Women of Turton
In recognition of International Women’s Month, the women of Turton Bond sat down and discussed the many ways they contribute to the success of the business, and the overall construction industry, as well as some of the challenges they continue to face as a woman in construction. At Turton Bond we’re immensely proud of our ambitious target to have at least a 50% female workforce, and a 25% female leadership target which we continue to strive towards.
What has been the most memorable/favorite moment in your career?
Ciel: I worked as a Field Engineer at the LAX Midfield Satellite Concourse (the new International Terminal) and as a Project Engineer at SoFi Stadium. During construction, it is often hard to imagine the buildings as a final product and being fully occupied and used. Revisiting both buildings once they were open to the public in full operational capacity has been one of the coolest experiences! Also, it was awesome to see SoFi Stadium on TV during the 2022 Super Bowl and tell friends and family I helped build that!
Sydney: I had the opportunity to work on a construction site at a client’s office within my first year working here. I was very nervous at first because I was still fresh in the construction industry, this is my first job straight out of college, so I had no idea what to expect. On the other hand I was excited about the experience I was going to gain from this opportunity and I was looking forward to applying the knowledge I learned in the office and putting it to test on site. I am very grateful for this opportunity because it gave me more insight about the construction process and has helped me further my development in the industry and here at Turton Bond.
What are the advantages of including women in construction?
Neera: Working in the construction industry requires an action-oriented personality. However, it is also important to remain open and receptive so that one can effectively adapt to the evolving needs of a project or client. Women tend to lean into receptivity and understanding a bit more – so in this way, it’s advantageous to include women in construction because teams become more versatile and well-rounded.
Kearra: The advantages of including women in construction are just like anything else. Women bring a unique perspective and way of thinking and getting things accomplished to the work that we do. A surprising part about being a woman in construction is the lack of diversity that doesn’t seem as though it’s improving. I don’t think that young girls even have a thought in their mind or inspiration that they can work in the construction industry. I’m curious on how we can change that as an industry.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge of being a woman working within construction?
Kelly: The biggest challenge is having to show that I have the same knowledge as others in the industry. In the construction environment, women are unconsciously identified as a person of lesser knowledge since we haven’t always been prominent in the industry.
Neera: My biggest challenge as a woman was understanding the difference between aggressive and assertive communication. In the industry, these terms are often used interchangeably. But as a woman, I found it goes a long way to understand the difference.