This post is part of a series of blogs that feature prominent businesswomen in Utah to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Today, we’re featuring Linda Brinkerhoff. Read on!
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What is your title and what role do you play within your organization?
I am the President of Brinkerhoff Excavating and Construction, Inc.. Brinkerhoff specializes in installing wet utilities (water, sewer and storm drain). I perform similar duties to a CFO. In addition, I complete the hiring, monitor compliance, implement safety procedures and purchase all equipment
What boards do you serve on?
None. It takes all of my time to run a successful business and raise two kids.
In what other ways are you involved in the community?
Through our children we are very involved in High School Rodeo, which is statewide.
Tell us about your most rewarding professional experience.
My most rewarding professional experience was being involved for the last seven years with the TRAX projects. Being able to tell my children and in the future my grandchildren that we contributed to the FrontRunner is a big deal to me.
What do you see as the biggest challenge women face in business today? What is your recommendation to resolve that issue?
I feel the biggest challenge women face in business today is the same challenge they have faced since women entered the workforce. I feel that challenge is balancing your work life and your personal responsibilities without losing one’s self completely and becoming burnt out.
I still have not solved this I think if you are committed to what you do it is extremely hard to put yourself first whether personally or professionally. As I get older, I am learning to trust my employees more and take time for my personal life. My recommendation would be once you have established your business surround yourself with people you trust even if you have to train them, then begin macro-managing. For me, this was like sending my child off to their first day of kindergarten. Boy, was it hard the first few days, but then “wow” was it wonderful to go to work without feeling guilty that I wasn’t at home with them.
What pearl of wisdom would you share with young female professionals?
Never apologize for being passionate in whatever industry you choose even if it is a male-dominated field. Others will judge you for your passion (that is a kind word that I have come up with to explain bossy, stubborn, determined me), but they are the ones you just have to work harder to earn their respect. They will come around and if they don’t that is their problem. I try to live by two characteristics, which are honesty and fairness. As long as I try to be those two things at all times, I don’t worry too much about others’ opinions of my actions. At the end of the day I am left holding the bag whether I made a good decision or a bad one and I can live with that, as long as I have my family’s support and respect.
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The United States has celebrated National Women’s History Month, highlighting the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society, since 1911.
The National Women’s History Project has dubbed the theme for this year, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” which honors the extraordinary accomplishments, determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.