I Build America – Kentucky is dedicated to celebrating the women of construction. Women are a vital part of our industry, and there are female leaders at all levels of construction work. From foreman to company owners and executives, construction wouldn’t be the industry it is without its female employees. Join us and our partners in celebrating the success of women within your own company and across the nation during National Women in Construction Week 2023.
Name: Amy W.
Company: Louisville Paving and Construction
Title/Position: Recruiting & Rewards Specialist-HR
Years working in construction: 4
What was your path to a career in construction?
After 20 years of moving up the company ladder at a small distribution company, I wanted something different. I had seen how rapid our community was growing in the construction industry and I wanted to be a part of that growth. I wanted to be a part of finding great candidates to fill all the open trades. As well as educating employees on all their benefits that are taking for granted at a larger level.
What do you like most about working in construction?
Job satisfaction -It is very rewarding to be a part of a team that helps grow the landscape of a community. It’s also great job security: the construction industry has been on an upward trend with record-breaking numbers in growth over the last 4 years.
What changes have you seen for women in construction over the course of your career?
Yes. You see more women in office and management roles as well as women in the field. Statistics show that the gender pay gap is significantly smaller in construction occupations.
If you were to give young women (high schoolers) advice about beginning a career in construction, what would you say?
Break free from stereotypes of it being a male-dominated profession. Women across the world are dominating in the construction field whether it be in an office role or a role out in the field. Develop confidence in yourself and your skills will allow you to move up the ladder and become a leader.