44% of our staff are female, so every week is ‘Women in Construction Week’

Sheryl Palmer is the chief executive of US housebuilder Taylor Morrison
With revenues of $7.2bn last year, Taylor Morrison has been named ‘America’s Most Trusted Home Builder’ for nine years running.

Women in Construction Week just passed, but it’s business as usual year round for us.

In the past five years, we’ve seen a 185% increase of women in construction-based roles.

Women now make up 44% of our overall workforce, a staggering four times the industry average of 11%, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

We’re not just building homes, we’re breaking down barriers.

They come from all walks of life, and work at every level of the organisation.

Many paths

Consider Amber Reynolds came into construction 25 years ago when fate led her to a position in a commercial real estate company. 

Today, as one of our division cadence managers, she exemplifies the resilience and capability of women in construction, encouraging others to stand tall, seek guidance and forge connections.

Brittany McConnell is a pioneering build-to-rent superintendent in Taylor Morrison’s Florida markets.

In just a year, she spearheaded the construction of the inaugural Yardly community, and points it out proudly when passing with her children.

Robyn Hill’s transition from sales and marketing to construction highlights the diverse paths women take to thrive in this field.

Many of our female team members, like superintendent Adilene Bueno and Nicole Romaine, discovered their passion for construction through hands-on experiences and familial influences.

Adilene’s journey began at 18, fuelled by a desire to create and innovate, while Nicole’s upbringing instilled a deep appreciation for the transformational power of construction.

Nicole came to us on the encouragement of a female neighbour, showing what happens when women uplift and empower one another.

‘If you can see it, you can be it’

There are lots of good reasons why people are drawn to Taylor Morrison, but I’m often told that having a female CEO encourages women in particular.

Women and girls are more likely to choose a career and even a specific company if they see others there.

“If you can see it, you can be it”, goes the saying.

But it’s not just me. Women are represented in depth at Taylor Morrison.

The public will see them working on our construction sites, sitting on our board of directors, serving as division presidents and in middle management.

I’m also confident our thoughtful approach to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) has helped.

We expanded our recruitment efforts to reach a wider pool of candidates.

We provide training opportunities on topics like unconscious bias, and set up local DEIB Committees among staff.

I’m steadfast in our commitment to foster greater inclusivity, diversity and opportunity within our industry.

I’m optimistic that, together, we can continue to pave the way for future generations of women and other underrepresented groups to build meaningful and thriving careers in construction.

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