Women of STACK

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Geneviève Brûlé, Human Resources & Administration Manager

Who are your female role models? 
Any woman who is empathic, sensitive, and at the same time a strong leader that can put their foot down if needed! My boss Diana is the perfect example, and I am lucky to have her as a mentor! 

Did any women inspire your career choice in construction? 
It wasn’t planned that I would end up in this industry. I just had a great opportunity, I took it, and I am very happy where I ended up! 

 

What would you say to the younger female generation interested in construction? 
At the end of the day, we are all human! Don’t be intimidated, be yourself, do your best, and take the place you deserve girl! 

Biggest life lesson in your career? 
Make a career plan and do whatever you need to do to achieve it! If it doesn’t suit you anymore, change it! Take courses, be curious, get better, and change jobs if you don’t feel like you are going in the right direction. You are the master of your own destiny! Make the best of it! 

Darcie Burroughs, Content Marketing Specialist

Who are your female role models?  
American author, Anne Labastille. Her book Woodswoman inspired me to leave my one-bedroom apartment in NYC and plant my roots on 17-acres in the Adirondacks with my husband. 

Did any women inspire your career choice in construction? 
I think all women inspired me to pursue this career. I want to break the stigma that the construction industry is for men only.

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What would you say to the younger female generation interested in construction? 
Girl, you have no idea how fun and rewarding it is! It starts with a great company, great leadership, and hard-working and fun people surrounding you. No matter if you work in the field or in the office, there are so many opportunities! 

Biggest life lesson in your career? 
Ignore the hierarchy, everyone deserves respect and kindness.

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Suzie Combs, Training Manager/Customer Success

Who are your female role models? 
My active, older friends who show me every day that you can reinvent yourself and do whatever you set your mind to. 

Did any women inspire your career choice in construction? 
Not anyone in particular, however, watching all the women working construction and remodel projects on HGTV certainly inspired me. My dad and grandfather always gave me a hammer, nails and wood when I was young and encouraged me to build things—I love that feeling when you’ve finished a project! Working on the tech side is gratifying as I know what we do at STACK is helping people in the construction industry get through their projects faster and leads to that same feeling of accomplishment.

What would you say to the younger female generation interested in construction?  
Don’t be intimidated. Don’t be insulted and don’t lose focus on what you want to get done! 

Biggest life lesson in your career? 
When you are in the middle of a mistake, issue or problem, ask yourself, “will this be bothering me five years from now?”—then learn from it, fix it if you can and move on. This puts things in perspective so you stay strong and can continue your journey. 

Sarah Galloway, Project Specialist

Who are your female role models? 
My biggest female role model would be one of my coworkers at my previous company. She wasn’t much older than I was, but she was so confident and so exceptional at her job. She helped teach me about all the different aspects of construction outside the world of Project Management and eventually helped me discover STACK! 

Did any women inspire your career choice in construction? 
I found my love for construction through regular mission trips to Appalachia. I was able to experience these with so many strong women from my church. They were so passionate about the work we did that it inspired me to go to school for Construction Management. 

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What would you say to the younger female generation interested in construction? 
Just do it! The industry is dying for some strong, confident women. I was always the only woman in my construction classes through high school and college and typically the only woman on my jobsites and in important meetings. It was so rewarding for me, and I grew so much being in the construction industry. 

Biggest life lesson in your career? 
The biggest lesson I’ve learned in my career in the construction industry would have to be to stand up for yourself. When I started in construction, I was very quiet and timid. Being in a male-dominated industry, this gets you nowhere. As I grew to understand my field and my projects more, I was able to contribute greatly to my projects and become an indispensable member of the team. It definitely took time to become comfortable but standing up for myself and being able to state my opinion in a room of much more experience men helped me grow into who I am today. 

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Karine Mainville, Enterprise Sales Development

Who are your female role models? 
I am blessed to have many strong female role models in my day to day. They all have their own light, stories, and fight for what they believe. 

