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Children’s book author Oriel Selver releases new song, “Hammers and Nails”

Author: By Todeline Defralien

Children book author, Oriel Selver recently announced the release of her song, “Hammers and Nails” which debuted on all streaming platforms on Friday, July 14th,

This catchy tune was specifically written to accompany her children’s book, “Connie loves Construction.”
Listeners are asked to get ready to groove to the electrifying beats of “Hammers and Nails” which was written by Oriel Selver. This single is beautifully sung by dbeezey and expertly produced by mtechmusic. Listeners are asked to be prepared to be blown away by the synergy of their talents as they deliver an unforgettable musical experience that will have kids and adults alike dancing.

In an exclusive interview with The SUN, the 34-year-old who is owner/ construction manager for Selver & Co Construction Services said, this song celebrates the incredible work that construction workers do every day. She said it’s her hope that the combination of the book and the song will inspire children to be curious about the world around them, embrace their imagination, and perhaps even consider a future career in construction.“I had an absolute blast composing “Hammers and Nails,” and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. If you haven’t met Connie, she’s a spirited and curious little girl who adores everything about construction sites. With her hard hat on and toy tool belt secured, she embarks on a thrilling adventure through a world of fantastic machines, bricks, and all things construction-related. For this delightful
book, I wrote “Hammers and Nails” with the intention to capture the excitement and wonder that children experience when surrounded by the world of construction. It’s a joyful, upbeat anthem that will have little ones tapping their feet and singing along in no time,” she said.

Oriel Selver launched her first children’s book, ‘Connie Loves Construction’ during an official launch and book signing event held on Saturday February 4th, 2023 at Grace Bay Market Place, Providenciales. With this new book, she hopes to encourage young women/ women to gain interest in the construction industry.

Selver, who is a member of the National Association for Women in Construction Atlanta Chapter, said she came up with the idea to write this song after traveling to many different cities promoting her children’s book “Connie Loves Construction”, and seeing the excitement of the children and even their teachers she felt like something was missing. “‘Hammers and Nails’, is a captivating song that is extremely catchy. This tune brings her construction adventures to life and is sure to have you tapping your feet to the beat! I know that music is a universal language that breaks down those walls and brings people together. Its ability to evoke raw emotions, promote cultural understanding, and foster communal connections is nothing short of magical. This song celebrates the incredible work that construction workers
do every day, and it’s my hope that the combination of the book and the song will inspire children to be curious about the world around them, embrace their imagination, and perhaps even consider a future career in construction.

I had an absolute blast composing “Hammers and Nails,” she explained to The SUN She continued: “Connie Love’s
Construction”, my first children’s book has been making its way around the world since releasing it this past November. I have been to several schools from Ianthe
Pratt primary school to Strathmore Elementary School in Maryland sharing my journey into construction and it’s
been so rewarding. I am excited for the opportunity to have my book available to hundreds of thousands readers as it is on the shelves of the Fulton County libraries.” Selver explained that she wanted to create a story that celebrates the determination and passion of children,
adding that she believes that every child can grow into their dreams when given the right support and encouragement. She further stated that this book is her tribute to the young builders, engineers, and dreamers out there. She added: “This heartwarming tale follows the journey of a young girl named Connie, who discovers her passion for construction at the age of 10. With the unwavering support of her family, she embarks on a path that eventually leads her to become a successful construction manager. As a diverse and empowering
story, it fosters a message of perseverance that inspires young readers to pursue their passions with tenacity.

With vivid illustrations and an engaging storyline,
the book entertains and educates, opening up a world of possibilities for children of all ages and backgrounds. The book is also available in Spanish “Connie Ama La
Construcción” Selver said she believes that supporting women in construction on an international scale is a significant step towards achieving gender equality and
fostering a more inclusive society. “By breaking down barriers, developing equitable opportunities, and promoting diversity, we can unleash the immense potential of talented women who have long been underrepresented in the industry. Together, let us work towards a construction sector that harnesses the
power and ingenuity of both genders, leading us into a brighter, more equitable future. By promoting and supporting women in construction, we can tap into an
often-overlooked talent pool. Encouraging young girls and women to pursue careers in construction can diversify and enrich the industry with fresh perspectives, skills, and innovative ideas. Increased representation
fosters a collaborative environment that benefits all stakeholders involved,” she said.


Looking for a fun and inspiring story for your child?Look no further than ‘Connie loves Construction,’ now available at Unicorn bookstore on Providenciales! https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/orielselver/hammers-and-nails?utm_source=SendGrid&utm_medium=Email+&utm_campaign=website


Selver, who has seven years experience in the construction industry, said her biggest inspiration for getting into construction was her father. In the book, Connie is a 10-year-old girl who loves building and dreams of being a construction worker, but her
friends don’t understand. Connie and her friends went to the hardware store to learn about tools and building things. When they leave, the children see a real construction crew with all their trucks and equipment. A
female construction worker offers Connie a measuring tape. The story ends with Connie using that same measuring tape on her construction sites as an adult.
Selver & CO, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a professional consultancy specializing in providing
detailed construction cost estimates. They were founded in 2018 by Oriel Selver, a construction manager to bring accuracy and efficiency to a growing need for lower construction costs. Since then, the firm has delivered 13 successful commercial construction projects throughout the United States.

