Meet some of the women that make up Rosendin's Corporate Training Team: Lisa Vere, Director of Quality and Training; Stephanie Roldan, Corporate Lean Manager; and Diane O'Carroll, Corporate Quality & Compliance Manager. Overseen by Lisa, Quality/Training and LEAN are part of one department where each area helps the other as deficiencies are uncovered with quality or when new ideas are generated as part of Rosendin's LEAN journey. The training team, together, is able to address items immediately and make a direct impact on the company's bottom line.
Lisa has been with Rosendin for 28 years, beginning as Tom Sorley's administrative assistant when he was a division manager. "Through the years I have been encouraged to see the number of women entering the construction field. I would like to see more women view the construction industry as a viable career choice. My most memorable moment in my career was about four years ago when the Training Department started Rosendin's Leadership Academy. We received extremely positive feedback from participants, which was deeply moving, and has helped us to grow the Leadership Academy into something that our employees want to be a part of."
Stephanie began her career in construction 19 years ago as a journeyman electrician by trade and has been with Rosendin for 14 years . She wanted to be a lawyer,but she chose construction because of the ability to earn money while she was learning an electrical trade. "My favorite part of being the Corporate Lean Manager, is the ability to coach and mentor teams as they build themselves within the construction industry. The biggest challenge I have seen for women in this industry is the opportunity to be seen as leaders. When promotions and new positions are discussed, the pronouns used are typically male in nature. I would like to see this shift within the industry."
What advice would you give to other women just starting their career in the construction industry?
Keep learning and building new skills so you are available for your next opportunity. Do not question whether or not you can do it, but whether or not you want to do it. Don't be afraid to speak up and blow your own horn. There are lots of Type A personalities in construction and companies need to hear the unique perspectives that women can bring to situations.
What would you tell a 10 year old girl who said she wanted to do what you do when she grows up?
There are questions to consider: What part of the industry interests her? Does she like to build with her hands? Does she like to code? Does she like to build 3D models? The industry has so many different opportunities and there is something for everyone. You have options to go to college and get a project management degree, go through an apprentice program after high school and learn a trade, or join a company in an entry level position and work your way up.