As part of Women in Construction Week 2022, we’re highlighting the women of Miron Construction – their backgrounds, what got them into construction, and what both rewards and challenges them. We hope these features inform and inspire you!
- What are the most challenging things on a project? I would say the biggest challenge is gaining the respect of the others on the site. The majority of the project sites are made up of men and most times you need to prove you can handle yourself to fit in.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job? When we work together as a team to resolve an issue to keep the site running smoothly.
- Did you have a mentor when you started? Yes, when I originally started our safety director was a female and she proved to me that women did have a place in the construction industry.
- What made you interested in a career in construction? My father was in construction and it was always very interesting to me when I would hear him talk about the projects he was on. Whenever we would drive by a building he worked on he would have a story to tell about it.
- What are some challenges you face in your role? For many years I would be part of meetings that I was one of the only or only female in the room. That can be very intimidating but I learned that if you listen to others attentively and speak with confidence you will earn respect and be looked at as part of the team – not the only female in the room.
- How did you get into construction? When the opportunity at Miron arose I talked with my father. He told me that Miron was a great company with a great future and that I would be fortunate to get in with a company like Miron. I didn’t know a lot about construction at the time but definitely learned a lot along the way.