Real. Construction. Experience.
the relatable voice challenging gender norms & biases
to improve recruitment and retention
within the construction industry
Carpentry experience from foundations to trim work.
Design & Construction Team Management of multiple $100MM+
high-rise towers in the United States.
Jobsite Management of Healthcare, Education, and Mixed-Use projects
from Des Moines, IA to Houston, TX.
Oversight of project teams. Strategic planning for company growth.
Mentor for emerging leaders.
Active supporter for the Construction Industry
& for all Women in Male Dominated fields.
Barb faced gender specific challenges during her climb … but did not allow them to deter her. She received her bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, then began her journey as a carpenter wearing her tool bags learning to physically build buildings, relationships, and a successful career as a woman in construction. She climbed ladder rungs that included Foreman, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, Pre-Construction Manager, Project Executive, and Operations Director. She now utilizes those experiences to educate and motivate audiences to better recognize, understand, and eliminate gender specific challenges in order to increase recruiting and retention within the industry. #OneLadder
Utilizing lived experiences and relatable stories, Barb EDUCATES and MOTIVATES audience members to better recognize, understand, overcome, and eliminate the challenges women face as they climb the ladder to leadership in male dominated industries. Awareness and Understanding are the tools needed to build new leadership ladders that provide a safe and equitable climb for all employees.
Who Am I Now?
A Journey to Authenticity
Authenticity for women in male dominated industries can be a double edged sword. Through the years we lose bits of ourselves becoming who we feel we need to become in order to succeed. Barb will take your audience for an ENTERTAINING ride through her own personal journey toward authenticity … while simultaneously MOTIVATING participants to begin their own journey.
Do you have a specific topic that is top of mind in your organization?
Let Barb create a thought provoking keynote customized to deliver the impact you are looking for.
"Barb’s presentation was remarkable: entertaining, engaging, and actionable!
It was very memorable and I think importantly, non-judgmental. Her voice is precisely the type I think can help kickstart great conversations in any organization."
"Barb did an amazing job and truly impacted so many of our women with her insight! We all left feeling more knowledgeable, entertained, and even inspired."
"I have known Barb Allen for over 15 years. She has highly demonstrated skills in construction operations at large firms, with deep experience in the field and in the office, and a solid reputation for collaboration and communication in managing construction jobs. Barb has tremendous experience in contractor operations and servant leadership with construction trade associations.."
"I engaged Barb to speak at the NAWIC Kansas City Construction Industry Celebration. Barb is a dynamic speaker and did a phenomenal job engaging our audience."