Corderman Women in Construction Feature: Linda Liporto

Our final Corderman Women in Construction feature is Linda Liporto! Linda is truly an inspiration to all women in construction as her journey to becoming a Principal at Corderman & Company is defined by a strong work ethic and passion for construction, project management, and innovation. Linda has been a core member of the Corderman team since 2003, with her position naturally evolving from managing the general office to delving into project management to eventually taking on a well-deserved leadership role as Principal. Linda motivates and leads the Corderman team with her remarkable mentorship and support. With such a profound dedication to the Corderman standards of excellence, Linda’s impact on the growth and success of Corderman & Company is immeasurable. A very special thank you to our leading Corderman woman in construction!

A few questions we asked Linda...

1. How did you end up in the construction industry? A mutual friend at an architectural firm recommended I get in touch with David Corderman 15 years ago. Once I met with him and started working in the office I was intrigued by the business and have always had an interest in construction. When I was growing up I always wanted to become an architect.

2. What do like most about being in the construction industry? I like the people in the company and also in the industry, and I enjoy the constant change and seeing things evolve, and the fact that no two projects are the same.

3. What do you like least about being in the construction industry? Sometimes the stress level gets to me.

4. What do you consider to be one of your top accomplishments related to the construction industry? Working my way through all the phases of the business and becoming a principal and one of the leaders of the company.

5. Why do you like working for Corderman & Company? First and foremost the people. We also have some great clients and I really enjoy the type of work we do.

6. What inspires you? Helping the company grow and evolve and witnessing personal accomplishments by the other team members. I also look forward to pushing the company into new adventures and venues.

7. What’s your favorite place in the world? Hmm, that is a tough question. I am torn between some familiar places back home in Sweden that I always enjoy and sometimes desperately miss, and other places that I have traveled, such as the Mediterranean countries (Italy, Greece, Spain).

Corderman Women in Construction Feature: Hannah Corderman

Join us in celebrating our Corderman Women in Construction Feature, Hannah Corderman! A Boston native, Hannah graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a minor in Art. After graduating on a Sunday, Hannah went to work on Monday at Corderman & Company. As an Assistant Marketing Director, Hannah is extremely dedicated to strengthening Corderman & Company’s place as a leading construction management firm. Moreover, Hannah’s personal enthusiasm towards philanthropy drives her to support and enrich Corderman & Company’s shared values and commitment to social responsibility. Corderman is proud to have Hannah on the team!

A few questions we asked Hannah...

1. How did you end up in the construction industry? Even though I grew up in the construction industry due to my father’s own passion for construction, I definitely never expected to personally end up working anywhere near the field. My interests were primarily in marketing and design. During my senior year of college, I decided to intern at Corderman as a way to broaden my professional perspective in general. It was during that time that I realized there is so much more to the construction industry than just “construction”. I absolutely fell in love with the idea of marketing in the construction industry and saw an incredible opportunity to be a part of helping Corderman & Company, a firm I am so deeply connected to on an emotional level, continue to grow and make a positive impact on the lives of others. I also fell in love with the people who make Corderman & Company so special and cherished the opportunity to continue coming to work everyday with such an amazing team.

2. What do like most about being in the construction industry? The people I get to connect with on a daily basis. Construction brings together all different types of people and personalities and I get to meet people from so many different backgrounds - clients, partners, architects, building managers, etc. - who all share an integral part in the construction process. I love it.

3. What do you like least about being in the construction industry? That the construction day starts at 6am. Sometimes I would like to sleep in a little...

4. What do you consider to be one of your top accomplishments related to the construction industry? I think getting over my fear of working for my father’s construction company and being judged for taking, what many might perceive as, “the easy way” of getting a job. It took a lot of courage to turn away from other opportunities and decide to follow what I knew I truly wanted to do, which is work for Corderman & Company, a firm with incredible values, people, and an abundance of exciting opportunities. Working with the father as the top boss is definitely not always easy - expectations are much higher than you’d think! So I consider my decision to follow my heart and take on this job my greatest construction related accomplishment thus far.

5. Why do you like working for Corderman & Company? I genuinely look forward to coming to work everyday. As much as I would like to sleep in some days, I don’t actually mind coming in early when there’s a great group of people waiting to meet me in the office. Besides the amazing people who make working for Corderman so wonderful, the perks offered by the company are unbeatable - a Whole Foods stocked kitchen, unlimited beer and wine, company events all the time, Corderman Women spa days and lunches...the list is endless. I also love working for Corderman & Company because the firm wants its employees to explore their passions and ideas, both personal and professional - having the freedom to pursue exciting opportunities is undeniably special.

