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Empowering Women in Construction: The CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 Women in Construction Series



The CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 Women in Construction series shines a light on the incredible contributions and inspiring stories of women in the construction industry. From overcoming gender stereotypes to leading major projects, these women are paving the way for a more inclusive future in construction.

The series not only celebrates the achievements of women in the industry but also provides actionable insights and strategies for business and personal growth. By sharing these success stories and offering valuable tips, the series aims to inspire more women to pursue careers in construction and help companies expand their workforce's gender diversity.

“CONEXPO-CON/AGG is happy to support and highlight the amazing women in our community” said Dana Wuesthoff, CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show Director. “The active involvement of women will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the construction industry.”

As the industry evolves, the contributions and leadership of these women highlight the importance of inclusivity and support. Their stories serve as powerful reminders that with perseverance, mentorship and a supportive community, women can excel and drive positive change in the construction industry. 
Keep reading for a sampling of some of the amazing women featured so far this year, and visit the Women in Construction page on the CONEXPO-CON/AGG website for more stories from groundbreaking women across the industry.


Tonya Hicks shares her pioneering journey as the first African American woman to become an IBEW journeyman electrician in Mississippi. Despite facing "racism, discrimination, sexism and bias," Tonya’s unwavering determination showcases the importance of self-worth and perseverance in achieving success.

Stacey Tompkins, President of Tompkins Excavating, integrates family values into her leadership approach. Her transition from food service management to leading a major construction company exemplifies how blending personal and professional life can lead to exceptional outcomes.

The active involvement of women will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the construction industry.

Dana Wuesthoff



Monica Rakoczy emphasizes the role of mentorship in her career. Known as the "Job Mom," Monica underscores the nurturing aspect of leadership and how mentorship fosters growth and mutual respect within the industry. Her commitment to guiding others demonstrates the profound impact of supportive leadership.

Jenny Crozier envisions a future where mutual respect and acceptance are key to making the construction industry more inclusive. She believes that creating a family-like atmosphere in blue-collar jobs opens up opportunities for everyone, emphasizing that there is a role for every ability level in construction.

Chloe Jones advocates for changing the perception of construction as a "man’s world." She highlights that increased female participation is crucial for shifting perspectives and providing support to women entering the industry. Chloe's efforts aim to show that women are not alone and that the industry is gradually becoming more inclusive.


Amy Underwood challenges traditional gender stereotypes and champions blue-collar careers for both women and men. Her narrative underscores the vital importance of early career introduction and the need for fostering diversity within the industry.

Missy Scherber addresses the unique challenges faced by women, single mothers and primary caretakers in construction. She advocates for alternative work schedules to prevent burnout and ensure that the industry can tap into a diverse workforce without compromising personal responsibilities.

Amanda Kurt, a second-generation concrete contractor, highlights the significance of continual learning and owning up to not knowing everything. Her participation in job site meetings helped solidify her role in her family business, demonstrating the importance of active involvement and a willingness to learn.


Dr. Sarah Buchner discusses the transformative power of integrating advanced AI technology in construction. Her reflections on overcoming adversity and her entrepreneurial spirit provide a blueprint for navigating a male-dominated field with innovation and determination.

Lana Edwards shares her inspiring journey from agriculture to construction. Her story emphasizes hard work and persistence as key drivers for change and inspiration for other women aspiring to join the industry.

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