Ann McNeil, Founder and Chairman, NABWIC
BUILDING A STRONGER FOUNDATION
Our focus and desire as contractors is to lay a strong foundation in the construction industry. Henry Kravis, the co-founder of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., a global investment firm with a market cap of approximately $16.5 billion (as of October 2017) once said, If you build that foundation, both the moral and the ethical foundation, as well as the business foundation, and the experience foundation, the building won’t crumble.
In other words, as contractors, it is imperative that we know that the strength of the foundation we lay is pivotal to the structure of any building. We must know that we already possess the ability to finish any building or else the desire to achieve it would not be there. Once you embrace the desire, you must know that you already have the ability to bring it into manifestation; however, we must keep in mind that, the strength of a foundation is just as important for the foundation of any organization, association, or corporation (big or small).
As the results are coming in from NABWIC’s celebration of Women’s History Month, our chapters are experiencing an increase in exposure of our brand, an increased awareness, an increase in memberships and also increased partnerships. This increase in membership and partnerships are the foundation of our organization..
Our members often find it easy to start businesses, but the challenge and opportunity for growth is in the building of the foundation that we lay for our construction businesses. We are finding that the foundation is strengthened with our civic involvement, political awareness, and by providing client support. For example, Deidre Helberg, Group Leader for the New York Area, has experienced an enormous amount of support from local and state politicians for the local NABWIC, NY ‘Hard Hat and Hills’ event.
Needless to say, we are building a stronger foundation of cultural diversity, which enriches us all. We are also building a stronger foundation, on both sides of the aisle and in the also in the middle. This allows our members to build and foster strategic relationships and partnerships among small and large corporations.
To summarize, foundations are critical and are the building blocks for success. Let's get busy and build a strong foundation.