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ThomsonAdsett’s Liza Ringdahl was announced as the winner of 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 top honour recognises people who actively promote and encourage the participation and career progression of women in the construction industry. Ringdahl also took out the NAWIC Award for Achievement as a Business Woman (Small Business), which celebrates her pivotal role at the international architecture firm, ThomsonAdsett.

According to Ringdahl, mentoring, peer coaching and leadership can help inspire young women to take up the challenge in a male-dominated industry, and encourage more women to build successful careers.

Ringdahl has used her leadership positions as a Board member, Managing Director of Queensland and Principal of ThomsonAdsett to positively influence policy and organisational operations, and implement a number of forward thinking equity initiatives, including professional mentoring.

She is actively involved in empowering female staff within her professional network to take control of their career progression, health and professional development, to not only achieve, but exceed their career goals. Ringdahl believes that 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.

Ringdahl was also awarded the 2011 QLD UDIA Award for Women in Professional Consultancy Services, and shortlisted for the Telstra Business Women’s Award.