|Female carpenters joined together for the UBC Sisters in the Brotherhood Conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada.|
Published On: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Authored by: Susan Schultz, Chair of Sisters in the Brotherhood, Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters
Last month, nearly 500 female carpenters joined together for the UBC Sisters in the Brotherhood Conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 26 to 29. The female carpenters came from across the United States and Canada. The conference’s primary focus was to provide them with an opportunity to network and expand their skills by offering access to eight separate workshops.
Kicking off the conference was keynote speaker General President Douglas McCarron. Held in the International Training Center, workshops took place both collectively and in breakout sessions. Topics of discussion included health and fitness, mentorship and becoming a union leader. Secretary Ava Dejoie and Oregon Commissioner-elect Val Hoyle led a great discussion during the Women in the Workplace Panel. Towards the end of each day, sisters finished with caucuses based on districts, trade and interests. The women also had time to network at receptions that were held during the week.
“The experience was definitely influential because the sisters walked away with new goals for themselves and the union council,” said Layla Bibi, instructor at the Edison Training Center. The UBC holds the Sisters in the Brotherhood Conference every three years.