Vicki O'Leary General Organizer Safety/Diversity at Ironworkers International
Vicki O’Leary joined the Ironworkers International in January 2016. Since that time she became Chair of the North American Building Trades Union (NABTU) Tradeswomen's Committee. She is a 34-year member out of Local #1 in Chicago. She completed her triple major Bachelor of Arts degree in Union Leadership & Administration, Labor Education & Labor Studies from the National Labor College in 2008 and her Master of Arts Degree at Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership in 2012. In 2018 she graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program and completed the Cornell National Labor Leadership Initiative (NLLI). As a General Organizer for Diversity she passionately strives for equal opportunity for all minorities and women within the building trades as well as the safety and health for all ironworkers.
LORIEN BARLOW, DIRECTOR - PRODUCER
Barlow began developing Hard Hatted Woman in 2013 and has since then interviewed dozens of tradeswomen from all over the country and ventured onto construction sites from coast to coast to film them working. Production has brought her to tradeswomen communities in Chicago, Sacramento, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Boston, Portland, Pittsburgh, Beaumont, and New York City. She has traveled to national conferences to met industry leaders, labor activists, and advocates from tradeswomen organizations, while building strategic impact partnerships for Hard Hatted Woman. She is a regularly sought-out speaker on tradeswomen’s issues before industry audiences. She is a regular guest at the Women Build Nations conference and has delivered keynotes at ENR's 2016 Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference and the Autodesk University Summit in 2018, in addition to numerous other panels and presentations. She has also appeared on HuffPost Live and ConTechCrew podcast, and been interviewed in the Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, and various trade journals. Hard Hatted Woman is her first feature film.