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These stories are dedicated to and for the women who build our communities. Stay tuned for weekly chats with women of architecture, engineering, and construction. Let's share our wins our struggles and what it means to be in the AEC industry. There are so many roles to explore, and we hope you will join us for those discussions!
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Welcome to the LAST episode of Season 2 of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This episode our guest is Kayla Bonish.Kayla is a project engineer at Davis Construction. She works within the commercial interiors department.  She is another Hokie who graduated in 2019 with a Bachelors in Construction Engineering and Management.She shares about her first year out of college, the day to day look as a project engineer, a taste of what tenant fitout work looks like, lessons learned, compassion in industry, and a glimpse into the life at Davis Construction, one of regulars on the Engineering News Records top contractors lists.I had so much fun catching up with Kayla and picking her brain as she reflects on Year 1 of life post college.----------Thank you so much for following along this season!  I had a blast chatting with these talented ladies.  I plan on releasing Season 3 this Summer (2021), but first, I will be taking a short hiatus to focus on other goals within Space to Build and in my personal life.  I look forward to the new growth to come.  Stay tuned via our email list (spacetobuild.co) and come hang out on Instagram (@spacetobuild)!  Seriously, leave me a DM.  I love hearing from listeners!----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome to the second to last episode of Season 2 of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This episode our guest is Tenika Chavis.Tenika is the owner of Lady Carpenter LLC.  Her services include general contracting, renovations, and real estate investing.  In this episode she shares her experiences in the union as a carpenter, how she plans on pivoting her construction career, and advice and a deeper dive into finding your voice and speaking up.I am grateful for my chat with Tenika!  She is full of wisdom!----------You can find Tenika at www.theladycarpenter.com!----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome to another episode of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.Season 2 has been about building confidence and community. Ordinarily we look at building community in the sense of building your own network to help elevate your career. This week we are taking on a new angle. This episode our guest is Natalie Goodin.Natalie is a midwest-based Architectural Designer with a background in nonprofit work and community design. She is an Associate AIA member, LEED Green Associate, and a past National AIAS Advocate. Her research and design work surrounding human-centered design has won her academic awards and earned her a spot in Beyond the Built Environment's Great Diverse Designers Library.She shares her traditional and nontraditional roles in construction, how to change a clients design vision, and what identity means to our society.  Let's take a look at advocacy while we build our communities!I had a great time with Natalie! Can’t wait to hear what you think! (Feel free to reach out to me via email or Instagram!)----------You can find Natalie and Good Build Collective @goodbuildco @gnatalie_13!----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome to another episode of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week we have Michelle Hands of She Who Dares Wins!Michelle is a mom, setting out engineer, land surveyor, and business woman.  She works hard to advocate for women in male dominated industries as well.  We chat about levels of confidence, workplace failures, and connecting with people that you may think are out of your league.  This is your episode if you want to learn more about construction in the UK and pick up tips on taking the steps you are afraid to to move on.I loved this laid back and honest conversation with Michelle.  I hope you do too!----------You can find Michelle at shewhodareswins.com or on IG @shewhodareswins_----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome to another episode of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week, we have Alex Burd, a 24 year old environmental solutions business owner in Tennessee and a founding member of the Crew Collaborative.  She is passionate about making a change in the construction industry and advocating for a more diverse and inclusive workplace for all individuals.  I had so much fun chatting with Alex.  I can't wait for you to hear this conversation!Just a quick disclaimer:  She uses a few curse words, but not in an offensive manner.  Curse of the industry, really.  You just pick up a more colorful vocabulary!----------You can find Alex and the services she offers at www.bonaquaenvironmental.com I encourage you to follow her construction and wellness adventures on Instagram at bonaquaenvironmental or aburd7!She is also on LinkedIn, Alex Burd.----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back for another season of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week, we have Kelly Ireland, a registered Master Plumber in Philadelphia.We explore her journey through her apprenticeship, her experiences in the commercial sector and her new move to residential service work.  