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Swinerton Builders: April 03, 2013

Female Construction Executives Begin Professional Organization for Women in Construction Operations

Sarah Creighton and Holly Cindell of McCarthy in Newport Beach are among a group of pioneering women from Southern California construction, architecture and engineering companies to begin WiOPS - a new professional organization geared specifically toward women in construction operations. Creighton and Cindell were named co-chairman for the new organization, which aims at mentoring women working in the operations side of construction.

"Women make up less than 10% of the construction workforce with an even smaller number in professional and managerial positions," said Sarah Creighton, McCarthy vice president operations, education services. "There are other industry organizations out there for women in construction, but none of them are tailored to women in construction operations roles. We started WiOPS to fill that gap."

The WiOPS founding board members include: Co-chairmen, Holly Cindell and Sarah Creighton, McCarthy; Vice Chairman, Nancy Goldman, Jezowski & Markel; Secretary, Kasie Bowden, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.; Treasurers, Lia Tatevosian, Swinerton Builders and Lucy Villanueva, McCarthy; Membership, Amanda Corbet, McCarthy and Events Coordinator, Shaabini Alford, Murray Company. Other WiOPS members instrumental to the group's founding include: Bernadette Reyes, Clark Construction Group; LaDrena Dansby, USC Capital Construction Development; Elle Navarro and Michelle Garcia, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.; Sammi Maya, McCarthy; Jessica Drake, Swinerton Builders and Kathlynn Smith, Hunt Ortman and founder of SmartGirls and SmartGirls' Guide to Construction Law.

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