A New Approach to building Female Construction Leaders #SheGetIDone



 In traditionally male-dominated industries, such as construction, leaders can make an impact in at least two important areas: mentoring women and helping develop and implement strategies for mitigating bias and discrimination. Gender bias won’t vanish overnight; it’s an ongoing effort. A construction company that has positive mentors and gender equality program is likely to attract more female applicants at all levels, in addition to distinguishing itself as an industry pioneer. Learning 

Objectives:
1. Identify moments and places in which women may encounter bias or unique difficulty. 
2. Understand how these situations can be mitigated or avoided. 
3. Shed light on how the industry can move toward gender equality.



Mallorie Brodie - Moderator
CEO, Co-Founder at Brigit
Mallorie holds an Honours degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and has almost 10 years of entrepreneurial experience. She holds various entrepreneurial awards, including receiving the top prize at the 2015 Google Demo Day, being named Techvibes Entrepreneur of the Year, and being named to the 2019 Forbes Manufacturing & Industry 30 Under 30.

Laura Huizinga
Technical Sales Manager at Lindsay
Laura Huizinga has worked in the Road Building and Safety industry for 20 years. She currently represents Lindsay Transportation Solutions as a regional manager covering the
Eastern United States and Canada. Laura was employed as a General Manager of a Guardrail Installation Company and also Sales and Marketing Director for a Barricade Rental Company. She is a member of the NCUTCD Temporary Traffic Committee, president of ARTBA’s Traffic Safety Industry Division and throughout the years has participated in numerous industry committees and organizations to gain Work Zone Safety knowledge.

Katherine Harbin
Area Manager/EEO Officer at Maymead
Mary Katherine joined Maymead, Inc. in July 2007 as an Assistant Area Manager for the company’s Foothills Division, where she focused on commercial and municipal paving projects. Upon completing the NCDOT estimator and project management training program, NCDOT roadway technician program, and Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association joint training, she was promoted to Area Manager and began working closely with the NC Department of Transportation on numerous highway construction projects. Shortly thereafter, Mary Katherine was named the company’s Equal Employment Opportunity officer by the Board of Directors. In this role, she ensures equal employment, training, promotion, and wage increases for all employees. She additionally oversees the EEO programs of all subcontractors on Maymead’s federal construction projects. In 2016, in conjunction with Mitchell Community College, Mary Katherine developed the curriculum for Roadway Construction Basics—a classroom curriculum that was initially taught by herself and various Maymead managers, and has been used throughout North Carolina by the Board of Workforce Development, in an effort to prepare individuals to enter the construction industry. In November 2017, Mary Katherine helped found Western Carolina Safety, LLC to provide traffic control services for Maymead, Inc.’s highway construction projects. Through 2018 and 2019, this company has been tasked with providing advanced work zone signs, highway closures, and traffic diversion on projects located throughout western North Carolina. Mary Katherine’s professional development includes completing the ASTEC Executive Training Program in 2009, ARTBA’s Young Executive Development Program in 2010, and Caterpillar’s Generation to Generation Leadership Program in 2012. Mary Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Furman University. She has found a passion for workforce development—specifically working to develop the role of women in the asphalt industry. Most notably, she has started an all-women’s paving crew to help attract women into the construction trades, and has become a nationally recognized speaker on the topic. She is an active member of the Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association Board of Directors, BB&T Local Advisory Board, Iredell Memorial Hospital Community Board, Mitchell Community College Endowment Board, and the City of Statesville Stormwater Advisory Commission. Mary Katherine resides in Statesville, NC with her two children, Jack and Annie.

Missy Scherber

T. Scherber Demolition & Excavating



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