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Thanks to ACI, I’ll be offering a webinar as part of their “Women in Home Performance” series, next Wednesday, November 7, at 9am Pacific / noon Eastern time. Register here.

Reprising a theme I aired first at the Living Future conference this past spring, I’ll be talking about women in green building leadership roles. Titled, “It’s Time to Rise & Shine: an action plan to rise up and prevail!” the webinar will address societal and internal (self-imposed) barriers to women’s leadership, and how to surmount those obstacles with new attitudes, processes, and tools.

Women are born leaders … many just don’t yet know it. Leadership for the new era – where humankind lives in harmony with the natural environment – relies on collaboration and cooperation, not command and control. Women excel at facilitating collaboration and cooperation; we naturally seek to forge consensus and honor the contributions of all. Experience has demonstrated that the highest-performing building projects are the result of effective collaborations, and women are therefore uniquely suited to assuming leadership roles in home performance organizations and projects. In order to achieve our building goals, then, it’s essential that we not hide our lights under a bushel, but rise up and shine. The compelling needs of addressing global climate change have to trump over reticence to assert ourselves.

Join us on November 7 for a lively and provocative discourse on gender roles in our industry. For a little warm-up, you may also want to check out a YouTube channel, “SeeWomenLead,” which I created with help from colleagues Christine Magar and Karen Tucker, along with the other women whose interviews appear there. Of particular interest is Christine’s short video, “It’s Time for Change!

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About the author

green building consultant; owner/founder, Design AVEnues LLC

Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch., LEED AP, is a leading green building consultant, speaker, teacher, and author. Her recent work and award-winning book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, focus on net-zero energy homes. Ann has taught for groups including AIA, USGBC, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. Ann’s consulting clients include major builders, software companies, design firms, developers, public agencies, utilities, investors, and homeowners. She has held key roles on numerous award-winning residential projects of all types.

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