Did any women inspire your career choice in construction? 
My grandparents were the perfect feminist couple. My grandmother shoveled out the dirt from the hole where the foundation of their home would be alongside my grandfather.  

What would you say to the younger female generation interested in construction? 
Ladies, let them underestimate you. Show them with results. Kindness and empathy go a long way to helping lift others alongside you. 

Biggest life lesson in your career? 
Be authentic to who you are. Your specific life experiences and skills are what make you valuable. Focus on your strengths. 

Diana Osborne, Director of Human Resources

Who are your female role models?  
There are so many women who have played a pivotal role in my career and have not only served as role models, but as a major source of inspiration, as well. There are definitely common threads that all of these women share; strength, intellect, perseverance and positivity.     

Did any women inspire your career choice in construction?  
What is really inspiring is that in an industry primarily dominated by men, women construction leaders are driving change with a spirit of compassion, understanding, and the ability to manage/drive toward positive project outcomes leveraging their unique strengths as women.  

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What would you say to the younger female generation interested in construction?  
Believe in yourself. Use your voice; do not be afraid to raise your hand and share your ideas and thoughts.  

Biggest life lesson in your career?  
Know your worth. Continually learn and try new things. It’s OK to fail…mistakes are your best teacher. 

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Lindsay Powers, Vice President of Marketing

Who are your female role models? 
My mother is my greatest role model. Because of her, I try to apply the golden rule and grace to every aspect of my personal and professional life. Treating others the way you want to be treated, showing empathy, demonstrating patience and giving grace are all skills that my mother taught me and that I strive to impart daily.  

Did any women inspire your career choice in construction? 
Not that I can think of, but women in the industry are certainly inspiring. Seeing women impact construction in new ways every day reminds me that working alongside them to problem-solve and improve the tools, processes and outcomes in a male-dominated field is an honor. 

What would you say to the younger female generation interested in construction? 
Construction needs you! There are so many opportunities in this industry to build an exciting and rewarding career. Women have natural problem-solving skills that are valuable on jobsites, in operations, in process, in technology and everything in between. Not all paths involve wearing a hard hat, but they do all involve challenges that women are poised to tackle. 

Biggest life lesson in your career? 
You’re never done. When you’ve mastered a skill, there’s a new one to learn. When a project wraps up, there’s more work ahead. Look forward to what’s next and surround yourself with people who you can look up to and who will push and challenge you to do and be better.

Amanda Wolfe, Content Marketing Manager

Who are your female role models? 
My grandmother. She grew up during the Depression and suffered a lot of loss throughout her life, but she taught me to be self-sufficient and thrifty, to love unconditionally, and to value reading and learning. 

Did any women inspire your career choice in construction? 
My mother actually! She ran my uncle’s demolition business for years, handling everything from hiring and payroll to helping price jobs to invoicing and accounting. I didn’t initially plan to also work in the construction industry, but when presented with the opportunity I knew I could do it because of her. 

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What would you say to the younger female generation interested in construction? 
You are just as capable as any of the guys – if not more so! Don’t be afraid to take the leap and try whatever it is you’re interested in. There are so many opportunities in the industry, even beyond working in the field. You can do it! 

Biggest life lesson in your career? 
Speak up and ask for what you want! The worst they can say is no. 

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Cady Wullenweber, Human Resources Administrator

Who are your female role models? 
All women really – I believe that we are so powerful and are all unique and important. I’m inspired by women who know their worth and help others recognize their own worth.  

Did any women inspire your career choice in construction? 
No, but I admire women in an industry that is male dominated. 

What would you say to the younger female generation interested in construction? 
Believe in what you have to offer and never forget it, lean on other women if you need to for support, and you always deserve to feel heard, safe, and recognized in your job.  

Biggest life lesson in your career? 
Professional growth doesn’t mean you always need to have the answers, it’s about continuing to learn and staying curious about the unknown.

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