Staker Parson represents women in construction on ABC4 Utah
July 26, 2023
Cami Dellamore, West Division Marketing Coordinator, appeared on ABC4’s morning talk show, “Good Things Utah,” in a segment titled “Developing Homes and Communities of Workers to Achieve Construction Excellence,” sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), to discuss the organization’s new “GRACE” initiative and the evolving role of women in the construction industry.
GRACE – which stands for Gracious Responses Achieve Construction Excellence, is an empowerment initiative of the Associated Builders and Contractors Utah Chapter aimed at uplifting women in the construction industry by promoting education, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.
During the interview, Cami, alongside Mercedes Kapp, Human Resources and Safety Director for Kapp Construction, discussed the importance of changing stereotypes and ways of getting women increasingly involved in what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry.
“I think it is important for women to consider careers in construction because there are so many different and interesting opportunities for women in the industry, all offering nice wages and a healthy work culture,” Cami explained.
Mrs. Kapp also shed light on the culture and changes in diversity within the industry over the years.
“Everyone in construction is proud to be in it. The industry is very welcoming and feels like a family. It does not matter where you come from or what your background is, everyone is accepted, and everyone gets along.”
“Over the past few years, I have noticed an increasing number of people coming from different fields and wanting a change in career because they can make more money in this field.”
When quizzed on what her response would be to women feeling they might lack the background and skills required to venture into construction, Cami explained,
“In most cases, we will train you and pay you while training you. There are several opportunities available, and you can come in and learn how to do what interests you. You don’t necessarily have to know everything. So, if you are looking for a change in your career, come check us out. We have so many different and interesting opportunities.”
“If you are interested, contact Associated Builders and Contractors, and we can help put you in touch with someone.”
Please visit abc.utah.org for more information. Click here to watch the full interview.
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