Representatives of Women of NATE (WON), an organization within the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), recently met with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Policy Advisor Evan Swartztrauber at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. to exchange views on key industry topics.
The topics of discussion included broadening nationwide telecom career path opportunities, workforce development and training, growth of women in technology, and the opportunities afforded, therein. The Commissioner was also provided with first-hand accounts of women in the telecommunications industry.
“It was an honor to meet with Commissioner Carr to discuss Women of NATE programs, initiatives and opportunities,” stated Andy Lee, chairwoman of the Women of NATE. “We appreciate the leadership role Commissioner Carr is holding at the FCC to streamline wireless infrastructure deployments, promote the expansion of rural broadband and support workforce development initiatives,” added Lee.
In attendance at the meeting were: Lee, vice president of operations, Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc.; Miranda Allen, CEO, Radiofrequency Safety International; Shama Ray, CEO and owner, Above All Tower Climbing; Therese O’Brien, national account executive, TESSCO Technologies; Heather Gastelum, senior manager, National Tower Safety & Operations, T-Mobile; and Paula Nurnberg, chief operating officer, NATE.
The mission of the WON program is to foster an exchange of ideas, expertise and camaraderie among NATE members at all levels. The organization enables all members of NATE to achieve their full potential and contribute to the future development of NATE and the industry NATE serves. This program offers unique opportunities for men and women at all stages of their careers to convene and discuss their experiences and enables men and women to learn from others through partnerships by further delving into NATE’s professional network. WON is a professional initiative that champions the advancement of men and women across all NATE member disciplines by promoting leadership, recognizing excellence, and positioning women to be at the forefront of the evolving telecommunications industry. WON participation is open to all NATE members.
“Safety was at the forefront of all topics throughout the discussion,” said Allen. “Ultimately, WON wants to provide women equal access, embrace opportunities and ensure all industry personnel come home safely at the end of the day,” added Allen.