Lean In Circles for Union Tradeswomen
Connecting and empowering women in the trades
At the heart of Lean In’s global community are Circles: small groups of women who come together regularly to support each other. And we’re launching a Circles program just for tradeswomen.
About the program
Lean In, North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU), and Build Together are excited to launch a virtual mentorship program to connect and empower women in the trades.
Learn more about what makes this program so special from tradeswomen and NABTU leadership in this video.
How Circles work
We’ll match you in a group of 8 to 10 tradeswomen accross experience levels and trades. You’ll soon have a tight knit support group - and a broader network of tradeswomen participating in the program.
Circles usually meet once a month for 90 minutes. Meetings will happen virtually, which gives you the flexibility to meet at a time that works best for you and your group.
We provide free meeting guides and resources to discuss as a group and help you learn new skills together. Each meeting features content and tools created specifically for women in the trades.
It’s important that tradeswomen have a space to talk about their experiences and to help each other. I wanted to be a part of this program so that women all over can have this support system in place with researched advice and solutions that are specific to our unique careers.
Join the program
Whether you're an apprentice or a journeyman, your Circle is a safe space to connect with other tradeswomen, mentor and support each other, and build skills and confidence to overcome challenges on your jobsite.
Want to take a leadership role in this program? Every Circle has a leader who runs each virtual meeting. Becoming a Circle leader is a great opportunity to develop your leadership and organizing skills. We’ll provide training and everything you need to run successful meetings. If you’re interested, select the Circle Leader box when you sign up.
About the Partnership
Lean In Circles for Union Tradeswomen is a joint initiative from LeanIn.Org, North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU), and Build Together, a workforce development program from Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU).
NABTU is a labor federation of 14 national and international union affiliates and is dedicated to the stability of employment and economic security of organized construction workers in North America.
Build Together is a workforce development program focused on the recruitment and retention of workers from underrepresented portions of the population. It is a program from Canada's Building Trades Union (CBTU)
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