Spotlights

2019 Women in Construction: Alexandrea Banks, Project Manager at Timberline Construction

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? The first job I had was cleaning cottages on the weekends at the age of 13. This taught me a great amount about responsibility and work ethic. Some of these houses would be trashed, because the previous tenants didn’t have any respect for the property.

2019 Women in Construction: Taylor Bousquet, Estimator, Acella Construction

Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? Leaving my first job out of college and starting at Acella. I have learned that a working environment where you really fit in outweighs most other benefits!

2019 Women in Construction: Emily Thomas, Project Controls Manager at DPS Group, Inc.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job was managing a snack bar at a local pool club. I learned many things from working there. I was responsible for managing a budget, inventory, employees, and client expectations. The biggest thing was it helped me begin to manage people

2019 Women in Construction: Becky Rupel, Landscape Architect at Copley Wolff Design Group

Who are three women – living or dead – that you would like to have drinks with and why? Rachel Carson, Alice Waters, and Rosalind Franklin. Their bodies of work inspire me, period. The fact that they were in the gender minority of their respective fields is kind of icing on the cake. I would be interested to hear all three talk about their work and its cultural context, because it seems like they each homed in on these somewhat subversive topics that were way ahead of their time.

2019 Women in Construction: Danna Day, Principal and Director of Marketing at Copley Wolff Design Group

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? I worked on a ranch in Wyoming for two summers during high school! While there, I learned the importance of hard work and the results one can achieve when they put their mind to something. I learned how to take initiative, ask questions, and solve problems – skills I use every day in both my personal and professional life. 

2019 Women in Construction: Mary Leahy, Project Manager at Erland Construction, Inc.

Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? The Chase 1 was a game changer for me. I was an assistant project manager, hungry to do more, I took it upon myself to jump in with the field team and get the amenity area turned over on time for the client.

2019 Women in Construction: Gladys Unger, Senior Consultant at Acentech

What inspires you: I have always loved working with my hands–remodeling my Victorian house, or fixing my appliances. These skills translate directly in my work on product noise. The detective work that comes with finding an unwanted noise source requires tearing apart the device, whether a washing machine, compressor or medical device

2019 Women in Construction: Sadie Maney, Business Development & Marketing Specialist at Acentech

What inspires you: I’m inspired by the opportunity to create change. The chance to contribute to empowering young girls and creating equality in the home and the workplace. Above all else, I’m motivated by the ability to set an example for young girls everywhere, especially my daughter.

2019 Women in Construction: Alison Jewett, General Manager at Jewett Construction Company, LLC

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job out of high school was working for a utility contractor as an administrative assistant. The company was a small, family-run business at the time. I learned so many things – how bidding worked, estimating, construction terminology, software, basic project management and every day small business practices. 

2019 Women in Construction: Kristen Murphy, Senior Consultant at Acentech

What inspires me: I am most inspired when I appreciate all of the interconnecting hard work my foremothers have contributed so that I could pursue the life I wanted, and how I can continue that work for future generations of young women.