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Women in Construction: Three Essential Tips to Building Your Career

Posted by Michigan Construction on Jul 17, 2020 11:48:11 AM

One of the most pressing issues in all industries today is the lack of diversity, especially gender diversity. Yet, there is no question about the benefits that having women on construction teams brings diversity and innovation to any company. Diversity breeds creativity and many industries benefit from the different perspectives that it brings to the table. One of the industries that will benefit the most from this is the construction industry.

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Topics: Women in Construction

Women in Construction: Melissa Kline feels empowered in her career

Posted by Michigan Construction on Mar 1, 2020 10:15:00 AM

Melissa Kline knows she stands out in a room of her colleagues, many of whom are men.

As a sales manager for Consumers Concrete, she believes women bring a new perspective to the construction industry, and they’re not afraid of making changes to move it forward.

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Topics: Women in Construction, Skilled Trades

Advice from Women in Construction

Posted by Michigan Construction on Feb 26, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Women are building their careers in the construction industry, learning from colleagues and encouraging other women to explore construction as a field for a challenging, fulfilling career. Below is a roundup of advice we received from real women working in Michigan's construction industry.

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Topics: Women in Construction, Construction workforce, Michigan Construction, Skilled Trades

Women in Construction: Finding Success in a Predominately Male Industry

Posted by Michigan Construction on Apr 11, 2019 12:20:00 PM

When you think of construction what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? If you’re like many you may be picturing groups of hard-working men laboring for extensive hours outdoors. This isn’t what comes to mind when you ask Heather Smith about construction. Smith, Director of Marketing at Michigan Construction and Director of Engineering at the Michigan Concrete Association, recently shared her experience as a woman working in the construction industry.

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Topics: Women in Construction

MDOT Celebrates Women in Construction

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 7, 2019 1:05:14 PM

Construction has long been considered a men-only industry, but that stereotype is being eroded by a small but growing group of women. These are smart, dedicated and passionate women who have found construction to be the perfect career for them. They are making inroads for other women to follow, and they’re doing it because they are female, not in spite of it. If you have ever wondered what a career in construction would be like, take it from two women with the Michigan Department of Transportation — it’s a great life!

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Topics: Women in Construction

The Women of Team Elmer’s: Taking the High Road

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 4, 2019 7:50:00 AM

In northern Michigan, Team Elmer’s is practically a household name as one of the largest, oldest and most respected construction firms in the area. Providing excavation, concrete, Esphalt™, aggregate, heavy hauling, and crane and rigging services, Team Elmer’s makes a point of hiring great people who love their jobs.

That includes some pretty exceptional women who are driving hard (literally) to prove women have what it takes to make a career behind the wheel of a multi-ton construction vehicle.

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Topics: Women in Construction

The State of Women in Construction

Posted by Lior Zitzman on Sep 20, 2018 1:43:34 PM

Construction has been long known as a male-dominated profession, but women are slowly marking their mark on the industry. Michigan Construction received this great infographic from BigRentz highlighting the state of Women in Construction and how women are breaking the mold of people who build.

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Topics: Women in Construction

The Future of Women in Construction 

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 9, 2018 9:11:00 AM

Calling all women who dream big, who envision themselves being part of something really important, and who know the meaning of hard work … the construction industry wants YOU!

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Topics: Women in Construction

Walbridge celebrates Women in Construction

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 8, 2018 3:23:00 PM

It's Women in Construction Week, time to honor pioneering women and their  companies. One of those is our partner in the construction workforce movement, Walbridge, building Michigan and the world since 1916. To celebrate this week, Walbridge has featured the stories of how four different women found their way to a great career in construction. 

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Topics: Women in Construction

Opportunities for Women in Construction

Posted by Heather Smith on Mar 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Just over a half century ago, American women saw their husbands, sons and fathers off to World War II and then stepped into their overalls and went to work, taking up the slack for their men in factories, automotive plants and shipyards. And thanks in large part to their willingness and talent, we won that war. But when the men came home, the women almost instantly became irrelevant on their jobs, and were expected to return to their homes, get married and raise families. And they did just that.

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Topics: Women in Construction

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