North Branch Construction celebrates Carol Card and all women in construction, not only during the National Association for Women In Construction (NAWIC)'s 'Women in Construction Week', but every day!
Carol is the Lead Project Manager Assistant at North Branch Construction, with 17 years of experience in the construction industry. Her role is important because there is an incredible amount of work involved with construction that doesn’t take place on the jobsite. Carol leads a team of administrative professionals who are responsible for all documentation of North Branch’s projects from start to finish. She finds it very fulfilling to be a part of a project team, and to watch a project go from on paper to completion. Her department’s responsibilities include administering subcontractor bidding, project bonding, client contracts and billing, subcontractor billing and compliance, team collaboration efforts, and close-out, to name just a few; all while providing on-demand support for Project Managers, Superintendents, clients, subcontractors, vendors, architects, and engineers throughout the life of a project. Carol takes great pride in seeing her team succeed and watching members grow into additional roles within the company. She enjoys bringing new programs and ideas to the table that make the company more efficient.
Carol is inspired by her parents and grandmother who taught her that hard work is very rewarding, and that a woman should never have to deal with barriers just because she is a woman. Carol recognizes that it can be challenging for many women to have their voices heard in the construction industry, and how, oftentimes, they must work much harder than their male counterparts to gain the additional education and experience necessary to move upward in their careers. However, she has seen changes in recent years that indicate the industry is moving in a positive direction, with more women becoming involved in top-level management positions in construction.
If Carol was to give one piece of advice to girls and young women interested in pursuing a career in construction, she would say, “Take a look at all the career paths available in construction, not just the obvious. There are a lot of opportunities in accounting, IT, project management support, engineering, marketing, and more. It is a great industry to be involved with.”
The focus of Women in Construction Week, taking place from March 3-9, 2019, is to highlight women as a visible component of construction, while raising awareness of the opportunities available and emphasizing the growing role of women in the industry.