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Blue Coble

“When I got into construction, I didn’t know anything about it. My learning curve was steep, and many days were spent questioning my life choices. As time went on, I met a lot of people who provided good advice, and knowledge or even helped commiserate. If it weren’t for all those people, I wouldn’t have survived, so I want to be someone that will be there when someone else needs a hand. Now I mentor women who want to work in construction, and I participate at events in the hopes of recruiting and retaining women in the industry.”

Blue Coble
Quality Manager, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Stephanie Trancoso

“I enjoy field coordination, particularly the problem-solving aspect, and being able to interact with the trades and learn how everything comes together. For those starting out, it’s important to be patient (you won’t know everything off the bat and that is OKAY). Slow down (Pay attention to details & remember that quality is better than quantity). Ask questions (there is no such thing as a stupid question).”

Stephanie Trancoso
Senior Project Engineer, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Sierra Parker

“For women starting out in construction, I would say stay confident yet humble and soak in all the information you can. Ask questions and always listen. You have to be a better listener than a talker, but don’t be afraid to speak up if you have valuable input. And finally, staying kind and humble gets you a lot of places with a lot of people. Treat people with the kindness and respect you would want in return, and everything starts to work out smoothly.”

Sierra Parker
Assistant Project Manager, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Cynthia Eng

“The industry is broad and career paths are not just limited to on-field work. It has some of the most diverse opportunities with varying career tracks. From skilled craft, project management, finance, innovation, business development, communications, marketing, and much more. I’ve witnessed many of my colleagues at Skanska come into the industry and grow from untraditional roles and thrive: An undergraduate history major turned project executive, an executive assistant and field carpenter who grew into top executives, and an office administrator who is now leading one of our largest regions in a professional services group.”

Cynthia Eng
SVP USA Communications Shared Services, Skanska

“I love being a woman in the construction industry. Every team and project needs a well-rounded approach to accomplish goals and I can add a different perspective and approach. I connect with people and build relationships—something that maybe comes a bit more naturally for women. I’m not afraid to challenge people or ideas and get to the root of the issue. This is more difficult when you’re a woman because you can be perceived as difficult and aggressive as opposed to getting to the point and solving problems. With that said, I think it has served me well in my career.”

Carolyn Desmond
Vice President, Development, Skanska
Shubhangi Purani

“There will be times when you don’t see a lot of women around you in the field or on projects, but that’s okay because the scenario is changing. There is nothing that you can’t accomplish here. Have faith in yourself and your skills.”

Shubhangi Purani
Skanska Building Project Engineer

Fast Facts about Builders

Augmented reality is affecting construction—in winning more projects, improving safety and facilitating team interaction.

Women are increasingly joining the construction workforce, in skilled trades all the way to the executive suite.

From AI and advanced intelligent materials to drones and robotics, the construction industry is building better and more sustainably.

Skilled trades let you follow your passion in a specialized way.

Infrastructure builds big to move people and products.

There are many paths to construction and many ways to get there.

Construction is going green every which way, every day.

You can use your skills, make good money, and do something meaningful.

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