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Katie Mistry

What is your current role?

Instructional Designer

Why did you decide to be on the WICS advisory council?
I wanted to help facilitate something that could really help change company culture to one that more fully embraces one of our core values: We Care.

What is the biggest change you would like to see come out of the WICS effort/initiative? I'd love to see people accept and acknowledge that we all come from different backgrounds, with different experiences that affect how we think, work and interact and then use that knowledge to consider how we can better support one another and empathize even though another's experience does not match with our own.

What would you tell someone if they were interested in supporting this effort? How can they help?
Contact myself or Cristine Leifheit. We'd love the help in shifting the culture by completing our 13 approved WICS objectives. The more people that help, the more we will see our vision become reality.

What's your favorite part of your job?
1) I get to work with people from all over the company, and 2) I love planning, so planning out a course and then creating it from beginning to end feeds both my creativity as well as Type A personality.

What advice would you give someone starting out in this industry?
As a recent entrant into this industry myself, I'd ask that whoever joins us would come with a learner/growth mindset. We all have something to learn - from the most experienced to the least. It will go well with you to soak in everything you can from everyone you can. There's a lot to learn, but that's the exciting part!

What is the biggest change you have seen in the construction industry since you started?
In my short time in this industry, I've seen a change in how the other generations treat millennials, especially. We're now more a part of the team - contributing, respected members if you will. That kind of psychological safety builds trust and helps us generate and act on the ideas we may bring to the table.

Who inspires you and why?
I know I could choose anyone in the world like Mother Theresa or Bill Gates, and while yes, they are inspiring, it is my parents that have had the most influence on my life. I've seen how they struggled, celebrated, worked, prayed, and lived day-to-day. They're not perfect, but they're diligent, dedicated people. And I aspire to be that diligent in my own efforts both at work and home and that dedicated to the service of those around me no matter my own personal feelings or situation.

What’s the best career advice you ever received?
I live by the mantra "I am not my own." Work is so much more gratifying when I can anticipate or recognize a need someone has and do my part to help. When you're working for something bigger than yourself, motivation is higher and so is the reward.

A close second to this though is from my old boss: Don't take work home with you. << Also words to live by.

What (work related thing) keeps you up at night?
I want to change things that need changing right now. So I guess you could say a lack of patience keeps me up. The easy things (or things I think are easy) like adding nursing stations for nursing mothers or getting people more involved in activities to build community... why can't we just get them done? (Sigh...)

What would surprise us about you?
I love dancing. Any kind. Anywhere.