Workshop: Leadership Foundations for Women in Construction

Identify and apply your natural leadership skills to solve your company’s biggest challenges. 

A 6 hour workshop accredited by the Canadian Construction Association’s Gold Seal Certification Program.

Are you developing your female staff into the leaders the construction industry needs today?

47% of women in construction have never had a female manager or role model.*

  • If you don’t see others like you doing the role, it’s hard to see yourself getting there. 

8 out of 10 women in construction feel left out of industry and company social events.* 

  • Construction is a business built on relationships, and women are being left out. 

Their male counterparts are surpassing women for leadership opportunities. 

  • Across the industry today, it takes longer for a female to get to a leadership position than their male counterparts. 

When women don’t see a progression path, they look for other opportunities.  

  • There is currently a war for talent, and companies can’t afford to lose skilled professionals.

Investing in your female construction professionals 

  • Addresses the war for talent by focusing on employee retention and engagement. Instead of looking externally for talent, prepare your existing staff to step into leadership.

  • Build strong networks by providing your staff with the opportunity to make connections and represent your company.

  • Makes a statement that your organization is taking action to support female leadership in the construction industry.

We are facing a war for talent. It used to be about getting people in the door; now, it’s about engaging that talent. This workshop helped to do that.


Regional Manager, Atlantic, Pomerleau

The war for talent is one of the biggest challenges the construction industry is facing today. 

Ambition Theory understands how stressful this can be. We can help you improve employee retention by developing leaders from the existing talent inside your organization. 

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Ambition Theory includes professional coaching in all of our programs. Our coaches are certified by the International Coach Federation. 

The internal training at my company taught me about leadership skills. The coaching I received from Ambition Theory taught me the behavioural side of things. By combining the two, I learned how to step up and lead others.”


Senior Estimator, PCL Construction, Toronto

Our curriculum is based on the Canadian Construction Association’s Gold Seal standard

Gold Seal Certified (GSC) construction management professionals have attained the highest standard of excellence in the industry, have proven industry experience and are held in the highest regard. Companies that employ GSC professionals are seen as leaders for their commitment to quality and excellence through education, training, and continual skill development.

Canadian Construction Association

When you bring women together, everyone benefits.   

The workshop was so inspiring; it opened up participants’ eyes to opportunities to uplevel their current positions. People were still talking about it three months later. They came out of the session with a whole new perspective of where they could take their careers.

– Stephanie Wallace, Director, Ottawa Construction Association

I originally had some concerns about the training being only for women as I was worried it could perpetuate prejudices against men. However, seeing people like myself in similar roles with similar challenges validated that I wasn’t alone. Being in this setting allowed me to see that some of the traditional barriers women have faced in the construction industry are slowly fading. Don’t get me wrong, there are still barriers to overcome, but they don’t seem as impossible anymore.

– Janice Teale, Municipal Group of Companies, Halifax

Address the war for talent by engaging your female employees

Book a call with us to explore the best time and format for you to host a workshop.

Invite your association members or female staff to attend.

Fill the leadership pipeline with skilled and engaged professionals.

Why invest in women in construction

At Ambition Theory, we know that you want to offer the best education and training for your members and the employees of your organization. To deliver this, you need to provide a return on investment and solve real industry problems. 

The war for talent is a massive problem for the construction industry today. It can make you feel stressed out, overwhelmed and not sure how to proceed. 

The construction industry is booming, and it seems wrong that so much energy and resources are focused on filling roles, instead of delivering projects. 

Ambition Theory understands how stressful this can be. Our programs focus on improving employee retention by developing leaders from the talent that exists inside your organization. Female talent can often be overlooked. We focus on identifying and developing that talent. Our curriculum is designed based on the Canadian Construction Associations Gold Seal standard.

Here’s how it works. Book a call with us to develop a training plan to meet your organization’s goals. Select and invite female professionals to attend the training.  Fill your leadership pipeline with engaged and loyal skilled professionals. 

Address the war for talent in your organization today by investing in the female professionals you already have. Make a statement that your organization is taking action to support female leadership in the construction industry.

Curriculum and Learning Objectives 

Leadership foundations for women in construction


Transactional vs. transformational leadership models. 


How to create opportunities for yourself and others.



Understand your internal motivations and how to inspire other people.


How to influence others and build relationships.


How to manage self-doubt and imposter syndrome. How to think strategically.


To develop a plan to implement what you learned.


Learn from industry experts.



Build relationships with other women in construction.

Learning Outcomes 

After the workshop, people will:

  • Have an understanding of their leadership strengths and how to apply them in their current role.  
  • Have a vision for their career and how it fits in with their company’s goals.
  • Understand why the gender gap exists in the construction industry and why women cannot solve this issue alone.
  • Understand the difference between mentorship and sponsorship and how to find a sponsor for themselves. 
  • Develop an action plan to build relationships inside and outside of their organization. 
  • Be equipped with strategic thinking tools that they can apply at any level of the organization. 
  • Have a strategy to increase their confidence and influence within their organization.

Who’s it for? 

Professional women in construction and related industries at any level who are interested in progressing their careers.

Number of participants 

It is recommended that there is a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 50.

Virtual or in-person workshop delivery 

The workshop can be run in person over a full day or two days, split into 2 3 hour sessions virtually.

Gold Seal Credits 

Participants receive 1 Gold Seal Credit for participating.

Ambition Theory Founder, Andrea Janzen 

Andrea is a Certified Executive Coach with an MBA, the host of the Ambition Theory Podcast, a Forbes contributor and a top-rated speaker.

She is passionate about coaching women in AEC to develop themselves, set leadership goals and get results.  Since 2018, Andrea has coached and trained over 1,000 construction professionals.

*National Association of Women in Construction USA

Professional Coaching & Leadership Training for Women in Construction.

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