September 19, 2017

Women Join Forces at Greenbuilding Conference in Latin America

Ingersoll Rand women from Latin America represented the company at the 8th annual Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference and Expo in August in São Paulo.

Ingersoll Rand sponsored the Women in Green Power Breakfast at the event, which recognized the growth and impact of women in making sustainability a core principle in construction.

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Patrícia Corrêa, marketing manager for Compression Technologies and Services and co-chair of Ingersoll Rand's Women's Employee Network (WEN) in Latin America, presented the steps Ingersoll Rand has taken to expand the role of women.

"It was a great opportunity to inspire and empower more women to strengthen their participation as industry leaders," Corrêa said. "I am enthusiastic about this issue. I have been part of WEN since 2015 and I'm committed to being an agent of transformation inside and outside of the company. I am happy to motivate other women and help to encourage men to participate in this journey, too."

Corrêa also led a discussion among a prestigious panel that included: Thassanee Wanick (founder of Green Building Council and Consul of Thailand), Kimberly Lewis (senior vice president of Green Building U.S.), Diana Meirelles da Motta (director of Political Accessibility and Urban Plan of National Secretary of Accessibility and Urban Programs, Ministry of Cities) and Maíra Macedo, (Institutional and Governmental Relations manager of Green Building Council Brasil).

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"We were very proud to support this event, which brought together high-profile women in the field of construction to encourage, inspire, guide and motivate other women," said Maria Blase, president of HVAC and Transport Latin America, executive sponsor of the WEN Latin America, and founding member of Ingersoll Rand's Progressive, Diverse and Inclusive (PDI) board.

"It offered our employees a great opportunity to network with local companies and draw attention to the growing role of women in business, which is an issue that deserves our attention and support," Blase said.

The Green Building Council Brasil, which organized the entire conference, is a non-governmental organization (NGO) created in 2007 with the support of more than 800 associated companies, among them Ingersoll Rand and Trane. 

Its purpose is to promote sustainable construction in Brazil. During the three-day conference, industry leaders from several fields discussed topics ranging from sustainable neighborhoods as catalysts for change in construction, to the Paris Climate Agreement and the environmental certification of buildings.

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