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Celebrating Women in Construction Week:
Interview with Ali Ali

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Each year, the construction industry, guided by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), dedicates the first week of March to honoring and promoting the role of women in the construction industry. This year’s Women in Construction Week theme, Keys to the Future, celebrates women’s strength and knowledge and their vital role in shaping the construction industry’s future.

In honor of this year’s Women in Construction week, The Concord Group is sitting down with some of our very own women in construction for a special Q&A. Join us for this as we learn about their construction journeys, their roles at Concord, and their insights about being a woman in this industry.

Ali Noel, Assistant Project Manager at The Concord Group Construction Constultants

Q&A with Ali Ali, Assistant Project Manager/Office Manager at The Concord Group

Meet Ali Ali, Assistant Project Manager/Office Manager at The Concord Group.  Today, we sat down with Ali and asked her a few questions about her career in construction.

How did you decide on a career in the construction industry? 
When my husband and I moved from Baltimore to Milwaukee, I decided to explore work in a new industry after spending time in the public health, education, recruitment, and technology sectors. I enjoy managing the details of small-scale and large-scale projects and I knew that my skillset would add value to Concord and allow the specialists to focus on the
industry-specific initiatives while I utilized my organizational and project management strengths to support the team.

What is your current role, and what does it entail?
I am currently an Assistant Project Manager/Office Manager. However, I am currently in the process of transitioning roles and will be taking on more administrative duties, as well as invoicing. 

What do you like most about your career? 
I’ve been lucky to find myself in roles where I have a lot of face time with clients and colleagues. The ability to build strong relationships and trust throughout my career has not only provided me with a warm and welcoming work environment but also a chance to network and meet interesting individuals. With these strong relationships, I’ve been able to gain the trust
and autonomy to implement my own processes and procedures to ensure efficient workload management for my team, myself, and our clients.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I enjoy being able to provide value with large tasks such as invoicing and smaller tasks such as workflow management. Being able to work on projects in their full life cycle from the brainstorming phase to completion has provided me with a clear sense of purpose. I enjoy assisting with the greater good and seeing high-quality tangible deliverables come to fruition. 

What advice would you give to women who are thinking about a career in construction? 
Have an open mind and a willingness to learn, build strong relationships, and don’t be afraid to be direct.  

What is the best advice you’ve received during your career? 
A company’s reputation is reflective of the work all the way from administrative support to executive level leadership. Regardless of your role and the importance of responsibilities, your work matters.

Do you have any female mentors? 
When I worked as a Project Manager in Baltimore, my colleague Susan was a mentor to me, and she helped influence where I am today. She always supported me and allowed me to implement new ideas and processes within the company. Susan challenged me and allowed me the opportunities to progress within the company and take on more duties. She provided
me with feedback and invaluable advice that I still reflect on and use today. 

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in construction? 
There are stereotypes and implicit biases in any field you enter, regardless of the industry. I learned in my Construction PM
course through Columbia University that the construction industry has come a long way in recent years, and I have had firsthand experience in stopping my preconceived notions that this was an industry just for men. I enjoy being a part of a team that is open to listening to my ideas and accepting feedback, regardless of gender. 

Are you involved with any industry-related organizations? 
Currently, I am not involved in industry related organizations, but I do enjoy going to job sites, volunteering and am always looking for networking opportunities. One of the clients I work with, Eileen, has invited me to some fun Women-In Construction networking events, and I thoroughly enjoy attending those and building relationships with fellow women in the field. 

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