Julie Whitehair | Chief of Staff
Finding Opportunity in each Challenge
Chief of Staff, Julie Whitehair started her career with KGa in the winter of 2018, but her career in construction spans 18+ years. Julie took some time to share with us her experience working as a woman in construction and what advice she has for any women looking to get their start in the construction industry.
What does a day int he life of the KGa Chief of Staff look like?
There’s really no typical day for me at KGa! Leading two diverse teams sometimes has me juggling responsibilities but that’s what keeps it exciting. A recent day had me at a networking event for the new Amazon Headquarters, swinging by a General Contractor’s office to make connections and follow up on bids, interviewing an applicant for an open driver’s position, touching base with the estimating team and wrapping up the day discussing details on an upcoming Building Envelope
Why did you choose a career in construction?
I love feeling like I am part of something big. Getting to see a project from schematic drawings all the way through to the final walk-through is incredibly rewarding.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a woman in construction?
As a woman working in the traditionally male dominated construction industry, being assertive without appearing aggressive can be a challenge. Learning to walk the tightrope between gender stereotypes to get the result I desire has been the key.
What do you love about working for KGa?
I love the diversity of projects that we work on the diversity of the KGa staff. Status quo is not acceptable and KGa is willing to take risks such as entering the Building Envelope market and adding the laminated glass fabrication line.
What advice do you have for women who want to get started with a career in construction?
First and foremost, believe in yourself! You earned that place in the Engineering/Construction Management program, the internship, the job, the promotion! You wouldn’t be there if you didn’t deserve it! I would also recommend finding a mentor to provide guidance to help grow your career. Don’t have a narrow view of mentorship, look at those around you who you admire, they could be your peer or someone in an entirely different field.
Thank you Julie for taking the time to chat with us, we appreciate your insight and knowledge as a woman in construction!