Women in Tree Care


According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, in the United States, only 6.6 percent of women worked full-time in male-dominated occupations in 2017.

While the tree care industry is predominantly male, the gender dynamic is changing. Advances in equipment and techniques make arboriculture an accessible career path for everyone, regardless of gender. Let’s not forget all of the incredible women supporting tree care businesses as office managers, marketing directors, recruiters, sales staff and more!

65% of TCIA staff are women

Each year at TCI EXPO we see more women attending, speaking and exhibiting. This year is no exception! TCIA is thrilled to highlight some incredible woman speakers, women-focused forums and other women in tree care happenings at TCI EXPO 2018.

Speakers at TCI EXPO 2018

Cynthia MillsCynthia Mills
Cynthia Mills, former TCIA President & CEO, founded The Leaders’ Haven™ to partner with clients to align for impact & exceed expectations as business strategist, “The Board Whisperer™,” succession & leadership sherpa, executive coach, & speaker. Coach to Arborist company owners, she is author of/contributor to six books, including “The Big Secret” bestseller with Jack Canfield, & hosts “The Leaders’ Edge™" online show. She also recently wrote about

Join Cynthia for two sessions at TCI EXPO 2018:

How to Be an Extraordinary Woman Leader
Friday, November 9
8:00 – 10:30 am
Don’t forget to read Cynthia’s recent post about this session!

Coaching and Mentoring to Impact Your Bottom Line
Friday, November 9
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Melissa LeVangieMelissa LeVangie, CTSP
Melissa LeVangie has been passionately involved in the field of arboriculture for over 19 years. She works as the Director of Marketing and Sales for Shelter Tree Products, an arborist supply company located in eastern Massachusetts. She is an ISA Certified Tree Worker and Certified Arborist, as well being a certified arborist in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, a TCIA Certified Tree Safety Professional, an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ), and a MA Pesticide License. Melissa has also developed and is a co-founder of the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop. The workshop brings together multiple levels of learning how to climb trees to green industry professionals, artists, photographers, herpetologists, photographers and tree enthusiasts.

Join Melissa for two sessions at TCI EXPO 2018:

Transitioning from the Field to the Office
Thursday, November 8
7:30 – 8:30 am

Forum: Beginning and Managing an Urban Wood Bank
3:00 – 4:00 pm
*Free for attendees!

Women in Tree Care Forum

TCI EXPO 2018 will host a second Women in Tree Care Forum!

Being a woman working in a male-dominated industry can present challenges. Guest speakers with diverse backgrounds will discuss specific topics, such as running a woman-owned business, developing a growing career and more. All attendees are welcome to attend to network and engage in conversations about their experiences in this industry.

Join moderator Amy Tetreault, director of development with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), and the panel of guest speakers for what is sure to be eye-opening, informative and inspiring conversation.

Women in Tree Care Forum
Thursday, November 8
2:00 – 3:00 pm
*Free for attendees!

Women in Tree Care Forum at TCI EXPO 2017 in Columbus, OH

Women in Tree Care Facebook Group

At EXPO 2017, there was a Women in Tree Care Forum. The speakers and facilitators were fantastic, the engagement was dynamic, and there was a lot of passion to keep the momentum going. Additionally, a group of women gathered at TCIA’s Winter Management Conference 2018 to continue the discussion and brainstorm about what could be done to further foster this idea. The general consensus was to build a community!

TCIA Partners Advancing Commercial Tree Care ROOT partner, ServicePro, stepped in to provide ongoing support of the Women in Tree Care community, and helped create the Women in Tree Care Facebook group, which is open to all women in the industry.

This year, ServicePro sponsored a giveaway for two TCI EXPO Gold Cards. To be considered, participants were encouraged to answer the following question: “What is your advice for women entering the industry?” Here are a few of the responses.

Women in Tree Care quote from Toni SmithWomen in Tree Care quote from April PetreeWomen in Tree Care quote from Kellie Dodds