HOUSTON, February 11, 2019 – Webber Commercial Field Engineer Gabby Gambino Lyon was the first Distinguished Speaker Series invitee at Austin High School. This series was launched to bring students exposure to experiences in different fields.
Since Webber Commercial is reconstructing the historic school, and Gabby is working at the project right around the corner from the temporary classrooms, the faculty thought that she was perfect to start the series for the seniors.
In front of more than 30 students, Gabby shared her story about breaking into the construction industry, with a special focus on her experience as a woman in this field. This caught the eye of the students that asked her about challenges she faced and how she managed to fit in the industry.
“The gender gap in this industry is a major issue, however, strides to overcome it are being made. For me, it’s about adapting yourself to different work styles, always keeping an open mindset, and embracing the positive contributions people from different backgrounds bring to the fields of construction and engineering. It takes a conscious effort by all involved,” explained Gabby.
Gabby emphasized her passion for construction and used her experiences at the Catalyst project as an example.
“I’ve never been a fan of heights, so the ride up the lift to the top floor of the unfinished Catalyst building was met with some hesitancy. A concrete pour at seemingly the top of Houston? It was one of the best experiences of my life. I was witness to the creation of something that people would live in, laugh together in and make fond memories.”
Accompanied by the school Principal, Steve Guerrero, Faculty Member and organizer Mark Kerrissey and some other staff, the students were really all ears to Gabby’s talk. She invited them to think about a career in civil engineering and construction, stressing the importance of these fields for the development of the community.
“For us to rebuild America’s infrastructure over the next 30 years we will need to tap all pools of talent,” said Mark Kerrissey as he thanked Gabby and Webber Commercial for taking part on the activity. “Gabby inspired. Next up is building our East End labor force as we build its new school.”
“No matter what you look like or where you come from, there’s a seat at the table for you, and the world will be a better place because of you,” was Gabby’s final message to the students. “Hey, if can I do it, you can too.”
Founded in 1963, Webber is one of the largest general contractors in Texas and known for its award winning projects in transportation, waterworks and commercial construction. Webber also specializes in environmentally friendly and recycled construction materials that eliminate the use of about 1.5 million cubic yards of landfill space annually while supplying contractors with quality recycled and locally sourced materials.
For more information on Webber, please visit www.wwebber.com.