Spotlights

2019 Women in Construction: Susan Shelby, President & CEO at Rhino PR

What motivated you to step out on your own? I was laid off from my job as director of marketing and business development at an architecture firm in November 2004 and decided it was time to start my own business. The next day Rhino PR was born.

2019 Women in Construction: Renee Dozier, Master Electrician, IBEW Local 103

What are you doing differently in 2019 that has had a positive impact on your career? I accepted a new position at Encore Boston Harbor as a maintenance electrician, which is different than what I am used to. I worked on the construction side of this project, so maintaining it will be like

2019 Women in Construction: Felicia Conboy, Project Manager, Retail, Shawmut Design and Construction

What are you doing differently in 2019 that has had a positive impact on your career? I’m thinking outside of the box. Earlier in my career I asked less questions and was willing to accept that there was only one way to build something. As I’ve developed my construction knowledge, I’ve found that if my teams take the time to dive into issues,

2019 Women in Construction: Jennifer Morris, 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 begun delegating more to increase my team’s opportunities to grow and challenge themselves, which in turn allows me to do the same. I used to do everything myself– which didn’t really help anyone–and now we’re able to lean on each other for support as we continue to develop our skills. 

2019 Women in Construction: Jessica Nassar, Assistant Estimator, Retail at Shawmut Design and Construction

What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? Failing and not being able to grasp all aspects of my position. I overcame these fears by asking questions and accomplishing small tasks, rather than getting overwhelmed by the big picture.

2019 Women in Construction: Jessica Spivey, Superintendent at Shawmut Design and Construction

What are you doing differently in 2019 that has had a positive impact on your career? In 2019, I am making the conscious decision to not ask for permission to do the right thing. Whether it’s making a definitive decision in the field or setting up a training session with junior staff, I’m just doing it. “See a need, fill a need.”

2019 Women in Construction: Justine Orlando, Project Manager at Shawmut Design and Construction

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? I worked for a masonry contractor in Boston, where I quickly learned how few female voices there are in this trade and how important mastering a clear, deliberate, informed voice is when striving for success. Establishing my voice didn’t happen overnight—especially as a newly-graduated project manager—but once I found it, it was a serious game changer.

2019 Women in Construction: Kate Douglas, Senior Project Manager, Hospitality at Shawmut Design and Construction

What are you doing differently in 2019 that has had a positive impact on your career? I think one of the most important things you can do to maintain a successful career is to keep learning. I have made a big effort over the past few years to learn about a new technology or system on every project.

2019 Women in Construction: Mari Creatini, Senior Estimator, Hospitality at Shawmut Design and Construction

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2019 Women in Construction: Kristen Stachowski, Office Manager at Erland Construction, Inc.

What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? My biggest fear when I started out was failing because I was going into a field I had never worked in. Erland really took the time to foster my learning and allowed me to embrace all of the future opportunities that were presented to me in this role. Having that support has made me truly successful in my position.