Rachel L. Mulholland, Sr. Project Engineer, Shook Construction
This week, I Build America Ohio is celebrating all of the men and women who make up Ohio’s construction workforce during the first-ever Construction Inclusion Week. The modern construction industry doesn’t look like the construction industry of previous generations. It’s made up of men and women of different backgrounds, cultures, faiths, orientations, and interests. The diversity of our workforce makes us stronger, and understanding the biases we all bring to our daily work is essential for creating an even better future for Ohio’s workforce. All week, I Build America – Ohio will be sharing the stories of various people in our state’s workforce who are working together to build Ohio.
Name: Rachel L. Mulholland
Company: Shook Construction
Position: Sr. Project Engineer
Years Working in Construction: 5 years
Why does workplace diversity and inclusion matter to you?
- The best ideas come to the table when everyone has a seat at it.
How can construction benefit from a more diverse workforce?
- Construction is such an established industry that it is necessary to constantly innovate, which I believe is best accomplished when supported by a diverse workforce.
How do you advocate for others? How can others advocate for you?
- I have always viewed myself as “leading by following”, which by itself I even found to be difficult when I first started in construction. I am challenging myself to be more forthcoming and to speak up more in advocacy for others. And I seek to be advocated for by simply requesting my fellow workforce members to stop, take a breath, and consider the possibility when encountering a new idea or proposed method. We can feel free to negate said idea after considering feasibility within reason.
Think about the future workforce of construction. Who do you think will be involved in it?
- I think the number of people that will be involved in construction is going to continue to increase. Building and renovating is such a great field to be in and – to be successful – already requires coordination amongst many people. I foresee the workforce requiring to increase to then lend itself to a more diverse workforce. And to to that I say: the more the merrier!