How did you get started in construction?

I got started in construction because I enjoyed accounting but wanted to do something that was a little different. I wanted to interact with people I may not meet otherwise and challenge myself to figure out new, unique problems. In construction, every day is different! There are always surprises. I love the fact that I get to learn every single day.

What inspires you most about the industry?

Construction has always been integral to how our society functions. We need spaces built to accommodate advancements in technology and shifts in population. But what we build — and how we build it – has to evolve with the world around us. It’s this rare combination of stability and innovation that makes construction so inspiring to me.

And from a more personal perspective, it’s about the people. Construction gives you the opportunity to learn from and work with people from incredibly diverse backgrounds and skillsets.

What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of the hard work and perseverance it took to get me where I am today, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to help shape this industry for tomorrow’s female leaders. I am also incredibly proud and honored to be a mom to two beautiful children and I am grateful to be at a company like GCI that supports my growth inside and outside of the office.

What is your approach to leading a team?

I believe in being open and approachable while giving my team the power to take initiative. I help to establish the issue at hand – and the larger context – and see how the individual will get to the end result. Allowing others to show you how they would approach a problem helps you learn and grow, too.

What’s your advice for those interested in exploring a career in construction?

Be nimble! Try to have fun with the challenges that come with the job: How can you solve them in a creative way? How can you be more efficient? We have so much opportunity to innovate in this industry in unexpected ways. Bring your own unique perspective to the table and be willing to try new things. Construction allows you to explore so many different career paths, so keep an open mind and you can find yourself somewhere amazing that you never anticipated.

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