Not Your Typical Networking Event

In May Hereva held our first networking event around a topic women in our industry can all relate to: From Site to Night – How do You Navigate a Day That Begins at a Construction Site and Ends at a Gala? We co-hosted the event with SmithGroup at the gorgeous Steelcase WorkLife Center in Boston’s Seaport.

This for-women, by-women gathering was an attempt to move beyond a typical networking event and foster new, meaningful connections through meaningful conversations. For part of the evening we set aside mingling as a large group and participated in break-out sessions for small group discussions. In addition to sharing some of our favorite wardrobe hacks, conversation starters included open ended questions about mentorship, barriers to leadership and other challenges faced by women in the work place. It was enlightening, reassuring, and empowering to talk about what it means to be a woman in the male-dominated A/E/C Industry and to hear the perspectives of our peers.

Several attendees asked if this event would become a series. We had so much fun planning and hosting it and it’s very gratifying to know that the women who were there got so much out of it. So, will there be a part two? You just never know, stay tuned!

Here are some of our favorite websites, tips and tricks for wardrobe hacks that came out of some of the discussions:

MM Lafleur opened a new store on Newbury St. Fantastic, well-tailored clothes perfect for business travel.  Not inexpensive but worth getting a few clutch pieces.

Rent the Runway is a great way to get a few new pieces a month.  If you love the pieces you can buy them.

People still like Stitch Fix!

Blow Dry Bar 
This is great in a pinch, or just as a treat! You can pre-pay for twice a month and it is a luxury to have if you want to fit a lunch hour workout into your busy day, but then need to get to an event or meeting.

Rothy’s flats are comfortable!
We all complained about heels and how they hurt our feet, but comfortable, stylish flats can be just as hard to find! And did you know that Rothy’s are also sustainable? They are made out of recycled plastic!