Abbie Clary, a director of our health practice, will present at the Women in Design + Construction (WiDC) Conference in Rancho Mirage, California on Nov. 8 at 2:20 p.m. The session, titled “How To Lead and Influence: Making Gender Stereotypes Work For You,” is part of the conference’s Leadership Talk series. Read the full session description below:

Studies have shown that many of the ideal characteristics exhibited by the best leaders happen to be personality traits historically associated with women: empathy, vulnerability, humility, etc. Inspired by “Between Venus and Mars: 7 Traits of True Leaders,” this presentation will highlight women in leadership roles that exemplify each of these traits and why that makes them a successful leader. Using diverse examples of women leaders—some historic, some famous, and some perhaps relatively unknown to the audience — the content will be relatable on both a personal and professional level. Putting a spotlight on each person’s influential trait, the presentation will reveal why this characteristic is special in leadership and what makes it meaningful — to her colleagues, families, friends, and the world. Presented with concrete examples and tools to inform their own leadership styles, attendees will feel inspired and motivated at the conclusion of the session. This session will address the following question: How can we capitalize on our “feminine” traits to help define our own leadership sweet spot between Venus and Mars?

WiDC, sponsored by Building Design+Construction, is a two-day event that brings leading AEC women professionals together to discuss the tough issues women face in this fast-paced and highly competitive industry. To register for the conference, please visit the official website.