Amanda King, the leadership coach on the Foreman’s Development and Leadership Training NECA team is encouraged and inspired by NECA’s efforts to support women and make them feel valued.
Amanda’s advice for women entering the workforce: “Go all in. If you make a sincere commitment to this industry, the industry will make a sincere commitment to you. Learn all you can, surround yourself with positive people who inspire you to be better, be your authentic self, and take time to recharge and refuel.”
“As a woman of color, without an electrical background, I was amazed at the support I received and the encouragement to keep pressing forward in the industry,” she says. “I was welcomed with open arms, dignity and respect. This was, without a doubt, the best decision I could have made.”
She describes the women NECA works with as “powerful” and encourages NECA to continue holding a “space for their voices to be heard and valued.”
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) of Sacramento, which also serves Reno and Redding, has long been a champion of women in the construction and electrical industry.
Since 2009, NECA has supported and encouraged women to serve in leadership spaces by offering resources relating to education, workforce development and networking, including the formation of Women in NECA (WIN).