ThomsonAdsett’s Liza Ringdahl has taken out the prestigious National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Queensland Laing O’Rourke Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry. The award was announced as part of the 2015 State Awards held on the weekend.
The top honour recognises people who actively promote and encourage the participation and career progression of women in the construction industry.
Liza also took out the NAWIC Award for Achievement as a Business Woman (Small Business), which celebrates her pivotal role in the development and growth of international architecture firm, ThomsonAdsett.
Liza says she is humbled to be recognised for her ongoing contribution to the industry.
“I’m honoured to win such a special award. My personal mantra is to lead by example. I believe that in a male-dominated industry, the mentoring, peer coaching and leadership can help inspire young women to take up the challenge, and see more women gain successful and inspiring careers,” Liza says.
Through her leadership positions as a Board member, Managing Director of Queensland and Principal of ThomsonAdsett, Liza has been able to positively influence policy, organisational operations and implement a number of forward thinking equity initiatives, including professional mentoring.
“I am actively working towards empowering female staff within my professional network to take control of their career progression, health, and professional development, to not only achieve, but exceed their career goals,” she says.
“This focus on training and education initiatives is bringing a positive change in the staff culture and future direction of the firm, helping to attract talented and driven female architects.
“I’m dedicated to advancing the role of females not only in ThomsonAdsett, but the industry as a whole.”
Liza was also awarded the 2011 QLD UDIA Award for Women in Professional Consultancy Services, and shortlisted for the Telstra Business Women’s Award.