Read Success Stories from Women in the Construction Industry

I retired after 30 years at Boeing and launched my own consulting company, Construction Consulting Northwest Group.

Ida B. Brooker, Construction Consulting Northwest and President, WCOE Resource Center

I settled a surety claim (defaulting contractor) for $1.6 million.

Carole L. Bionda, Vice President, Nova Group, Inc.

In the past 6 months, 3 different clients were referred to me who were all facing trial the following week. Each judge refused to grant me a continuance to get ready for trial. The first case we tried in September and on the second day of trial we obtained a settlement offer 3 times greater than was previously offered. The second case we mediated in February a week before trial and reduced the client's debt in half. The last case we tried last week and received a split verdict favorable to my client. Not many lawyers will touch cases in such a posture but from my point of view helping people in dire situations is the reason I became a lawyer.

Lisa Colon Heron, Smith Currie & Hancock and WCOE National Board Member

My professional success was turning over the 405 project in Los Angeles to the owner and settling a large portion of my change orders. My personal success was beginning a master's degree in Organizational Psychology.

Sue Weiler, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

After several years of work and assisting with expert reports on damages and schedule issues, I helped my client settle a large construction dispute.

Kim Reome, Vice President, Kenrich Group

We received 2 renewal contracts, Army and the Navy Base in Chicago. The contracts were each renewed for 5 years. We were told we were the best and the only company to receive a renewal contract. Also, after 4 years we have all the elevators for Inland Real Estate.

Suzie Martin, Smart Elevators

My company, Bjork Construction Co., Inc. has been featured in 2 Dun & Bradstreet commercials. I also spent 4 days working shoulder-to-shoulder with Girl Scouts in Northern California to build a small cabin at their camp. This construction program taught 13 and 14 year-old girls basic construction skills including foundation work, concrete and carpentry skills.

Jean Bjork, Bjork Construction Co., Inc.

I settled a multi-million dollar 8- year-old lawsuit.

Margery Newman, Deutsch, Levy & Engle and WCOE National Board Member

I am starting my 35th year in business and bid my first big job out-of-state.

Theresa Kern, MA Rebar Services and WCOE National Board Member

I completed my first year in business with 35 clients, many of them top CMs, GCs and larger specialty trade contractors.

Lorraine D'Angelo, LDA Compliance Consulting and WCOE National Board Member

I started a new company, BG Network, to help small business scale. It is a team of consultants that include Assistant Secretary of Defense, former Deputy Director of ATF and more.

Karen Barbour, The Barbour Group and WCOE National Board Member

I was elected to the Board of Directors of the California Republican Party. I also wrote and published the 2nd edition, What Every Contractor Should Know About Prevailing Wage.

Deborah Wilder, Deborah Wilder Law Group

I am on the verge of signing a national account contract.

Reva Murphy, Reva Murphy Associates

I designed and developed the 1st internal LGBT Awareness Training, advocated and implemented transgender benefits and submitted plan to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) which resulted in Turner being recognized with a score of 100% for 2015 as one of 400+ companies "Best Places to Work" for LGBT employees – the first construction company to be recognized!

Karen Sweeney, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Community, Turner Construction Co.

I settled a large contract dispute, successfully getting a $5 million payment for my client.

Caryn Boisen, Larson King and WCOE National President

My company, CT Mechanical, is #23 on Chicago Crain's "Fast Fifty" with a 5 year growth rate of 513%.

Catherine Tojaga, CT Mechanical and WCOE National Board Member

BT Metals will be the first certified supplier for Caltrans. It will be designated a Gold Star Certification by the department and was requested by all of our major companies to safeguard against "pass-throughs."

Lee Cunningham, BT Metals and WCOE National Board Member

I recently completed our largest job to-date, the Kansas City Power & Safety and Training Facility which was a $2.6 million project.

Mary McNamara, Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal and WCOE National Board Member

I was selected as Supplier of the Year by the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, I was honored as contractor of the year by the African American Contractor Association and my company was honored as the Jeffrey Butland Family Business of the year in Illinois as a family-owned business which has passed through several generations by U.S. Small Business Administration.

Stephanie Hickman, President and CEO, Trice Construction Company and WCOE National Board Member

I was recently recognized by the City and State of NY at the "Above and Beyond" Awards Gala as one of New York's most remarkable women. My husband, Harry, is raising funds for Parkinson's disease research by walking from New York to Toronto.

Deborah Bradley, Deborah Bradley Construction and WCOE National Board Member

I was appointed Vice President of Diversity and Community Affairs at Gilbane Building Company.

Linda Graves, Gilbane Building Company

I co-authored and published The Soul of Success which hit the Amazon best-sellers lists.

Rabiah Sutton, CEO of FWD think

I led a 20 member delegation to China that resulted in $200 million in projects for the county. Within four months of starting my job, I secured a full-page metro section article in the Washington Post featuring the President of our organization. I secured 70% weekly media penetration in the media, valuing $5 million in earned media.

Britta Varlo Linden, Chief of Staff, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation

I spent most of last year in the Holy City of Madinah developing a public transportation system for 9 million pilgrims per year in Saudi Arabia.

Connie Crawford, Louis Berger

I started our company in February, 2016. We already have 2 jobs on the books and we are starting our testing lab.

Connie Zambianchi, Amaracon Testing & Inspections, LLC

This past year I successfully planned and oversaw the roll-out of Women @ Langens, the firm's internal women's initiative whose goal is to advocate for the career advancement of our women.

Michelle O'Connor, Principal, Langan Engineering

After 2 years in a position at a program management firm, I took a leap of faith and applied for a position that challenged me intellectually and has put me in a position for growth. My success story is a story of pushing through my comfort zone.

Nichelle A. Holmes, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation

Unemployment has been reduced by 5.6% to 4.3% and 5,800 new jobs have been created in 1 year. New projects total $10 billion are in the pipeline, including a $750 million hospital, $1.3 billion casino and resort and $150 million for business delegates to China.

Jim Coleman, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation


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