We dive into what building confidence has looked like for her through these different stages. She also gives us great tips on how to treat our plumbing and how to prep for service appointments as a homeowner or renter.We also discuss some harder topics in this episode and the importance of setting clear boundaries upfront.She also brings up an instance where someone took Instagram posts meant to be in good humor and twisted them into a nasty experience.  While it isn’t a common experience, it is a lesson to keep in mind as we share our work lives and personal lives on social media.I would also like to throw out a disclaimer, for those not as familiar with construction terminology, there are words that can very easily turn into sex jokes.  If you are a parent who is looking to share this episode with your kid, then I would encourage you to listen to this episode on your own first.Despite all these warnings, I appreciate having Kelly on this show.  She is a candid and bold person who made a career shift in the midst of the pandemic that has really elevated her career in construction.  I enjoyed learning about her experiences, and I hope you do too!----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back for another season of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week our guest is JoAnn Brookes!JoAnn works for Perkins Eastman, an architecture and design firm.  She wears two hats depending on the project.  Some times she is the Project Manager and other times she is the Project Architect.In this episode we discuss her experiences and perspectives in construction management, architecture, and contracting.  She shares important advice for growing your career that you don't want to miss!----------If you would like to connect with JoAnn, you can find her here:  @JoAnnBrookes on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back for another season of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week our guest is Tonya Hicks!Tonya is a serial entrepreneur, mom to two boys, and an advocate for women!In this episode we talk about her journey through construction and how this has lead to her two businesses and organization.  We start with her experiences as the first women wireman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  These experiences led her to start her own contracting firm.  From there, she works her way into Women Do Everything, a consulting business for career guidance to women in male-dominated industries.  And in case you did not think that was enough, she is also Board Chair for a foundation established by Kaiser Permanente focused on community health.----------If you would like to connect with Tonya, you can find her here:  www.powersolutionsintl.comwww.womendoeverything.comwww.pahlga.org----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back for another season of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week our guest is Brittany Bailey!Brittany is a Licensed General Contractor, DIY Educator, and founder of PrettyHandyGirl.com a resource with over 1,500 DIY tutorials for everything from home improvement and repairs to crafting and smaller scale DIY projects.In this episode we talk about becoming a licensed general contractor, home rehab, homeownership, building confidence around power tools, and more!  I really enjoyed learning from Brittany.  I hope you do too.----------If you would like to connect with Brittany, you can find her online at PrettyHandyGirl.comHere are some of the things we reference:Pretty Handy Girl LinksTool Tutorials:https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/category/tool-tutorials/Hiring Great Contractors:https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/how-to-hire-great-contractors-questions-you-need-to-ask/Keeping Your House Warm:https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/9-ways-to-make-your-home-warmer-this-winter/Best Fit Face Mask:https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/best-fit-facemask/Etta Adventures:https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/?s=EttaMillie Adventures:https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/?s=Millie----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back for another season of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week our guest is Patricia Haywood!Patricia is the founder of Master Buildhers. She loves wearing colorful clothing, sporting an afro and being unapologetically herself. For too long, she tried to fit into a box that suffocated her genius. Today she stands out, embraces her difference and inspires others to walk to their own beat.In this episode we talk about her experiences in law, business, and construction, and how they have come together to form Master Buildhers, where she helps small construction firms strategize their growth!  ----------If you would like to connect with Patricia, you can find her online at masterbuildhers.com----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back for another season of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week our guest is Kate Reiling, introvert, mentor, and construction advocate!Kate is a project manager for a civil/sitework contractor in the Metro Atlanta Area. She has been in the industry since her first internship in 2005, when I fell in love with construction!  Her passion for our industry has lead her to becoming a found board member of the Crew Collaborative, a workforce development organization.We covered the types projects she works on, how mentorship and a supportive company has shaped her career, the need to just sit in the dark, and her passion for Crew Collaborative!----------If you would like to connect with Kate, you can reach her @katebuildsit on Instagram!If you are interested in the company she works for, you can find them here:  https://www.vertical-earth.com/If you want more information on Crew, click here:  https://crewcollab.org----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Season 2 - Trailer

