Chris Walsh

Project Surveyor, Sisk Living

Have the courage to speak up in those male dominated situations where women aren’t getting a fair shot.

What do you do?

Responsible for procurement, cost control and commercial reporting within the construction industry.

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Why do you love working in STEM?

Having been involved in construction since my teens, I’ve always loved creating things (Lego enthusiasts as a child!!). Be it a small carpentry project at home or seeing a building rise from the ground in work, it’s that sense of creativity that gets me out the door every morning.

How do you celebrate women in STEM?

I celebrate women in STEM the same way I celebrate men, if you are hard working you earn my respect, if you aren’t you don’t. Women I have worked with the construction industry don’t need celebration or praise...they need a level playing field. Thats up to us men to ensure that other men see women as equals not inferiors. We men must correct other men who can’t see this. That celebrating women in my eyes.

What do you think should be done to encourage more gender diversity within STEM?

As above, I feel that we need a level playing for women. I don’t think women or gender diversity groups alone will ever achieve this. This falls at the feet of men to ensure that we advocate equally for women, everyday, in all scenarios.

Best advice for other advocates for women in STEM?

Have the courage to speak up in those male dominated situations where women aren’t getting a fair shot. Men correcting or challenging other men in front of their peers, I feel, is the best thing we can do to advocate for women. It sends the strongest message.

Inspo quote 

“Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”

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