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Building Equality

Paving the way for future generations of women in construction

Building Equality

As part of the #BuildingEquality 2018 campaign by CIF, four Hilti employees share their views as a woman in construction and how we can set a precedence for future generations of women.

Aoife Kelly - Digital Specialist

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Where did your interest begin?

I have always had an interest in science and technology and went on to study Environmental Science at University. Not joining the construction industry as it was male-dominated never even crossed my mind.


How do we attract more women and girls into the industry?

Education is key – promoting opportunities to young kids especially young girls, with tangible role models. ]=

The Lottie Doll Tour (#LottieTour #BuildingEquality) campaign run by the CIF with involvement from Hilti and other industry professionals is a key example of the great campaigns focused on breaking down stereotypical and traditional norms, which tell young girls from an early age that certain areas of interest are ‘just for boys.’



Marci Bonham - General Manager

Marci Bonham

What has helped your career journey?

I am fortunate to have had several great role models and mentors in my career. The ones that stand out most happen to be men – perhaps indicative of a lack of visibility of the amazing women who already work in the sector.


How do we get women into the many roles available in the industry?

Unfortunately, most companies have not sufficiently adjusted their recruitment practices to reach a female audience. But this is only part of the battle, as once recruited, keeping a diverse workforce requires a focus on inclusion to take full advantage of that diversity. Adjusting our definition of a candidate’s potential as well has how we evaluate her success will require gender-inclusive assessments.

Johanna Tynys – Product Manager

Johanna Tynys

What has spurred you on in your career?

Being one of the few women in the sales side of the company at the start of my career (there were only a handful of us) and then the first female diamond specialist in Finland (4th in the Hilti world), there were few female role models for me to look up to. But all those who came before me, paved the way for my career – and for those that will come after me.


What can we do to get women into the industry?

It isn’t easy being the first of anything, so we will always need that one brave enough to take the first plunge into the dark. But it is not just the women who have done their jobs right, it is also all the people in a decision-making position that took a chance with them regardless of their gender.

Janice Galbraith - Account Manager

Janice Galbraith

Where did your interest in construction begin?

I decided to take construction on as an A Level and thoroughly enjoyed learning about how buildings were created, being able to draw plans and learning how so many different people with various skills are required to produce a building. This is where I decided I want to be a person who can help create magnificent buildings that will be around for future generations.


What do you think could make a difference to women in the industry?

I believe we need to target girls at school age when they are choosing their subjects as they need to be aware that STEM subjects can lead to great careers within the construction industry and inform them that there have been many successful females in the construction industry.