A Celebration of Women in Construction

The challenges faced by women entering the traditionally male-dominated field of construction are indisputable. Females make up than less than 9% of those working in the industry, and only 3% in the actual trades.

At Windemuller, we celebrate equality, are inspired by our female leaders and — all year long — celebrate those who encourage women to push the limits. As part of that commitment, we are sharing the experiences directly from women who are finding their way in the construction industry today.

Stephanie Davis

President, Greater Michigan Construction Academy

Mentor

“Not setting out for the role of a mentor, I have to tell you that it feels amazing to know you are impacting the lives of others. Especially women in the construction industry. I have learned that I am growing right along with them. It has been life changing for me.

With the women I mentor, I tell them that the construction industry is a tough one, but bringing confidence as well as the openness to learn will help you be recognized as much as any other individual, man or woman.”

Jessica Novack

Project Manager, Windemuller

Mentee

“I didn’t know that I had or needed a mentor because I wasn’t sure this was going to be my career. Once I had a mentor, I could see more of a future and a path for me to reach the goals that I set for myself. I learned so much about how to approach certain situations, how to treat others and be respectful of peoples jobs and opinions.

The best advice I received from my mentor was listen more than you speak. Let others around you talk, take in the information and know your answers. If you don’t know the answer, admit that you don’t know and take this as a learning experience.”

Shannon Tate

Director of Commercial Services, Three Rivers Construction

Mentor

“Being a mentor is a very grounding experience.  You see issues and ideas through a different lens.  Sometimes that different lens is simply the wonder of youth and knowing all that is ahead of you and that there are no limits to what you can do.

The best advice I can share with women in the construction industry is ask questions! Even now, I have been in my career for a long time, but there is still so much to learn. Yes, it can be scary, but do it anyways. We, as women, bring a different perspective to this hard old industry of construction. Our voices and our presence are needed.”

Amy Russell

Project Manager, Comstock Construction

Mentor

“My favorite part of being a mentor would be helping other woman succeed and accomplish their goals. You learn new things and perspectives from others as they learn from you.  Everyone brings something to a relationship that you can use to grow and learn from.

I always tell my mentees, keep your confidence up and believe in yourself.  You have to be tough and willing to learn new things to be successful in this industry. Try to be the best role model you can be.  Take pride in your work and work hard.”


In March 2021,
Windemuller and other Michigan-based construction leaders hosted

Building Up Women:
Demolishing the Construction Industry’s Glass Ceiling

This virtual event highlighted successes and acknowledged the barriers often faced by hardworking women in a historically male-dominated industry. Our expert panelists, located throughout Michigan, shared personal stories from the field, including the hurdles and achievements they’ve encountered while developing a diverse workforce. After a round of Q&A with the panel, attendees joined a small group breakout session, where moderators led discussions on how to overcome obstacles many women face in the construction industry.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

Click below to watch a recording of the 2021 Building Up Women event.

CLICK HERE to download key takeaways and resources identified in the event.

These resources can serve as tools to expand your knowledge on the topics discussed, spread awareness about current challenges to peers and colleagues, and bring to light current and future opportunities.

OUR PANELISTS