The ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network welcomed many new faces at this month’s networking luncheon, held on Thursday Feb. 5th at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill. Barbara Alleman, former president of the National Association of Women in Construction, spoke to attendees about her experience breaking into the male dominated construction industry in the 1960s and 70s.
Having started out as an office administrator in a small construction company, Alleman learned how to read specs, and maneuver a world filled with big budgets, unpaid government contracts, and challenging egos. Alleman reminded attendees to reach beyond their grasp. She shared the story of the time she took the leap into self employment after confronting her boss about not paying her what she was worth.
“When I told my boss I wanted more money, he told me to leave. Of course, I felt justified in the coming year when he realized his mistake, and asked me to come back and name my salary.” -Barbara Alleman
But by that point, Ms. Alleman had already realized her potential, and used her hard-earned knowledge of the construction industry to found Impact Construction, Inc. She leveraged her professional network and NAWIC leadership role to gain crucial publicity and valuable insight into money saving programs within her industry.
a Barbara Alleman “I had a baby and had to quit my job. That’s just the way it was in the 70s.” Thanks for paving the way for #Businesswomen
— ABWA New Orleans (@ABWA_NewOrleans) February 5, 2015
The winner of February’s President’s Certificate of Merit was Amy Landry, of Wiloz Consulting. Click here for more info.