March 5, 2024

The Power of Mentorship for Women in Construction Careers

The construction industry is rapidly changing, and women play a significant role in redefining industry roles. With support, mentorship, and training opportunities, women now have more chances to excel and contribute their unique skills and talent to the industry. Women can pursue diverse roles, such as architects, engineers, planners, marketers, project managers, and heavy equipment operators, among other professions. However, despite the increasing opportunities, women still face unique challenges along the path to success. That’s why mentorship and support from women in leadership roles are essential tools that empower women to overcome difficulties and create a resilient community that looks toward the future confidently.

Redefining Industry Roles

One of the most significant ways women are redefining roles in the construction industry is by increasing their presence in traditionally male-dominated fields. Women bring diversity and a fresh perspective to the industry, challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers. They are not confined to one role and excel in various positions, including leadership roles. Women in construction often engage in mentorship and networking initiatives, creating supportive communities and alliances that further empower them to shape the future of construction.

The Importance of Mentorship

Mentorship is a crucial factor in professional growth, providing guidance, community, and encouragement to beginners and seasoned professionals. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 70% of mentees have successfully acquired leadership positions in the construction industry.

Through mentorship, women can access valuable insights, advice, and knowledge from experienced professionals, helping them build confidence in their roles. Additionally, mentorship from female industry leaders inspires a new generation of women to envision and achieve their career goals. Mentorship provides a structured framework for skill development, helping mentees find and develop the capabilities required for success in the industry.

Lauren Miller, Safety Manager at Hensel Phelps, said, “One of the best things you can do for yourself is find a mentor in the construction industry to help you navigate the arena in the beginning.” Get involved in the different coalitions and alliances in your community. Remember, your strong work ethic will show for itself regardless of who you are.”

Photo courtesy of Hensel Phelps

Skill Development

Construction careers demand a diverse skill set, ranging from technical expertise to leadership skills. Mentorship provides a structured framework for skill development. Mentors help their mentees find the capabilities required for success in this vast industry. According to a study by Gartner, 87% of mentors and mentees felt they were more successful and confident. Additionally, mentors and mentees were 5 times and 6 times more likely to be promoted than those without mentors. This highlights the significant impact mentorship can have on women’s careers, providing them with the guidance and support they need to advance in their careers and achieve their goals. Whether mastering project management techniques or developing effective communication skills, mentors are pivotal in skill enhancement.

Inspiring the Next Generation

As more women rise in construction leadership roles, they become role models for the next generation, inspiring and empowering them to pursue their dreams. This positive cycle contributes to breaking down stereotypes and biases, fostering an environment where women not only succeed but also actively participate in the empowerment of others.



The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s Construction Workforce Initiative, Build Your Future Arizona’s mission is to create a sustainable and skilled craft workforce by creating awareness about high-paying construction careers, training opportunities and mapping career paths to employment in these high-demand occupations.