6. What inspires you? Travel. I crave it.

7. What’s your favorite place in the world? This is impossible to answer…. Iceland, London, Kauai, Nantucket/Martha’s Vineyard (can’t pick one over the other anymore after living on MV), Bruges, Charleston, Austin, Montepulciano, Nashville… the list goes on forever.

 

 

Corderman Women in Construction Feature: Odette Carr

Our next Corderman Women in Construction feature is our Human Resource & Office Director, Odette Carr! A native of northern Maine, Odette is multilingual and multi-talented, powering Corderman & Company with her incredible work ethic and support for all our construction management services. Odette’s charisma and devotion to the people of this firm is truly awe-inspiring. Thank you Odette for your commitment and contribution to the success of Corderman & Company!

A few questions we asked Odette...

1. How did you end up in the construction industry? Simply by chance. In my lifetime, I have been involved in support roles for different industries. I have been a Telecommunications Manager, a Human Resource Manager, and a Payroll Manager. My last employment was with a printing company that unfortunately closed. I was made aware of a position here at C&Co. that was a perfect fit for my background. That’s how I made it into this industry.

2. What do like most about being in the construction industry? This is a difficult question to answer with just a few words – but I’ll ‘spare’ you and condense my answer! I marvel at projects that develop from an otherwise old, empty space to a fabulous, engaging environment. It truly becomes a work of art.   

3. What do you like least about being in the construction industry? Of course, the simple answer to this is – there is a terrific imbalance in the makeup of this workforce. Women are slowly entering and nudging their way to prominent positions in this industry but it’s taking too long and is sometimes becomes too difficult to achieve. Women have such tremendous capabilities that lead to positive results most every time.    

4. What do you consider to be one of your top accomplishments related to the construction industry? Hands down! My employment at C&Co. My new position as Human Resources & Office Director proves to me the confidence top management has in me.

5. Why do you like working for Corderman & Company? Again, too many words – too little space!  The positive and engaging company culture found here begins at the very top and filters throughout the office and field. David Corderman is an extremely generous and respectful employer who inspires us all to be the best we can be. Therefore, we all strive to do our best job and more. We are all treated with the utmost respect and are part of a large Corderman Family and are encouraged to participate in the many volunteer programs attended by the Corderman team. In this day of cut-throat business environments, it is reassuring to know there are still employers who are sensitive to their employees and realize the true value of these individuals in the workplace. Personally, I truly enjoy coming to work every day and strive to make a positive impact each day. I love working with everyone in our Corderman Family hoping I make a positive difference in their day, no matter how small. My motto is “Stay Positive”  “Work Hard”  & “Make It Happen” “Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”

6. What inspires you? My faith is first and foremost. I believe our lives are already planned out for us.  We just need to believe. People inspire me. My passion for finding ‘goodness’ in my surroundings. My love of animals and the hope that someday I can become more influential with their care. Doing my best job – whatever I may be doing. The love of my children.

7. What’s your favorite place in the world? Simple – wherever I am!

Corderman Women in Construction Feature: Janaina Licata

 
 

We are thrilled to celebrate Janaina (Jana) Licata as one of our Corderman Women in Construction! A Brazilian, born and raised, we are incredibly fortunate that Jana made her way to Corderman & Company. After graduating from the Universidade Federal de Goiás with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Jana spent several years working as a civil engineer in Goiânia, Brazil. Jana's background and expertise in civil engineering brings to Corderman a fresh, innovative perspective on construction project management that drives all of us to take our work to the next level. Moreover, Jana's determination, dedication, and integrity reaffirms her integral place within the Corderman & Company team. 

A few questions we asked Jana...

1. How did you end up in the construction industry? When I was in high school I knew I wanted to be an engineer because I always loved physics and math. I actually wanted to become a mechanical engineer, but the federal university in my state did not offer this major, and my father did not let me move out to go to college in another state that had a mechanical engineering program, so I had to choose between the engineering majors offered in my state, which were: civil, electrical, and computer engineering. So, I ended up choosing to be a civil engineer for lack of a better choice LOL. Today, I see that . made the right decision and don't regret it for even one second :) 

2. What do like most about being in the construction industry? It amazes me how we in the construction industry have the ability to get a design plan and then make it come to life. We can basically build anything that is on an architect’s mind. That is what makes engineers better than architects...just saying :) 

3. What do you like least about being in the construction industry? The fact that women are still under appreciated by this industry. The construction industry is still dominated by men, who do not take women’s opinion seriously. It’s sad. 

4. What do you consider to be one of your top accomplishments related to the construction industry? I consider working in the construction industry in the United States my top accomplishment. I never imagined that one day I would move to Massachusetts and work in my field in Boston, as I’m just girl born in the country side of Brazil. I still cannot believe that I made it!

