“Be Bold” lessons for women in the workforce: A Q&A with Skanska Project Engineer Lindsey Glasgow



At just 26, Skanska Project Engineer Lindsey Glasgow is already making a name for herself in the industry. Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown selected Glasgow as one of 10 up-and-coming female leaders.

Glasgow also has been featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal and invited by the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to speak at their Women in the Workforce event.

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Lindsey leading a session at Women in the Workforce.

As one of five panelists at the Women In the Workforce event, she provided insights on such important topics as networking, personal branding and mentoring. Following a  30-minute Q&A session in front of an audience of 120 women, she rotated among small breakout groups and led interactive discussions, answered questions and provided further insight into their career choices and what it takes to become successful.

We asked Glasgow to share her journey to Skanska and her thoughts on what it takes to succeed as an engineer:

What are you working on at Skanska?

I am currently working on the Philadelphia International Airport Terminal F Renovation and Baggage Claim Addition. I am in charge of several trades including steel, miscellaneous, metals, elevators/escalators and several interior finish trades. The project is scheduled to be complete at the end of 2015.

How and when did you decide to become an engineer?

I was going to school for architecture (at Philadelphia University) and was more interested in how the building was actually being built rather than designing it, so I decided to go back to school to get my master’s degree in construction management.

What advice would you give other women looking to pursue a career in this field?

Be confident in yourself and don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. Find a female mentor if you can. Network as much as possible and join professional organizations that are relevant to the industry, such as the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

What have you learned since joining the Skanska team?

I’ve learned so much in the past three years at Skanska! The most important thing is that Skanska wants to help me grow. Each year, a new goal and development path is created during review time and that gives me something to really focus my energy on.

What would you say has helped make you successful in your role with Skanska?

Skanska provides training of all types to the project engineers and other employees to help us learn different aspects of construction, and to also better understand Skanska’s procedures. For instance, we are trained about the best ways to write contracts, and we’ve also gone to a project site to learn about assembling a crane.

As a woman in a male-dominated field, what actions or decisions of yours have been the most helpful? What would you recommend to other young female engineers?

You need to be outgoing and bold. When you want to learn something new, or if you don’t understand why something is being built a certain way, talk to the people that are doing the actual work in the field. Most of them are proud of what they do and are eager to answer your questions to help you understand and learn.

What are your plans for your future in the industry?

My plan is to continue to grow my career with Skanska and eventually work more on the operations side of the company as a project executive or project director.

What do you think can/should be done to encourage more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?

If women are interested in engineering or architecture, they should shadow a woman that works in that field while they are in high school so they can really see what it’s like and not be intimidated just because it is male-dominated. Also, women in STEM careers should encourage more women to join their ranks.

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