Women In Construction Week – Kayla Wynn
Kayla Wynn | Marketing Coordinator
“Construction, more than any other industry, provides women the opportunity to break barriers. I have a lot of respect for my fellow female coworkers. They all bring their individual expertise and skills, which I can confidently say, are vital to our company.”
Why did you get into the construction industry?
I wanted to work for a construction company because I really didn’t know much about the industry. I’ve always wondered what goes into the development and building process for commercial and residential real estate. I had previously worked with suppliers and vendors on promotional and marketing projects, so taking the Marketing Coordinator role seemed like a good fit.
Why did you choose to work at Martin Horn?
I could tell right away that the employees at Martin Horn were good people. I knew a few folks that worked with Martin Horn in some capacity and they spoke very highly of the company. The company’s atmosphere was very welcoming and genuine.
What unique skills do you bring to your job as a woman?
There is often a misconception that women in the workplace can’t be compassionate and still remain driven. I’ve set out to prove that wrong. My background has taught me how to be highly organized, which comes in handy when I need to wear multiple hats. On any given day, I get to be a graphic designer, copywriter, proposal planner, event planner and tons of other things. Fortunately, I have a great boss (and fellow #WomanInConstruction) to mentor me.
Are there women who inspired you along the way? Who?
The most important woman who’s inspired me is my mom. She was a single mother for the first 3 years of my life and worked hard to teach me the value of being able to independently provide for myself. She was the first person to teach me that nothing I learn can ever be a wasted. There are lessons to take away from every experience; how you process those lessons, is what makes you stronger and smarter.
What career advice do you have for younger women interested in construction?
If you’re interested in construction, take the leap and dive in. In the construction industry, any position is worth its weight in knowledge. Often young students think they “have to” go to college. College isn’t right for everyone and there are lots of jobs within the construction industry that do not require a four-year degree. Start with what sparks your interest and go from there. The sooner you get started, the faster you’ll gain experience to help you with your goals.
Why do you think women should work in construction?
Construction, more than any other industry, provides women the opportunity to break barriers. I have a lot of respect for my fellow female coworkers. They all bring their individual expertise and skills, which I can confidently say, are vital to our company.