March 7th- 14th

Join us for virtual women build week! Uplift women in our community, enjoy classes taught by local female business owners and help us raise money for our Saco build!

Strong Foundation- $50
Strong Foundation registration includes access to all Women Build Week events, a "Woman Who Inspires" spot on our website to honor a woman in your life, a crowdfunding page to raise funds for our Saco home, a Habitat goody bag with a special Women Build t-shirt, and an exclusive Women Build Day in the Spring.
Window of Hope- $25
Window of Hope registration includes access to all virtual Women Build Week events, a "Women Who Inspire" spot on our website to honor a woman in your life, an opportunity to create your own fundraising page for our Saco build, a goody bag with a Habitat Build t-shirt and other swag!
Sheltering Roof- $10
Sheltering Roof registration includes access to all virtual Women Build Week events, a "Women Who Inspire" spot on our website to honor a woman in your life, and a fundraising page to help raise money for our Saco Build.
Brick Layer- Free
Create a fundraising page and receive access to all virtual events.

Meet the Women Teaching Classes!

Tiffany Lathrop- Daily Sweat, Owner 

Tell us about your business?

The Daily Sweat is a yoga and barre studio focused on helping individuals and families find health,

wellness and community. Our mission is to ensure that every person that walks through our doors

feels welcomed, safe and inspired through a balanced wellness program that will stretch,

strengthen and get your heart pumping.

Tell us what being a business owner means to you and what led you to become a business owner?

 Being a business owner means being the mama bear to my team. I care deeply for every single one of them and their families, I feel responsible to give them a safe and happy place to work and I am committed to helping them grow and achieve their goals. 

As a female business owner, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?

 I've honestly felt fortunate to be a female business owner, there is a lot of support out there if you look for it. I try to support other female business owners through speaking up about their businesses as well, we're all a team. The two hardest parts have been getting our AV equipment just right and when an item wasn't working convincing the AV team that I knew what the problem was (it took them 9 months to listen to me) and keeping our construction team on schedule during buildout. We ended up having a friend come up and finish so we could open on time. 

How do you stay motivated?

 In the beginning it was easy, the energy of being there just got me more and more excited and I pushed myself harder and harder. We found out we were having twins at the end of last February and between that and the pandemic, I have to continually check in with myself. I promoted one of our front desk team members to manager and she has been amazing - she keeps my energized, engaged and it's been really fun to have someone bounce ideas off of. 

What do you love most about your job?

I love watching people grow as teachers. I love teaching them what has taken me over a decade to learn and I love being part of them fall in love with their job. 

Who inspired you and why?

 I used to practice and teach alongside a gentleman in Denver, CO. I can still feel his energy and specifically this one class where we were doing sun salutations to the song "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida. He just made you want to work hard when your legs felt they'd crumble below you - I wanted to inspire that in people. 

How can we be a support system to the female business owners in our lives?

We need to talk about one another - shop at their stores, take pictures, share them with our friends - we need to be part of one another's stories. 

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Emily Ingwersen- Ginger Hill Design + Build

 

Tell us about your business?

Ginger Hill Design + Build is a family run firm dedicated to building beautiful, efficient homes that are low maintenance, low cost to operate and accessible to the average consumer.  

Tell us what being a business owner means to you and what led you to become a business owner?

Being a business owner had always been a dream of mine, I am a hardworking entrepreneur at heart and when my husband and I moved back to Maine from British Columbia the time seemed right for us to start Ginger Hill Design + Build from scratch.  When I was pregnant with our second child I made the further leap of dedicating myself full time to this venture which has allowed our family flexibility while our children are young.  I love being in a leadership position and having control over the work that I do.

As a female business owner, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?

Being a female business owner in a male dominated field is not always easy.  It has taken time for some people to take me seriously in this industry and to respect my knowledge and capabilities.  Some of the most frustrating moments come when folks want to speak to my husband, assuming that he is in charge or more knowledgeable than me.  I think the biggest barrier is the fact that I feel that I have to prove myself and work extra hard to excel at my work, especially as compared to men in the field.  That can be exhausting and its definitely unfair but I am at a point now, after being in business for over ten years, where I finally feel comfortable, confident and accepted at my seat at the table.  It is my hope that as more of these seats are filled with women the path towards normalcy in the industry will become more clear for our future female builders!

How do you stay motivated?

 

The nature of our work is constantly changing so there are always new challenges that motivate me to stay engaged.  I love my work and feel very lucky to be able to pursue it.  One of the biggest motivators is the creativity required for each project, whether we are working on a unique site, talking about design or managing a budget there are always opportunities for creative solutions and problem solving, which is my favorite part of this work.

What do you love most about your job?

