ORANGE COUNTYCalifornia. , March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Construction Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC), a leading advocate for thousands of building industry leaders who are committed to a better future for California building communities, creating jobs and ensuring housing opportunities for everyone, recently held its 7th Annual Orange County Women’s Leadership Conference at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

This annual event was launched with the aim of providing a regular opportunity for the men and women of homebuilding to come together, share ideas, work together and ensure that the homebuilding industry remains inclusive and welcoming for all in the years to come. This year was a particularly successful conference, with over 500 attendees and three incredibly inspiring speakers. Keep reading for more information on the keynote speakers and their chosen topics:

Nathalie Grumet cheated death not once, but twice. After being in remission for more than 10 years from a very aggressive form of breast cancer, Natalie was nearly killed in the 2017 mass shooting in Vegas, taking a bullet in the face. However, rather than give in to either of these difficulties, she is now focused on sharing the coping mechanisms she has developed over the past decade to help others break down walls, achieve their full potential and overcome adversity, mechanisms she shared with conference participants.

Another cancer survivor, Hayley Arceneaux served as chief medical officer on Inspiration4, making her the first person with a prosthesis, the first survivor of childhood cancer and the youngest American to ever go into space. Along with her already inspiring life story, Hayley also shared how her space mission managed to garner more than $240 million for St. Jude’s Hospital.

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is a keynote speaker on emotional intelligence, thought leader in leadership, peak performance expert and co-author of New York Times bestseller, Performing Under Pressure. As an expert in this field, Dr. Pawliw-Fry spoke about emotional intelligence in the workplace. His presentation also included a hands-on approach like open-ended exercises with breaks to allow participants to interact with each other.

“I couldn’t be happier with how this conference went and the impact it had,” said Eric Nelson, president of the Orange County BIA chapter. “Having amazing speakers with such compelling stories has truly inspired everyone and set a wonderful example and tone as we move forward this year.”

The Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) is the voice of the region’s building industry, with four chapters offering localized services to building professionals from Ventura at the southern tip of Orange County. Throughout its 99-year history, the association has served its builders and associate members by anticipating, protecting and promoting their common interests through its many programs, services, councils and committees. For more information on the Building Industry Association of Southern Californiato visit

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