Oatey Women’s Resource Network Educates on Careers in Construction with Book Reading at Douglas MacArthur Girls Leadership Academy

Conducted on International Women's Day, the event involved reading the new children's book, The House That She Built, and leading students through a hands-on STEM activity. 


CLEVELAND, MARCH 8, 2023 — Oatey Co., a leading manufacturer in the plumbing industry since 1916, hosted a special children's book reading and hands-on STEM activity at the Douglas MacArthur Girls Leadership Academy in Cleveland, OH, on International Women's Day.

The event was organized by Oatey's Women's Resource Network (WRN), an associate resource group dedicated to women's professional, personal, and leadership development. A new children's book, The House That She Built, educates young readers about the people and skills that go into building a home. The book tells the true story of a home built by all female tradespeople.

Through the pages of The House That She Built, Douglas MacArthur students in Pre-K through 3rd grade discovered the various construction trades involved in building a home. One by one, they learned about the architect, framer, roofer, plumber, HVAC technician, and many more.

In addition to the book reading, 12 WRN members, including Oatey Co. Senior Vice President, Brand and Digital Marketing, Katherine Lehtinen, who sits on The House that She Built Executive Leadership Council, led the students in a hands-on STEM activity.

"The Women’s Resource Network is proud to promote women in the building trades and to educate young students about these underrepresented careers through a relatable children's book like The House That She Built," says Amanda Keiber, co-chair of the WRN and Director, Corporate Communications, Oatey Co. "It was also a joy to lead the girls through activities that serve as an introduction to the vast opportunities for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields."


Since 1916, Oatey has provided reliable, high-quality products for the residential and commercial plumbing industries, with a commitment to delivering quality, building trust and improving lives. Today, Oatey operates a comprehensive manufacturing and distribution network to supply thousands of products for professional builders, contractors, engineers and do-it-yourself consumers around the world.

Oatey is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and has locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. For more information, visit www.oatey.com, call (800) 321-9532 or follow Oatey on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram.


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