This month the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will be celebrating Black History Month with features of strong black women within our industry. Let us all celebrate the achievements and vital roles of our Black Women in Roofing!
1. How did you get involved in the roofing industry?
I was my grandpa’s sidekick as a kid, helping him do repairs at his rental homes every weekend. I didn’t know the skills I learned then would be useful and paramount to my career a decade later. After college, I worked in retail for a year and hated it. I was lucky to stumble across a posting for an insurance adjuster. From there, I chased storms across the country, sold roofs, went back to estimating, and then landed my current role at GAF.
2. Use three words or labels to describe yourself.
3. What is a fun fact about you?
I collect metal lunch boxes.
4. What are the pros and cons of being a black woman in the roofing industry?
It is the same for both – being the first, or one of the first. Everyone is watching you, which can be a good or bad thing.
5. What do you hope to see change for women of color in roofing in the future?
I hope to see more of us women, period. Let’s do what we would do if this were a party, invite a friend…or five. There’s plenty to go around!