Spotlights

2019 Women in Construction: Deb Colbert, Senior Project Manager at Hancock Associates

What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? I wouldn’t say I had any really big fears. I worried about being taken seriously as a good looking smart female engineer. I know some women, not just engineers, who become a little edgy to create this tough image working in a predominantly male world.

2019 Women in Construction: Kristen O’Gorman, Architect/Senior Project Designer at SGA

 In 2019 I am trying to balance my work/home life better. It’s easy to get caught up in the office, but I have realized it’s so important to make sure that you also have a personal life.

2019 Women in Construction: Laura Whitcomb, Job Captain at Wessling Architects

Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? In 2015 I had the opportunity to design a new office building and warehouse for a nonprofit organization. I was involved with every aspect, from schematic design, to material selections, coordination with engineers, and construction site visits.

2019 Women in Construction: Darla Brooks, Vice President of Finance and Human Resources at Vantage Builders, Inc.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? During high school, I worked at our town’s public library. While it wasn’t quite as exciting as the construction industry, I did learn some critical skills, particularly the importance of being organized and having a system.

The 2019 BWiC Inspire Awards

BWiC was launched in the spring of 2016 in response to member requests to create a support network for all women working in the commercial construction industry. Through the efforts of more than 25 active members

2019 Women in Construction: Kimberlee Avery, Office and Accounting Manager at Woodcraft Designers & Builders

Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? I was initially hired as an administrative assistant over 3 years ago when Woodcraft was in a much smaller manufacturing facility. The “game changer” was the move to our new larger facility two years ago.

2019 Women in Construction: Jenna Meyers, Senior Interior Designer at Margulies Perruzzi Architects

What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? Honestly, I’m not sure I knew exactly what I was getting in to! There are so many facets of the interior design profession, there is no way for school to prepare you for all of them. So I suppose there was the general fear of the unknown, and making sure I was able to keep up with the learning curve!

2019 Women in Construction: Jessica Flaherty, Project Manager, Civil & Utility Division at BOND Brothers, Inc.

What are you doing differently in 2019 that has had a positive impact on your career? I like to stay focused and do the very best I can, always. Something I’ve changed recently is to not worry about what everyone else around me is doing or compare myself to others. This has allowed me to be more productive and prioritize what is important day to day to stay on top of my projects.

2019 Women in Construction: Ioana Pieleanu, Principal Consultant at Acentech

What inspires you: Very early in my career, I provided acoustical design consulting for ZUMIX, a nonprofit after school music center serving a low-income, under-served Boston neighborhood. In exchange for that acoustical design, I received a most important life lesson about love, perseverance and living life with purpose.

2019 Women in Construction: Nicole LaCroix, Project Manager at Green Leaf Construction

Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? Accepting a project manager position at Green Leaf Construction, which meant moving from a very large firm to having a more hands-on involvement in the projects I am managing.