I have always enjoyed the process of making things beautiful for others. The industry sort of chose me, it seemed every job I had was in some way construction related. Once I realized that I could be a part of creating something that was important, permanent and challenging it seemed like the perfect place for me to do what I enjoy.
What is the biggest challenge that you face as a woman in construction?
The biggest challenge for me was starting out as a young woman working in construction without a degree. Even though I have college background and the experience from working in the industry, I had to prove myself and I had to always work harder. I had to soak in everything possible from the office to the field in order to gain the respect from my peers.
What is your favorite part of what you do?
Of course, I love seeing the results of a satisfied client, but when a project really resonates within its community and it really matters to people, that is what fulfills me.
What advice would you give other women who are looking at careers in general contracting?
Don’t stop because someone says “No” or “sorry we just can’t promote you because…” keep moving forward, if you want it badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen. Maintain your integrity and remember that if your willing to work hard for it, it will all be worth it.
Construction is a male-dominated field and there aren’t a lot of female trailblazers. What gave you the confidence to do this on your own?
They are out there if you look for them. Don’t dismiss male mentors. I had a male mentor who taught me a lot and fought for me. He knew what I was capable of and wouldn’t let me get by with accepting less than what I had in me to do. Mentors are invaluable to your success and knowledge. One piece of advice, not all mentors are meant for you either. You both must decide that it is a good fit or it won’t work.
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