What is your current role?
Account Manager & Lean Champion
Why did you decide to be on the WICS advisory council?
I wanted to join the WICS Advisory Council after helping out with the initial planning of the program on the WICS Taskforce, and seeing what a big impact we could have in our company and the community.
What is the biggest change you would like to see come out of the WICS effort/initiative?
I would like to see more equality awareness come to everyone, both men and women. Mostly in how we treat each other - from a firm handshake, to inclusion in meetings, and using respectful language.
What would you tell someone if they were interested in supporting this effort? How can they help?
There are so many ways that you can support this effort! Get with your branch WICS Advisor and volunteer to help implement some of the great initiatives that the Taskforce envisioned and the Advisory Council is executing.
What's your favorite part of your job?
I love working with great people both inside and outside of our organization, forming and growing those relationships, and working together to solve problems to different challenges everyday.
What advice would you give someone starting out in this industry?
My advice to someone starting out in this industry would be to find someone who you greatly respect and emulate their ways - how they dress, act, speak, their work ethic. If you admire that person, soon enough others will view you the same way.
What is the biggest change you have seen in the construction industry since you started?
The biggest challenge I've seen in the construction industry is resistance to change. It's gotten better with a younger generation entering the workforce, but we should always be trying to figure out ways to improve.
Who inspires you and why?
During a college internship, I was assigned a mentor, Amber Gnann-Perretti. She taught me the first bit I learned about HVAC design. I respected her and looked up to her because of the way she interacted with everyone she worked with. We became friends, and stayed in touch after both leaving the design industry for the construction industry. To this day, almost 20 years later, she is still a great friend and mentor.
What’s the best career advice you ever received?
The best career advice I've ever received was from Amber, the woman who inspires me. She once told me to fight for my career and what I think I've earned. Unfortunately, as women, we're not always taught that we need to speak up and fight for ourselves. But if we don't advocate for us, we can't expect anyone else to either.
What (work related thing) keeps you up at night?
Depending on the day... it could be worrying about meeting deadlines that keeps me up at night, or landing the next job that we need to keep everyone in the field with their next project to transition to.
What would surprise us about you?
One neat fact is that I met my husband, Steve McClurg at work - he's a Senior Mechanical Engineer at LEDS. Both of us are mechanical engineers, and we ended up getting married on Pi Day to 4 decimal places - 3.14.15. And, of course, we served pies at the wedding reception!