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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Women in Construction: Lauren Mann

"Be yourself and don’t let naysayers get you down.  Even though there have been big strides in the industry towards equality and the elimination of sexism, you will still run into it from time to time.  If you continue to do the job you know you can do, every one of them will be silenced eventually!"

This week, as part of Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

LAUREN MANN

National Operations Manager
Years in Industry:  19

After completing her business degree, Lauren originally worked for a large general contractor as an on-site Project Accountant. She worked with Project Managers and field personnel every day and quickly realized that she had more interest in what they were doing than her interest in working with numbers.  After about 6 months, she transitioned into a Project Engineer role and returned to school in the evenings to work towards a Construction Management degree.  She stayed in the general contracting world for 10 years, working in nearly every industry sector and working her way up to a Project Management role.

Eventually she moved to Minnesota, accepted a position at Hunt Electric, worked as a Project Manager on a large data center project in North Carolina, multiple projects locally, and then went to Missouri to be the Project Director for the Joplin Hospital project.  When that project ended, Lauren moved into the preconstruction group so she could learn more aspects of the company, and then completed the EMBA program at U of M Carlson School of Management.  From there she transitioned back to the National group as the National Operations Manager.  In this role she oversees Project Managers working on national projects and assists the VP of National Operations with overall management of the group.  Some of the projects Lauren has been a part of in this role include General Motors Arlington New PTED (building and process), Lockheed Martin Substation Replacement, and multiple government jobs (DISA San Antonio, DISA Montgomery, DLA Columbus MV Upgrade, NASA Launch Pad 39B UPS Upgrade).