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Leah Richie-Whitson

What is your current role?
Service Sales Representative

Why did you decide to be on the WICS advisory council?
I'm interested in educating and empowering myself and others about the issues women face specifically in the construction industry.

What is the biggest change you would like to see come out of the WICS effort/initiative? Awareness and Education for All Employees about our unconscious biases.

What would you tell someone if they were interested in supporting this effort? How can they help?
Take the time to educate yourself on the issues we're working on improving.

What's your favorite part of your job?
Finding quality solutions for customers.

What advice would you give someone starting out in this industry?
Learn everything you can in all aspects of the industry, whether it directly affects your current role or not.

What is the biggest change you have seen in the construction industry since you started?
I see a few more women in the field and in leadership roles, but it's still not nearly enough. 

Who inspires you and why?
I'm inspired by a variety of people and things. My father's work ethic, my grandparent's dedication to family, my dance teacher & mentor's passion for creativity & art, my mother's generosity, and my husband's loyalty & kindness. 

What’s the best career advice you ever received?
Don't be afraid to ask for what you want.

What would surprise us about you?
I teach dance, aerial silks and fitness classes.