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Bringing Women Executives in Building Together: NIBS to Host Inaugural Event in October

NIBS has invited female leaders from across the built environment to network and discuss industry issues, diversity, and thought leadership

(WASHINGTON, DC, September. 9, 2019) – The National Institute of Building Sciences is hosting its first annual Women Executives in Building Summit on Oct. 4.

The event is being held at the headquarters of the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C.

Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS, says the concept for the summit was hashed out during a conversation with Andrea Rutledge, President and CEO of the Construction Management Association of America.

“This is an opportunity to bring together the unique and intelligent group of female leaders in the C-suite that represent building industry-related associations,” Woods said. “This is a very niche group, but it is important for us to come together to learn, share, and grow.”

The NIBS team hand-picked the executives to be invited to the first annual summit.

Already, the response has been incredible, and the plan is to open up the event in 2020 to female business owners and C-suite leaders across the built environment.

“I am overwhelmed by the number of RSVPs and even those who have reached out to say they have a meeting conflict, but they want to be at the next event,” Woods said. “The messages are reinforcing that this was the right idea at the right time, and I’m thankful to my association friends, key members of my leadership network, and an incredible staff team who share my excitement.”

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

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