This week we celebrate Women in Construction Week (WIC) and the many women who work in and make important contributions to our industry every day! We are pleased to share the stories from many of the women who work and live in NH and VT. The project was created in partnership with I Build NH and NAWIC Granite State Chapter.
Construction is an industry that allows diverse activities, provides an ever changing environment and people to interact with. It allows me to utilize my organizational skills and my love of people to develop and execute construction projects with a high sense of satisfaction at the completion. It is never boring!
What is your education/training background?
Bachelors in Business Administration and Economics
How did you find yourself working in the construction industry?
I was scheduling with Primavera products with my father who was a consultant after leaving AT&T and he asked me, "Can you learn this software so I can provide scheduling services to my construction clients for AT&T?” I said, "Sure" then that transitioned into working at Denver International Airport scheduling to the cubic yard of concrete and that was so fun! Learning how to schedule and adopting principles from the PMI institute, one thing just led to another and here I am!
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I enjoy saving money for the owners/subs and planning for super productivity so things move like clockwork. I also enjoy the fun owner relationships (I let my crazy out now and then!) and the happy DEW Management team.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
Redstone Lofts in Burlington, Vermont was the most interesting project because we were scheduling and resource loading our schedule and it worked so perfectly we finished early! I love that!
What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction industry?
Don't let your perception of how people feel about you stop you from moving in the direction you want to go!
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.
I Build New Hampshire
I Build NH represents the construction sector of the state through the Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI). I Build NH represents companies involved in heavy construction like municipal water treatment systems and road building, electric and telecommunication infrastructure, civil engineering, heating/ventilation/air conditioning businesses and more.
National Association of Women in Construction
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has over 115 chapters throughout the United States, including the NAWIC Granite State Chapter. NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. NAWIC advocates for the value and impact of women builders, professionals and tradeswomen in all aspects of the construction industry.