Name and Company: Stacey Lioreisis, MCN Build
Title: Assistant Project Manager
Years in the industry: 11 years
What made you want to join the construction industry?
It was purely by chance. I have a background in Architecture and was drafting for an engineering firm while looking for a job in my field. A good friend suggested I consider it, as she was looking for her replacement in the construction company she was working at the time. After a few months, I fell in love with construction. I loved learning to understand how things are built off of a computer program, working with a large team of people every day. That my days were not monotonous, and they were full of activity.
What does being a woman in construction mean to you?
It means that I am helping to pave the way for more women to enter the many disciplines construction has to offer. For me, as a woman in this field, I feel like I am adding value to society, beyond the drawings. I get to be a part of the “built environment” and I feel valued. I feel proud when I watch the end user walking through the space I helped build.
How can you help educate young women that may be considering entering the industry or that don’t know about opportunities in the industry?
Investigate all of the various opportunities construction has to offer. Construction isn’t necessarily on a job site, working in dust. Like most other professions, there are many aspects of construction. Each element is critical in completing projects, on time and with a budget. On a side note, often women are misunderstood, especially in this field. Keep in mind, we are all saying the same thing, just in a slightly different language. It is important to keep composure and remember that everyone on the job, has the same goal in mind.