Women in Construction Week

In the world of construction, where hard hats and heavy equipment rule, a new wave of women are shaking things up, and Christa is joining the movement. Her journey from college sports to entrepreneurship has landed her squarely in the heart of the construction industry, defying expectations every step of the way.

“As a business owner, you come to realize the impact that you have on your surrounding community,” Christa says. “Offering opportunities for workers to gain experience, to help build the confidence they need to advance their careers is very fulfilling.”

With a background in both collegiate basketball and softball, Christa is no stranger to perseverance and teamwork. Her academic pursuits earned her a Bachelor’s degree in biology, but it was her entrepreneurial spirit that ultimately landed her in the realm of construction.

Driven by a vision of economic growth and a desire to challenge conventional norms, Christa ventured into the construction industry, determined to make her mark. For her, education lays the foundation, but it’s the hands-on experience that truly propels one forward. “You can read a book about how to build a house, but the house won’t build itself without picking up the hammer and executing what you have read,” she remarks.

In the dynamic world of construction, Christa finds solace in the intersection of creativity and tangible results. “The harder the challenge, the greater the reward,” she states, emphasizing her affinity for the ever-changing landscape of construction projects.

When asked about the contributions of women in construction, Christa says “Women are a jack of all trades, collectively we have a wide range of skills and can wear a lot of hats,” she explains. “We bring a more colorful perspective with an analytical foundation. Women are great at communicating and have a natural way of uniting people.”

For women considering a career in construction, Christa offers sage advice, echoing the words of Babe Ruth: “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

“You are your own worst critic,” she adds. “If you want something bad enough, just put your mind to it and get it done. Try and get yourself involved in as many team functions as possible to learn how to work well with others and heighten your communication skills.”

As Christa continues to make strides in the construction industry, she’s a reminder that barriers are made to be broken. With determination and a little bit of resilience, anything is possible.

Check out our other BMWC Women in Construction featured this week:
Johnea Simpson – Durham
Kim White – Indianapolis
Hannah Higdon – Phoenix
Ashley Hauenstein – Toledo


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