Helping women and minorities achieve in business. How cool is that?
Christi Powell receives anywhere from 5 to 20 phone calls a week inviting her to speak, share her story, or provide observations on the construction business.
Why is she so popular? Several reasons. As the Women & Minority Business Enterprise Market Manager for 84 Lumber, Powell has a front-row seat on the growth of a valued segment of the construction business. Diversity and inclusion have exploded as hot topics in boardrooms. And there’s always going to be passion in her presentation.
As for important career moments in her own past, Powell points to the first time a builder presented her with a sheet of blueprints. Powell was able to quickly demonstrate a grasp of the concepts of interior and exterior perimeters, and accurately estimate dimensions. Decades later, she remembers the builder’s comment: “You’re going to be really good at this.”
He was right. And there’s a lot more people like Powell who can make it.
“I wasn’t aware that there were so many amazing women who are the best builders I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said. “And that discovery has been the coolest thing in my job.’