Garage Doors, on winning the top award for 2019: HIA Professional Woman of the Year.
‘She is a tremendous example of what women can achieve in what is still a very male-dominated industry,’ Michael says.