National Women in Construction Week is a week we love to celebrate and embrace at Findorff. There aren’t enough adjectives to accurately describe the exceptional qualities of the ladies who contribute to the success of our company. Each day, our Findorff women continue to break down barriers and prove that the sky is the limit for women in the construction industry. We’d like to thank all our dedicated, hardworking, and extremely talented ladies who make up the Findorff family.
Are you interested in learning more about what makes some of our team members proud to be in the industry, or advice they would give to another woman entering? We did a Q&A with some of the ladies on the Findorff team – see below to learn more about each of them, and some interesting insights and advice they have!
Q: What advice would you give to a woman in or entering the industry?
A: My advice would be to insert yourself and push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Before working at Findorff, I had no experience with construction so I’ve tried to ask as many questions as possible and volunteer for things that in my previous work experiences I usually wouldn’t do. (Rory, Project Engineer Co-op)
A: Be prepared to learn. There are so many different areas in the construction world. Finding your niche is key. (Kelly, Yard Operations Specialist)
Q: What makes you proud about working/being in the industry?
A: I’m proud to work in an industry that serves people in every area of life – from education, healthcare, arts, residential, and more. All to help make the world a better place. (Kamila, Project Engineer Co-op)
A: I am most proud knowing the struggles I face, and work through today will be less prevalent for women that come after me. Each competent woman builds upon the next one, and through our own examples we show that women can do this work. In doing so, we change the minds of those that might think women don’t belong in the construction industry. (Lynn, Journeyman Carpenter)
Q: What about being a part of the Findorff Family brings you the greatest fulfillment?
A: I strongly believe that my team motivates and supports me in completing my responsibilities and in achieving my personal career goals. The opportunity to take initiative with new responsibilities, and to work on great projects with amazing teams is the best part of being a member of the Findorff family. (Kshethra, Project Engineer)
A: I enjoy the journey. We work with great people… from the newest hire to field leaders and executives who have been here for decades. It’s fulfilling to grow in the company and see us grow and build amazing things. (Laura, MEP Group Lead)
Q: What is your favorite project you have been a part of or your favorite experience of a project you are currently working on?
A: I have been lucky to be on a lot of really cool projects, but my favorite project to date is the Meriter Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Addition & Renovation. It was a challenging project that had a lot of unique characteristics paired with a really great team. Ultimately the project was a success and the owner was happy. (Jenna, Project Manager)
A: I am currently enjoying being part of the team building Marquette University’s new College of Business Administration. It is always so fun to see a new building rise from nothing but a hole in the ground into a fully-fledged structure! (Justine, Assistant Project Manager)