Besides the creativity involved, another thing I love about my work is the people.  Working on someone’s home is a unique and intimate relationship that requires trust and good communication.  I enjoy forming a bond with our clients and helping them realize their dreams.  I also love working with all of our subcontractors and suppliers, there are so many talented and interesting folks in our field and it has been great to get to know many of them over the years.

Who inspired you and why?

 

When I worked as a marine engineer I had a mentor on the boat, Perry, who really inspired me to pursue my dreams, especially in a male dominated field.  He took me seriously, taught me well and showed me that I could do what I wanted to do even if many others thought I couldn’t.  If it weren’t for him I don’t know if I would have developed the confidence needed to plunge into a career like this.

 

How can we be a support system to the female business owners in our lives?

There are lots of ways we can support female business owners, better access to healthcare and universal access to childcare would go a long way to help women be able to start and maintain businesses.  Advocating for these essential services helps everyone, but especially helps women entrepreneurs.  We also need to take women in non-traditional careers seriously and change the good old boys club dynamic that is often in place.  I will never forget a client I had who was a female powerhouse attorney speaking up for me in a meeting with a vendor who was treating me poorly due to my gender, she refused to use his services and really showed me how to demand respect.  We can all be on the lookout for these behaviors and call them out when we notice them, which will hopefully go a long way to changing the culture as we know it now.

Dava Davin Portside Real Estate Group, Founder + CEO

 

 

Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur?

I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to be the sole owner of the largest female-owned

real estate company in Maine. I don’t follow direction well, I have a lot of ideas and I am comfortable

with taking risks, so following the path to become an entrepreneur made sense! I am honored to be

able to create jobs, lift people up and give back to Mainers.

As a female business owner, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?

The biggest challenge early was letting go of my limiting beliefs. Somewhere around the pre-teen

years many girls lose their confidence and for me that carried into adulthood. Once I was able to

overcome that I realized how powerful I was.

How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?

I wasn’t born motivated. I became more motivated the more I accomplished! As a four-time ironman

finisher, I realized that a middle-age non-athlete can accomplish anything by believing in themselves

and following a plan! This translates into being successful as an entrepreneur, seeing the positive impact of the business motivates me to do more, learn more, give more.

 

What do you love most about your job?

I love working with my team and bringing a fresh idea to reality. Many smart people have great business ideas, but a small percentage actually follow through on them. With our strong team, the ability to be flexible and nimble, and with taking action every day, we are able to accomplish great things. I absolutely love it!

 

Who inspired you and why?

My inspiration comes from my parents who were extremely passionate about their work in early childhood education. They were incredibly hard workers and dedicated to making the world a better place for children. They are my biggest supporters and always championed any crazy idea I have had along the way. 

How can we be a support system to the female business owners in our lives?

I love to encourage women to go after a position that they have the potential to be great at. Historically, women are offered roles based on their past experience, while men have more opportunity to be hired for jobs based on their perceived potential and not necessarily their experience. One of my big drivers is to help women unleash their potential and believe in themselves, with that and the discipline to hustle, anything is possible.

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Jamie Trillo- Home Loan Originator/ Mortgage Consultant

 

 

Tell us about your business?

I am a home loan originator/mortgage consultant in Southern Maine/New Hampshire.

Tell us what being a business owner means to you and what led you to become a business owner?

I have been in the banking industry for the greater part of about 15 years. I worked for a local

financial institution for about a  decade and became interested in focusing on home loans

specifically without the additional responsibilities that comes with a role in the banking industry. 

I may be a little unique from the others. I do not own the mortgage company, Loan Depot, that

I work for. I do, however, work independently on a commissioned basis, not salaried. I am able

to call the shots on how much business I want to attract, how I market my services as well as

how I build relationships within my community—much like many self employed individuals.

As a female business owner, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?

 

Let’s face it, this is a heavily competitive profession. I wouldn’t say that my struggles growing my business are gender specific, I feel the toughest part has been learning where to focus my energy in networking and community groups. Learning where my efforts were best suited took a number of years. It’s very easy to spread yourself thin trying to establish as many relationships and  grow your business but once you really get focused on how to best organize your time and energy it’s much easier.

How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?

Motivation to me comes from helping others realize their goals. There is something so rewarding in helping folks work through the steps to homeownership which sometimes includes credit building, helping set a budget to save money, etc.   Staying motivated is keeping my “giving” cup full.

What do you love most about your job?

 

Helping individuals and families make their way HOME. Being the one who assists folks reach financial goal of becoming a homeowner is so much fun!

How can we be a support system to the female business owners in our lives?

I believe we build each other up—encourage one another, be a sounding board and also look for opportunities to support one another’s businesses.

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