Season 2 - Trailer

2021-02-1102:00

Hey there!Welcome to our SECOND season of Space to Build, the podcast where we chat with women in construction about the roles they play in building our community. This season is focused on Building Confidence and Community to Elevate your career. New episodes will release every Wednesday, starting 2/17/2021!  Please hit that subscribe button to stay tuned!You can also find us on Instagram at @spacetobuild and online at SpacetoBuild.co.There is space for you here.  You belong here. Chat with you soon!-Kathryn
Welcome back for the last episode of Season 1 of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week we have our podcast sponsor on as a guest!I can't wait for you to join Jade and I in this conversation.  We chat about our experiences at Virginia Tech, our opportunities in school and post graduation, things we struggle with, who we are outside of construction, and what turning a hobby into a business looked like for her. Most importantly, we talk about empowerment and how that varies from person to person.----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back to another episode of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week you will hear from Evelyn Lee:Architect turned Senior XP designerFounder of Practice of ArchitecturePodcast Host of Practice Disrupted.In this episode we talk about crafting non-traditional careers from architecture, the benefits and setbacks, making cold calls, and even a little behind the scenes about Disney.----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back to another episode of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week I chat with Ashton White.  Ashton, known as @thatmasonrygirl on Instagram, is a 2 time National Masonry Champion.  She started her masonry journey her junior year of high school and has since entered college.  We chat about what college has meant to her and where she hopes her experiences take her next.  Let's chat with our future leader in construction!----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back to another episode of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week I chat with Julie Foley, architect and fellow nerd!  She is currently studying for her exams to become an Architect.  During this conversation Julie and I talk about her nerdy passions and asking questions.  Julie has the key piece to a successful career down - be a sponge.  She is always ready to learn new information and isn't afraid to ask questions!We talk about the best time to ask questions and the connections she has made along the way that only helps her grow in her career.This is your episode if you are always itching to learn more but worried about how you may come across.If you would like to catch up with Julie, feel free to email her at juliezfoley@gmail.com!----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Welcome back to another episode of Space to Build, the podcast dedicated to the hard working women of construction.This week I chat with Jennifer Todd, Founder and President of LMS General Contractors.  We chat about the importance of representation in construction, hiring those without experience, and the COVID-19 impact.You will appreciate Jennifer's willingness to take a chance on people, train them, and give them room to grow into the professionals they want to be.----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
We have reached 5 weeks here at the Space to Build Podcast!This week, our discussion with Richelle revolves around working with different people, be it employees or clients.Join us as she shares stories about her two contracting businesses, her "rebellious" childhood, and how she chooses to show up in the world.  And what here goals are in the sustainability realm.  She is tackling the beginning stages of designing intentionally for both the end user and the environment.----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!  (You came in clutch!)Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Hey there, Space to Build Family!Welcome to Episode 4 of the Space to Build Podcast!Today's conversation is with Jenna Turner, a 26-year-old mom of 2, 6x business owner, and role model.  She is your next Joanna Gaines. I am going to just tell you now, you will be scooping up your jaw at the end of this conversation.  If you want to know what else she has done with her 26 years around the sun, head over to JennaTurner.co to find out more!----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!  (You came in clutch!)Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
Hey there, Space to Build Family!Welcome to Episode 3 of the Space to Build Podcast!Today's conversation is with Kate Amaral, a project manager for a general contractor.  We talk about her many pivots and the different management styles she has encountered throughout her career.----------Please subscribe, rate, and comment!You can also join us online at SpacetoBuild.co@spacetobuild on InstagramSpecial thanks to the podcast editor, Sean Watkins!  (You came in clutch!)Another special thanks to Epidemic Sounds for the awesome music.
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