What is your title and what role do you play within your organization?
Business Development. My primary role at R&O Construction is developing growth opportunities through lasting client partnerships. I work closely with clients and teaming partners to build integrated teams that produce successful projects throughout the western region of the United States.
What boards do you serve on?
Urban Land Institute- Past Chairperson and current Governance Chair.
In what other ways are you involved in the community?
I am currently serving on the Layton City Planning Commission and am involved with several charities throughout the year (local homeless shelters and food banks, YWCA/VOA Candy Cane Corner as well as several annual charity golf tournaments).
Tell us your most rewarding professional experience.
Being selected as the Urban Land Institute Utah District Council Chairperson has to be a highlight. At the time, there were only 4 other female Chairperson out of 54 District Councils. With that being said, what is truly most rewarding is the fact that I have established a truly remarkable networking group of women, not only in the construction industry, but all market sectors throughout Utah. These are woman that work really hard at lifting up other women and empowering them to be forces in today’s market.
What do you see as the biggest challenge women face in business today? What is your recommendation to resolve that issue?
One of the biggest challenges for women in today’s society is finding a healthy work-life balance. With so many other issues that we face (lack of leadership roles, unequal pay, gender discrimination), we are still made to feel guilty when we want to “have it all”. So many of my female peers struggle with finding a better way to balance being a successful business women and still have a happy, healthy home life. This guilt that we feel is real and can emotionally hold women back from taking that next step professionally.
There really is no right way to resolve this issue, but there are ways to alleviate the guilt that we feel. Building a strong network of woman, allowing ourselves to not feel guilty if we miss a soccer practice and being OK to say no.
What motivates you?
What really motivates me is the fact that I am in a male dominated industry. I want to go to work every day and say that I know what I am doing and I am damn good at it.
What pearl of wisdom or tip would you share with young female professionals?
Always stay true to yourself and what you want out of life. Never let someone tell you that you can’t do something. No one should ever distract you from your career and life goals. Whether it be in the construction industry or being a mom…”Why not?”