Spotlights

2019 Women in Construction: Andraya Lombardi, Vice President, Project Director at Pinck & Co., Inc.

What are you doing differently in 2019 that has had a positive impact on your career? In 2017-2018 I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. My journey through this disease opened my eyes to how precious life is and how I want to spend the rest of my life. We work in an environment that is stressful, time consuming and you’re on 24/7.

2019 Women in Construction: Alexandra Parker, Project Manager, Retail at Shawmut Design and Construction

What are you doing differently in 2019 that has had a positive impact on your career? I’ve started asking for help more. You always want to prove you can do it all, but jobs can get incredibly overwhelming and it’s important to seek guidance and advice from mentors to continue to learn and grow.

2019 Women in Construction: Caitlin Ferris, Project Manager, Luxury Homes at Shawmut Design and Construction

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job was working for a very small general contractor in a combined role of administrator, assistant project manager, and assistant accountant. I was fresh out of college assisting project managers on their projects while also entering payroll, invoices, etc., and writing up training modules.

IBEW Local 103 and NECA Greater Boston celebrate 2nd Annual Women in Construction dinner

The women of IBEW Local 103 and NECA Greater Boston are leading the way to a more inclusive, equitable, and family-sustaining construction industry every day. We stand together to lift up all working people with fair wages, benefits, and business practices.

2019 Women in Construction: Kenell Broomstein Business Agent IBEW Local 103

Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? Becoming the first black, female business agent of any major Boston construction union last year with IBEW Local 103.

2019 Women in Construction: Lovette Jacobs, 2nd Year Apprentice, IBEW Local 103

What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? When I first started in the electrical trade, I definitely experienced my share of uncertainty. I had no experience or training – I didn’t know what to do or how to do it. I was worried about whether or not I would fit in and be accepted by a predominantly male work atmosphere.

2019 Women in Construction: Vicki Chapman, President, Chapman Construction Group, Inc.

Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? The game changer for me was when we started to seek out the right people with the right experience from established companies (in different areas of the electrical industry) who mentor us to this day

2019 Women in Construction: Kristen Gowin, Assistant Manager at NECA Greater Boston

Which was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? My career game changer was four years ago when I stepped away from my role at the director of government affairs for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and into the role of assistant manager of the Boston chapter. 

2019 Women in Construction: Lisa Podgurski, Manager of Business Development at IBEW Local 103 and NECA Greater Boston

What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? I worried that in such a male-dominated industry, maybe I wouldn’t be well-respected or fit in. I was coming from outside the construction industry and outside of unions. But what I found is that there is a real camaraderie within unions, and that the building trades are working hard to create opportunities for women. It’s been a great journey.

2019 Women in Construction: Kate Sonia, 4th Year Electrical Apprentice, IBEW Local 103

Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? Joining the union. The opportunity to be a part of Local 103 has changed my life and my children’s’ lives for the better. I didn’t start out with much in life, and after being a stay at home mom for so long I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it.