This week we celebrate and recognize the women in construction at ABC Keystone. First, meet Stephanie Larkin, VP of Education, Safety & Workforce Development. Stephanie started her career at Keystone in 2018. She supervises and coordinates the day-to-day management of the Chapter’s Education Department. Stephanie is passionate about the ABC Keystone education initiative and the success of our students. 

What has been the most memorable moment in your career?
The most memorable moment in my time at ABC was the closing party for our first All ‘bout Construction (ABC) Girls Camp in 2021. The campers were excited, sharing their projects with family, and I was suddenly aware that we had pulled off a cool event. Lots of emotions that day.

What’s the best part of your job?
I get to meet and speak with so many students and educators. It’s rewarding when a student I spoke to at a career fair or trade talk makes the decision to apply to our apprenticeship program. 

What are the advantages of being a woman in construction?
Come into this industry as you would any other industry – be confident, but always be willing to learn and take advice. 

What do you think is the most important change happening in the construction industry?
I’m very excited to witness the shift in our education system, where there’s a belief in and a movement back to trades education.  It’s about time! 

What advice would you give to a young woman entering the industry?
I would tell young women not to be afraid to speak up. Being the only woman or one of the very few women in a work setting can be intimidating, especially when you are young, but your input is valuable.

How do you think construction can attract more female candidates?
One of the best ways is creating opportunities for networking and mentoring between potential talent and those already in our field. We need to push information about our industry into the schools and communities.

What makes you proud of working in the construction industry?
Our members are down-to-earth people. They work hard, they play hard, and they love what they do. It’s easy to believe in this industry. 

Questions for Stephanie, contact her at stephanie@abckeystone.org