Stonewater Roofing is proud to support women by offering them a wide variety of careers in the typically male-dominated roofing industry. In addition, the company now has teamed up with National Women in Roofing to help develop the organization’s new East Texas council.
When most people think of roofing, they imagine strong men with hammers and shingles. But that is not always the case. Women are a key part of the industry. Inspections. Insurance claims. Construction. In every step of the roofing process, females play a vital role. This has been the case with Stonewater Roofing for the past decade.
“Stonewater has always strived to be inclusive,” explained Dianna Gregg, the company’s Director of Operations. “We have women on the office staff, at the executive table, and at the construction site. There is nothing that stops a female from holding these positions. In fact, it benefits us to have a variety of viewpoints at all levels of the company.”
For instance, Tayler Burkett is one of Stonewater Roofing’s newest hires. As a project manager, she reports to work sites across East Texas. Burkett ensures that all crews properly install new roofs on homes. The job requires strong leadership skills. “I don’t think that females come short of many things. We’re as capable as men,” she said.
National Women in Roofing took notice. The volunteer group consists of nearly 1,500 members across the nation. It aims to advance the careers of female roofing professionals. They provide networking, mentoring and education opportunities for women in all areas of the roofing industry.
This is done, in part, through local councils. Many have already been established in cities nationwide such as DFW, Houston and Austin. However, none yet exist in East Texas. National Women in Roofing is looking to change that by forming a council in Tyler. So, the group worked with Gregg and Stonewater Roofing for help.
“I was really excited to get approved. The council is already forming and I’m eager to get started,” Gregg said. “Stonewater Roofing has long supported women within our company. We are honored to continue that trend throughout the entire roofing industry here in East Texas.”
The council will regularly meet to discuss issues that impact women in the industry. They will have a chance to connect with their peers, exchange ideas and express concerns. Above all else, members are encouraged to work together and empower each other. “The main goal is to support and inspire members in their careers,” Gregg added.
“We expect a number of meetings and activities to be announced soon,” stated Gregg. Recruitment events are also being planned for those who wish to join the East Texas council. However, the first few meetings will be held online due to COVID-19. Visit the National Women in Roofing website for updates.
“This is an exciting new chapter for women in the roofing industry,” Gregg said, “and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”