Empowering Women in their Construction Careers feat. Nour Hachem-Fawaz

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Our guest this week on the Build Our Future Podcast (Ep. 35) is Nour Hachem-Fawaz, founder and president of the non-profit Build A Dream. She is also the host of the “Perfectly Unfiltered” podcast.

Nour founded Build A Dream in 2014, when she realized something needed to be done to encourage more young females to consider careers in the more predominantly male industries. The goal of Build A Dream was to gather all of the stakeholders – be it industry, education, family, peers, mentors – to contribute to assisting young women to make more informed decisions regarding their careers and their futures.

Nours mission is not only to help young women, but also to guide minorities who may not have access to the opportunities they need, and women who are living by social assistance, towards much more fulfilling and fruitful work lives.

What you will learn:

  • What got Nour started in following this path?
  • How did Nour’s mother inspire her to have high ambitions?
  • Why do young people need to be exposed to more career options than their families or school teach them about?
  • Why is creative marketing so effective?
  • What kind of events does Build A Dream host?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected Nour’s work, and the Build A Dream live events?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the skilled trades?
  • What can companies do to ensure that they have more diverse and inclusive employees?
  • What are the common misconceptions regarding the professional abilities of women?
  • How can industries benefit from acknowledging their mistakes?
  • How does the future look for skilled trade industries?

They said what?

  • “Feeling like you have that power in the decision-making process, that power in moving your life forward can have a significant impact.” – Nour Hachem-Fawaz
  • “Build A Dream started at the thought that, if we started very young and empowering young women and giving them the power of choice, and connecting them with the resources and tools in the network they needed to make those informed decisions, then we could equip them with financial independence, with confidence, and with the career path that can lead them on a really strong and successful journey.” – Nour Hachem-Fawaz
  • “We know that there’s conditioning at a very young age where young women feel that they need to help that, they want to make a difference. “ – Nour Hachem-Fawaz
  • “How do we shift that whole mindset and really speak the language and empower young woman to see beyond their gender and empower the industry to attract more women and not focus on gender?” – Nour Hachem-Fawaz
  • “Making mistakes is really good because it only brings you closer to your goal.” – Nour Hachem-Fawaz
  • “We try to build her confidence – empower her to believe that it’s okay to make mistakes, surround her with role models and mentors. Empower her parents or her guardians to support her, so that if she chooses to go into that tech classroom, and she’s one of two females in that classroom, she’s not intimidated and leaves the class and decides to go into a different career pathway altogether.” – Nour Hachem-Fawaz
  • “One thing that we often hear from every event, the thing that they love most, is hearing stories from female role models that are very honest and transparent about their path. Then they tell us that once they see other women succeed, they feel that there’s a chance for them to succeed.” – Nour Hachem-Fawaz
  • “While COVID has disrupted a lot of industries, the skilled trades are actually thriving and doing really well. It’s actually really busy.” – Nour Hachem-Fawaz
  • The more we normalize the recruitment and awareness piece, and then the more companies are recognizing that we do need to shift the way workplaces are designed so that more people feel a sense of belonging.” – Nour Hachem-Fawaz
  • “When I look my kids in the eye, I want them to know that I made a difference in this world, and then I hopefully left it a little bit better than when I entered. So I always want any career that I pursue to really give me that inner satisfaction.” -Nour Hachem-Fawaz

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Mentioned in this episode:

Perfectly Unfiltered Podcast
Build A Dream
Build A Dream E-mail

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