Daily Record Staff//August 24, 2022
//August 24, 2022
Women make up 9.9% of the construction industry in the U.S., according to the National Association of Women in Construction, and many work in administrative, sales and professional positions.
Heather Rustici, senior vice president at Jeffrey Brown Contracting, wants to see more women leaders, not just for the construction industry, but for any industry deemed male-dominated.
When she started as a part-time administrator in 2011 (while also working to obtain her master’s degree in counseling psychology) she had no intention of staying in the job after graduating, but she became passionate about the work and fully committed to the job.
Rustici worked hard, rising through the ranks to take on the role she currently serves as senior vice president, through sheer determination and passion.
“I have been able to prove the male-dominated industry of construction excels with women in leadership. I am proud of the ways in which my behavioral health background has influenced how I lead, and in turn, influenced how JBC does business,” she said.
Her biggest motivator is letting go of imposter syndrome. “It limits the risks we take, the way in which we talk about our accomplishments, and the confidence we portray.”
She wants women to live by the words of Marianne Williamson, “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you … And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”