Focus celebrates Women in Construction Week, an event which celebrates and promotes the role of women in the construction industry. The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held the first WIC Week in 1998 and it has grown and expanded each year since. As part of the theme for 2023, "many paths one mission" we are highlighting the different experiences of women in the industry and their mission to support other women. More from a few of Focus' talented construction leaders.
Project Manager II
After graduating with degrees in construction management and architectural engineering, it was frustrating to be asked if I was interested in construction because my dad was in the industry. I remember the first time I set foot on a Focus job site and felt supported by the team of Superintendents around me. Through their support and the mentorship of a colleague, I’m better able to navigate the male dominated industry. It is important to me to offer similar support to my female colleagues because I know their impact can be huge.
As a Field Engineer I get the opportunity to work on large multifamily projects from conception to completion. But the road here wasn’t always easy. I’ve experienced racism + sexism on the jobsite. Now, through the support of my family, and team members at Focus I am empowered at work. Being a black woman in the field gives me fire. Women stop to talk to me and tell me that they look up to me. I see it as my responsibility to give to other women what was given to me by supporting them in their goals.
Assistant Project Manager
When deciding what career to pursue, I was drawn to construction for the daily challenge and the opportunity to interact with a variety of people. Being a woman in a male dominated space added to that challenge. I’ve had to work harder to gain respect on the job site, but fortunately my team at Focus has my back. Their support helped me take strides in my career and gain confidence to establish myself. I feel empowered to be a support system for other women in construction and help them achieve success.
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