Women in Construction: Self-Advocacy is a Must

Women need to toot their own hors for better roles on jobsites and in boardrooms.

That’s the takeaway from seasoned women executives in construction. The execs encouraged some 300 younger women in the field to advocate for themselves and their careers. It was part of ENR’s Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference that was recently held in New York. “Don’t be afraid to be out there,” said Aine Brazil, vice chairman and managing principal of Thornton-Tomasetti. “Know your stuff, take your seat at the table and let it be known that you know what you’re talking about. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to fade into the background no matter what.” The men who attended the event also encouraged participants to be proactive in their careers.