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Smith Gambrell Russell Partner Tawny Mack Elected Secretary of NAWIC Atlanta Chapter; The Firm Named 2023 Super Sponsor

Press Release

ATLANTA (June 27, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Tawny Mack has been elected secretary of the Atlanta Chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) for 2023-2024. Ms. Mack is finishing her term as treasurer and previously served as a director. She was named Member of the Year in 2022. Additionally, SGR was presented the 2023 Super Sponsor award during the NAWIC Annual Anniversary Luncheon on June 16.

Tawny Mack is a member of SGR’s Construction and Energy practices. She is a full-service construction lawyer who assists clients across diverse industries, including energy, large-scale commercial, and infrastructure, with managing risk from initial project development to completion of the punch list and beyond. Ms. Mack counsels owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors, and subcontractors in all aspects of construction, including project planning and design, contracting, contract administration and delivery, claim analysis and prosecution, and dispute resolution.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is a professional association comprised of women who work in all areas of the construction industry from tradeswomen to administrative professionals, business owners to construction managers. To achieve NAWIC’s core purpose of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry NAWIC provides education, camaraderie and a host of opportunities to become truly involved. For more information, visit www.nawic.org.

About Smith Gambrell Russell
SGR is a full-service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The Firm’s nearly 400 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 50 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, insurance/reinsurance, construction, employment law, international, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has 14 domestic and international offices, including Atlanta; Austin; Charlotte; Chicago; Jacksonville, FL; London; Los Angeles; Miami; Munich; New York; Southampton; Springfield, IL; Tampa, FL; and Washington, D.C.

Balancing Act: 3 Hilarious Strategies for Work-Life Integration in the Construction Industry

Author: Jade Nelson

Working in the construction industry can be demanding, with extremely long hours, tight deadlines, and physically challenging tasks. Balancing work and personal life can sometimes feel like attempting a high-wire act without a safety net. But fear not! In this amusing blog post, we'll explore light-hearted strategies for achieving the elusive work-life integration in the construction world. Let's embrace humor and find ways to make our professional and personal lives coexist harmoniously.

  1. Embrace the "Tool Belt of Time Management": When it comes to managing time in the construction industry, consider your tool belt as a metaphor. Just like a skilled worker organizes their tools, organize your schedule with precision. Label your calendar like different compartments of a tool belt—planning, meetings, family time, and relaxation. You'll be surprised how effective this quirky visual can be in maintaining a balanced schedule.
  2. Practice "Brick Yoga" during Breaks: Construction sites can be intense, but that doesn't mean you can't find moments to relax and recharge. During your breaks, why not indulge in some "brick yoga"? Find a quiet spot, grab a sturdy brick, and try out unconventional yoga poses, like "The Construction Crane" or "The Bulldozer High Lunge." It might raise some eyebrows, but it's a great way to destress and infuse humor into your workday. If you prefer to avoid drawing attention, you can try these activities at home with your children, grandchildren, or even neighborhood kids. Check out the instructional videos! https://www.yoremikids.com/news/construction-yoga-poses-kids
  3. Invent "Construction-Inspired" Family Activities: Want to involve your family in your construction world? Organize a "Lego Skyscraper" competition where everyone builds their architectural masterpieces using colorful bricks. Let your kids design their dream houses or construct miniature construction sites with tiny toy trucks and excavators. Not only will it be fun, but it also creates a unique bond between your work and family life.

Achieving work-life integration in the construction industry doesn't have to be a daunting task. By infusing humor into our daily routines, embracing quirky strategies like the "Tool Belt of Time Management,” "Brick Yoga," and involving our families in construction-themed activities we can find joy and balance amidst the hustle and bustle of our professional lives. So, let's laugh, get creative, and make work-life integration an entertaining and successful endeavor in the construction world!

About the Author: Jade Nelson

HI! I'm Jade Nelson. My current role is Corporate Dangerous Goods Manager at GXO Logistics, and my pronouns are she/her. With an extensive background in operations management, compliance, employee engagement, DE&I, and supply chain/3PL consulting, I bring a diverse skill set to my role. I enjoy playing golf, riding horses, mentoring and reading during my downtime. My current read is Atomic Habits by James Clear.
NAWIC Atlanta Announces Mentoring Program

NAWIC Atlanta Announces Mentoring Program

The Atlanta program is designed around the tried-and-tested NAWIC National mentoring program. The National program furnishes the blueprints to build our local program and the guidelines by which to measure its success. Our mentoring program promises to increase the Atlanta Chapter’s...

The Atlanta program is designed around the tried-and-tested NAWIC National mentoring program.

The National program furnishes the blueprints to build our local program and the guidelines by which to measure its success.

Our mentoring program promises to increase the Atlanta Chapter’s ability to recruit new members while encouraging both the mentors and mentees to learn, grow, and expand those all-important networks.

Learn more about how you can join the mentoring program and share your knowledge, experience and talents.  Applications now available for 2022 session!

Help us construct a brighter future for women and the industry!