A Queensland Construction Manager has officially taken out the 2019 NAWIC National Crystal Vision Award, hailed for her tireless work in providing women the assistance and encouragement they need to advance their careers in the construction industry.
The National Association of Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) National Crystal Vision Award aims to recognise a female, male, organisation or group who actively promotes and encourages participation and career progression of women in the construction industry.
Cris Munoz, a Construction Manager in the Queensland Multiplex business, was presented the award at the Victorian Awards for Excellence ceremony last Friday.
Open to Crystal Vision Award Winners from each State and Territory, the National Crystal Vision Award is the highest honour bestowed to an Australian NAWIC individual or corporate member.
Since winning the 2018 Queensland Crystal Vision Award, Cris has used her influence to develop a program that will improve female retention rates and increase the number of women in senior management roles in the industry.
Cris is also a role model, diversity champion and mentor and is actively involved in advocating for women with numerous associations in the construction industry.
The judges congratulated Cris on her outstanding leadership, advocacy and her commitment to driving much-needed change within the industry.
In commenting on the announcement, Cris said: “I’m honoured to receive the National Crystal Vision Award and to stand alongside the many talented women that the NAWIC awards recognise across the country. Construction is such a dynamic and exciting industry to work within and I’m passionate about making sure women have access to the opportunities and the support they need to fulfil their career aspirations.”
NAWIC National Board Member, Christina Yiakkoupis, praised Cris’ contribution to the construction industry.
“Organisations in the construction industry need to be paying attention to incredible women like Cris Munoz,” she said.
“Cris isn’t sitting back and accepting the industry as it is with low representation of women, especially in senior management roles, but is instead leading change through positive initiatives.”
A Highly Commended Award was also presented to inspirational businesswoman and influencer, Mary Linnell.
Mary, the founder and Managing Director of Easy Glass Services, based in Darwin, works tirelessly to inspire and motivate women and girls to pursue a construction career through mentoring, speaker engagements and ongoing advocacy work.