We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 in Las Vegas on March 10-14, 2020.
For the second year in a row, Women of Asphalt held their annual event in conjunction with World of Asphalt. Activities kicked off on Tuesday afternoon with a panel discussion featuring five exceptional ladies: Jess Hughes (Superior Bowen), Dr. Becky McDaniel (Purdue University), Amy Schumacher (The Heritage Group), Isabell Troxell (Ajax Paving), and Marquisha Williams (Milestone Contractors). The room was filled to capacity as Dr. Rita Leahy moderated a lively conversation highlighting recruiting and retaining women, the benefits of having a mentor, and advice for ladies just starting out in the industry. The floor was then opened to a Q&A session during which many in the audience shared personal stories including working for and with women during their careers.
Immediately following the panel discussion activities moved back to the tradeshow floor for what has quickly become the “can’t miss” event of the week, the Women of Asphalt Networking Mixer. We had a record attendance at this year’s event (almost 400 attendees!) which once again featured a photo booth and props, an open bar, and WofA swag (cups, trucker hats, and the coveted souvenir t-shirt). The mixer provided a fun and informal atmosphere to engage with other men and women within the industry and educate attendees about the goals of Women of Asphalt.
A third event was added to the agenda this year. We were honored to have Sarah Fisher as our Keynote Speaker on Wednesday morning. Mrs. Fisher is an accomplished IndyCar driver and business woman. She shared her experiences and keys to success working in a male-dominated industry.
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Thank you to everyone who supported our inaugural event. Women of Asphalt made their debut at World of Asphalt in Houston, Texas, in March 2018. We had a tremendous turnout (see pictures below) at the mixer on Tuesday and lively conversation at the round-table discussion on Wednesday. This was the first of what we hope will become a tradition: bringing together and celebrating WOMEN of ASPHALT.