Rogers is proudly celebrating this week for two very important reasons.
First and foremost, March 3-9 is “Women in Construction Week”, recognized by fully highlighting and emphasizing women in the construction industry. “Construction has less than 9% of women working in the industry, in the actual trades, it is only 3%,” says Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT, the president of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). The big focus of Women in Construction Week is to highlight women as a viable part of the construction industry. Not only that, but it is also a time for local chapters of the NAWIC to give back to their communities. This WIC week highlighting such an important sector of the industry provides an occasion for members of the NAWIC all across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and really put a focus on how much this area is growing, expecting to more than double from 9% to 25% within the next year.
Second, and possibly just as important as the first reason, today we celebrate International Women’s Day. Today we emphasize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all across the world. This company would not be as successful as it is without the large female forces working hard every single day to make a difference in this industry.
To celebrate today and this week as a whole, we got together with some of our influential female employees and asked them what they love about working in this industry and to give us a little bit of background information on how they got here. Here are some of the things they said…
D’Anne Hamilton Construction Executive Assistant says,
“I got my start in the construction industry working as a receptionist over 25 years ago. It was there that I developed a love for the industry. It’s a great sense of pride to know that we have touched so many projects in one way or another. Every day is fast paced and never the same and that is what I have always loved about this industry. I went away from it for a few years but knew that I needed to come back to what I love and that is how I came to Rogers back in October of 2018. This is where I feel at home and I’m thankful to be a part of this wonderful family at Rogers.”
Lindsey Schoultz, Chief Human Resource Officer says,
“I enjoy working in this industry because it keeps me driven. It’s dynamic, fast-paced and every day brings new challenges and opportunities. It’s extremely rewarding to see what we’ve been able to accomplish as a team.”
Diane Coger, Construction Office Manager says,
“As a woman in construction, it means challenging myself, being confident in what you do know and the skills and perspectives you have to offer. The industry itself is diverse and offers opportunities for people from all walks of life, from apprenticeships to college degrees. Nothing is as rewarding as working on a project from start to finish, knowing that I did my part is an added plus.”
Katie Bennett, Procurement Manager says,
“I enjoy working in the construction industry because it makes me a stronger woman – both personally and professionally. It’s a fast-paced atmosphere. I am constantly on my toes to solve problems, and that resourcefulness carries over and has become an asset in my personal life as well.”
We’re incredibly proud to have each of these women and the rest of our Rogers women as very important members of the Rogers family and in this industry. Look for next week’s spotlight when we Get Connected to the People Behind Rogers and honor another employee in the Rogers family.