Women In Construction

It's no secret that women are making great strides in the construction industry. Read some of their inspiring stories here.


A chief state transportation engineer, a vice president at HNTB Corp. , two transportation policy project managers and a women-led civil engineering firm are the 2020 winners of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation's "Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction" awards.

Jennifer Bishop has always been one to go toe-to-toe with the toughest issues in her professional life. And, inevitably, her self-confidence and perseverance lead her to success. That fire within Bishop has also led her to a new position in 2020 as Dynapac North America's dealer sales manager for the Southeast following a 16-year-long career with the company.

Kenworth was honored as a 2020 top workplace for women in the transportation industry by the Women in Trucking Association (WIT). It marks the third consecutive year that Kenworth has received special recognition from the organization. Nominated companies for the special recognition possess a corporate culture that supports gender diversity; provides flexibility in hours and work requirements; offers competitive compensation and quality benefits, such as paid maternity leave; includes training, continuing education and development; and fosters career advancement opportunities.

Southland Electric Inc. is a San Diego-based commercial and industrial electrical contractor that serves the Southern California region. The woman-owned company does electrical work for entities like Cox Cable, San Diego city schools, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE), and many more.

Based in Irwin, Pa., – approximately 22 mi. southeast of Pittsburgh, Brex Enterprises provides pipeline maintenance and services; earthwork and development; trucking and hauling; and right-of-way services. A family business with a history of generations of construction experience, it operates mainly in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York.

Asphalt is all around. It paves the way for us to get to where we are going, whether it is for work or play. As president of Crown Paving in Greenbrier, Tenn., Jessica Blackburn understands the importance of efficiency and quality. It's why clients such as McDonalds, Holiday Inn and Nashville International Airport chose Crown Paving for asphalt paving, concrete and repair solutions.

From owning a fitness and yoga studio to owning and operating a successful trucking company that serves contractors in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, Chelsy Looker is proving to be a talented entrepreneur. "When I was young, I was a flagger for my dad's asphalt company [Asphalt Patch Systems], so I was always around heavy equipment," Looker recalled.

After a nationwide search, HOLT CAT has announced the appointment of Joyce Pingel as senior vice president, chief information officer and head of digital. In the role, she will be responsible for leading, managing and directing IT and digital functions while providing strategic direction for the information technologies and communication systems at HOLT.

ADOT has hosted many sessions of its Construction Academy during the past six years. But the latest one held at the beginning of March in Phoenix was still a momentous first. That's because all the participants in this academy, which ran from March 2 to 13, were women.

In celebration of Women in Construction Week, Road Machinery & Supplies Co. sponsored a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity build on March 3, 2020, in Oakdale, Minn. Taking part in the build was the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as the chapter celebrated Women in Construction Week, March 1 to 7.

ConExpo-Con/AGG unveiled a 3D printed statue of a female construction worker to represent the growing role women play in the construction industry. The statue is the world's largest 3D printed statue of person. Standing upon a 10-ft. base, the statue stands an additional nineteen feet high, with her feet placed approximately 10 ft.