Our President Deirdre Wadsworth had the opportunity to serve as Keynote Speaker at a recent Totally Trades! event in Westbrook. In her speech, Deirdre focused on the theme “Be Brave” as she challenged the young women in attendance and emphasized how succeeding in a non-traditional career requires being persistent and brave. Deirdre used her own real-life example of frequently being the only young female in a room full of older men. She had to be brave enough to ask questions in that situation, which then inspired others in the room to participate in the discussion and ask questions themselves. At the close of the event, Deirdre led a workshop teaching girls to use power tools to build a toolbox that they were able to take home with them at the end of the event.
Totally Trades!, part of New Ventures Maine, encourages female students to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men. Click here to learn more.