Sisters Program Shines at Women in Industry Conference
Those attending this year's Women in Industry Conference in Galveston, Texas were treated to an in-depth looking at a career as a union carpenter, thanks to the efforts of Central South Carpenters Regional Council Representative Maria Robles. Hundreds of students, high school and college advisors, and employers attended the event and had the opportunity to meet with Maria, who also is chairwoman of the Councilís Sister in the Brotherhood program.
A 20-year veteran of the construction industry, Maria started as a laborer before launching her career with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in 2006 as an apprentice with Local 551 in Texas. She completed her training and became a journeyman carpenter just three years later.
Maria is passionate about helping other women break into the construction industry. She works with women from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana to educate them about the benefits that come with a career as a union carpenter, and the great level of support offered by the Councilís Sisters in the Brotherhood program. Her mission is to help mentor potential carpenters and understand the opportunities for a great career as a professional craftswoman.