Women in Construction

Tala Matchett Women in Construction

1. What’s your role at Hoar? Director of Business Development

2. What led you to choose a career in construction? I didn’t choose it. I went to work as a Risk Manager for a small owner’s rep and realized very quickly that this industry was far more exciting than my previous career as a commercial insurance broker which involved negotiating policy language. We were building buildings! It was exciting to see a blank lot transform into a building. I love all the details and thought that goes into building the built environment. It truly is the largest thing we still make by hand.

3. How did you end up at Hoar? A recruiter initiated my interest, but ultimately I felt an instant connection to the people and the company’s core values.

4. Do you have a mentor? I have a couple mentors, all of them play different roles. Some are internal and can really help navigate internal situations. External mentors have provided a great deal of knowledge about their industries and how they relate to construction. They also open my eyes up to all the things I didn’t know I didn’t know!

5. Have you been a mentor to anyone else? I am currently mentoring a woman who has changed from an operationally focused role to a business development role. We spend a lot of time talking through how to grow her business and time management. Time management is a huge component of being good at business development. I also have a group of women that call me from time to time for advice on how to handle situations.

6. What encouraging words would offer other woman looking to get into this industry? Listen and absorb everything you can, but speak up when you have an idea. Be bold! Women have a certain intuition and come from a place of practicality. Use your intuition, keep things simple, work hard and never whine.

7. Do you feel mentorship is important in this industry? Yes, it is so important to have a sounding board in any industry. It is important to have someone to help point out the blind spots – we are typically too close to the situation to see the entire picture clearly. A mentor can provide lessons learned, be a cheerleader, and help define boundaries. We are a better version of ourselves when we have very honest conversations with ourselves — this is the role of a mentor. All of these things help us cultivate the careers we desire.