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: Michele Bugh
Name: Michele Bugh
Company: Continental Building Company, a national construction company that partners with private developers & clients to build places where people live, work, stay & shop.
Title/Position: Vice President
Years Working in Construction: 28 years
How Michele Started in Construction: I was hired as the Regional Marketing Manager for Gilbane Building Company’s new Columbus, OH office
What Michele Loves Most About Her Job: “ I am always learning… about a new client’s goals and drivers, about improved construction methods and materials, about a market segment’s struggles and needs, etc.”
What Does It Mean to Michele to Be a Women in Construction? “Early in my career it was tough because there were so few professional women in management and executive roles in Construction. But I quickly realized that creativity, good communication skills, taking initiative, being professional, and demonstrating leadership are universally desired and needed in this industry and gender biases are less of an issue. I’m excited to see more and more young women choose construction as their career choice.”
What Career Advice Does Michele Offer to Women Considering a Career in Construction?
Don’t let assumptions and perceptions deter you. Commercial construction is an ever-changing industry where you constantly will be challenged and learning… and bright, driven women can become executives.
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!