The Importance of the PWB

I Sipped. I Painted.
Here’s why the PWB is so important to our industry.

We got a first-hand recap from Kerry Brunn on the PWB’s most recent networking/charity fundraising event as well as what the PWB means to her! The Fairfield County Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is an affiliate group of the HBRA dedicated to supporting the professional development of women in the home building industry through monthly meetings, seminars, charitable work and networking opportunities wherein they educate each other on trends in the marketplace and tips to improve their skills and their businesses.

On October 26th, I had the privilege of attending the PWB’s Paint & Sip event hosted by Interstate + Lakeland Lumber in Westport. Our night began with some fine wine and progressed into a wonderful evening of many unique women all painting the same rose – but like each woman there, each painting was different, exemplifying their truly individual abilities and perspectives.

Another benefit of this educational night was a tour of the new Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s Design Center. The new state of the art showroom – built in the same space where the original wood working shop began in 1922 – makes it easy for builders, designers, architects, and homeowners to find the right fit for their project. The showroom features windows, doors, custom millwork and more! The topping on the night was the generous contributions to the Westport Women’s Club. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to all aspects of the evening, as well as a thank you to Interstate + Lakeland Lumber for hosting us!

The PWB is so important in our traditionally male dominated industry for many reasons. In my role at the HBRA of Fairfield County, I get an intimate view of the businesses and goals of our builders and affiliates. Here’s a few reasons why the PWB’s importance stands out to me.

NETWORKING – In a business where referrals and working with trusted professional colleagues is vital to growth and survival, the PWB provides monthly interaction with motivated women who want to grow their businesses, develop long-lasting relationships, and make their mark on this industry. It’s so beneficial to be able to share stories with someone who may be experiencing a similar business or professional problem or has been there before and has some knowledge to impart.

EDUCATION – The PWB is dedicated to developing our members so they can be prepared to assist in efforts spearheaded by their business or affiliate industry associations. The PWB does this by offering education and training programs which focus on professional and leadership development, as well as industry related information.

CHARITABLE CAUSES – Personal and professional growth is dependent on developing all aspects of a person. The fulfillment experienced working on PWB’s charitable efforts such as their Circle of Care, Art from the Heart project, is something that cannot be replicated. This past year, they have completed 2 room renovations for children who are undergoing cancer treatment. Seeing how each woman can utilize her unique talents to provide a difference in the life of these children gives me perspective and motivation to want to do more in my life, in my business and with other women along the way.

The council meets the third Thursday of each month except for July and August. If you are interested in joining, or attending your first meeting, please contact us here. You can attend your first meeting with no obligation to join.

I hope to see you at our next event!

Kerry Brunn | Executive Officer, HBRA Fairfield County