Back in April 1996, I wrote in a column titled, “Regarding Women In This Field,” because I just wanted to express my frustration with the male-dominated building industry and the lack of a sufficient and equal number of women to work with. Since then, I have come back to the topic on a few occasions in this column.
Recently, someone who is very close to me commented that I seem to work with a lot of woman in this industry, and that got me thinking. First, my response to her was that at this point in my career I have managed to selectively work with only those clients I enjoy working with. That said, more than half my clients are woman, and I believe that is because I believe these specific women are very knowledgeable, good communicators, are continuously looking to learn more, and can be counted on to follow through with their job responsibilities.