5. Why do you like working for Corderman & Company? I like everything about C&Co., the philosophy of the company, the work environment, the people, all the parties, food and alcohol... :) But what I like most is that at C&Co. we are not just co-workers, we are a family.

6. What inspires you? Construction in general inspires and amazes me. We, as human beings, are capable of building bridges and tunnels in the middle of the ocean, for example, and to me that is unbelievable. Even in the past when there was no technology, humans managed to build pyramids. How did they do that? Construction is not just a mere process of constructing a building or infrastructure, it is an art.

7. What’s your favorite place in the world? Dubai. Their constructions are amazing. Hopefully one day I will be able to go there. :)

 

Corderman Women in Construction Feature: Mae Bergan Barber

 
 

Our next Corderman Women in Construction feature is Mae Bergan Barber! Mae’s professional journey actually began not in construction, but in marketing. A UConn Husky, Mae graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a focus on Advertising and Public Relations. After living in New York City for a few years, exploring her interests in PR, brand marketing, and interior design, Mae realized that her true passions were in project management. With already some familiarity in construction due to her family background, Mae came to Boston and to Corderman ready to learn the inner works of construction project management. Ambitious, creative and detail-oriented, Mae fits in perfectly with the Corderman team and she continues to inspire and wow us everyday!

A few questions we asked Mae...

1. How did you end up in the construction industry? I grew up on construction sites, as my dad is a woodworker, and while I was always interested in the industry, it was a windy road that led here…. Financial public relations --> consumer products marketing --> fashion brand special projects --> interior design --> Corderman!

2. What do like most about being in the construction industry? The opportunity to be a part of something important, that makes such an impact on other businesses and people.

3. What do you like least about being in the construction industry? So far so good..!

4. What do you consider to be one of your top accomplishments related to the construction industry? I’m very proud that I was able to break into the construction industry without the necessarily ideal background or education. I think all my different roles have taught me important pieces that, although unconventional, I’m proud of.

5. Why do you like working for Corderman & Company? The people, the work, the office, so basically the entire package…! I’ve felt so lucky to be able to come into this office every day.

6. What inspires you? When people around me are inspired; the work of John Pawson; minimal & organized spaces; traveling; early Sunday mornings.

7, What’s your favorite place in the world? I can’t pick 1, that’s an impossible task…Much Wenlock/Shrewsbury ([my husband, Nick's] hometown in England – his family lives in the countryside near Wales and it’s straight out of a movie. Mainly, the pub there is one of my favorite places…), Miami, Stowe, Palm Springs, Our apartment in the South End.

 

Corderman Women in Construction Feature: Ipek Cobanoglu

Ipek (upper left) with her husband and daughter.

Ipek (upper left) with her husband and daughter.

First up for the Corderman Women in Construction, we would like to celebrate Ipek Cobanoglu!

Ipek joins us all the way from Turkey, bringing with her an incredible resume of international experience obtained in both her home country and in Oman. After graduating from Istanbul Technical University with a degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Ipek moved to Oman to join Bechtel-Enka Joint Venture's project team for a $1.8 Billion project with the Muscat International Airport. A few years later, Ipek decided to attend Northeastern University (Boston) in order to pursue a Master's degree in Project Management, with a Construction Management Concentration. Once in Boston, Ipek joined Corderman & Company as part of her school's co-op program and, after graduating from Northeastern in the fall of 2016, Ipek agreed to work for Corderman full-time as an Assistant Project Manager. We couldn't be happier having Ipek on the team!

A few questions we asked Ipek...

1. How did you end up in the construction industry? Having a civil engineer husband forced me to work in the construction industry :)

2. What do you like most about being in the construction industry? Casual work environment, jeans, and sneakers.

3. What do you like least about being in the construction industry? Everybody has a certain idea about it.

4. What do you consider to be one of your top accomplishments related to the construction industry? My degree in Construction Management.

5. Why do you like working for Corderman & Company? Can I give names :)

6. What inspires you? The end product.

7. What's your favorite place in the world? Cesme, Turkey

Women in Construction Week!

This week is a very exciting week in the Corderman office because it’s Women in Construction Week! Women in Construction week is a full week dedicated to highlighting women as a visible component of the construction industry. Often times, given the sheer nature of the construction industry and how it’s perceived in our society, women in construction are not wholly recognized for their vital roles.

We have a PHENOMENAL group of women at Corderman & Company and we want to dedicate this entire week to celebrating each Corderman woman for her amazing presence, successes, and contributions to both construction and the company.