The Women of Construction
I Build America – Ohio is dedicated to celebrating the women of construction! Women are a vital part of our industry, and there are female leaders at all levels of construction work. From foreman to company owners and executives, construction wouldn’t be the industry it is without its female employees. Join us and our partners in celebrating the success of women within your own company and across the nation during National Women in Construction Week 2021.
Meet: Leah Reitano
Name: Leah Reitano
Company: Shook Construction Co., a construction company that serves clients in 13 states from its offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
Title/Position: Project Administrator
Years Working in Construction: 7 years
How Leah Started in Construction: Before joining the construction industry, Leah worked as an assistant director of a child care center. She started to explore careers with more advancement opportunities, and construction was the industry that offered her the most room for career growth. Leah feels fortunate to have found Shook, where she can take on various responsibilities and “wear different hats” in her current role as Project Administrator.
What Leah Loves Most About Her Job: “The best part of my job is seeing the projects complete and how it provides for our communities.”
What Does It Mean to Leah to Be a Women in Construction? “Working in construction makes me feel proud because women do have a place in the industry, and we can bring on new and great ideas.”
What Career Advice Does Leah Offer to Women Considering a Career in Construction?
Do not trust the negative stigma that people have portrayed in the past! There is a wide variety of opportunities that a construction company can provide.
Learn More About Careers in Construction
Begin your career in construction today! Explore educational tools and resources right here on I Build America Ohio’s website. Questions about how to start a career in construction? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started in the right direction.
Follow along all week as we continue to share the message about the important role of women in construction, today and all year long!